Fullmetal Alchemist: A Chronological Order for the manga and the anime

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Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa.

The Story of Fullmetal Alchemist

Set in the early 20th century, in a sort of steampunk universe in which alchemy is a widely practiced science, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric attempt to bring their dead mother back using the forbidden science of human alchemy. Their alchemical ritual turned wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. The brothers are now searching for the philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies…

Fullmetal Alchemist Manga Reading List

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition

This is a hardcover collector’s edition fully remastered with an updated translation and completely fresh lettering, and presented with color pages on large-trim, archival-quality paper. Includes brand-new cover art, with a new color insert and behind-the-scenes character sketches from author Hiromu Arakawa!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 1
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 2
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 3
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 4
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 5
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 6
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 7
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 8
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 9
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 10
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 11
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 12
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 13
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 14
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 15
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 16
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 17
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 18

Fullmetal Alchemist: Omnibus Edition

The Omnibus Collection is a paperback line where one omnibus contains three paperback volumes (see below).

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 4-6
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 7-9
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 10-12
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 16-18
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 19-21
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 22-24
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 25-27

Fullmetal Alchemist, the Classic Paperback Edition

This is the classic paperback edition, collecting Fullmetal Alchemist in 27 volumes.

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 2
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 3
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 4
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 5
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 6
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 7
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 8
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 9
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 10
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 11
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 12
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 13
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 14
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 15
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 16
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 17
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 18
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 19
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 20
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 21
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 22
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 23
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 24
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 25
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 26
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 27

You can also buy Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics, a collection of comic strips related to the manga and the anime series.

Fullmetal Alchemist, the Light novels

The Light novels are spin-off of the manga series written by Makoto Inoue. These are side-stories that can be read at any time. It’s a way to stay a little longer in this universe, but it has no impact on the manga series.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand: Second Edition
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Abducted Alchemist: Second Edition
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Valley of White Petals: Second Edition
Fullmetal Alchemist: Under the Faraway Sky
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Ties That Bind: Second Edition
Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning

Fullmetal Alchemist Watch Guide

If you asked yourself which anime you should watch first, know there is no right or wrong answer to that question. They are different, and each one offers a different watching experience.

Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)

The manga Fullmetal Alchemist was first loosely adapted into an anime series in 2003, at a time when the manga was still ongoing. Consisting of 51 episodes, the anime diverges from the original manga halfway through its run.

Arakawa allowed the animation studio Bones to work independently of her and to write their own ending. She didn’t want the anime to have the same ending as the still ongoing manga, as she wanted to continue to work and develop characters at her own pace.

The show is concluded with the movie Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa.

Also, 5 original video animations were produced, including a 55-minute special designed to summarize the Full Metal Alchemist series.

Fullmetal Alchemist (Anime, 2003)
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shambala (2005)
– Fullmetal Alchemist Special: Reflections (2005)
Fullmetal Alchemist OVA: Chibi Party (2006)
– Fullmetal Alchemist OVA: Kids (2006)
– Fullmetal Alchemist OVA: Live Action (2006)
– Fullmetal Alchemist OVA: Alchemist vs. Homunculi (2006)

Fullmetal Alchemist (2009 Anime)

A second anime adaptation for Fullmetal Alchemist was conceived in order to, this time, adapt the manga in its entirety. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood consists of a total of 64 episodes, 4 original video animations, and 1 spin-off movie.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
– Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Special: The Blind Alchemist (OVA, 2009)
– Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Special: Simple People (OVA, 2009)
– Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Special: The Tale of Teacher (OVA, 2010)
– Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Special: Yet Another Man’s Battlefield (OVA, 2010)
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011)

Fullmetal Alchemist (live-action)

On November 19, 2017, a live-action movie was released, directed by Fumihiko Sori. The movie stars Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang, and Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell. Two sequels released in 2022 on the streaming service Netflix.

– Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)
– Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar (2022)
– Fullmetal Alchemist: The Final Alchemy (2022)

About the author of Fullmetal Alchemist

Hiromu Arakawa is a Japanese manga artist, famous for the manga series Fullmetal Alchemist. She was born and raised in Tokachi, Hokkaidō, on a dairy farm, and began to draw when she was little. She took oil painting classes after graduating from high school, drew a comic strip for a magazine and self-published a manga with a friend.

She moved to Tokyo in 1999 and began her career as a Square Enix employee and assistant to Hiroyuki Etō, author of Mahōjin Guru Guru.

Not long after, Arakawa published the first chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist. The manga became a hit domestically and internationally, spanned 108 chapters, lasted 10 years, and was adapted twice into an animated television series.

Hiromu Arakawa has also written and illustrated the coming-of-age manga series Silver Spoon (2011-2019), about the life of a high school student in an agricultural school.

She is now working on the supernatural manga series Daemons of the Shadow Realm, set in a world where certain humans command mighty supernatural duos called Daemons.