FUNimation confirmed with an ad posted on Monday (May 30th) that its home video and streaming rights for the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime will expire a month from now, on June 31st. With their rights also having expired for the 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood reboot anime and the Conqueror of Shamballa film on March 31st, as in this previous case they will stop streaming the series, and will no longer reprint its home video releases.

While wishing farewell to the beloved anime based on Hiromu Arakawa’s manga, FUNimation paid their respects by saying, “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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Dominic Cuthbert

Very true. That’s why I still prefer physical releases (when can afford them, haha).

The Otaku Judge

I’m surprised that they don’t want to extend the license given how popular FMA is. One of the dangers of digital over physical collections is that you never know when your fave shows will suddenly vanish.