English: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST
The plot takes place in the country of Armestris, which is basically like an alternate WW2 Germany.
It is constantly at war for reasons that are less than just and is ruled by a rather nefarious government.
What makes this world special is that alchemy is the primary science instead of the much less fun and flashy science of our own reality.
Alchemy allows practitioners to transmute material into other useful material, and basically do all kinds of awesome stuff!
Our heroes are the Elric brothers, who wish to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone and gain back their original bodies that they lost in a forbidden alchemy ritual gone horribly wrong.
In order to search for the stone, they join the military. Unfortunately this means they have to serve under a rather evil government and face strong moral dilemmas. The Elric brothers don’t wish to take part in the government’s genocidal campaigns, but they need the military in order to accomplish their own personal goals.
Of course, things are a bit more complicated by the fact that many in the military are actually good people and are either unaware of just how bad the government is, or feel remorse for their crimes and wish to change the government.
This is refreshing for a shonen series in which “good and evil” is too often clear cut.
We have all seen Hollywood movies where the German Army is filled with nothing but pure evil monsters with zero humanity.
As a side note, eventually Hollywood got MUCH better with treating the Germans this way… thanks to us ethnic Germans making up 40% of the US population, but Hollywood STILL treats the Russians and certain other groups this way!
Eventually, the Elric brothers uncover the frightening truth that the real leader
behind the government is an ancient evil being called “Father” who uses his homunculus minions to due his bidding and wishes for ultimate knowledge and power! The Elric brothers also make many allies on their adventures including Scar, the Xingese, and Hohenheim, who all contribute in the fight against Father.
The plot ultimately concludes with a very happy ending, which pleased fans far more than the bittersweet ending of the 2003 anime. It should also be noted that unlike the plot of the 2003 anime, FMA Brotherhood mostly stays faithful the Hiromu Arakawa’s original manga.