Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

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Graphic Novel - 2005
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As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric dabbled in alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed into a suit of armor. Now, they are searching for the fabled Philosopher's Stone to restore what they've lost.
Publisher: San Francisco : Viz, 2005
ISBN: 9781591169208
1591169208
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5952 Ar12H01 2005
Characteristics: 179 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Loo, Egan
Truman, Wayne
Alternative Title: Full metal alchemist. 1

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mdprime
Aug 10, 2018

This is one of the first manga series I read to completion and it remains one of my favorites. I picked it up after I learned that it went in a different direction than the original anime (though the second series Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood released some years later and adapted the manga much more closely). It features a vast assortment of interesting characters and somehow manages to avoid falling into familiar tropes that crop up again and again in anime and manga. It also explores some darker themes than one would expect from a series that follows a couple of kids/teens. Highly recommended.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

In a world of incredible and dangerous magic, two brothers learn the hard way that sometimes getting what you want isn't all it's cracked up to be. A richly illustrated and intricate manga series for die-hard fans of steampunk badassery.

Scythers Sep 14, 2017

After Bakuman, this is my favorite manga series. the characters are well developed and learn throughout the series. They don't so much learn new moves so much as learning about themselves, their country and truth. Of course, the principle of alchemy is unrealistic, as are some parts of combat (like with Mr Armstrong), but on a whole, things happen in a fairly realistic plausible way: the heroes don't always win every battle, nor do they always save the day. Heroes are flawed also, and make mistakes, suffer guilt and shame, as well as have serious trauma. The depth to the characters, particularly the Elrics, is a wonder to behold considering it is a manga. I had so many emotions and had to think some things through pretty strongly. A few things make this series even better: No harem, minimal fan-service (and not very provocative either), no miraculous power of friendship or hair-growing power-ups. I just loved it and I hope you will too. But be forewarned that it is slightly dark and gruesome at times.

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failnandes
Jun 27, 2016

I. LOVED. THIS.
I have never felt so connected to characters before!! I can relate to Ed's feelings, Al's feelings, Winry's feelings, EVERYONE'S feelings! I loved this series, and I also loved the Brotherhood anime series! I have watched it three times now, and I just can't get enough of it! I love the laughs, and I love the seriousness that it has as well! They're making a FMA Live Action, and I cannot wait to go watch that as well! Go and read this series! It'll change your perspective of chemistry forever!

Eliteotaku May 27, 2016

Very enjoyable I definitely recommend and the whole series teaches you some great things if you understand it

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Silver_A
Feb 16, 2015

Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the best manga series out there!
I love the character development and overall plot line! I seriously recommend this to all my teenage friends.

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gage2010
Feb 13, 2015

Fun manga series. I enjoy this series because the characters are relatable (losing family/personality quirks) and funny (kitties and anger management-- yay!). All characters (even the bad guys and 3rd party characters) are deserving of your love. It is a very original story but it is also very familiar due to the tie in with magic and religion. I haven't watched the anime yet, but I know that one adaption of it is quite similar to the manga. The only thing I would have done differently with the series is had more Mustang/ Hawkeye action.

TheDarking111 Dec 06, 2014

what are you doing reading this comment!? go read this series now!!

NyteShadows Oct 27, 2014

One of the best manga series, which is also one of the best anime series to date. Highly recommended for teens who are interested in manga, or want to start reading manga. Great series to start on because of its interesting story, unique setting, and well developed characters.

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k28sierra
Sep 08, 2014

Great Series!

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Nov 27, 2010

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gideonlundin
Jul 15, 2018

Teachings that do not speak of pain have no meaning...
...Because humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return.

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MoonRiver5301
Aug 08, 2014

"Stand up and walk. Keep going forward. At least you have strong legs to take you there."

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MoonRiver5301
Aug 08, 2014

Alchemy: the science of converting one material into another using natural energy. After using it in an attempt to bring their mother back to life, one brother lost 2 of his limbs, and the other his entire body. Now, their new goal is to regain their original bodies. Thus their search for the legendary Philosopher's stone begins. But they soon discover there more to there's more to the Stone than what meets the eye...

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Other: Trigger warnings: Gore, body horror, violence, torture, mild swearing, war/battle content, blood, alcohol use.

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