Alphonse Elric is one of the most tragic characters in anime history. In an attempt to bring back his mother to life alongside his brother Edward, the siblings found themselves a terrible example of the "law of equivalent exchange". Edward lost both an arm and a leg as part of the alchemy experiment, where Alphonse lost his entire body, only to be placed into a suit of body armor in an attempt to save his life. Now, the voice actor behind Alphonse from Fullmetal Alchemist, Rie Kugimiya, will be making an appearance in the Big Apple at Anime NYC to answer fan questions and discuss the popular anime franchise!
Anime News Network shared the news that Rie Kugimiya would be appearing at the upcoming Big Apple anime convention, which will mark her first time visiting North America during her career, giving western fans their first opportunity to chat with Alphonse in person:
#News Anime NYC Event to Host Voice Actress Rie Kugimiya in Her 1st U․S. Appearance • The staff of the Anime NYC convention announced on Monday that the event will host voice actress Rie Kugimiya at the event. The event will mark Kugimiya's… https://t.co/UjZTQk0eZI— Anime News Network (@Anime) September 30, 2019
Alphonse through both series of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood acted as the calm and collected of the two brothers, with Edward usually flying off the handle following someone making fun of his lack of height. Though Alphonse didn't have the alchemy abilities of his brother, he was certainly no slouch and his giant form made him quite a formidable physical opponent.
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Fullmetal Alchemist was originally created by Hiromu Arakawa for Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 2001. The story follows two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who learn alchemy in order to bring back their deceased mother. After a terrible miscalculation, however, the two brothers pay a terrible price with Alphonse even losing his body and linking his soul to a suit of armor. As the two boys search for an alchemy that will restore their bodies to their original forms, they join the military and deal with a whole host of new political, ethical, and moral issues.
Bones' first attempt at adapting the series into an anime successfully ran for 51 episodes in 2003, but was marred by fans for its pacing issues and deviations from the original source. Bones later produced a more faithful adaptation in 2009 with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and the series was much better received than its predecessor.