Full Metal Alchemist
Seriously one of my favorite animes out there...I would however recommend watching 'brotherhood'...it seems to follow the storyline better.
FMA deserves the full 10 our of 10 for best anime so far....I have seen many different series and this one had me on the edge of the seat till the end.
The series focuses on the lives of two young brothers who live in a small house in the country. Their father is a master alchemist and he travels the world...leaving the young boys at home with their mother. The boys spend a lot of their time studying their fathers alchemy books and they slowly learn the art of transmutation. Eventually the mother grows sick and she dies, leaving the boys all alone.
The young brothers attempt a forbidden transmutation that they learned from one of the many books in their fathers library. Young Edward and Alphonse attempts to bring their mother back from the dead. The boys dig through their fathers library in order to find the ingredients and the proper circle to complete the transmutation. The human body is made up of a collection of elements...not as much as you would think considering 75% is already H2O ...that only leaves 25% to be other stuff ....carbon, calcium, iron etc...so Edward and Alphonse collect the precise amount of ingredients to make another body and place it in the middle of the circle.
The energy generated from the circle versus the energy needed to bring a soul back from across the underworld do not match up...leaving the brothers to be additional sacrifices to complete the transmutation.
|young boys with a transmutation circle|
Edward had to lose his arm in order to get back through the portal...and Alphonse, was less lucky. His entire body was taken to the place between places. Edward does some quick thinking and managed to bind his brothers soul to a suit of armor....unfortunately this is another form of the taboo human transmutation and he must sacrifice his leg in order to complete the transmutation.
That is pretty much where the series starts off....Edward gets new limbs from their neighbors, who specialize in 'automail'....prosthetics and such....but this automail is technologically advanced even to our standards today. Poor Alphonse has to live the rest of his life in a suit of empty armor. The boys make a pact then and there to never forget what happened the night of their failed alchemy and will figure out how to make their bodies hole again....they leave town in order to peruse the libraries of the state alchemist, which is like a major in the army, so they can begin to unravel the mysteries of transmutation....more importantly the Elrich brothers begin their hunt for the philosophers stone.
|A philosophers stone|
The tale of the philosophers stone is one always shrouded in mystery and soaked in blood. Nothing good ever came from the use of a philosophers stone...a fact the young brothers take too long to figure out....
From reanimated corpses to engineered immortal humans the philosopher stone knows no boundaries.