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Title: Full Metal Alchemist, Volume 1
Author: Hiromu Arakawa
Publisher: Published 2009 by Chuang Yi Publishing Pte Ltd. (first published January 1st 2002)
ISBN: 9789812607287
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Dabbling in alchemy carries a price. When brothers Edward and Alphonse played with the mystical power to alter the natural world, they both paid dearly. One lost an arm and a leg; the other became a soul locked into a body of living iron. Now these siblings are slaves of the evil military-alchemical complex, using their unique powers for dire purposes. Fullmetal Alchemist Dabbling in alchemy carries a price. When brothers Edward and Alphonse played with the mystical power to alter the natural world, they both paid dearly. One lost an arm and a leg; the other became a soul locked into a body of living iron. Now these siblings are slaves of the evil military-alchemical complex, using their unique powers for dire purposes. Fullmetal Alchemist combines powerful graphics with a strong original story line.

30 review for Full Metal Alchemist, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    This was great! Pumped to check out the anime(s) and more volumes of the manga soon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I have no idea what, in this manga, prompted an average rating of 4.47/5 stars. No idea. It's even higher than Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (which is the most read manga on GR) and Fairy Tail, Vol. 01 which, until it became too repetitive, used to be my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E manga series. Because the characters and drawings and world-building are extraordinary. Nonetheless, the world-building in this book too wasn't bad either. But there were too many characters that appeared and then disappeared... no I have no idea what, in this manga, prompted an average rating of 4.47/5 stars. No idea. It's even higher than Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (which is the most read manga on GR) and Fairy Tail, Vol. 01 which, until it became too repetitive, used to be my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E manga series. Because the characters and drawings and world-building are extraordinary. Nonetheless, the world-building in this book too wasn't bad either. But there were too many characters that appeared and then disappeared... no time to get attached. This is something that I think can be interesting but NOT in a first volume! Edward and his brother, however, were fun to follow on their ''adventures''. There was a good enough backstory but too short! Very little detail! I'm going to assume, though, that there will be more in the sequels. The premise was something I enjoyed too. Too many ''cases'' (problems) to resolve - I would prefer one but long, deep and poignant - but just the fact that there were alchemists in the storyline was something unique and I wish to discover more about them. I will continue with this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー)

    Buddy read with Bhavik It's my first time reading this series and I'm hyped! Looking forward to this so much, friend! I've decided to review each volume by chapter, as each chapter has an underlying theme that can't be ignored. Also, it's mostly me rambling and fangirling so I apologise in advance. Compared to most of my "articulate" reviews, these will be a jumbled mess. "The Two Alchemists" (二人の錬金術師 Futari no Renkinjutsushi) - containing one of the most memorable anime scenes of my childhood "If y Buddy read with Bhavik It's my first time reading this series and I'm hyped! Looking forward to this so much, friend! I've decided to review each volume by chapter, as each chapter has an underlying theme that can't be ignored. Also, it's mostly me rambling and fangirling so I apologise in advance. Compared to most of my "articulate" reviews, these will be a jumbled mess. "The Two Alchemists" (二人の錬金術師 Futari no Renkinjutsushi) - containing one of the most memorable anime scenes of my childhood "If you have enough faith, you'll definitely get bigger." This is the volume where we are introduced to Alphonse and Edward - the Elric brothers. And boy it's such a fantastic introduction. A little background of the world if you haven't watched/read FMA: Think if the industrial revolution took place with alchemy (a type of magic where different elements can be manipulated) took place. This chapter is all about corrupted religious institutions and their effect on people. I can't wait to be introduced to old favourites, but for now just seeing the brothers again is a treat. Still love that everyone assumes Alphonse is older. Edward's height often gets made fun of, which is always so much fun to read and watch. So there's this asshole called Cornello who belongs to the house of the sun god, Leto. Cornello reportedly has the philosopher's ring, a ring of restoration - a ring that can bring people back from the dead. Rose is an innocent girl who helps Cornello so that she can get her boyfriend back with the power of the philosopher's stone. After seeing my friend just lose her boyfriend so tragically and at such a young light, (and having a boyfriend of four years) I finally understand Rose's desperation. What I love love love about this chapter is that it critcises the hubris of both religious people and atheists. It shows that no matter what our beliefs, we can all be asses and holier-than-thou about it. Hiromu Arakawa is such a great writer! She shows that there is wisdom in the young and naivety in the old. Minor spoiler: The chapter ends with the reveal of Ed's arm and the whole scene is glorious. "The Price of Life" (命の代価 Inochi no Daika) I find out funny how Cornello thinks that Ed has committed the greatest sin (view spoiler)[the sin of human transmutation (hide spoiler)] what Cornello is doing is so much worse, especially given his age compared to when Ed did what he did. How can you blame two young boys for missing their mother after their father has walked out on them? Fullmetal Alchemist understands the importance of having the right balance of text and images in a comic. It's busy, but it doesn't bust your brain and give you a comic-induced headache. Al and Ed are just yin an yang - the fierce and gentle one, the proud and quiet one. I just love them. I love how they support each other on the road they have chosen - it's do or die to get their bodies back. It's rare in any story where the characters start out with a burden and a sacrifice - many new books have a character who only picks up a burden on the way. But this is why FMA is such a gem. I also love that Ed doesn't stop Cornello with alchemy, but with wits. Also, how could you not love Ed's facial expressions? Ooh and do I love a good story that doesn't end in forgiveness but death instead. Forgive me, but I'm petty like that. And what Ed says to Rose...powerful stuff. Also a lovely introduction to some of the main villains is in order... Chapter 3: "The Mining Town" (炭鉱の街 Tankō no Machi) Since I've only watched the original anime series, a lot of this is uncharted territory from here on out for me. So I'm so excited! A lot of good humour in this one. It also really highlights the prejudice against the alchemist military. I love how militia corruption is the main theme in this chapter, where previous chapters dealt with religious corruption. It shows the good and bad side of military members. Yoki is such an ass - he treats those below him badly but is a total sycophant to those above him. "Kid, you don't get it. This is our home and our coffin." This is such a good chapter that introduces us to the heart that Ed and Al have in helping others. They give so much, despite what they've lost. Chapter 4: "Battle on the Train" (車上の戦い Shajō no Tatakai) Crimes are being committed on trains by a bunch called the "blue group". WE GET INTRODUCED TO HAWKEYE AND MUSTANG AND THE GANG. Peeps, it's getting real. I'm Roy's number one fan, so everyone else can just move out the way please. IT"S MY ROYBOY Alright - back to the story. So Ed and Al end up on one of the trains that the Blue Group is going to steal from. What the Blue Group doesn't know is that they picked the wrong hostages. Ah, Alphonse. Always taking control while Ed kicks ass. <3 My boys. Al gets to shine a little in this one. After reading the 4th chapter, I can't help but think that each bad guy in every chapter of this volume represents some kind of greed - and we all know that greed (and Greed) plays a huge role in this manga. In this volume, it's pirate guy. (I didn't pick up on his name) Closing comments: I still believe that FMA is one of the most beautifully stylised manga in history. Also, this first volume shows us that although the philosopher's stone is the ultimate goal of our brothers, they never cease to help others along the way. We also get introduced to the Roy-Ed dynamic, which has always been one of my favourites. All-in-all, this is a fullmetal start to my buddy read with Bhavik

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    Love love love love love. It's actually been quite some time since I first read this volume, and now that my public library has finally started buying the series (just in time for me to leave town - thanks, guys) I checked out the first seven on a whim. I'd actually forgotten a lot about this volume. Somehow I got the idea that the Cornello/Liore plot was stretched over the entire volume, and that Youswell was in V. 2, and obviously that was wrong - and the train thing I'd forgotten entirely. It Love love love love love. It's actually been quite some time since I first read this volume, and now that my public library has finally started buying the series (just in time for me to leave town - thanks, guys) I checked out the first seven on a whim. I'd actually forgotten a lot about this volume. Somehow I got the idea that the Cornello/Liore plot was stretched over the entire volume, and that Youswell was in V. 2, and obviously that was wrong - and the train thing I'd forgotten entirely. It was interesting to go back, too, and compare the art and plotting of this volume to that of the very end. Obviously, there is significant improvement, but the seeds of - dare I say it? Yes, I do - greatness to come are definitely here. In much the same way as a webcomic artist develops over time, the art and plotting improve as the series goes on, but this first entry is the furthest thing from shabby. So anyhow, this volume. Yes. Youswell is my favorite plotline in it, possibly my favorite episodic entry in the series as a whole, because it really shows Ed's integrity as a character. I mean, all three plotlines do that, though the train one is not as good as the others just because its main purpose is to segue into an introduction of Mustang and Co. Youswell is still the best. It establishes so many things for the rest of the series - the idea of corruption in the military, Ed's renegade attitude, his almost instinctual commitment to doing the right thing no matter what, and more. It's really kind of amazing to look back on these first few chapters and wonder what Arakawa was thinking - I'd love to know how it is to work in manga publishing. Surely when she was writing/drawing these, she couldn't have imagined the massive success that would follow. What was she planning? The whole thing? And what a tragedy it would have been if the series had been canceled before it could run its full arc. (I assume this can happen in manga; it's only logical.) I remember reading this for the first time and being interested but at the same time put off by the episodic style, which I expected to be the norm for the entire series. If anyone else out there has that niggling worry, be not afraid: fairly quickly, a full arc asserts itself and it'll sweep you up entirely. Original rambling fangirly review under the spoiler tags - no actual spoilers. (view spoiler)[EDIT: So, I have this theory. Your first lengthy manga series is like your first Doctor Who. (Eccleston doesn't count; he's more like a short manga.) There is a certain undying loyalty that goes with it. For me, my first Doctor was Matt Smith. (Except for the aforementioned Eccleston; I did see the second episode of the first series and 'The Empty Child' before I saw 'The Eleventh Hour'.) Ergo, my loyalty as a viewer is to Smith, in defiance of all the rabid Tennant fans out there. In the same way, FMA was my first long manga. And really, I don't think anything will ever top it for me. What are you looking for in your story today? Would you like some kickass magic? How about an elegant and thorough plot? How about deep questions and powerful themes? And perhaps a side of laughs? And with all that, as a bonus, we'll throw in a gang of strong heroines to make up for the lack in much American YA. I'm glad I read this when I did, since I think it partly got me through my AP Chemistry homework. But I also envy those who get to read it now that it's completed. Seriously, those last few chapters had me on tenterhooks for weeks. I'll admit, I was surprised at how dang much I enjoy this series. But the story's really well done- enough drama, horror, humour and just plain AWESOMENESS to keep me intrigued and on my guard. I've started watching the anime now, and I'm not wild about how they're rearranging the chronology; otherwise, both versions are good. *** Okay, so at this point I'm about 3/4 of the way through the 2003 anime- I'll get to Brotherhood this summer, I swear!- and I'm really confusing myself. So a note- while it does help to have read the manga when watching the anime, do not do this concurrent. Because things go one way in the manga and another in the anime and it gets so baffling sometimes. I have to quiz someone who's seen/read both to get things straight- who's Bradley in this one, who's dead, what happens where/when, etc. I don't understand how anyone would prefer the anime to the manga, honestly. The manga's much more complex and interesting to me; the anime's condensed and loses some of the subtler characterization, sub-plots, and world development Arakawa put in. *** I WILL NOT RANT ABOUT THE SHITTY ENDING OF THE ANIME. I WILL NOT. I WILL NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE SHANNARA-ESQUE EPIC COPOUT. I WON'T, I WON'T, I WON'T. *** In other news: Gah, I am in so much love with this series. I'm going to get caught up this week. 106 is on OneManga, so it's certainly possible. Particularly happy with: Everything in the north, pretty much. Briggs ftw. I imagine myself there. Though I'd totally die. And zOMG, I'd steal Ed's fur-lined coat. FUZZY! Manga Sloth has so much Slothness on anime Sloth. Is it bad that I kind of like Gluttony? As a character, not fangirling, but I think he's funny and kind of charming in a really friggin dangerous little kid way. I love Arakawa's extras. Especially Riza and the Pride-stickers. I lol'd so hard. I've spent far too much time looking up fanart for this on DeviantArt. Especially Royai. Definitely an OTP. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    full series review now up on my channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9cDc... YAY a new favourite! My boyfriend and I recently bought the full boxset of this manga (27 volumes hell to the yeah!) because it was EXTREMELY cheap* on bookdepository and we have no self control. I have been wanting to read this for so long and now I'm getting into it and honestly I am so hype. The story is so much fun and I already love both Edward and Alphonse. I find Edward incredibly relatable... not because of full series review now up on my channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9cDc... YAY a new favourite! My boyfriend and I recently bought the full boxset of this manga (27 volumes hell to the yeah!) because it was EXTREMELY cheap* on bookdepository and we have no self control. I have been wanting to read this for so long and now I'm getting into it and honestly I am so hype. The story is so much fun and I already love both Edward and Alphonse. I find Edward incredibly relatable... not because of his sad backstory or anything like that but because of his angry reactions when people point out how short he is because that is what I do. I love the way alchemy works and the fights are really well done. I'm keen to learn more about it all (I am already so hooked on the story). The art style is really cool and has cute little moments that I find really charming. Definitely recommend to people! I'm excited to continue reading this manga series and then watch the anime on Netflix. Goodbye social life! *Just a heads up that the boxset is actually still on sale so if you're interested it is currently over 50% off which is CRAZY and if you're keen you can buy it here https://www.bookdepository.com/Fullme...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    2 Stars Um.... Am I missing something?? This series has a super high average (4.49 as I write this) and several of my friends have really enjoyed it. But I was just very underwhelmed? This is incredibly creative, both the magical aspect and the brothers being the way they are. The brothers were both fun characters and their loyalty to each other was enjoyable. But I wish this world had been explained a little more before they just started embarking on all these different adventures. It sort of fe 2 Stars Um.... Am I missing something?? This series has a super high average (4.49 as I write this) and several of my friends have really enjoyed it. But I was just very underwhelmed? This is incredibly creative, both the magical aspect and the brothers being the way they are. The brothers were both fun characters and their loyalty to each other was enjoyable. But I wish this world had been explained a little more before they just started embarking on all these different adventures. It sort of feels like they are just going to wonder town to town and keep getting in trouble. Not only was the large cast of side characters kind of annoying, but there didn't seem to be much of an overreaching plot. I know lots of people love this series, but it's just not for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Antonio

    Quiero empezar diciendo que la moraleja de esta historia es nunca, Nunca, por lo que más quieras NUNCA dejes a niños sin supervisión. Edward y Alphonse Elric son unos niños prodigios en Alquimia, la ciencia que parece magia, por una razón, bastante comprensible y dramática, ellos van a cometer uno de los pocos tabús que existen en la alquimia, la transmutación humana, tratando de recuperar a su madre, trayendo consigo, catastróficas consecuencias Alphonse pierde su cuerpo humano y Edward pierde Quiero empezar diciendo que la moraleja de esta historia es nunca, Nunca, por lo que más quieras NUNCA dejes a niños sin supervisión. Edward y Alphonse Elric son unos niños prodigios en Alquimia, la ciencia que parece magia, por una razón, bastante comprensible y dramática, ellos van a cometer uno de los pocos tabús que existen en la alquimia, la transmutación humana, tratando de recuperar a su madre, trayendo consigo, catastróficas consecuencias Alphonse pierde su cuerpo humano y Edward pierde un brazo y una pierna, a partir de este momento ambos se fijaran una meta, conseguir la piedra filosofal para poder recuperar sus cuerpos… Así Edward se convertirá en un alquimista nacional al servicio de los militares, sacrificando su infancia y la de su hermano, aprendiendo la regla primordial de la alquimia, el intercambio equivalente El hombre no puede obtener nada sin primero dar algo a cambio. Para crear, algo de igual valor debe perderse. Esa es la primera ley de la Alquimia de la Equivalencia de Intercambio. La historia es muy elaborada, con matices psicológicos que paran los pelos, trama política, religiosa y militar muy bien desarrollada, puedo decir sin lugar a dudas que este es uno de los mejores mangas que existen, combinando maravillosamente acción y una historia excepcional, como pocos lo hacen. Por su originalidad, sus protagonistas únicos, su onda steampunk, y su buena dosis de drama, recomiendo este manga a todo el mundo, ya sea si eres fanático de este estilo de comic japonés o eres nuevo en su mundo. Levántate y camina, persigue tus sueños, tienes dos piernas en perfecto estado para hacerlo. P.D. también recomiendo sus adaptaciones como animes, el primero del 2002, como el segundo del 2009, siendo este último, Fullmetal alchemist brotherhood la adaptación más fiel y con el mejor final. Ahora sí, no escribo más ;-)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ilias

    I can't imagine someone not liking this. I just can't.... If you like manga, you will like this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mattia Ravasi

    Video review Perfection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    3.5 stars *flips coin to decide whether to round up or down* Of all the stages of grief, "bargaining" has always struck me as the most interesting and memorable: the appraisal of all we have and don't have, and the hypothetical transactions that we think would make things better. It's an activity whose allure is counterbalanced by its low probability of success. What would the world be like if bargaining actually had some chance of working? That's the world of Fullmetal Alchemist. Following the d 3.5 stars *flips coin to decide whether to round up or down* Of all the stages of grief, "bargaining" has always struck me as the most interesting and memorable: the appraisal of all we have and don't have, and the hypothetical transactions that we think would make things better. It's an activity whose allure is counterbalanced by its low probability of success. What would the world be like if bargaining actually had some chance of working? That's the world of Fullmetal Alchemist. Following the death of their mother, the brothers Edward and Alphonse engage in an alchemical ritual that seems guaranteed to bring her back. They fail, but that's not the worst of it; in the process, Edward loses a limb and Alphonse loses his whole body, left as a soul inhabiting a hollow suit of armor. We follow them as they attempt to put their lives and bodies back together, encountering other, dangerous alchemists along the way. This first volume is very episodic, covering three stories that seem pretty independent of each other. The first story, which I think was the longest of the three, was my favorite. It's about the vulnerability of people who want to retrieve the irretrievable, and it shows what the brothers learned from their own attempts at doing that. The art is cleverly done; sometimes the most effective way to convey a horrible image is to barely show the edge of it and leave the rest up to reader/viewer imagination, and here it's done to great effect. Though, this volume as a whole isn't super serious. In the preface, Hiromu Arakawa talks about her fondness for B-movies and how she wanted to create a similar effect in this manga, and I think she succeeded at that. There are a lot of hilarious, over-the-top action scenes, and I love when humor comes through in the art style and people suddenly turn into freaked-out stick figures. However, action scenes don't hold my attention for very long, and I ultimately didn't find those parts of the story to be particularly memorable. Nonetheless, I'm excited to continue with the series and I'm looking forward to seeing some kind of continual story-arc emerge. The story has an interesting magic system, with real power coming at real cost. More importantly, it has a big heart. And Alphonse is adorable. More please!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Jasmine

    Haven't read a manga in such a long time!!! I loved the Elric brothers!!! Can't wait to keep reading!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aisyah ♡

    It's been 10 years-ish since I first read it, still one of the best shonen manga ever. It is right up there with the classics such as Naruto, Bleach, Death Note etc. Join Edward Elric and his brother, Alphonse Elric in the quest of finding the ultimate power of alchemy in a world that is filled with science, magic and automails. This manga is intelligent and downright riveting, I've read it countless of times and it never fails to entertain and amaze me. It has a solid story line and excellent gr It's been 10 years-ish since I first read it, still one of the best shonen manga ever. It is right up there with the classics such as Naruto, Bleach, Death Note etc. Join Edward Elric and his brother, Alphonse Elric in the quest of finding the ultimate power of alchemy in a world that is filled with science, magic and automails. This manga is intelligent and downright riveting, I've read it countless of times and it never fails to entertain and amaze me. It has a solid story line and excellent graphic, the action/fighting sequence is cool and amazing. The relationship between Ed and Al is sweet and honest, I'm touched by their brotherly love because even though they fight and bicker a lot, they truly care and would do anything for one another. I can't help but root for them from start to finish. Being orphans from such a young age, they rely on each other for support. It breaks my heart during the flashback scenes with their deceased mother, Trisha Elric and also their mentor, Izumi Curtis who acts as the motherly figure in this manga. This manga is action-packed, unique, creative and heartfelt, I highly recommend it. Just read this damn manga already!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lizziegolightly

    Fullmetal Alchemist in its anime form is one of my favorite television shows. I watch it religiously, even now that I have seen every episode. I never read manga before and basically, I picked up this edition because of my devotion to the program. This first installment of the manga is damn near close to (if not completely) identical to the first few episodes of the show. I won't give away the plot twists, just for those of you who haven't seen it yet. The essential storyline, though, is that Fullmetal Alchemist in its anime form is one of my favorite television shows. I watch it religiously, even now that I have seen every episode. I never read manga before and basically, I picked up this edition because of my devotion to the program. This first installment of the manga is damn near close to (if not completely) identical to the first few episodes of the show. I won't give away the plot twists, just for those of you who haven't seen it yet. The essential storyline, though, is that brothers Ed and Al attempt to use alchemy to bring back their mother from the dead. Instead, Ed loses some limbs and Al loses his whole body. Despite the fact that Al's soul is encased in a suit of armor, Ed is actually the Fullmetal Alchemist (I think "Fullmetal" is a translation of Japanese slang for pigheaded). Ed ends up working for the military and Al comes along with him and the ultimate hope is that, while working as alchemists, they can find the Philosopher's Stone that will hopefully restore their bodies. The theme of the series is Equivalent Exchange, the idea that in order to gain something, one must give up something of equal value. It's something I believe as truth even in the world of non-alchemists, so perhaps that's why I'm drawn to this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    King Haddock

    I have become a skeptical reader over the years. It's because I've read A LOT. I was the kid who could read over 12,000 pages in a single summer - and I know because I counted. So I learned about plots, characterization, and all the things authors can do to make reading a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, after a while, you become so knowledgeable of the meta-world that you lose sight of the treasure within the tale. Frequently I pick up a fantasy or science-fiction novel off a shelf and think, I have become a skeptical reader over the years. It's because I've read A LOT. I was the kid who could read over 12,000 pages in a single summer - and I know because I counted. So I learned about plots, characterization, and all the things authors can do to make reading a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, after a while, you become so knowledgeable of the meta-world that you lose sight of the treasure within the tale. Frequently I pick up a fantasy or science-fiction novel off a shelf and think, "This looks exactly like everything else." But. Fullmetal Alchemist. blew. me. away. As you can tell from my previous reviews of this first book (I kept them below... but I felt the need to rewrite this review YET AGAIN, sorry everyone), it took me a little bit of time to get into the series. It was good, but it didn't stand out to me too much at first. Books one and two didn't excite me all that much, and in fact I was a little offended by some of the content. Maybe you don't have that problem, but if you do share my lack of "hm, it's okay," just keep reading. Hiromu Arakawa created a world of alchemy, something that makes me want to be an alchemist because it's just so amazing. She wrote in characters with heart-wrenching back stories and wonderful personalities. I have developed a strong opinion of every single character in the series, something that few authors can really get me to do. We've got an incredible cast with wide personalities, and they're all so incredibly distinct. I squeal over Armstrong, squeal over Mustang and Hawkeye, and most of all, squeal over the relationship between Edward and Alphonse. There are two things that make this series absolutely fantastic beyond belief, and the first is the brothers and emotional depth we see there. The relationship between Ed and Al is incredibly poignant, heart-breaking, and heart-warming. They have gone through an incredible amount in their lives, and you feel it just as strongly as they do. I don't know that I could be any more invested in characters than this. We see loyalty, love, and perseverance. How Ed defends Al gets me every time. This brings me to the second incredible thing that distinguishes FMA from anything else I have read: the depth in the story. We aren't just in for action (though we've got a lot of that), romance (though there's certainly the "aww" moments), humor (though I always crack up), or plot twists (though Arakawa is ingenious in plot progression). We get a whole set of deep questions. The characters aren't just alchemists - they ask WHY they do it, if it's worth doing it, when it's worth doing it, what they should do with it. WMorals come up everywhere - when is it okay to kill people, if ever? How should we deal with sacrifice? How do we treat human souls? When does someone stop becoming human? We're bashed with questions over sacrifice, genocide, utilitarianism versus deontology... You don't just have an adventure when you read FMA, you have a real experience that leads you away changed and... in my case... absolutely obsessed. More comments about FMA can be found in my other reviews. You can even check out the first half of #27 to see my reaction when I completed the series (I give a warning before I start on volume-specific comments). Happy reading. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I decided to reread the first two volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist because: 1. I hadn't read them in a while 2. I plan to continue reading the series about now 3. The library didn't have book three in. So. As a second read-through, I would say the series is much better. In fact, I just bumped it up from three to four stars. Or maybe it's because I read the book in slightly a different light. The first two books contain a lot of philosophical analysis concerning religion. I do not inherently consider this a bad thing; contrarily, the first two chapters in which a very cult-like society is realistically formed intrigued me during my re-read. I mean, it has all the standards one might psychologically expect: a strong, egotistic leader whom everyone follows without question, the claims of being a direct representative from God, a closed community, a desire for power amongst the authorities, etc. So that was sort of fun to analyze. But then - to continue onto book two (I might as well when on this train of thought) - we meet Scar, who even uses some possible vague scriptural references such as "there is a time to create and to destroy." Now, I do not have a problem with those sorts of psycho-religious bad guys, but I think one thing that got me disjointed at the beginning of FMA is the seemingly constant negative religious spin. Maybe that's me, maybe that's just the first two books... I don't know. It's not that Hiromu Arakawa does not have valid points concerning religions' dangerous facets, it's just very flinchingly one-sided at the moment. To clarify that ramble: maybe that's why I rated the first book three stars at first. Now let's get onto the good stuff. Rereading it, I found a bit more enjoyment in the dialogue and personality of the characters (first reread, it took me until book two to get the hang of it all). And there are some interesting moral questions brought up in this series that I find intriguing... a lot of teleological versus deontological issues, some I would have solved differently, but still fun to read. And the alchemy setting is well-done, particularly about the cost of trying to transmute humans. Very nice. I think it's hard to review manga based on just the first volume, so I think my opinions will become more relevant the further along I go in the series. Which, so I hope, will be further than book two this go-round! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Original review: As a first book in a series, it doesn't really particularly stand out - except that you can see a lot of potential where it is going. The second book of the series is where I started to really get into the storyline (because this one, like many first books, is such an introduction you can't really claim too much of a significant storyline).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nərmin

    First rewiev Very good and entertaining opening... I liked Elric brothers and Edward is so cool with that intelligence and style. His shortness is cute though.) The artwork is not that pretty but good enough to deliver the story. Going to read next volumes.) Rewiev of all manga 4.85 stars One of the best manga in the world! Even if I haven't read all the manga, I can surely say it. God! Who transmuted all these onions into tears? But don't worry, Edward. It is tears of joy! This one month of my li First rewiev Very good and entertaining opening... I liked Elric brothers and Edward is so cool with that intelligence and style. His shortness is cute though.) The artwork is not that pretty but good enough to deliver the story. Going to read next volumes.) Rewiev of all manga 4.85 stars One of the best manga in the world! Even if I haven't read all the manga, I can surely say it. God! Who transmuted all these onions into tears? But don't worry, Edward. It is tears of joy! This one month of my life was a great journey into fantastic alchemy worlds! Hiromi Arakawa did wonderful job with this manga! She is now one of my favorite mangaka! The powerful parts of this manga: 1. Incredibly solid and well-executed idea, story! So complex and beautiful! 2. Wonderfully drawn and memorable, lovable characters! Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, Winry Rockbell, Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye, Ling, Lan Fan, May Chang, Scar, Olivier Armstrong, Alex Armstrong, Maes Hughes, Van Hohenheim, Izumi Curtis-my favorite characters! The side characters who gave the story great development! Even the homonculi and "father" were well-developed evil characters. 3. Gorgeous artwork! 4. The experiences I had with the manga, lessons I have learned. The theme of friendship, truth, knowledge, love, brotherhood, help, mercy, forgiveness... The bad and good sides of seven deadly sins... 5. The ending! You know the story is very good that the ending makes you cry even though it is a happy ending. I don't want to left this world! The story, doubtless, will live with me forever. Now it is time for the favorite quotes: Humankind cannot gain something without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. This is Alchemy's First Law of Equivalent Exchange. A lesson without pain is meaningless. For you cannot gain anything without sacrificing something else in return, but once you have overcome it and made it your own...you will gain an irreplaceable fullmetal heart. “Stand up and walk. Keep moving forward. You've got two good legs. So get up and use them. You're strong enough to make your own path.” “It’s ironic that as scientists that don’t believe in god, were the ones that are closest to god.” “Greed may not be good, but it’s not so bad either. You humans think greed is just for money or power, but everyone wants something they can’t have.” “Your hands weren't meant to take peoples lives. They were meant to save them.” “A king is no king without his people, but a people without their king would be lost as well." “I think being so passionate about something is a talent in itself.” “Life will come to an end, a return to dust from which we came... The spirit becomes memories living in the minds of people.”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hassan

    I appreciate the originality in Manga. they're always original and different than any other story. and this one was as good as any Manga i've read, i'm just hoping that we could discover more of the world and the magic system, cause it's a bit vague so far.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Irmak

    İlk ciltler her zaman başımın belasıdır ama buna rağmen sevdim. Fakat umuyorum ki ilerleyen ciltlerde böyle kesit kesit olaylardan ziyade bi bütün okuruz. Ben bütünü her zaman tercih ederim. Sorry not sorry.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bhavik (Semi Hiatus)

    The best goddamn masterpiece ever in written history.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    Not really blown away, but it is a great start for Fullmetal Alchemist! It is a great teaser for everything you will expect from the series. Hiromu Arakawa has perfectly set the pace and the amount of humor and action in the story. As early as now, I can see why this is one of the best rated manga series in history. Volume 1 establishes the foundations of a terrific tale of the Alchemist brothers and I am very excited to be in this crazy, fun (and at times endearing) manga ride.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Really fun manga! It's somewhat similar to Dragon Ball with its playful and humorous tone and loveable characters, and it also has a more serious overarching plot and some very cool mythos and world building. Will definitely keep on reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette ♔ House of Slytheread

    I first saw this series on Netflix. Let me just say I watched almost all of the episodes till Netflix assholes took out seasons two and three for NO REASON. I love this series! Not my first anime I've fell in love with but I of course fell in love with the characters anyways, two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alican Bozkurt

    Death Note'mu daha iyi yoksa bu mu karar veremedim ama sanırım bunu okurken daha çok eğlendim çünkü Edward çok badass xd

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    3.5 Stars This was a super fun first volume! I have the feeling I'm really going to enjoy this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Abdollahi

    Even if you've watched Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, you should still read the manga, since it has more adventures that were deleted in Brotherhood. This was quite fun. The story revolves aroun the Elric brothers, whom have performed the forbidden alchemical trnasmutation: Human transmutation. In an attempt to bring back their dead mother, Edward Elric loses his left leg, and his younger brother, Alphonse, loses his whole body. In a desperate attempt to bring back his brother, he sacrifices h Even if you've watched Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, you should still read the manga, since it has more adventures that were deleted in Brotherhood. This was quite fun. The story revolves aroun the Elric brothers, whom have performed the forbidden alchemical trnasmutation: Human transmutation. In an attempt to bring back their dead mother, Edward Elric loses his left leg, and his younger brother, Alphonse, loses his whole body. In a desperate attempt to bring back his brother, he sacrifices his right arm to bind his brother's soul to a suit of armor. The boys learn about the Philosophers Stone, a mystical item that greatly amplifies alchemical powers, and begin to search for it in order to restore their original bodies. In order to have more access to the world, Ed becomes a State Alchemist, a dog of the military. This volume collects their adventures in Leore, the mining town (which was barely include in Brotherhood.) and the train hijacking (completely removed from Brotherhood.) I've watched the whole anime, so I know what's gonna happen, but the manga's still pretty good. The arts understandable, the drawings fluid, and the fight scenes easy to understand. It's also quite funny and will probably make you laugh. If you want to start getting into manga, I suggest that you start with this. Yes, it's Shounen, manga written for young boys, but FMA has a beautiful story. It may seem childish and comedicmostmof the time, but, judging from the anime which was completely based on the manga, the story gets darker and more serious. It's even been called one of the saddest anime of all time. In of the best, at that matter. Definitely recommend for sci-fi/fantasy/comedy/manga/action fans.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Fullmetal Alchemist happens to be a one-of-a-kind in the manga genre. I mean, c'mon people: has ANYONE encountered such a brilliantly diverse series? Amongst a world of manga that is somewhat the same and unoriginal(enough with the vampire manga already, people!), Fullmetal Alchemist, or FMA as it is nicknamed by fans, stands out. This series is so well-known that I really shouldn't have to summarize it, but I will just in case you are one of the five or six people on this planet who have no ide Fullmetal Alchemist happens to be a one-of-a-kind in the manga genre. I mean, c'mon people: has ANYONE encountered such a brilliantly diverse series? Amongst a world of manga that is somewhat the same and unoriginal(enough with the vampire manga already, people!), Fullmetal Alchemist, or FMA as it is nicknamed by fans, stands out. This series is so well-known that I really shouldn't have to summarize it, but I will just in case you are one of the five or six people on this planet who have no idea what this series is about: Twelve-year-old Edward Elric and his ten-year-old brother Alphonse have just lost their mother to a terminal illness. Abandoned by their father at an early age, they decide to learn the science of alchemy to try and resurrect her from the dead. Their attempt fails by a huge margin, leaving Ed minus two limbs and Al's soul glued to a seven foot tall suit of armor. Fast forward a few years: the two oddball brothers are on a search for the mythical Philosophers Stone, something that has been said to amplify alchemy, making it possible for the brothers to get their bodies back to normal. To aid him in his search, Ed has joined the military, becoming a State Alchemist in order to be granted access to the gigantic hordes of information that the state reserves for the 'dogs of the military,' in the hopes that there will be some kind of clue as to the stone's whereabouts. To be blunt, Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the best manga's that I have ever read, period. The characterization is done to perfection (it's IMPOSSIBLE not to like Ed and Al), the plot has enough twists and turns to keep your head spinning, and the art is unique and wonderful to look at. If you haven't already read this series, then what are you waiting for? I command you to read FMA and I dare you not to like it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Fullmetal Alchemist è un anime che guardavo saltuariamente su Mtv quando ero piú piccola. Finalmente mi sono avvicinata al manga. Come nell'anime, ho sempre adorato Edward e Al e il loro rapporto che è a dir poco fantastico. Non ricordo molto della trama, solo l'odio si Edward nei confronti di chi gli dà del basso xD Non vedo l'ora di proseguire la lettura *.*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    *metaphorically cracks knuckles* - a good start, introduced to the main characters and got a basic background on them and the plot - i think the overarching plot of the series has to do with the philosopher's stone, but it was only mentioned in chapter 1? - i really like edward. he's a little shit so ofc i would like him most. - chapter 1 is probably my fave of the four. - the art style seemed a little messy, but in a good way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carla Dente

    Chabooooooooon. Había empezado a ver el anime (Brotherhood, no el más antiguo) pero voy a dejar de hacerlo hasta terminar el manga. ¡LO AMÉ! La historia que es súper atrapante, los personajes que son geniales, la forma en la que está plasmada la alquimia y los chistes absurdos me pueden demasiado. El corazón me duele de solo pensar que son 27 tomos, pero creo que valen mucho la pena. ¿Será que le terminaré poniendo 5 estrellas a toda la saga? mmmm.... Ya veremos.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mal

    Honestly so glad to be reading this. Finally, right? Haha! I watched Brotherhood a while back and was totally in love (though, admittedly, I didn't like the first season much and had a hard time keeping at it, but once I took a break and then came back I was hella ready to plow through it). Crying though because I know things and I don't wanna go through that again D: *cry*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Tharwat

    First time to read a manga😅excited to read the rest of the volumes....

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