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FMA Manga-anime Differences? How Well Are FMA Anime And FMA Manga Correlated?, SPOILERS inside!
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post Mar 31 2005, 11:47 AM
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ETA: 12/23/06 by Tombow

For FMA anime fans who are wondering how FMA anime story line is carried over in FMA manga:

FMA manga has very, very, VERY different story line from FMA anime.
It was more or less similar during the first season of FMA anime, but during the second season, FMA anime story line went far different from FMA manga.
I mean, UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, TOTALLY different way.

As Reika and RocketJess and mommaG and others have posted on this thread, FMA manga started first, but the anime was made before a lot of the manga had been released. And, following the Manga version of FMA storyline faithfully would have meant not animating it until the manga was actually written .... When they started the animation project, there were only 2 volumes out, and many later scenes were based on what Arakawa-sensai told them she was planning to write, according to the interview with the director in a recent Newtype USA.

*The first chapter of the FMA manga was published in Shounen Gangan in 2001 and one chapter every month thereafter (at this current moment, up to chapter 48).

*The first episode of the anime was aired over Japanese TV in 2003. At that point in time, the manga was dealing with its Devil's Nest arc.

So the anime quickly got ahead of the manga and they made up their own story, using a mixture of Arakawa's plans and their own ideas. Anime starts at manga volume 2 and started separating somewhere between manga volume 4-5, and there's not much of anything coincident from episode 37 on.

By the time FMA anime has completed with the FMA "Shambara" movie, FMA anime and FMA manga were not even in the same world!! mellow.gif

Basically, by now it's safe to say FMA manga is a different story altogether from FMA anime. smile.gif

Spoiler Alert!!! biggrin.gif

Besides THE MAJOR story differences of "the other world" FMA anime story line NEVER HAPPENS in FMA manga, there are smaller anime/manga differences. And, some of them are listed below.


The following is a partial list of FMA manga/anime differences, posted by Nepharski on Oct. 13, 2005. (Since then lot more differences have emerged, but these still hold true in most parts. Though, I edited and added few extras here. You can find Nepharski's post with the original list on page 4, post #51 of this thread.)
  • Furher King Bradley is Wrath, not Pride. Pride is still unknown in manga. The Kid known as Wrath in anime does not exist in manga.
  • Sloth is not the product from Trisha. Sloth is a huge male monster in manga.
  • Frank Archer does not exist.
  • Kimbley is still incarcerated. Appears only in Scar's flashbacks and at the destruction of Lab 5. (ETA: Later gets released and goes to North and blah blah.)
  • Yoki lives now as Scars "Servant."
  • Fletcher and Russel Trigum do not exist in the manga.
  • Greed was never trapped in Lab 5 in the manga.
  • Basque Grand has not yet appeared in the manga, if ever. He is supposedly dead from the start.
  • Shou Tucker is killed by Scar right after his experiment is discovered. He does not get transformed into a chimera.
  • Scar killed Winry's parents.
  • Dante does not exist in the manga.
  • Ling, Mei, RanFan, & fellow Xingians do not appear in Anime.
  • Homonuculi are created artificial humans in the manga, NOT failed human transmutation side-effects.
  • Homonuculi can only be destroyed via the stated biblical/inferno punishment for each of their respective sins.
  • Homonuculi are created by someone known as The Father.
  • The Psiren and Other Brothers Elric parts do not exist in the Manga.
  • Number 48's head is killed by Lust and body killed by Envy, both before they can reveal the truth to Edward.
  • Barry's true manga body is nothing like his anime body, and is revealed after the fact, not before. Also, Barry plays more significant role in manga.
  • Maria Ross is used as a scapegoat, accused of murder, then escapes to Xing with Mustang and others' help.
And, the following is FMA manga/anime timelines put together by our THE FMA manga expert csakuras and posted on LiveJournal, but since you have to be a member to see that content, I repost it here. (Hope that's ok with csakuras. happy.gif)

Anime Timeline
1899- Edward & Winry are born
1900- Alphonse is born
1902- Hohenheim leaves
1905- Ed & Al's first transmutation (Ed: 6 yrs old, Al: 5 yrs old)
1907- Rockbells killed (Ed: 8, Al: 7)
1909- Trisha dies (Ed: 10, Al: 9)
Apprenticeship with Izumi
1910- February, Failed transmutation (Ed: 11, Al: 10)
February-October, Automail surgery & rehabilitation
October 3rd, Ed & Al burn their house and leave Resembool
1911- State Alchemist exam passed (Ed: 12, Al: 11)
1914- Present Day (Ed: 15, Al: 14)

Manga Timeline
1899- Edward & Winry are born
1900- Alphonse is born
1904- Hohenheim leaves
Ed & Al start doing alchemy (Ed: 5, Al: 4)
Trisha dies
1908- Rockbells are killed
Summer, apprenticeship with Izumi (Ed: 9, Al: 8)
Winter, Ed & Al return to Resembool
1910- Failed transmutation (Ed: 11, Al: 10)
Automail surgery & rehabilitation (takes aprox. 1 year)
1911- October, State Alchemist exam passed (Ed: 12, Al: 11)
October 3rd, Ed & Al burn their house and leave Resembool
1914- Present Day (Ed: 15, Al: 14)



<Thanks, fyleow for letting me share your post space!! ^^ ~Tombow >
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<The following is fyleow's original post. ^^>


I just finished watching the anime and I was wondering how well the manga for FMA and the anime match up. The ending of the anime felt rushed but that's expected since the manga is still ongoing. I was just wondering if the anime's ending is what the author intended or one that's created to end the anime?
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Actually she believes that it should, not that it does.

There's a difference between "should apply" and "does apply".
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- fyleow   FMA Manga-anime Differences? How Well Are FMA Anime And FMA Manga Correlated?   Mar 31 2005, 11:47 AM
- - Kinbari-chan   The anime and manga start to drift off in seperate...   Mar 31 2005, 12:40 PM
- - Kyo_Umerio   acutally the Manga and Anime are nothing alike. th...   Mar 31 2005, 03:57 PM
- - ScarredSweetheart   Yeah, some differences between the anime and mang...   Mar 31 2005, 04:33 PM
- - Kyo_Umerio   *nods* i very much so love the Manga more than the...   Mar 31 2005, 04:37 PM
- - ScarredSweetheart   I especially hate how they changed Lusts death in ...   Mar 31 2005, 04:51 PM
- - Kyo_Umerio   through so spoiler tags around that will ya? and i...   Mar 31 2005, 06:50 PM
- - CSakuraS   The FMA anime and manga are really, REALLY differe...   Mar 31 2005, 09:56 PM
- - Kali   The manga normally comes first and hence is always...   Mar 31 2005, 10:38 PM
- - Kyo_Umerio   tell your sister that if she has been watching the...   Mar 31 2005, 11:00 PM
|- - fyleow   I find it odd that it can differ by so much, espec...   Mar 31 2005, 11:37 PM
- - Kyo_Umerio   well i must totally agree with Guest on all of the...   Apr 1 2005, 12:27 PM
- - Guest   Guest Uh, I guess the manga is _much_ better with...   Apr 1 2005, 08:49 PM
|- - Umeko   Hmm... you annoy me. But I can't come up with...   Apr 1 2005, 10:02 PM
|- - CSakuraS   Uh, I guess the manga is _much_ better with Hohenh...   Apr 2 2005, 06:39 AM
- - GAT   CSakuraS We don't know that Hohenheim is the F...   Apr 2 2005, 07:35 AM
- - ScarredSweetheart   Hmmm. Well, so far the manga is incomplete, but th...   Apr 2 2005, 12:39 PM
|- - Kyo_Umerio   QUOTE(ScarredSweetheart @ Apr 2 2005, 01:39 P...   Apr 2 2005, 08:46 PM
- - ScarredSweetheart   I read somewhere that the show creators had to cha...   Apr 2 2005, 09:13 PM
|- - Umeko   QUOTE(ScarredSweetheart @ Apr 2 2005, 11:13 P...   Apr 2 2005, 09:20 PM
|- - Kyo_Umerio   QUOTE(Umeko @ Apr 2 2005, 10:20 PM)QUOTE(Scar...   Apr 2 2005, 09:23 PM
|- - Umeko   QUOTE(Kyo_Umerio @ Apr 2 2005, 11:23 PM)QUOTE...   Apr 2 2005, 09:48 PM
|- - Kyo_Umerio   QUOTE(Umeko @ Apr 2 2005, 10:48 PM)QUOTE(Kyo_...   Apr 2 2005, 10:06 PM
||- - Umeko   Right, that too. XD   Apr 2 2005, 10:26 PM
|- - NeoKakashi   QUOTE(Umeko @ Apr 2 2005, 09:48 PM)QUOTE(Kyo_...   Apr 18 2005, 03:35 AM
|- - Umeko   QUOTE(NeoKakashi @ Apr 18 2005, 06:35 AM)Anyw...   Apr 18 2005, 07:38 AM
- - CSakuraS   And besides the English dub for the anime uses the...   Apr 2 2005, 11:49 PM
|- - Umeko   QUOTE(CSakuraS @ Apr 3 2005, 01:49 AM)And bes...   Apr 3 2005, 08:45 AM
- - ScarredSweetheart   Huh, so if its just a translation note, it has abs...   Apr 3 2005, 11:44 AM
|- - Umeko   QUOTE(ScarredSweetheart @ Apr 3 2005, 01:44 P...   Apr 3 2005, 12:59 PM
- - Kyo_Umerio   *tries to think* is there anything in the Manga th...   Apr 3 2005, 04:44 PM
|- - Umeko   QUOTE(Kyo_Umerio @ Apr 3 2005, 06:44 PM)*trie...   Apr 4 2005, 10:16 AM
|- - Sensenic   QUOTE(Umeko @ Apr 3 2005, 08:59 PM)QUOTE(Sca...   Apr 18 2005, 01:52 PM
|- - Kyo_Umerio   QUOTE(Sensenic @ Apr 18 2005, 02:52 PM)QUOTE(...   Apr 18 2005, 03:12 PM
|- - Umeko   QUOTE(Sensenic @ Apr 18 2005, 04:52 PM)Nope, ...   Apr 19 2005, 12:53 PM
|- - Kyo_Umerio   QUOTE(Umeko @ Apr 19 2005, 01:53 PM)QUOTE(Sen...   Apr 19 2005, 08:00 PM
- - Kyo_Umerio   hmmmmm i dont remember that part *looks*   Apr 4 2005, 11:41 AM
- - Momiji   So..the general idea here is that the anime and th...   Apr 17 2005, 09:59 AM
|- - Umeko   QUOTE(Momiji @ Apr 17 2005, 12:59 PM)So..the ...   Apr 17 2005, 01:57 PM
- - NeoKakashi   Exactly. Equivalent Exchange is proven to be fals...   Apr 18 2005, 08:20 AM
- - Guest   Argh! Amestris is neither England nor Germany ...   Apr 18 2005, 07:01 PM
|- - Kyo_Umerio   QUOTE(Guest @ Apr 18 2005, 08:01 PM)Argh...   Apr 18 2005, 08:37 PM
- - Kirara   Personally I never thought the FMA world in the ma...   Apr 24 2005, 01:12 PM
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- - mommaG   Of course, using the Manga version faithfully woul...   May 2 2005, 04:02 PM
- - Chagan   @BellatrixAngelofKyo - Actually, Fullmetal vs. Fla...   May 3 2005, 04:05 PM
|- - Kyo_Umerio   ^ and just to note, Ed vs. Roy was episode 13   May 3 2005, 09:40 PM
- - BellatrixAngelofKyo   QUOTE (Chagan @ May 3 2005, 07:05 PM) @Be...   May 3 2005, 11:54 PM
|- - Kyo_Umerio   QUOTE (BellatrixAngelofKyo @ May 4 2005, 02...   May 4 2005, 01:11 PM
- - Shinobi Alchemist   OT: Which of them was made first? The Anime or the...   Jul 7 2005, 07:02 AM
|- - Sensenic   QUOTE (Kyo_Umerio @ May 9 2005, 04:31 PM)*bl...   Jul 7 2005, 04:01 PM
- - Guest   QUOTE (Shinobi Alchemist @ Jul 7 2005, 07:02 ...   Jul 7 2005, 06:15 PM
- - nakagos bunny   <Merged "Editing a post in Help With Manga...   Oct 13 2005, 05:23 PM
|- - Nepharski   QUOTE(nakagos bunny @ Oct 13 2005, 04:23 ...   Oct 13 2005, 06:19 PM
|- - Guest   QUOTE(Nepharski @ Oct 13 2005, 06:19 PM) ...   Oct 13 2005, 08:23 PM
|- - Sensenic   QUOTE(Nepharski @ Oct 13 2005, 06:19 PM) ...   Oct 14 2005, 03:51 AM
||- - nakagos bunny   Someone told me there was a statement by Scar in t...   Oct 14 2005, 03:13 PM
||- - CSakuraS   QUOTE(nakagos bunny @ Oct 14 2005, 03:13 ...   Oct 14 2005, 04:00 PM
||- - Antimony   QUOTE(nakagos bunny @ Oct 14 2005, 06:13 ...   Oct 14 2005, 04:01 PM
|- - Nepharski   QUOTE(Guest @ Oct 13 2005, 07:23 PM) 3000...   Oct 14 2005, 08:29 PM
- - Kirara   QUOTE-The humunculis are not failed human transmua...   Oct 13 2005, 05:47 PM
- - darkangelslayer   This thread could go on for ages...   Oct 13 2005, 05:48 PM
- - Dark_Fishie   CsakuraS posted a comparison of the Ed & Al ma...   Oct 13 2005, 06:58 PM
- - Kirara   I kind of think Envy's true form is its motiv...   Oct 14 2005, 04:57 PM
|- - nakagos bunny   I was hoping the Scar thing was true. That would ...   Oct 14 2005, 07:25 PM
|- - Ciella   QUOTE(nakagos bunny @ Oct 14 2005, 10:25 ...   Oct 14 2005, 08:01 PM
- - Kirara   QUOTENo child Wrath, eh? So the whole Izumi story ...   Oct 14 2005, 07:59 PM
- - Reika   I'm trying to post since yesterday >.< ...   Oct 16 2005, 11:34 PM
|- - Guest   QUOTE(Reika @ Oct 16 2005, 11:34 PM) 3007...   Oct 17 2005, 07:31 PM
|- - NeoKakashi   QUOTE(Guest @ Oct 17 2005, 07:31 PM) 3010...   Oct 19 2005, 02:37 PM
|- - Guest   QUOTE(NeoKakashi @ Oct 19 2005, 02:37 PM)...   Oct 19 2005, 07:03 PM
|- - NeoKakashi   QUOTE(Guest @ Oct 19 2005, 07:03 PM) 3019...   Oct 20 2005, 10:16 AM
|- - Guest   QUOTE(NeoKakashi @ Oct 20 2005, 10:16 AM)...   Oct 22 2005, 09:58 PM
- - nakagos bunny   So the Wrath character from the anime is based on ...   Oct 17 2005, 04:45 PM
- - Guest   *I'm Reika* QUOTEActually, in the Flame Alchem...   Oct 18 2005, 12:41 AM
- - Reika   That was me, yeah, I reread it and no, he goes on ...   Oct 18 2005, 08:05 AM
- - Miniskirt   There wasn't any mountain with red water, was ...   Oct 19 2005, 02:39 PM
- - NeoKakashi   No, but red water still exists >_<   Oct 19 2005, 02:41 PM
- - Miniskirt   I see   Oct 19 2005, 02:47 PM
- - Reika   They are saying it is in the novel, I haven't ...   Oct 20 2005, 12:21 AM
|- - Guest   QUOTE(Reika @ Oct 20 2005, 12:21 AM) 3020...   Oct 20 2005, 03:25 AM
- - Reika   I see, thanks ^^   Oct 20 2005, 07:22 AM
- - Full Metal Elf   Hmmmm....yes, there are a LOT of differences betwe...   Oct 20 2005, 08:59 AM
- - Reika   I think that one was already stated   Oct 20 2005, 09:02 AM
- - Full Metal Elf   ^^ Yea, probably.......but most things have, heheh...   Oct 20 2005, 09:51 AM
- - Reika   QUOTECorrect me if I'm wrong, but I thought th...   Oct 20 2005, 11:11 AM
- - Reika   I would say they used practically only their ideas...   Oct 21 2005, 03:35 PM
- - Reika   Another little difference: -Manga's cars are ...   Oct 23 2005, 04:57 AM
|- - Antimony   QUOTE(Reika @ Oct 23 2005, 07:57 AM) 3034...   Oct 23 2005, 01:55 PM
|- - Guest   QUOTE(Reika @ Oct 23 2005, 04:57 AM) 3034...   Oct 23 2005, 07:32 PM
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- - Reika   I know, but it's different from the anime   Oct 24 2005, 08:56 AM
- - lemonbuzz   i havent seen all the mangas yet... but this helpe...   Sep 2 2006, 06:26 PM
- - The random alchemist   oh another difference: Lust death/Gluttony's r...   Dec 21 2006, 08:36 PM
- - Funderful   If it has not been mentioned before, Homunculii a...   Dec 22 2006, 03:13 PM
|- - The random alchemist   QUOTE(Funderful @ Dec 22 2006, 03:13 PM) ...   Dec 22 2006, 06:34 PM
- - Cardboard Box Junkie   I think the confusion over the red water/PS being ...   Dec 23 2006, 12:00 AM
- - kaken   Could someone explain when the manga and anime ...   Dec 31 2006, 07:14 AM
- - Edamame   Kaken, the manga and the anime pretty much split a...   Dec 31 2006, 10:29 AM
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