Post Reply What day is Edward Elric's birthday?
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This is what it said in Absolute Anime about Ed's Birth date
Before I get to the birth date, let me first cover Ed's age. In the beginning of the first episode, he is 11 years old. Then, later in the episode, we skip forward to when he is 15 years old. In episode 6, he has a birthday and turns from 11 year old Ed into 12 year old Ed. Then in episode 24, he has another birthday, turning from 15 year old Ed into 16 year old Ed.

Now, several sites ( notashrimp.com and DRIFTER , for example) say that Ed's birth date is October 11, 1899 (and I'm also told this is from some book biography), and another (Official FMA Fan Site) states that his birthday is February 3, 1899. What we know for sure is that his birth date is sometime between October and February, because from February 1910 to October 3, 1910 he was still 11 years old. So we've narrowed it down to Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, or Feb.

In the episode "The Alchemy Exam", Edward, Alphonse, and Nina are seen playing outside in the snow (and is thus sometime during winter) when Maes Hughes then comes up wishing Edward a happy birthday (this was the same day Hughes's daughter, Elicia, was born, and occurred just before Ed went to take the exam, thus making him 12 at that time). So it seems like his birthday would be in a winter month... of course, this is an alternate diminsion, so who is to say which months are winter!

Thankfully, we get an even stronger clue in Episode 5, when Riza yells at Hughes that babies are not born after only 5 months (because Hughes is rambling on about the baby and preparing for its birth). This episode takes place on October 6th, and Riza's comment implies that the Elicia is expected in about 4 months, which would be February. We do find out later that Elicia is born pre-mature, but since she was healthy it couldn't have been all that early. So this gives us a better estimate of about January or February.

One dedicated fan actually attempted to calculate Ed's birthday, so I'll share that with you in a moment. Unfortunately, their English wasn't very good, so I tried to reconstruct the message as best I could. If you have any clarifications on it, please contact me. If you have any questions about it, I most likely won't be able to answer them because it's been too long since I've seen this and don't remember most of what they're talking about.

The day when Ed and Al set out after setting fire to their house is October 3rd (night time). The next episode starts at October 4th. They travel for 3 days and 2 nights, so Episode 5 is October 6th. Episode 6 is October 6th, then they eat dinner and head to bed, which becomes October 7th. After that, assuming each picture means 1 day, when we get to Edward reading in the library, it is October 11. Then we're at the scene outside with Ed and Nina playing in the snow.

Date Range Age
Feb–Oct, 1899 00
Feb–Oct, 1900 01
Feb–Oct, 1901 02
. . . . . .
Feb–Oct, 1908 09
Feb–Oct, 1909 10
Feb–Oct, 1910 11
Feb–Oct, 1911 12
Feb–Oct, 1912 13
Feb–Oct, 1913 14
Feb–Oct, 1914 15
Feb–Oct, 1915 16
Feb–Oct, 1916 17

The big assumption made there is that each picture means one day, which may very well not be true at all. Alphonse even makes the statement "We spent the months before the exam". Following the timeline above, the time between when they leave home and his birthday would only be a month and a few days tops; he would have used the word 'weeks' for that time-frame, using 'months' suggests a considerable longer amount of time has passed. Thus it seems like Ed's birth date would be at least a month AFTER October 11th, if not more.

The first episode shows us that it is Continental year 1910, and that Ed is 11 years old, which would seem to indicate that he was born in the year 1899. However, logically Ed could have been born at any time in the final months of 1898 as well as the first months of 1899, based on the snowy backdrop to his 12th birthday (the Alchemy Exam), and still have been 11-years-old in October of 1910 (Mother). If he was indeed born in December, it would have been in 1898... if it fell slightly later in winter, such as January or February, it would have been 1899. Apparently the second manga Guidebook for Fullmetal Alchemist gives a timeline which specifies that both Edward and Winry are born in 1899. (Note: Once I get confirmation of this, we can narrow Ed's birthday to between Jan 1, 1899 and Feb 11, 1899).

Now, at the end of one episode (49, 50, or 51... I can't remember which exactly) when Alphonse is giving the information for the next episode, he says "In the year 1916, 16 demons covered the skies of London." At this time, Ed is 16 years old, which could fit since we only know that he would be 17 by February 1916, and thus he could be 16 before then.


Okay, now if all that wasn't confusing enough, there seems to be other information indicating that Ed was born in 1905. When Ed arrived in our world, it was 1921 AD and he was 16 years old (Ed has his 16th birthday in the hospital shortly after the Lab 5 incident on the day Winry arrives from Resembool, during the episode "Fullmetal Heart"), thus indicating that Ed would have been born in 1905. And then in one of the OVAs (entitled Children, I believe), it is stated that in our world, "Edward Elric will be 100 years old in 2005", which indicates a birth year of 1905. This is all easily explained, however. Our world and Ed's world are two different dimensions, and the years do not correlate between the two. In the movie, while Ed is in our 1923, when we visit Mustang at a snowy outpost, it says "Continental Calender Year 1917." That's 6 years behind our calender.

Note that in the movie, Ed is 16 years old when arrive on Earth, but he lives there for two years so he is 18 years old during 1923 when we come into the story.

So when or what day is Ed's birthday?
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Posted 3/11/08
hmm.. that's a good question.
I'm not sure. Maybe he has many birthdays .. LOL just joking .
I tried searching for it, but nothing came up...
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Posted 3/11/08

animejoy95 wrote:

hmm.. that's a good question.
I'm not sure. Maybe he has many birthdays .. LOL just joking .
I tried searching for it, but nothing came up...


I did that too now but I didn't work so now I'm trying to ask Vic Mignogna(Ed's Eng. Voice actor) Ed's birthday.I'm sure he'll tell me(He's a really nice guy,he'll do anything 4 his fan).Oh and thanks 4 uploading FMA
episode,U ROX!!!I'll try to invited more people K?
Posted 3/13/08
Now that you mention it I never heard anyone said what day is his birthday.The only person who knew that is the
creator of FMA.Sorry i couldn't help you but that is a really good question
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxPlIHIlPnI&feature=related

This is an awsome vid from the ova... the ending I guess it shows Ed in our world in his 100 aniverary?!?!?! Its crazy just see teh video
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Posted 8/19/08
Thanks for telling use about the vid but it doesn't really tell U what day his birthday is...
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well im third of feb i would like to keep that as his birthday to make me happy

thnx for the info

you rock ^^
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