Guide to Fullmetal Alchemist watch order: Everything you need to know

Taking a look at the watch order of the titles under the Fullmetal Alchemist series (Image via Studio Bones)

Fullmetal Alchemist, a renowned anime and manga series by Hiromu Arakawa, is beloved for its captivating plot, well-developed characters, and visually appealing art style. The series offers a thrilling and emotional viewing experience, with two iterations available for fans to enjoy. Additionally, there are two movies and four OVAs associated with the franchise.

To navigate the watch order for Fullmetal Alchemist, it’s important to consider the following titles released thus far: Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), Conqueror of Shamballa (2003) – Movie, Brotherhood (2009), Brotherhood Specials: The Blind Alchemist (2009), Simple People (2009), The Tale of Teacher (2010), and Yet Another Man’s Battlefield (2010) – OVAs, and The Sacred Star of Milos (2011) – Movie.

A still from Brotherhood (Image via Studio Bones)

While there has been debate about the canonicity of certain titles, it is worth noting that movies and OVAs are not considered canon. Nonetheless, they still offer enjoyable viewing experiences. For an optimal watch order, viewers can consider watching all the titles in chronological order, taking a short break before starting Brotherhood.

Fullmetal Alchemist is set in the fictional country of Amestris and revolves around the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse. After a tragic loss, the brothers, gifted alchemists, attempt to resurrect their deceased mother through forbidden human transmutation. As a consequence, Edward loses an arm and a leg, while Alphonse’s entire body is lost. Through Edward’s alchemy skills, Alphonse’s soul is bound to a suit of armor.

The Elric brothers when they were young (Image via Studio Bones)

Years later, the Elric brothers become state alchemists, working under Roy Mustang. Their goal is to obtain the powerful Philosopher’s Stone, which can bypass the law of equivalent exchange in alchemy and restore their bodies. However, their journey uncovers the truth behind the stone and entangles them in a war that holds the potential to reshape humanity’s destiny.

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