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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

Latest Release(s)
c.Gaiden by MangaStream & Binktopia (1893d ago)
c.108 by MangaStream & Binktopia (1997d ago)
c.108c (end) by reddevilshn (1997d 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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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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Weekly Pos #79 increased(+1)
Monthly Pos #77 increased(+8)
3 Month Pos #74 increased(+7)
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Is This Really A Manga?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sogno
January 22nd, 2014, 9:52pm
Or did a fan decide to draw a picture book for his favorite novel?

Because this story reads like a book -- with pictures -- and a VERY good book at that. I've read enough manga to say that development is a weak point in this media for storytelling. FMA, however, has both plot progression and character development.

Additionally, this manga is absolutely hilarious -- really well-placed comedy! But there's tragedy as well. FMA has everything I could wish for in a good story.

Arakawa-sensei is a master storyteller. I suggest reading her other works as well.
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Good... I guess   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by achyif
January 2nd, 2014, 10:13pm
I would say FMA feels like a very complete series.
However, I personally didn't find any of the main characters, plot, or premise very gripping so it's taken me various attempts over the past 6 or so years to finally complete it, and I've dropped it many times.

Overall, though, the series is a very satisfying read and I would certainly recommend it.
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Rating: N/A
by MissJanny
November 10th, 2013, 2:06pm
awavingflag's comment is rated as the most useful. I agree with it. It's hella long, and I don't wish to repeat his points, but I just cannot bring myself to see why others seem to think it's the BEST. MANGA. EVER. I don't. The mangaka adds far too much drama. It was terribly difficult for me to read the story around chapter 38 because I felt that every time the characters seemed to be getting somewhere, it'd be boom! PLOT TWIST.

In hindsight, after rereading the series and finishing the series, it was a lot better. Some of the plot twists were pointless, some weren't. I don't normally read manga of this genre (really popular shounen like Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, etc.), so perhaps I'm just not comparing it with the right things. This is 27 volumes long. Majority of what I read is 1-4 volumes long.

... Last updated on November 10th, 2013, 2:13pm
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Rating: N/A
by boo-bop
October 30th, 2013, 4:46pm
I have always, always been a shoujo girl, but there's something about this manga/anime that drew me in. One reason was that I used to watch it all the time when I was little, mostly because I had a little girly crush on Ed (let's face it... the Elric brothers are pretty awesome.), but back then I had no idea what it was actually about. Now that I had actually decided to try it out again I was hooked. Long sleepless nights, and schooless days. And they were all worth it. It has so much heartfelt emotion and the plot is spotless. I could rewatch/read it over and over again.
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Epic! Magnificent!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
September 9th, 2013, 2:50am
Well, i can't add anything after these many comments. Considering we all human are just creatures who have many flaw, this is just one of the "flawless" manga exists out there... God, thank you so much that you bestow the mangaka this story into his head... for an "equal trade" of course, hehehe...

... Last updated on September 9th, 2013, 2:51am
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Redefines perfect   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by willmcgowan85
July 12th, 2013, 10:39pm
Even after falling in love with the anime, the manga still managed to surprise me. So much more in-depth, better character development, better story, better [insert your desire here].
edit: I did not know about the new FMA Brotherhood anime that suppose to be identical to the manga.

Category Ratings:
  • Plot: 10 - In-depth with no plot holes (that I can remember), complex yet easy to follow and is different from anime.
  • Characters: 10 - Every character feels alive. They all have their personalities with realistic attitudes and many have back stories to justify the way they act.
  • Ending: 10 - Absolutely perfect, and I hate most endings.
  • Target Genres: 10 - The action, adventure, drama are spot on, enough comedy to justify the genre but is not a main focus
  • Lasting impression: 10 - I will never forget this series

My rating system:
  • < 7 - I must have been bored to keep reading this
  • 7.0 - Just good enough to keep my attention
  • 7.5 - Lacking in some areas
  • 8.0 - Well rounded but nothing special
  • 8.5 - Recommended for most
  • 9.0 - Highly recommended
  • 9.5 - Must read by all
  • 10 - Stop reading this comment and start reading the series now

... Last updated on July 12th, 2013, 10:49pm
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I may actually die...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
May 25th, 2013, 7:50pm
I feel like this manga was the center of my world while going on its journey and now that is has ended I have nothing to do. It was incredible and never failed to move me to tears. So dark, it literally will haunt you on many levels. Really, how can ANYONE BREATHING rate this below a 9; people need to read it with their eyes open if it's rated lower.
When it was sad it was devastating
When it was funny it was hilarious
When it was deep it was breath taking
When it was painful it was deadly.
Really, that basically sums up FMA
Honestly, now that I have seen this perfection (watched the anime dub 2009) I can say that it is my favourite anime of all time and close up there tied for first for my favourite manga ever.
If these brothers don't move you to tears, you may want to look into getting some help.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2013, 7:59pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by namu76
November 21st, 2012, 5:08am
I think this is square enix's best manga ever. What else could I say? This is so good that I'm at lost as where to begin describing its greatness...WOW. The story is dark, and yet there is light in it. Simply amazing.
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Absolutely fantastic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Furan
November 20th, 2012, 6:49pm
Everyone has already said it, yet I can't refrain myself from repeating it. This is one of the best mangas out there.

Fullmetal Alchemist was the first manga I ever read; I was around 13 at the time, found the scans in english and I didn't really understand everything about the plot, since english is not my native language. I eventually reached the final chapter that was released at the time, and as I was new to the whole manga stuff I never knew that it was being released periodically. I saw part of the first anime adaptation but I didn't like it, and when I knew about the periodic releases I had somehow lost interest, partly because of the first anime, partly because everyone was making a huge fuss about it.

More than seven years passed and now I read it again. And I couldn't believe how much I've missed. The story is solid, original and incredibly well-thought. But what really amazes me about this manga are the characters. I've never read ANYTHING that made love so much every little character in the story. Even the ones I hated, the ones I thought were dumb, I ended up loving each and everyone of them. There's not a single character that made me go "meh". All of them are memorable. Each of them are believable. And that's what makes this manga so special for me. A manga (or any kind of story, actually) can have a very simple plot, but it will become a masterpiece if the characters are incredible. Not only Edward is amazing. Alphonse is an incredible deuteragonist. Roy Mustang, Maes Hughes, Scar, every Homunculi, Kimblee (oh God, Kimblee), all of them (I could name more, like Hohenheim, but oh well, if I named every cool character in this manga I would never finish) are brilliant characters. And don't get me started with the women in this manga. I've never seen most awesome women. Even though Edward is clearly the protagonist, the other characters are so good that it's possible for them to be the protagonists of their own story. Not any author can achieve that. Hiromu Arakawa did it flawlessly.

And the story is, like I said, really solid and original. I have nothing to complain about it. It has amazing plot twists, nothing comes out of nowhere and it has a perfect ending with no loose ends, and so you'll be guaranteed to be satisfied. But I insist, the primary highlight of this manga are its characters.

So, good story + outstanding chacters = One of the best mangas (if not THE best) I have ever read. And definitely one of the best stories ever created.

... Last updated on December 11th, 2012, 8:51am
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totally the best.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SnowVallen
November 13th, 2012, 10:37pm
please read my title over and over again. im not like those girls, who said every good manga for them: "OMG IT'S TOTALLY THE BEST~" but im really typing it and mean it, i have read sooo many other great manga with better plot twist, with more interesting characters, but... i've never ever found those kinds of manga is better than this one. why im saying this? this manga has everything. i really respect how the author can mix her characters into one, make a perfect balance to the story and lemme say this first: the plot is actually quite usual and mainstream: two brothers had their own problems but ends up trying to save the world. in their fights to beat the enemies there are friends, a love interest, other minor characters etc.. it sounds like a mainstream shonen manga right? but. Arakawa sensei totally made it to be more meaningful because she inserts every stories with morals that actually quite hard to be implemented in reader's mind, she taught us in this manga what's life all about, it could be bad, but also beautiful.. everything has a reason in this world. and all those minor characters never really forgotten by her and made an advance appereance that's quite important for the continuation of the stories. the antagonist too is made well and has a great balance with the protagonists. also the authors has a great humor sense so we wont get bored to read this, i even sometimes read this manga from beginning to end again to spend sometimes. it's really recommended for those who likes a light stories, but also has a deep meaning, recommended for those who likes comedy, action, and a story about what's a brothership is smile.
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