Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Vol. 1

Paperback - 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.
Published: San Francisco : Viz, [2005]
ISBN: 9781591169208
Branch Call Number: TEEN GN FUL VOL. 1
Characteristics: 179 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Loo, Egan
Truman, Wayne


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Mar 30, 2020

Fullmetal Alchemist is a riveting graphic novel that will get you sucked in from the very first chapter. Hiromu Arakawa has managed to make a world so encapsulating that you'll find yourself wanting to read the second volume after you close the last page on this one. Follow the Elric brothers, Edward and Al as they try to get their bodies back in a world of alchemy and conspiracy. The system of alchemy is such a cool concept that flows so smoothly and one can tell the author did a lot of research in creating the magic for this fantasy world. The novel is full of memorable characters that will stick in your head for a long time, I know they did for me! The manga is so beautiful, inside and out. When you aren't appreciating the deep themes of the story you'll be loving just how eye-catching the artwork is, down to every last detail. Now, Fullmetal Alchemist does have darker themes that might catch you off guard, but it is well worth the read and re-read. It is a masterpiece of a story. Please, pick this up and read it. 5/5
@CorporalKronos of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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.

Jun 27, 2016

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

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.

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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Jul 15, 2018

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

Aug 08, 2014

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


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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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