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Fullmetal Alchemist (Manga)

Fullmetal Alchemist

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English: Fullmetal Alchemist
Synonyms: Full Metal Alchemist, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, FMA, Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師


Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 109
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 12, 2001 to Jun 11, 2010
Authors: Arakawa, Hiromu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Gangan


Score: 9.101 (scored by 50542 users)
Ranked: #32
Popularity: #7
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The rules of alchemy state that to gain something, one must lose something of equal value. Alchemy is the process of taking apart and reconstructing an object into a different entity, with the rules of alchemy to govern this procedure. However, there exists an object that can bring any alchemist above these rules, the object known as the Philosopher's Stone. The young Edward Elric is a particularly talented alchemist who through an accident years back lost his younger brother Alphonse and one of his legs. Sacrificing one of his arms as well, he used alchemy to bind his brother's soul to a suit of armor. This lead to the beginning of their journey to restore their bodies, in search for the legendary Philosopher's Stone.

Volume 27 includes the bonus chapter "Another Journey's End."

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Side story: Fullmetal Alchemist
Alternative version: Full Metal Alchemist: The Prototype
Adaptation: Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Elric, Edward
Elric, Alphonse
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Jun 10, 2010
I shed a tear as I read the last chapter of this manga. A manga that I've been following since I was in Primary School has just concluded with the most epic and satisfying finale. I'm sad to see one of my favourite series of all time finish, yet I'm happy to see such a great ending. I really want to procrastinate more, but I should press onwards with the review and leave that for discussion in the forums.

Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most innovative manga I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The concept of Alchemy itself was a superb idea, and in read more
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Jun 13, 2010
One of the problems with something being truly good is that every so often it becomes a victim of its own success, and in a sense that's what happened with the fans of Full Metal Alchemist.

Arakawa Hiromu's tale of two brothers and their adventures in alchemy is one of the most well known stories in anime and manga to date, and has spawned a horde of games, a movie (with a second one planned), numerous doujins and fanfics, piles of merchandise ranging from tatoos to chibi plushies, and two very different anime series. The story itself is very typically shounen at times, however there is read more
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Despite having very different goals, both manga have some similarities. Such as the physical similarities between Ed and Allen as well as the running theme of Good vs Evil. However, D.Gray-man has a "religious" aspect in the manga, while FMA was based upon science and alchemy.
I'm surprised no one's recommended Fullmetal Alchemist yet. Magi and FMA are similar in that they both started out quite light-hearted and may fool you into thinking they're all about action and adventure. However, they're actually much deeper than that. There is great focus on the politics, the different sides scheming against each other. Character development is also given much thought in both series, and despite the big casts, both series manage to make most of them likable.

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