Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

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Accompanied by their bodyguard, Alex Louis Armstrong, our heroes seek out their closest childhood friend, Winry Rockbell, to fix their battered "auto-mail" bodyparts. Soon their quest for the Philosopher's Stone takes them to the great central library, where the Stone's formula may be hidden...if the mysterious figure named Lust doesn't get there first! But the secret of the Philosopher's Stone may be even more frightening than the beings who guard it...
Publisher: San Francisco : Viz Media, [2005], c2003.
ISBN: 9781421501758
1421501759
Characteristics: 186 p. :,ill. --
Additional Contributors: Forbes, Jake
Alternative Title: Full metal alchemist. 5

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Jul 11, 2014

Good book!

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liaba_nisar
Mar 31, 2014

Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in a country called Amestris. The story is of two brothers, named Edward and Alphonse Elric. Their lives were normal up until the day their father left them for an unknown reason. Their mother, however, carried on and took care of them the best she could. Their lives were joyful. They had each other, and they were happy. This world also contains a science called alchemy. The amazing part about this series is how logical alchemy is. It follows many laws. The basic principal is equivalent exchange: what you give is what you get. If you want to turn a block of wood into a wooden cat, the cat will still be of the same size and material as the block. Alchemy involves an understanding of chemistry. The brothers looked through their father’s alchemy textbooks and began to practice the science themselves. And, since their mother smiled and encouraged them, they continued to grow as alchemists. However, everything changed when their mother died. The brothers committed a taboo: trying to bring someone to life. Their feat failed and rebounded. Edward lost his leg in the accident, and Alphonse lost his entire body. Edward managed to give up his own arm in exchange for Alphonse’s soul, which he bonded to a suit of armor. In the end, Edward lost two limbs and Alphonse lost his entire body. Though his life was saved, he had to walk around as an empty suit of armor. The story revolves around the Elrics’ journey to get their bodies back. Their best friend, Winry Rockbell, crafts two automail limbs for Edward. Automail is a type of metal prosthetic, which functions by connecting directly to the nerves. It allowed Edward to walk again. The determination the two have, in order to fix their mistakes and right their wrongs, is astounding. Ed even joins the military as an alchemist! His military alias, the Fullmetal Alchemist, is the title of the series itself! Al pushes himself to the limit, ending up as a better fighter than even his brother. Their contrasting personalities are hilarious. Ed is brash, stubborn, and short-tempered, while Al is more level-headed, kind, and patient. Their clashes make them all the more interesting. Along the way, they meet many friends and many enemies. The characters are amazing. The female characters are strong. They create, they rant, and they have personalities and their own special abilities that play a large part in the story. They’re not tired stereotypes or cast aside as meaningless side characters. The enemies they make are considerably terrifying, and they prove to be formidable opponents. In their quest to regain their original bodies, the brothers get caught up in something sinister, a whole plot driven by a figure with god-like powers, which can destroy the fate of their country and their world as they know it. Alchemy isn’t all that it seems. There are so many topics touched on in this manga, everything from hope, family, and friends to war, despair, and helplessness. It was a roller coaster of emotion. I can’t count the number of times I cheered, laughed hysterically, or felt tempted to throw this book right out the window and spare myself the agony. In the end, there’s an important message. I urge anyone with a love of action, adventure, and fantasy to read this series. Read it, because there’s so much to learn and enjoy. It’s an incredible experience that can change someone. The characters and story will inspire you to better yourselves and chase after your goals. And that’s a pretty invaluable feeling.

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