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FullMetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi lit. Alchemist of Steel) is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. The story is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. In this fictional world, the most advanced scientific technique known to man is alchemy. The thought of things flying in the air is nothing but a childish dream or the rants of a mad man. It follows the lives of Edward and Alphonse Elric who try to find a way to restore their bodies to their original forms after a horrid attempt to resurrect their dead mother.


The setting begins in the small village of Resembool in the country of Amestris with the main two protagonists living with their mother, Trisha. Their father, Van Hohenheim, left for unknown reasons when Ed and Al were little toddlers. A few years later, Trisha comes down with a serious illness that kills her and leaves the young boys alone. Using their father's books and their talents in alchemy, the boys decide to do the ultimate taboo in alchemy and try to preform a Human Transmutation.