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Fullmetal Alchemist

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Synonyms: Full Metal Alchemist, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, FMA, HagaRen, Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師
English: Fullmetal Alchemist
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 116
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 12, 2001 to Sep 11, 2010
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy
Theme: Military Military
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Gangan
Authors: Arakawa, Hiromu (Story & Art)


Score: 9.031 (scored by 156718156,718 users)
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Ranked: #82
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Popularity: #20
Members: 291,826
Favorites: 30,103

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Fullmetal Alchemist
Volume 1


Alchemists are knowledgeable and naturally talented individuals who can manipulate and modify matter due to their art. Yet despite the wide range of possibilities, alchemy is not as all-powerful as most would believe. Human transmutation is strictly forbidden, and whoever attempts it risks severe consequences. Even so, siblings Edward and Alphonse Elric decide to ignore this great taboo and bring their mother back to life. Unfortunately, not only do they fail in resurrecting her, they also pay an extremely high price for their arrogance: Edward loses his left leg and Alphonse his entire body. Furthermore, Edward also gives up his right arm in order to seal his brother's soul into a suit of armor.

Years later, the young alchemists travel across the country looking for the Philosopher's Stone, in the hopes of recovering their old bodies with its power. However, their quest for the fated stone also leads them to unravel far darker secrets than they could ever imagine.

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Hagane no Renkinjutsushi won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shounen demographic in 2004. Hiromu Arakawa also won the 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in the New Artist Prize category for the series in 2011. As of 2015, over 64 million copies of the series have been sold worldwide, making it one of Square Enix's most successful publications, according to Nielsen Bookscan. A live-action film is in development by Warner Bros. Japan and is scheduled for release in Winter 2017.

The series was published in English as Fullmetal Alchemist by VIZ Media from May 3, 2005 to December 20, 2011, and in eBook format by Yen Press on April 15, 2014. A 3-in-1 omnibus edition was released by VIZ from June 7, 2011 to November 11, 2014 as well as a complete box set in November 1, 2011 (which included the novel Fullmetal Alchemist: The Ties That Bind). The manga was also published in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint from July 13, 2006 to September 3, 2011, in Polish by J.P. Fantastica from January 2006 to to April 2012, in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc from February 2007 to April 2011 and in Spanish by Ivrea Argentina starting December 12, 2016.

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Oct 5, 2023
One of my favourite pieces of fiction period. I love the characters and their interactions with each other, whether it be comedic or dramatic. Edward and Alphonse are well written protagonists that I was rooting for them the whole journey. The two are very likable with other stand out characters being Scar who you do feel sympathy for even if he goes the wrong way about it and Pride who revels in being so evil and is legitimately creepy.

The story is well paced with scenes being allowed to breathe to allow for character growth. The action is well done also with some cool ...
Jul 2, 2023
Took me a decade and change to finally read, but worth it. I really don't think it's in contention for the best manga of all time - but it does dive into topics that I haven't seen too many other series dig into. What WOULD you do if you found out your government was a genocide machine? How does partaking in inhumane actions degrade a person's soul over time? What would you sacrifice, really truly sacrifice, in order to get what you want in a world where you can make the impossible a tangible thing?

Beyond those themes, however, I just wasn't as impressed as I ...
Feb 2, 2021
I bought a box set of Fullmetal Alchemist, after reading so many good reviews about this series. After reading the whole thing within two weeks. I was really disappointed, maybe because I had a high expectation. The story starts very slow, it got a little bit more interesting about half way through. There are a lot of unnecessary side plots. One example is the story related to the library bookworm girl. It took almost one volume, but she never become of any importance or show up in the later volumes. It is just a filler.

I feel the characters especially the villains are really underdeveloped. ...

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