For the past couple of days, Fullmetal fans have been getting in a bit of a flap over FUNimation’s expiring rights. On Monday, they announced that their rights to the anime reboot Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and the movie Conqueror of Shamballa extend no further than March 31st, and that their streaming and reprints will be cut off after this date. But, to quell their watchers’ worries, FUNimation have confirmed with Anime News Network that they still hold the rights to the original 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist show. So we can all calm down just a little.

Still, North American admirers of the Elrics, and by pre-emption us in the UK as Funimation Now comes to our isles this month, must say a fond farewell to their caring handling of Brotherhood and the 2005 movie. Explaining the upcoming expiry, FUNimation paid their respects to the franchise and said: “Combining alchemical action, great humor, and a moving, truly universal story of loss, redemption and what it means to be human, the adventures of the Elric brothers have resonated with fans all over the world for over a decade. We laughed with them, we cried with them, but alas, all good things must come to an end.”

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