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Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood: Skippable Fillers

Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime packed with action and comedy while discussing an important debate on science vs. religion.

It has two versions, FMA and FMA Brotherhood. FMA deviates completely from the plot present in the manga during its second half, whereas FMA Brotherhood sticks to the manga throughout the story.  

Fullmetal Alchemist anime has two adaptations of its manga, Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009).

Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) has 33 confirmed filler episodes while there are only 2 fillers out of 64 episodes in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009).

Since FMA stopped following the manga, there are tons of fillers that form a different story.

You shouldn’t skip those fillers if you want to watch FMA since they are important for the new plot despite being non-canon.

All Is One - Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Trailer
All Is One- Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Trailer

1. Quick List (Fullmetal Alchemist: 2003)

  • Canon: 1, 17
  • Partial Canon: 2-3, 7, 11-13, 18-20, 23, 25-28, 33-34
  • Filler: 4-6, 8-10, 14-16, 21-22, 24, 29-32, 35-51
Episode No.TitleAir DateWatch Links
4A Forger’s Love2003-10-25Netflix
5The Man with the Mechanical Arm2003-11-01Netflix
6The Alchemy Exam2003-11-08Netflix
8The Philosopher’s Stone2003-11-22Netflix
9Be Thou for the People2003-11-29Netflix
10The Phantom Thief2003-12-06            Netflix
14Destruction’s Right Hand2004-01-10Netflix
15The Ishbal Massacre2004-01-17Netflix
16That Which Is Lost2004-01-24Netflix
21The Red Glow2004-02-28Netflix
22Created Human2004-03-06Netflix
24Bonding Memories2004-03-20Netflix
29The Untainted Child2004-04-24Netflix
30Assault on South Headquarters2004-05-01Netflix
31Sin2004-05-08Netflix
32Dante of the Deep Forest2004-05-15    Netflix
35Reunion of the Fallen2004-06-12    Netflix
36The Sinner Within2004-06-19Netflix
37The Flame Alchemist, The Bachelor Lieutenant & The Mystery of Warehouse 132004-06-26    Netflix
38With the River’s Flow2004-07-03            Netflix
39Secret of Ishbal2004-07-10Netflix
40The Scar2004-07-17Netflix
41Holy Mother2004-07-24Netflix
42His Name is Unknown2004-07-24Netflix
43The Stray Dog2004-07-31Netflix
44Hohenheim of Light2004-08-07Netflix
45A Rotted Heart    2004-08-21Netflix
46Human Transmutation2004-08-28Netflix
47Sealing the Homunculus2004-09-04Netflix
48Goodbye2004-09-11    Netflix
49The Other Side of the Gate2004-09-18Netflix
50Death2004-09-25Netflix
51Laws and Promises              2004-10-02           Netflix

2. Quick List (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: 2009)

  • Canon: 2-3, 5-8, 10-12, 15-26, 28-64
  • Partial Canon: 4, 9, 13-14
  • Filler: 1, 27
Episode No.TitleAir DateWatch Links
1Fullmetal Alchemist2009-04-05Crunchyroll
27Interlude Party2009-10-11Crunchyroll

3. Which fillers can you skip?

Fillers in FMA (2003) make up a huge part of the plot, so you cannot skip them at all, except for a select few. You must watch all the fillers in FMA (2003) for the story to make sense.  

Fullmetal Alchemist & Brotherhood: Skippable Fillers
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood | Source: Netflix
  • A Forger’s Love (Episode 4)
  • The Phantom Thief (Episode 10)

FMA Brotherhood, on the other hand, follows the manga religiously and hence, has unimportant fillers that can be skipped.

  • Fullmetal Alchemist (Episode 1)
  • Interlude Party (Episode 27)

4. About Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is a manga-based anime written by Hiromu Arakawa. It was first published in Monthly Shonen Gangan. The story is about two brothers, Edward and Alphonse.

Both of them gifted with the powers of alchemy. While trying to bring their mother back to life, they fail and are left with severely damaged bodies.

They then begin their quest for the philosopher’s stone, which is the only thing that would save them.

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