you know what? out of the hundreds of anime i watched in my life, FullMetal Alchemist was in the top 3. most of my friends dont understand the complex storyline, therefor, dont like it. but from first episode to the movie, i understood all of which they were applying. I recommend this anime to viewers as a 5 star anime and should watch the episode from start to finish without long period breaks ( e.g. weeks, months).