Fullmetal Alchemist Paperback
Illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa
Part of the Full Metal Alchemist 3-In-1 series
Contains volumes 1, 2 and 3 of Fullmetal Alchemist.
Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world, somewhere between magic art, and science.
When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in these powers to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and leg...and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living iron.
Now they are agents of the government, slaves of the military -alchemical complex, using their unique powers to obey their orders...even to kill.
But their powers aren't unique. The world crawls with evil alchemists. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philsopher's Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages, chiefly Illustrations
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 23/06/2011
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781421540184
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Review by kornelas1
“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange.” The story follows the adventures of the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, as they navigate a world dominated by the science of alchemy. The series itself contests the notion that science is ever an impartial field controlled by fundamental truths, weaving a narrative that celebrates and problematizes the human condition through a very deft handling of action, philosophy, politics, and humor. The first book, collecting volumes 1 through 3, introduces the reader to the world and characters with compelling drama, slapstick humor, and an emotive illustration style that breathes life into the complex world and extended cast of characters. It is only through the very careful interplay between narrative and illustration that Arakawa is able to so adeptly craft an existential story that is suitable for young adults. This series doesn’t shy away from intense themes of war and genocide, the loss of loved ones and dealing with the grief in the aftermath, the responsibility of making bad decisions, retribution, sacrifice and redemption. Recommended for purchase. Ages 12 and up.