Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Ending Explained!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a masterpiece in its own right, and it’s no surprise that it’s widely regarded as one of the greatest anime shows ever made.

Unlike other anime that disappoint you with an unsatisfying ending or leave you hanging, FMAB wrapped everything up with a neat little bow. It was perfect from start to finish, and its conclusion was one of the most satisfying and emotional moments in anime history.

Edward defeated Father in the final battle and sacrificed his alchemy to bring Alphonse back to life. The show ended with Edward proposing to Winry and the couple having two children – a son and a daughter.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Ending Explained!
Ed in Father | Source: IMDB

The ending is like a warm hug after a long and emotional journey. Let’s dive into the heart-warming finale of this beloved anime.

SPOILERS AHEAD! This page contains spoilers from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

What Happens in the Ending of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood?

I. The Ultimate Showdown

The final battle in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was nothing short of epic! Father became an all-knowing, perfect being after opening the Gate of the planet and absorbing God itself.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Father | Source: IMDB

Everyone was in serious trouble until Hohenheim used his Philosopher’s Stone to hold Father off. The Alkahestry reversal plan was put into action, bringing Father to a mortal state.

Father wasn’t going down without a fight, though. He threw out one final last of energy, but Hohenheim saved the Elrics by taking the full brunt of it. What a hero! His sacrifice inspired everyone to fight even harder.

Father was almost out of Philosopher’s Stones, but Ed’s automail arm was busted so he couldn’t use alchemy. Al reversed the exchange his brother made long ago and sacrificed his soul to restore Ed’s arm.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Ending Explained!
Ed thunder clap | Source: IMDB

Edward used both arms to launch a barrage of attacks against Father, eventually punching a hole through his chest. Father was sent to the Gate, where he met the Truth and was exterminated.

II. The Price of Alchemy

After defeating Father, Edward performed human transmutation on himself, sending himself to the Gate of Truth. He sacrificed his ability to use alchemy to bring Alphonse to life in his original body. Alphonse returned to the physical world, and the brothers were finally reunited in their true forms.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Ending Explained
Al | Source: IMDB

The price of alchemy was a central theme of FMAB and it served as a powerful metaphor for the idea that all actions have consequences, and that the pursuit of power and knowledge must always be tempered by a willingness to accept the costs. 

The Elric brothers’ journey was a powerful exploration of this idea, as they learned the hard way that sacrifice was a necessary part of the equation.

III. Happily Ever After

Once the dust had finally settled, Colonel Mustang was offered a deal to help rebuild Ishval in exchange for a Philosopher’s Stone. Scar also pitched in to help with the reconstruction efforts.

Meanwhile, Edward and Alphonse returned to their hometown Resembool and reunited with Winry. Two years later, Al jetted to Xing with Jerso and Zampano to learn alkahestry, while Edward stayed in the west.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Ending Explained!
Family photo | Source: IMDB

The show ended on a sweet note, with Edward proposing a deal to Winry before he left. We also got to see what happened to our other beloved characters: Van Hohenheim was buried next to Trisha; Ling became the emperor of Xing; Mustang and Riza were rebuilding the east.

And let’s not forget about Ed’s two cute kiddos. All in all, a pretty neat way to wrap up the story.

Difference Between the Endings of FMAB and FMA

The endings of FMAB and FMA are like two peas in a pod…if one of those peas was really sour. 

In FMA, the door of Truth leads to a portal to another world where Ed loses his alchemy and gets trapped in the real world during World War I, leaving Al on the other side.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Ending Explained!
Elric Brothers | Source: IMDB

FMAB’s ending is a whole different story. Overall, the ending of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is much happier and provides a more satisfying conclusion after years of hardship in both series.

Uncovering The Truth About “The Truth”

In the world of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, “Truth” is a god-like being that controls all the secrets of alchemy and puts humans in their place when they try to act all high and mighty.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Ending Explained!
The Truth | Source: IMDB

But Truth has a more powerful message to convey. The character of Truth appears to serve as a teacher, imparting a lesson in humility and encouraging humans to be themselves rather than aspiring to be like him.

The show emphasizes that humans must recognize their limitations and learn to respect the natural laws that govern the universe, or they will suffer dire consequences.

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About Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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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