Posted February 24, 2018 by Kimberly Mas in Anime/Manga

Here’s Why You Should Catch Fullmetal Alchemist on Netflix!

One of the most popular Japanese animated series by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist hits the big screen with a live action film! The FMA Franchise has been through a lot of remakes over the past years, but it has always been close to the hearts of many due to the storyline, characters etc.

Fullmetal Alchemist is considered to be a masterpiece and a timeless classic by anime fans. Still not convinced? Here’s a few reasons why you should drop everything and watch FMA right now!



I love how FMA has a very diverse range of characters. FMA has given all their characters so much development throughout the show that it’s impossible not to be attached to them.



In the beginning of the series, FMA has established that alchemy is based on science. Number one rule is Equivalent Exchange. “Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. “ One of the most quotable quotes from the show.



According to mythology, Chimeras are mythical creatures composed of parts from different animals. In FMA, they are creatures that have been fused together using alchemy. We also see humonculi, the philosopher’s stone, and the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins, with the mythology altered to fit the story’s overall feel. Also, they used the holocaust and Nazi Germany as inspirations for some of the major events and characters in the series – in an alternate history, perhaps. And as a history buff, I really enjoyed analyzing the whole series’ hidden messages.



Before watching the live action, please make sure to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The second animation remake to have a further appreciation for the series. This is the usual questions for new fans: Which FMA to watch? I would definitely say Brotherhood! For many, the first FMA gives them a pang of nostalgia. But remember, Arakawa (creator of FMA) hasn’t finished the manga series when the first FMA was released. Brotherhood gave a more detailed and faithful adaptation to Arakawa’s FMA. And yes, FMA: Brotherhood had beautiful animation and visuals. Don’t miss it!



With every powerful story/series, there will always powerful messages for the audience. Here are a few life lessons from FMA:

  • Good people can do bad things.
  • Bad things can happen to good people.
  • Sometimes those who you trust the most will hurt you the worst
  • Life isn’t fair.
  • Hatred will consume and destroy you.
  • People can change.

I hope that the live action remake is as beautiful as the animated series. Let’s find out! The live action Fullmetal Alchemist film is now available on Netflix!

Kimberly Mas

Kimberly Mas is a creative entrepreneur and a part-time commercial/print-ad model. Kim runs her own multimedia design studio called Artsmith Creative House. Learn more about her studio: www.artsmithph.com. She also does comics about Fil-Chi slice of life. Find out more: www.facebook.com/SoAsianComics or follow Kim on social media @kimberlymas on IG and Twitter.