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Hagane no Renkinjutsushi  
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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.


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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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Basement Scan
Black e Noir

Latest Release(s)
c.Gaiden by MangaStream & Binktopia (1550d ago)
c.108 by MangaStream & Binktopia (1653d ago)
c.108c (end) by reddevilshn (1653d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Complete) (Tankoubon)
18 Volumes (Complete) (Kanzenban)

Completely Scanlated?

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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Fullmetal Alchemist by Cypher-Khan
Full Metal Alchemist by shounen_lover

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User Rating
Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (3163 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.17 / 10.0
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December 5th 2014, 9:06pm PST

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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes & 7 Omnibuses - Complete/Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #77 decreased(-4)
Monthly Pos #48 decreased(-4)
3 Month Pos #49 increased(+1)
6 Month Pos #41 decreased(-2)

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On 3191 reading lists
On 1098 wish lists
On 5932 completed lists
On 190 unfinished lists
On 541 custom lists

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by simcant
September 17th, 2009, 7:50pm
I LOVE this manga. I absolutely LOVEEEEEEE it. <3

It's funny, heart-warming, funny, deep, funny, great art, dramatic, FUNNY

Did I mention FUNNY?!

I think Edward is well-liked because, he's a potty-mouth, with great perspective on life, with more than his share of dramatic scenes.
TOTALLY recommended.
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It brings adults into the picture they are likable, real, and part of the story.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Wufu
August 24th, 2009, 1:09pm
Fullmetal alchemist is like getting an egg from your local bazaar and waiting excitedly for that egg to hatch into that cute fluffy hairball but then, before it matures and starts painting your floor with carpet bombs of poop, it becomes the reincarnation of Buddha. Fullmetal Alchemist is like that. What the brothers strive for makes a great and original plot. Combining original plot with a creative sense of humor that does not rely on the same overused concepts (slapstick, pervy main char . . .) and placed at the right moments, this manga is quite the gem. The mastery of the manga is its ability to amalgamate (combine) light hearted humor with serious dispositions of tragedy without spoiling the overall mood. In other words, this manga will make you laugh, it will make you cry (only if you're really sentimental), and it will do both without interfering with one another.

What I love about Fullmetal alchemist is its reality in social relationships. This isn't a story only about kids. It brings adults into the picture they are likable, real, and part of the story. It is unlike other works that portrays adults as comical side characters (the silly homeroom teacher or horrible parents).This manga is is on par with books in its ability to fabricate a believable alternative reality. Although it's an adventure about two teenagers, I believe that with its realism and inclusion of adults, the audience extends beyond teenagers and towards adults who are fine with have young adult as one of the main characters and are seeking a captivating adventure.
[this next part is a commentary on her art. If not interested in her art then don't read.]

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Now a good plot is essential but so is art as nothing gives the reader reason to eschew (shun) the manga more than crude stick figure drawings. Luckily, this is not drawn with stick figures or bad art. The setting of the fullmetal world is vaguely reminiscent of the early 1900s. She's done her research and the weapons and vehicles look realistic—she even bought a fake (airsoft?) replica rifle (forgot which one). The characters are drawn sharply and their dress and their appearances reflect the different ethnicities/cultures which reminds me of Europeans, Asians, and Buddhists.

This is my favorite manga and is on the same level as a book. It's tied with Historie. I give this a 5 out of 5.
--wufu aka kwally
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This manga is awesome!!   
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by Usagi~Gurl
August 21st, 2009, 12:47pm
This is my favorite manga ever!!!! It's just sooo creative. The drama, the tradgedy, the comedy, the awesome action scenes, and the hidden romance. It's just the best ever. I wish this manga doesn't ever end. I mean, lately it seems to be nearing the climax. Does that mean it's going to end soon confused I hope not!!! I want another 15 volumes if possible!!


I just read the last chapter!!!! Aaaaaaahhhhh my Number one favorite manga is finally over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Noooooooooooooo I want more fullmetal alchemist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

... Last updated on June 10th, 2010, 6:19pm
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I loved it... but...   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by newguyintown
July 28th, 2009, 7:55pm
I loved this series at first (probably up to the part around where Sloth is introduced), but the initial and primary objective, getting their bodies back, became a secondary objective.

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It is cool with me that using human sacrifices is not an alternative. I did not like how the primary objective changed to saving the world and how suddenly antagonists became protagonists (fat and slim chimeras join the Elric brothers just simply because there exist a possibility to become normal again without knowing fully or close to it on the how's or they were completely lacking of intelligence). These changes need to be more gradual or for strong, touching motivation/justification (the ones in the past chapters were not enough for me).

I enjoyed the tragedies and philosophies expressed in this series and, most definitely, the earlier storyline of this series.

... Last updated on July 28th, 2009, 8:01pm
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close to an end   
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by Deelo_t
July 10th, 2009, 5:00pm
Ive been reading this series for about 2 years now and it always gets better and better. The chapters are just long enough for me not to get antsy about waiting another month to read a new one.

It seems like the story is getting close to the end with the latest chapter(Ch. 97).

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When greed showed up at the end of the chapter, i literally cheered out loud 'REVENGE TIME'.

... Last updated on July 10th, 2009, 5:02pm
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well, let me be the 470 voters for 10...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sosise
June 24th, 2009, 2:52am
i prefer the manga. it is better than the plot on anime, sorry.
one of the shonen manga who didnt drag (such as Conan, One Piece or Naruto--sorry, i didnt like Naruto but i like the other two.)
i kinda get it why someone said felt like let down in chapt 44 or so-- when Lin came, it wasnt that nice, but as the chapter goes, awesome.
i didnt believe the mangaka is a girl. i thought the cow was a male all along.
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Great Manga...1 Giant flaw IMO   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Baka Rocky
April 8th, 2009, 4:05am
great manga but.............. when the f*ck are they going to get back their bodies!?!? The manga isn't over if they get them back! They would still need to save the world. They had a chance to get them back with a real philosophers stone that they didn't even make themselves and they go," i think it would be wrong since people died for this to be made. We'll find our own way." WTF.... They already died!!! At least make it so their death helps you get your bodies back.

Besides that glaring lowest point in the manga for me personally... This is still a must read.
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by shadow2514
November 4th, 2008, 12:22am
this is the first or second best anime ive ever read im so glad i red it cause origanaly i wasent going to cause of the lac of romance read it or you will regret it my rating 1-10 is 11

... Last updated on November 4th, 2008, 12:24am
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I love it!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lizsy
October 18th, 2008, 9:52pm
I LUVV Full metal Alchemist!! It's one of my favorite manga. When I first started reading it, i was totally hooked. I loved it. Then when it got dark and dramatic, it got really exciting and breath taking. But now, it kinda calmed down, but I'm definately expecting more awesomeness. Thank you Hiromu Arakawa for bringing the world this totally awesome series!!

... Last updated on October 18th, 2008, 9:52pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Hetien
August 21st, 2008, 12:30pm
probably one of my favorites of all time so far. story is really funny and light hearted, but also has the very deep backstory. many manga try to pull off some comedic relief during a serious fight. this is one of the few i've seen do it successfully.
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