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In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical "auto-mail" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his brother and himself... the legendary Philosopher's Stone.

Won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category.
Won the 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award New Artist Prize.
Won the Eagle Award's "Favourite Manga" in 2010/2011.
Won the Seiun Award for best science fiction comic in 2011.


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Associated Names
Стальной алхимик
แขนกล คนแปรธาตุ
강철의 연금술사
Alchemist of Steel
Alquimista de Aço
Full Metal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist
Giả Kim Thuật Sư

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Black e Noir

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c.Gaiden by MangaStream & Binktopia (1892d ago)
c.108 by MangaStream & Binktopia (1996d ago)
c.108c (end) by reddevilshn (1996d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Complete) (Tankoubon)
18 Volumes (Complete) (Kanzenban)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (FMA, FMA Brotherhood)
Ends at Vol 7 [FMA (story diverges)]; Vol 27, Chap 108 (FMA Brotherhood)

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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (3351 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.17 / 10.0
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Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

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English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes & 9 Omnibuses - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #79 increased(+6)
3 Month Pos #75 increased(+6)
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Quality one   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by wansmor
September 26th, 2015, 1:32am
FMA started like average shonen: our protagonist are brothers who are well versed in alchemy (FMA's version of 'super power'/'magic') and the story is about their adventure to restore their worn out body. So what makes it good?

First, unlike other shonen, in FMA our MC doesn't get ridiculously powered up. Throughout the series, each and every battle is fought and won by wits and the skills that come from understanding of 'Alchemy'.

Second, it's has stable and well constructed scope. FMA's world evolves in a certain scope, a country. Consequently, it makes you see some key characters time and again, but in return you almost never wonder like 'who in the earth is this character?' or 'why does this story has an awkwardly placed character'.

Third, it has steady pace. While the ultimate mission is to recover their bodies, in the journey, our MC find that their goals align with greater mission to save people. From fights that they have experienced they gained knowledge that will be useful in the next ones. The secrets revealing time is perfect, it will keep you excited to see the continuation of the story.

Four, characters. Aside from MC, FMA has really well defined set of characters: the army, the homonculus, and renegade. The set and design of characters build a really well relationship, it allow us to have lightheartening comedy from time to time, or heartbreaking moment when someone dies.

Overall, FMA is good read. This manga also ended well, which is something because sometimes good story is spoiled by bad ending. This was not the case with FMA. Recommended read for anyone.
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Rating: N/A
by Rika_Aki
April 10th, 2015, 11:31am
This is one of the reason I prefer shonen manga by female artist. Their works have everything the art, the action, the humor, and most important, a perfect plot.

While (in my observation) most of the current top shonen manga focus too much on the action, this manga has the plot that is well polished, perfect from head to toe, everything, everyone, every scene and line and action has meaning, contribute to the story. It has the humor as well as the tragedy, not to mention the human philosophy.

The protagonists are other thing, they may seem to be very good, well aware of everything, of what they want at the beginning. But as the story goes by, they are somehow just normal people, struggle with their own life, goal, ethnic, between lie and truth. They are growing, along with our idea and perception.

Always my top manga.
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A fantastic series, but...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by bevelynn
January 25th, 2015, 9:10pm
It's not gonna be the #1 manga for everyone.

Now, before FA-fanatics jump me, allow me to affirm that I hold this series dear to my heart. I adore Al and Ed, and the cast of secondary characters all possess dynamic, interesting tales. Arakawa did a phenomenal job with this manga, and though I never did cry while reading, Fullmetal Alchemist indeed hit my heart during certain chapters. It's truly a work that challenges you to see the darker side of humanity and government corruption, which is all the more impressive given that this series takes place in a highly fictionalized world. Definitely, definitely recommend it.

HOWEVER: if you do not typically read shounen action manga, the hype may seem overdone.

Such was the case in my situation.

It'd be a stretch to say that I was disappointed, but after finishing FA, I was not screaming and fangirling and stamping the manga with every stamp of approval that I own. I felt an emotional satisfaction, and I was very happy that I stepped out of my manga comfort zone to read this. I will concede that the work is very well written and engaging. But as someone who reads predominantly shoujo romance manga, I will ask that new-shounen action readers begin Fullmetal Alchemist with not TOO high an expectation. This manga could change your entire life-- it has for many fanatic readers. But remember that it is only a manga (and an anime... and a video game... but you get the point.) Don't expect it to be the epitome of the best of the best, and I think you'll enjoy these 27 volumes tremendously.

... Last updated on January 25th, 2015, 9:14pm
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Waited too long to read this   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SOSAnimeBoy
January 7th, 2015, 10:10pm
I can't believe I was busy keeping up on Bleach and Naruto when this gem was there all along. I had watched about 3/4 of the first anime series and never got a chance to finish it, and never got a chance to watch the Brotherhood remake, but I had been wanting to read the manga for a while. Just finished it and it was an amazing ride. Read it, you will not be disappointed.
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One of the best!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by khanaami
August 29th, 2014, 7:00pm
This series should be read by everyone. I've always loved this series, and it has a special place in my heart, but I feel that this experience should be shared. If you happen to come across this manga for the first time, read it. It will not disappoint. The characters, plot, and other elements have all been carefully thought out and carefully portrayed. If you want a series with fantasy elements, this is it. If you want one with action and adventure, this is it. If you want extremely likable characters, this is it too. If you want reliable and strong female protagonists, look no further. Everyone, even the villans, are well shaped and likable. The plot is unique and highly addictive, not to mention philosophical, spiritual/emotional, and somewhat political. READ IT NOW!

... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 7:02pm
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Pinnicle of shounen manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by buttplug
August 23rd, 2014, 10:13pm
Possibly the greatest manga you will ever read. Every aspect of it is well balanced to a fault, it has comedic moments, moments of tragedy, bad-assery, drama and an ending that will grab you by the neither regions and make you climax literally.
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Perfect Manga!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ant hime
August 9th, 2014, 2:05am
This series is the very deinition of perfect manga. The story develops really nicely with interesting and loveable characters, intriguing plot, and unexpected surprises.

The characters are mostly round and believable. You can totally understand the reason why the characters (major and minor) do such actions; the characters' background is so compelling. The story also brings you to tears, excitement, and even pondering. There are so much stuff here that makes you stop and think for a second.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Roronoa Zoro
July 7th, 2014, 11:57pm
This Manga is a Godsend

The comedy, the tragedy, the philosophy and last but not least, the ending. All of it was done mastefully and I have rarely seen a better paced manga, there are other for sure (Kingdom, Midori Days) but they are few in number.

I'm not saying this piece of work is completely perfect, there are some bumps here and there, but the characters' actions and the humanity of their actions (which is basically what the manga is all about) remains so pure and realistic, it shines with a brightness that burns.

This a top level story in my books, one that I recommend to everyone.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FlameKeeper
March 5th, 2014, 7:07am
Its one of the best manga I have ever read! ITS EPIC! The story is just WOW.....There is an awesome plot and all the way I read it, I felt like I would die out of excitement! The art, the action, the characters, the antagonists..everything is the best. Hawkeye OMG! And The Colonel...and Ed and Al...and Winry and everyone else. The ending was also awesome.... I can never get tired of a manga like this. There were always surprises and things were sometimes so unpredictable. Omg its really awesome! It is detailed and Lovely. The whole story is breath taking and amazing.
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A treasure and a Journey   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by DaSauceBaws
February 26th, 2014, 7:49am
This is a once in a lifetime find for you, you will never come across anything of this level in shounen mangas. You might think that this is an overstatement, but then my good sir I ask you to take a serious look at our current POPULAR/ ON-DEMAND shounens: Naruto, Bleach, One piece, Fairy Tail, HSDK etc..
Yes some of these are better than the others, however they lack what I'd like to call a "healthy-flow". Some of them drag for a lifetime without even reaching halfway, others run out of ideas, some of them get old etc.
This is not what happens in this manga, it's not hopelessly long that it needed 1000+ chapters to uncover a story, it's not cheesy, it doesn't abuse ecchi etc. This manga is something the author poured his soul into - how can I tell? When I finished reading the story ( it was about 1 hour over midnight), I went to take a long walk to think about things. Hell I think I even matured a bit after reading it, that is not something I usually come across - thus I treasure this feeling.

I'll be the first one to admit that it's not flawless, it does have certain cheese-factor elements, but they do not overwhelm the true goal of the story. I can go on and talk about each arc, however that would probably be a heck of an essay to write, thus I decided to write eleven statements that explain the hidden themes of this manga:

1) People believe in lies due to desire of fear
2) Harm can result from good intentions
3) Passion rules reason
4) There is magic in sincere forgiveness, in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive
5) Mind actions over words
6) Only allow reason to rule you
7) Life is in the future
8) Deserve Victory
9) Contradictions don't exist
10) Ignoring truth is betraying yourself
11) Seek truth THROUGH yourself

Each of these lines can be linked to the Journey we undertake as we read this masterpiece. 10/10 from me. I would even go as far as call it a classic within the Manga Genre. Overstatement? Show me one shounen that questions the morale of being a human the way this author pulled it off.

... Last updated on February 26th, 2014, 10:18am
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