An adaptation of the popular manga (Japanese Graphic Novels) series "Fullmetal Alchemist," this thought provoking, astonishingly well done and touching anime is jam-packed with positive messages and... thematic elements, which at times can be quite violent. Despite the comedy side to this animated tale of redemption, the tough scenes hit hard. I found myself mourning one of my favorite character's death. It's a story following two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric (Vic Mignonga and Maxey Whitehead) in an alternate 1917 where alchemy is being used at war. Their father has left them to join the state alchemists at war, and in his absence, they have studied the age-old art. When their mother dies due to a disease, they decide to revive her using alchemy. They train with a teacher for a year, and attempt to bring their mother back. However, the alchemy fails and goes awry, dissolving Ed's leg and arm, and sucking Al's soul out. Ed uses his blood to put Alphonse's soul in a suit of armor. The series is about Ed (with his new metallic leg and arm) and Al the suit of armor on their quest to bring their bodies back. Ed becomes a state alchemist, and they search for the fabled philosopher's stone, capable of alchemy without sacrifice. In the process, they make a shocking and horrific discovery that will lead them to one more terrifying. Violence : 9/10 Lots of gunfire, slashing, beatings, and gruesome transformations. (For example, a man transmutes his own four year old daughter and dog together to pass an alchemy exam.) Unlike most shows, FMA heavily emphasizes the permanence of death and the horrors of war. A woman is graphically shown being incinerated numerous times. She tries to regenerate, but while she does, she gets burned again. (As she regenerates, we see bones and muscles being grown back. It was hard to watch.) A bad guy is blown up from the inside. (He regenerates in a similar fashion to the burning woman.) The enemies range from the menacing Homunculi, (Humans made by alchemy) to freaky chimeras, serial killers, and souls trapped in armor. Sex: 4/10 Some dresses reveal cleavage. Some partial female nudity that is neither sexual nor graphic. Language: 6/10 Sometimes the characters swear mild obscenities. (D**n, H***, A**, B******. Three uses total of B****) There's a wealth of characters, most of them quite goofy, resulting in numerous high-jinks in the colonel's office. Other than them, most of the main villains are tormented souls, and have some good to them. (Definitely the opposite of Team Rocket from Pokemon.) The ultimate message by the climax to the series is that you should stick to your goals and never give up on them. The other messages that are portrayed are that you should count on your friends for help, and you'll receive it, and that there's a side to every story and that everyone has good in them. The truly wicked will reveal their evil in the end. The ending will shock you, and to sum it up, it's a great story of brotherly love and friendships through tough times.