Fullmetal Alchemist aka Hagane no Renkinjutsushi is a Japanese shonen manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. Edward Elric, a young, brilliant alchemist, has lost much in his twelve-year life: when he and his brother Alphonse try to resurrect their dead mother through the forbidden act of human transmutation, Edward loses his brother as well as two of his limbs. With his supreme alchemy skills, Edward binds Alphonses soul to a large suit of armor.