Full Metal Alchemist by Arakawa Hiromu
Reviewing: 25-26 Volumes
Serialized by Viz
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Comedy, Drama, Tragedy
Age Group: 12+
Plot: 3.8 stars
Art: 4 stars
Characters: 3.5 stars
Other: Anime Series
Any manga readers or even browsers have probably heard of Full Metal Alchemist. Heck it was even turned into an anime series that was televised. But there’s a purpose behind this review post; the manga series finally ended! Huzzah! It clocked in about 26-27 volumes lastly much longer than the anime series with the OVAs. Let’s start from the beginning:
Edward and Alphonse Elric attempt to bring their mother back to life with alchemy. But things go horribly wrong for there most be an equivalent exchange: you must give something up of equal worth. Al’s life for their mother’s life, but in a desperate act Ed tries to contain Al’s soul in a suit of amour. But in exchange Ed lost his right arm and left leg. Still things can’t be all that bad, right? Wrong. The entire plan fails along with a missing leg, a missing arm, and an entire body. Now the Elric brothers are traveling across the country to find the philosopher’s stone—a stone that is to be said to be powerful enough to restore their bodies how it used to be.
(Also please please excuse me if the information is incorrect. It's so long since I've read the beginning.)
That’s just the main starting point. For a full recap with a spoiler here and there go to the Wikipedia page (yes--it’s that popular enough to be on Wikipedia!).
I used to be addicted to series when it was first serialized, but like most popular mangas it just didn’t end. Naruto, for example, how many volumes is it on now!? So after realizing that it just recently finished I had to start where I left off. It’s addicting plain and simple.
Full Metal Alchemist is very much a shounen manga with its action adventure story; fight scenes galore. It goes into a philosophical rant, a sociologically battlefield, with a smidge of grief and heartbreak as while at times. If you want romance you might have trouble though there are scenes here and there that will have fanatics rereading just to milk it (*raises hand*). The epilogue, however, *grins*.
Even so the plot does tend to drag and you’re just dying for it to end already, but it’s worth it. Full Metal Alchemist ends with a bang albeit a slight cheesy bang.