Meet Master Elric

August 2, 2009


Edward Elric (エドワード・エルリック), commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character in the Fullmetal Alchemist anime and manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Edward, the “Fullmetal Alchemist”, is the youngest State Alchemist in history of the country and the main character of the series. He and his younger brother, Alphonse Elric, scour the world in search of the Philosopher’s Stone in the hopes of restoring their bodies. Edward’s left leg and right arm are made of a kind of high-class prosthetic named automail due to losing them when he and Alphonse tried to resurrect their mother. Ed has also appeared in other media from the series, including the video games, the original video animations(OVAs) and the light novels.

Edward is born in a small town named Resembool, where he lives with his younger brother, Alphonse, and both of his parents, Trisha Elric and Hohenheim. When Hohenheim embarks on a journey and Trisha dies of an illness several years later, the two young boys are left as orphans. Their neighbor, Pinako Rockbell, then begins looking after them. During that time, the brothers concentrate on studying alchemy in hopes of bringing their mother back to life and are able to train with a skilled alchemist named Izumi Curtis.When they return home from their training, they proceed to try the taboo art of Human transmutation but fail, costing Edward his left leg and Alphonse his entire body. Edward then performs a second transmutation, sacrificing his own right arm to bind Alphonse’s soul to a nearby suit of armor. Edward becomes a State Alchemist in order to find a way to recover their bodies through use of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Winry Rockbell, his childhood friend, also outfits him with prosthetic automail limbs to replace those that he lost. It is because of these metal parts that Edward is given the title “Fullmetal Alchemist”. During their search they become the target of an Ishvalan called Scar and of the Homunculi.

When Edward and Alphonse discover that the homunculi and the Philosopher’s Stone are related, they work together with Lin Yao and Roy Mustang in order to find them.However, after the Elric brothers meet the first homuculus “Father”, they are forced to keep working with the military by the higher ups secretly using their friends from Resembool as hostages. Being unable to protect them, Ed and Al go to the north of the country to request help from Olivier Mira Armstrong.Shortly after arriving there, the State Alchemist Solf J. Kimblee, takes Winry to the north along with him to keep forcing him to work. When they are ordered to capture the Ishvalan, Scar, they decide to ask him to help them to move Winry to a safe place. Once they succeed, Ed starts working with the rebelled homunculus Greed, who is in the body of Lin Yao, and finds out that “Father” plans to make a human transmutation out of the entire country. Ed, Al, and all of their allies thus unite in an effort to bring down Father.


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