Plot: Two young gifted wizards--I mean alchemists--try and use their scientific sorcery to bring back their mother. Things fall apart. To get their bodies back (completely in the case of young Alphonse and merely a few limbs in the case older Edward), they get in over their heads in the ranks of the state military, and eventually in a grandeose epic best describe as what if the basic plot of Star Wars took place in the Harry Potter universe and the censors were turned off.
Verdict: This may be nothing but shounen, every frame of the ending has the theme of friendship is magic, but sometimes a good cup of shounen tea, in this case a great--if violent--cup of shounen tea, is a good cup of shounen tea. Give it a watch when you are feeling sad and depressed.
Facts: 27-volume 101 chapter manga, 64 half-hour episodes and a movie length mini-story. The author of the original manga is Ms. Hiromu Arakawa. Notable voices include Chris Sabat and Vic Mignogna.
Bechtel-Sarkeesian Test: Passed more than shown (it is a big ensamble cast actually).
Better than Star Wars: Passed more than shown (again large well developed cast).
The Die Hard Test: Pass (take a moment to cry for SPOILER WARNING)
Low Angle Syndrome: Yes, there is some on four occasions for two characters, but only two of these four took away from the tone. These are minor blips, though...
Suck it Disney: Passed fairly well...