<span style='font-size:9pt;line-height:100%'>Shortly after the announcement concerning the licensing of the Full Metal Alchemist PS2 game arrived, it was made known to the public that FUNimation had licensed the series and plans to bring it to America.
Full Metal Alchemist will air on Cartoon Network, slated for October of 2004. This suggests that FUNimation had owned the license long before the announcement was made, and worked on translating and dubbing it for a U.S. Audience.
They have also recently launched their official website at www.fullmetalalchemist.com , on this site you can find two trailers for the series, one of which reveals to us the dubbing for Alphonse.
As a result of the licensing, this website will be taking down all infringing materials, direct downloads, torrents are gone. As soon as we can confirm the status of other licensed materials you can expect them to slowly dissapear as well. Fullmetal-Alchemist.com respects the licensing rights and laws of the American license holder.
Below you can find the official announcement regarding the game:</span>
Square-Enix today demonstrated one of their recent games now slated for Americanization. Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel, having already been released in Japan as a comic, anime, DVD, and videogame, has done quite well for Square. The company now believes it's possible to develop products for multiple mediums under one roof. So, in partnership with Funimation, Square intends to duplicate the same Fullmetal phenomenon found in Japan in the United States.
Funimation will handle distributing the Fullmetal Alchemist cartoon in North America -- a cartoon that has already sold 51 episodes to Cartoon Network for an October air date. Square, of course, is picking up the game end of things, namely the lengthy localization process, which requires trying to Americanize an...interesting...storyline. Expect it Spring of 2005.
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