Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most popular manga and anime in history. Most anime fans know the show's basic premise: the Elric brothers' quest to return their bodies to normal after a botched attempt to bring their mother back from the dead using alchemy. But there are plenty of behind the scenes Fullmetal Alchemist facts you may not know anything about.
Even if you've seen both FMA 2003 and Brotherhood, you might not realize the Ishvalans – a fictional ethic group who experienced persecution at the hands of Amestrian soldiers – are actually based on the real Ainu people, an indigenous group native to Hokkaido.
Other things you didn't know about Fullmetal Alchemist could include the fact the creator of the original manga, Hiromu Arakawa, got the concept of equivalent exchange not from principles of alchemy, but from what her parents told her about working hard on their dairy farm.
Just like the main storyline, the behind the scenes of this show is full of secrets.
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The Original Manga Has A Memorial SectionPhoto: user uploaded image
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Hiromu Arakawa Interviewed Real WWII VeteransPhoto: Viz Media
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The Show Creator's Parents Influenced Certain ConceptsPhoto: Studio Bones
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The English Voice Actors Created A Fan Video
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The Show Creator Bought Military Prop Guns For Artistic ReferencePhoto: Studio Bones
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The Franchise Has A Recurring Background CharacterPhoto: Viz Media