|Adult Swim Premiere||February 13, 2010|
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a Japanese anime series produced by Bones with Yasuhiro Irie as director and Hiroshi Ōnogi as writer. This marked the second anime series based on the manga, after 2003's Fullmetal Alchemist, which was also produced by Bones. Fullmetal Alchemist's storyline differs from the manga in certain aspects, while Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood stays very close to the plot of the manga. The anime premiered in Japan from April 5, 2009 to July 4, 2010 on MBS and TBS.
In the United States Adult Swim began airing the English dub of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on February 13, 2010, as part of its Adult Swim Action programming block, airing on the block until the revived Toonami block replaced Adult Swim Action on May 26, 2012. The show then continued to air on Toonami through December 13, 2014.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood tells the story of two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, who lose their mother to an incurable disease. With the power of alchemy, they use taboo knowledge to resurrect her. The process fails, and as a toll for using this type of alchemy, the older brother, Edward Elric loses his left leg while the younger brother, Alphonse Elric loses his entire body. To save his brother, Edward sacrifices his right arm and is able to affix his brother's soul to a suit of armor. With the help of a family friend, Edward receives metal limbs through automail in order to replace his lost ones. With that, Edward vows to search for the Philosopher's Stone to return the brothers to their original bodies, even if it means becoming a "State Alchemist", one who uses his/her alchemy for the military.