Fullmetal Alchemist

TV review by Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media
Fullmetal Alchemist Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 14+

Plot-heavy sci-fi anime can get quite violent.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 128 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+


Very good anime. While Lust dresses a bit more showy, she is the only one. It is violent, but less than other animes. Though this anime isn't as good as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, you should watch this first.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

My 2 Cents

This is one of the most famous and popular animes of all time. It is also one of the most reconmended shows I have seen. It is for a more mature audience, but it’s not that complicated of a show. They literally explain the basics before each episode begins which is creating life is a taboo— human transmutation is bad. That’s it. Not that complicated. It is a complex world, however, with a great diverse cast of characters that you come to love throughout the series. Violence is to be expected, the main character, Ed, is in the military. Both Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (follows the manga (comic)) are great in their own ways and are a must see anime for children, teens, and adults (I would say a 10 year old could handle the content, but it probably depends more on the parent than the child).

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Naruto TV Poster Image


    First series in popular franchise has fights, stereotypes.

    age 11+
  • Dragon Ball Z Poster Image

    Dragon Ball Z

    Anime series stands the test of time, but very violent.

    age 10+
  • Spirited Away Poster Image

    Spirited Away

    Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.

    age 9+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate