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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
Fullmetal Alchemist
Giả Kim Thuật Sư

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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 (3089 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.17 / 10.0
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Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

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

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Weekly Pos #76 decreased(-18)
Monthly Pos #41 decreased(-5)
3 Month Pos #33 increased(+4)
6 Month Pos #36 increased(+2)

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its ok   
Rating: N/A
by masisisd
June 1st, 2012, 10:03pm
mayb its just me, but everyone i knew made a hugee fuss over it, so i finially finished it after starting it like years ago. mayb i just out grew it? story was ok, the art...liveable....the charcters....could have been more dimensional?

but it might just be me...

you should read it anyway
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A look back at a golden series.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
April 3rd, 2012, 5:07am
It has been two full years since FMA ended. Looking back at the series now my heart still warms up with happiness tinged with melancholic longing to relive the experience all over again.

This series is truly unique among mangadom. A story of two youths thrown into a world of intrigue, low-fantasy and adventure; who are forced to mature faster than normal less they and those they care about perish. Those who have read FMA witnessed a story of redemption, brotherhood, love, self-sacrifice; and an almighty bond forged between heroes and heroines of various races, creeds and walks of life in the face of almighty evil. Hiromu Arakawa created an incredible story that never faltered in its pacing, manipulating our emotions as effortlessly as an orchestra conductor.

Fullmetal Alchemist is a true epic saga bound in manga form.
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Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by whitespade
March 25th, 2012, 6:36pm
this is what other manga wish to be. a tight script with nary a loose panel, every single characters are important for the advancement of the plot, logical progression of events and a smooth continuinity. i had never read a long running manga that never digress in the execution, i can believe that sensei write down every single detail of the manga before even been accepted for serialization. the characters are individuals with distinguishable faces and personality. the messages are easy to absorb and the arguments are provided for both sides, something that lack in other manga. the ending is perfect, making me long for more but i also understand it is the best to end a great manga in a great way.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AddicTed to ManGas
March 2nd, 2012, 6:36am
This manga is the best of best!!! OMG never thought i would like a manga this much embarrassed

All the characters are like-able!! Even the bad ones are amazing, especially Envy :3 !!
The art is perfect! And the plot is AMAZING! so rare to find a plot like this one....
I wonder where Arakawa-sensei found this awesome manga =)
I mean it, this manga won't give you a headache like most Shoujos do!

Truly, this is the best manga ever! IT deserves a 10/10
Between, do watch the anime!!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BlackAriel98
January 1st, 2012, 2:41am
Everything about this manga was amazing. The plot was truly wondrous, with unique twists and turns. The characters weren't perfect, Ed was a greedy and evil person at times. Many of the characters were smart too, not the usual idiotic rash main characters. The drawings were excellent also, with a somewhat unique look to them. It also sticks to the main story line, never straying from it too much. If you don't like the beginning, keep reading because it gets more and more deeper into the story. It also isn't all sunshine and rainbows through the whole thing, people die, and it's not a very happy and non-tragic manga. I gotta say, overall, this was a flawless manga that I can not criticize in any way. I am a obsessed fan of this manga after reading.

... Last updated on January 1st, 2012, 2:43am
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Sad . . .   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by zimzimbadabim
December 31st, 2011, 9:07am
Just finished it and have never been so disappointed in my whole life. Never before have I read a manga that had everything going for it EXCEPT a decent author. Not all, but many of the scenes that could and should have been pivotal and emotional were completely half-assed. All of the minor details in this manga are done well, so why can't the important stuff be done well too? This manga had too much potential to be wasted by a lazy author.
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Perfection doesn't really exist, but this is pretty damn close.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
December 27th, 2011, 4:09pm
This is one of best shounen manga in existence.

A good mix between action and plot, with an original and convincing super-power system, with good characters and hilarious comedy. A masterpiece in fact, nothing brought into the story has a one-off part to play in it, or some kind of loose end. They're all covered and included.

Also - steampunk. Hell yeah.

Add to that one of the most satisfying endings I've come across in manga and truly good and original art, and this is simply great. I don't feel I could write a small essay explaining how good this is, I'm afraid that I won't do it justice. But it covers mature and deep themes with both insight and sensitivity. It's unique in its almost complete lack of flaws. Its pace makes it boring at no point.

If you haven't read this, I implore you. Give it a proper chance.

... Last updated on December 17th, 2012, 3:33am
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Made of WIN.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Takahashi4me
November 28th, 2011, 7:47am
Ah, FMA. The royal blue blood among manga.

I know people can't usually be bothered to read long and in-depth reviews, so I won't give you an essay, but rather, bullet points.


1) The first chapters do fall a little short compared to later ones. Hold out for a few volumes. If you're not hooked by the end of volume 4, there's nothing I can do to help you.

End con list. No, I'm not exaggerating.

Pros (going from least important to most):

1) The art is awesome. It's detailed, but precise in anatomy. There are no anorexic guys or ridiculously busty girls. It is not rosey and shiny sparkle eyes (unless you count Armstrong XD) with ridiculously long eyelashes and eyes that take up half of your face. It And is also possibly the best art in all manga history.

2) The plot. Twists and turns and mysteries that do NOT have you face-palming or thinking 'how cheesy'. This is a plot with INTELLIGENCE that actually MAKES SENSE. (Which is rare for a fantasy genre.)

3) Despite being a fantasy genre, this is REALISTIC. And ORIGINAL. There are no oh-goodness-I've-seen-these-bad-guys-so-many-times-yawn-monsters or witches and warlocks or boring stuff. And despite the reference to the 7 deadly sins, Christianity doesn't exist in the world of FMA and there is no preaching. **NOTE: Don't get me wrong here, I'm not hating on any religion. I just really don't like it if an author pushes their beliefs onto their readers, and I know others don't too. Fictional stories, in my opinion, should be belief-neutral.** But, to be fair about this whole point, Arakawa is Buddhist and she does have one or two moments of expressing Buddhist themes. But she doesn't preach, and that makes her safe for my neutral partiality.

4) The things you gain. As I said, this isn't a preachy manga. Not about religion, and not about morals either. There isn't some character going into a looooong monologue about trying your best or some such rubbish every other chapter. In FMA you get impact from the things that happen in the story- the events, the characters and how they deal with them. Things like trying to make up for what you did before, doing what you should even though it's hard and sometimes not doing what you should and regretting it later. It's something everyone can relate to, and understand.

5) Actually, based on importance, this shoulda come before no. 4. But I'm lazy. Anyway, there is romance in this manga and NOT those annoying subtle romances that are never spoke out loud -coughBLEACHcough- or those ridiculously ansgty love triangles -coughNARUTOcoughcough- there's just romance here and there, obvious and simple and yet not overtaking the plot. It's so refreshing to find a manga with all the who-likes-who slowly laid out for us, and you can guess how everyone'll end up even if it's not mentioned. 'Course, Arakawa does have some subtle pairings, but she mentioned in an interview that
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the only reason Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye aren't married is because the military's anti-frat rules wouldn't let them work together if that happened (I squealed so much when they were confirmed as a couple, you wouldn't believe). Al/Mei is pretty much confirmed within the manga, and you can only assume Ling/Lanfan is the same. For Edward/Winry, I really don't need to say it, considering the proposal in the last chapter.
They were all hinted plenty enough. So, you know, it's not a cop out- we get everything we expected in the romance area <3

6) The absolutely most important reason to read. The characters. That's it. If you don't give a damn about plot, could care less about romance and really aren't interested in being impacted by this story, still just read it for these characters and their world. Because you FORGET that these are characters made up by some random Japanese manganka. Because they don't feel like that. You don't think 'how cliche' or 'they messed up on characterization'. These characters live and breathe in these pages. They search and they try and they care and they hurt and they get into some fights. And you watch them, every step of the way, growing before you've even realized it. And that, I think, is something so very, very rare in manga.

FMA was a wonderful read, and I'm really sad to think we'll never see something like this again. But the characters are still right there in the manga volumes, so I'll deal. : )

... Last updated on September 1st, 2013, 12:40pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Laordi
November 8th, 2011, 4:30am
To be honest, the first time I came across FMA was by watching the 2003 anime(while the anime was amazing at first but it was missing something). Years passed by and I completely forgot about FMA till the second remake which followed the mangas plot directly, and that was when I was intrigued and read the manga and boooy did I regret not reading this gem years ago.

The Plot is unique and intriguing, it had this realistic and mystical feeling to it, nothing was missing from it everything was eventually tied together to form clear picture. The Story really pulls you in and shocks you with its twists and eventually you start feeling that your part of this manga.

I really do advise manga readers to read this manga, it has everything in it and knows how to apply the genres in relation to the story without being too pushy, this is by far one of the best mangas out there because the mangaka excelled in delievering the story and hooking us in.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Tatania
October 2nd, 2011, 6:57am
This work is a truly wonderful one, and Iím sure my comment wonít do it justice at all! I had trouble putting this manga down; I really got caught up with it! Both the plot and the characterís made it near impossible not to enjoy, everything was so well thought out and developed, Iíd go so far as to call it a masterpiece!

Plot- The plot is so amazingly intricate, all the different plots and characters are woven together so well as to create a plot that is so unique and amazing and wonít disappoint! The plot has a wonderful pacing, taking you along the story at just the right speed and it does not drag at all, nor does it try to stretch thin but ends in a very satisfying ending that was nothing less but amazing. Just when you think you know whatís going on something new develops, something new takes place, something happens that throws everything back into mystery and the constant struggle of the main characterís that develops more and more into a harder tasks to accomplish.

Characters- Probably the aspect I enjoyed most of this manga! No character, and I mean NO CHARCTER, is ever forgotten. Itís amazing that each and every character somehow manages to reappear again, to play some role in the story, no character is filler! All characters are well developed with their own unique personality. The main cast is amazing, with wonderful relationships between each other that help the plot move forward in a very natural way. Both the characters and their relationships are very realistic, and itís wonderful to see them develop more fully as the manga progresses. Itís hard to pick a favorite from the cast, and thereís certainly at least one character everyone will love. Itís hard to fully describe just how wonderful all these characters are!

Art- How do I describe the art? Itís wonderful and really fits the work, the art progresses along with the story and in the end is a wonderful style that captures emotions and actions well.

Other- Just read it, ok? It is a great story, with an excellent plot and awesome characters to carry it out and some wonderful moral themes that run throughout. Itís really worth the time it takes to read it, and considering the length of many other shounen works it wonít take that long to read at all! I really enjoyed the story and I really recommend it!

10/10 - Loved it!

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2011, 6:59am
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