Fullmetal Alchemist started out as a Manga written by Arakawa, Hiromu. It was first published on July 12, 2001. The last manga was published on September 11th 2010. It ran for one hundred and sixteen chapters. That is twenty seven volumes. The written form of Fullmetal Alchemist did not end with the manga series. There was also a novel series that ran from 2003 to 2010 for seven volumes. The novel series was just as engaging if not more so than the manga series. I had read both the manga series and the novel and I fell the novel was more enjoyable. I believe this is due to the fact that I had read the manga and watched the anime series by the time I read the novels. The novels added to the rich world of Fullmetal Alchemist.
The anime series, or rather the first anime series, Fullmetal Alchemist first aired October 4th, 2003 and ended less than a year later. With 51 episodes Fullmetal Alchemist tells the story of two brothers Edward and Alphones Elric. This series spawned several movies, collectables, and even an alternate telling of the anime series. The alternate series was called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. This series ran from April 5th 2009 until July 4th 2010. It ran for an amazing 64 episodes. That’s 13 more episodes than the original. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a closer retelling of the manga series.
The franchise did not end with the manga series, novels, or either anime series. While researching for this post I learned that there are two more chapters of the series coming. Not only that, but there is a live action movie in the works. To learn more about the new chapters you can go here https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-12/hiromu-arakawa-draws-new-fullmetal-alchemist-manga-for-live-action-film-screenings/.118721
You can check out the live action trailer below.