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King is his name, not a title Führer is the title of the leader and head of the army of Amestris; King is not part of the title. It's "Führer" King Bradley, not "Führer-King" Bradley. What evidence do we have to claim this? Old spoilers ahead Every character from Amestris has a given name and a last name; it would be strange to have the leader of the ...


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This answer only addresses the manga and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, but it may also apply to the 2003 anime to some extent. In general, it is quite impossible to address all three canons because they diverged too far. Amestris was founded for the explicit purpose of helping Father ascend to godhood. This is clearly stated in "The Shape of This ...


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The original FMA was produced while the manga was incomplete. This meant they focused more on the early parts of the story, and when they ran out, they inserted their own plotline. FMAB was produced after the manga was close to completion. There they rushed through the parts adapted in the original, and then provided a faithful adaptation of the full story.


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They can transmute anything, if they know exactly how to do it. For this particular question, remember Shou Tucker, his daughter Nina, and their dog, Alexander? Tucker transmuted Nina and Alexander into this without the use of a Philosopher's Stone, in both the 2003 and 2009 series and in the manga:


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Yes, each transmutation circle is unique and often discovered in secret after much trial and error. The circle, however, is only part of the process. The sigils, seals, shapes, and organization of those markings greatly affect the performance of the alchemical process. The Basics Alchemy (錬金術 Renkinjutsu) is, as it is understood in the Fullmetal ...


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Yes, Colonel Mustang does rip her Philosopher's stone right from her chest: But while he is holding the stone in his hand, she reforms around the stone from the chunks of flesh still on the stone.


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Despite the name, it seems that the "transmutation" of Fullmetal Alchemist is not capable of actual transmutation. We know this from the first episode, in which Edward lists off the elements making up a human body, to prove a point to Rose. He needed those elements, in those quantities, to attempt the transmutation of his mother. So the "atmospheric gas" ...


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The manga does not have Liore in a desert Liore plays a much larger role in the first FMA than it does in the manga or Brotherhood Liore was part of the country of Ishval in the first FMA. In both versions, Ishval is portrayed as a Middle-Eastern country in the desert that has a civil war that Amestris interferes with. The first FMA has the crux of that ...


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No. All alchemists are not part of the military. There are notable examples including Alphonse and Teacher (Izumi Curtis) whose exposure to the Gate of Alchemy/Truth augmented their alchemical abilities. The military does try to see and find all people gifted with the ability for alchemy. They hold regular trials for young alchemists to be discovered, and ...


2

Not all alchemists are in the military - that opportunity is made available only to a select few. There are tests - both theoretical and practical - that people need to pass to become State Alchemists. Since the state seems to be practically run by the military, that means being part of the military. The consequences of being a State Alchemist are several, ...


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According to that review, you should be able to follow it without having seen Brotherhood, since it focuses mostly on new characters, and takes place midway through Brotherhood. However, I haven't seen the movie, so I can't say for certain. The Greed arc is roughly where the the original anime and Brotherhood diverge. So even without seeing Brotherhood, ...


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