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Adult Swim to Debut Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Update 3)

posted on 2010-02-04 18:14 EST
English dub cast announced for premiere at midnight, February 14

The LA Angeles Weekly newspaper's blog has confirmed that the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime series will premiere on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block in the United States at midnight EST/PST on February 14. The anime will run for 26 episodes in the Saturday evening/Sunday morning timeslot. The newspaper also confirmed the English dub's cast:

Vic Mignogna: Edward Elric
Caitlin Glass: Winry Rockbell
Travis Willingham: Roy Mustang
Laura Bailey: Lust
Wendy Powell: Envy
Chris Cason: Gluttony
Sonny Strait: Maes Hughes
Ed Blaylock: Fuhrer King Bradley
Colleen Clinkenbeard: Riza Hawkeye
Mike McFarland: Jean Havoc
Maxey Whitehead: Alphonse Elric
J. Michael Tatum: Scar
Bryan Massey: Isaac McDougal

Late last month, Adult Swim's internal web server had already listed "Fullmetal Alchemist" in this timeslot, and had publicly confirmed as early as January 19 that a "new anime" would run in the timeslot. However, today's news is the first public confirmation that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the version that will run.

Like the first Fullmetal Alchemist television series in 2003-2004, the ongoing Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime adapts Hiromu Arakawa's dark fantasy manga about two brothers who risked their bodies with human alchemy to unsuccessfully resurrect their mother. Now the two attempt to restore their bodies by seeking the illusive Philosopher's Stone, and they are not alone in their quest.

Unlike the earlier anime effort, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows the manga more closely; Arakawa has acknowledged that her manga is coming to an end soon. The new anime retains the same main cast from the earlier anime's English dub, except for two recasted characters and one all-new character. Maxey Whitehead replaces Aaron Dismuke as Alphonse Elric, and J. Michael Tatum already replaced Dameon Clarke as Scar in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium Collection video spinoff. Bryan Massey plays the new character Isaac McDougal.

Funimation began streaming the television anime series in Japanese with English subtitles in North America last April, and it will release Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part One on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 25. The Blu-ray Disc version will be based on "HD masters of FMA: Brotherhood from Japan." Viz Media published the 22nd volume of the original manga last month.

Image © Hiromu Arakawa/FA Projects, MBS

Update: More background and story information added. Thanks to nhjm449 for the Adult Swim schedule news tip.

Update 2: Funimation added its confirmation of the news.

Update 3: Adult Swim's online video schedule lists a "new anime" that will stream on Wednesdays, starting on February 17. Thanks, bayoab.

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