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Hagane no Renkinjutsushi  
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Description
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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Manga

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Associated Names
Стальной алхимик
แขนกล คนแปรธาตุ
鋼の錬金術師
钢之炼金术师
강철의 연금술사
Alchemist of Steel
Alquimista de Aço
FMA
Full Metal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist
Giả Kim Thuật Sư
Hagaren

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AOM
Basement Scan
Binktopia
Black e Noir
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Latest Release(s)
c.Gaiden by MangaStream & Binktopia (1547d ago)
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c.108c (end) by reddevilshn (1651d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Complete) (Tankoubon)
18 Volumes (Complete) (Kanzenban)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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 (3161 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.17 / 10.0
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December 5th 2014, 9:06pm PST

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Year
2001

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Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #72 decreased(-14)
Monthly Pos #47 decreased(-3)
3 Month Pos #50 (No change)
6 Month Pos #39 (No change)

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On 5932 completed lists
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One of the few manga that sets the bar   
Rating: N/A
by awavingflag
June 17th, 2012, 7:04pm
I wish there was a separate folder that I could put this in to differentiate it from the other manga in the "Complete List." This is the one of the few - VERY FEW - manga that set the standard for what a manga should be: an entertaining, unique story, engaging characters demonstrating a range of human emotions, offers some thought-provoking ideas, a COHESIVE world. (Now, I'll name some of my top favorites to illustrate that I'm not predisposed to a particular genre - and to unashamedly promote:
Nodame Cantabile (a quiet, slice-of-lifey josei, about MUSIC, yes!),
Gintama (contains the most outrageous humor, lovingly parodies shounen tropes),
Lovely Complex, (one of the best shoujo with non-stereotypical couples, cast, and a surprisingly well-done romantic angle)
Monster (a brilliant, psychological seinen that is as 'literary' as manga can get),
Annamarasumanara (webcomic, a magical tale that pushes the artistic boundaries of the medium).

Some manga try to become great and fail, some manga rely on the shounen-mold that I'm quickly coming to despise for its lack of ingenuity, some manga try to carry an exciting story and fall from its own weight. Fullmetal Alchemist succeeds by following basic story-telling 101: BY TELLING A DAMN GOOD STORY. This may seem like a 'well, DUH' point but it's actually difficult. Maybe it's because I have high expectations, but I think there are quite few manga that carry through with a story without losing steam or are just plain juvenile or lacking in pacing or getting bogged down with stereotypical characters. The few great manga are the ones that DO NOT use the medium of 'manga' as a crutch or an excuse for low-quality story-telling, but works with the medium to its fullest potential.

In FMA, important plot points are unveiled throughout in just the right moments as to have a FUNCTION. Clearly there is thought and care in planning the story on the author's part. The villains are fleshed out enough so they don't have a 'villain-of-the-day' feel, which is something I loathe, abhor, DETEST in shounen manga. FMA touches many themes: the meaning of humanity, the distribution of power, the ethics of mass genocide, the importance and power of familial bonds. I don't judge manga on whether they tackle big themes because it's a choice on the mangaka, and if I DID judge them that way, I would probably eliminate some from my favorites list. But if a manga chooses to mention some, I expect them to elaborate upon them in such a way that they factor into the plot in some important way, and in a non-didactic manner.

Some final points:
1. Minor characters are brought back - NOT in a 'oh, remember this character that showed up ages ago? Well, as a bone to the readers who stuck by this manga since the beginning, I SPY!'. They either have a function by becoming a major player or they remain as part of the background, as recognizable landmarks, so to speak, that intensify the realism and cohesivity of the FMA world.
2. The main characters are MULTI-DIMENSIONAL. They have human, realistic, logical concerns, desires and fears, that drive the story forward.
3. There is a wonderful range of antagonists and villains who thwart the heroes. Some have multiple layers, some are flat (flat characters ARE necessary, too) - and most, if not all, are NOT completely black-and-white. And I don't mean in the typical shounen way, like after defeating the current villain the readers are privy to his sympathetic life story which is supposed to endear him/her to the readers in his/her last moments - NO.
4. The females are as kick-ass as the males. This is one of my biggest pet peeves of shounen manga. 'Strong' females in shounen typically tend to be strong in the physical-sense, but beyond that? No. FMA successfully displays the RANGE of females as equal to the range of males. Some females are strong, physically and emotionally, some are strong only physically, some are strong emotionally but not physically. One example: Winry NOT participating in physical fights is not 'insulting' to her character and is in no way a kind of underhanded 'women can support in the background' BS (I'm looking at you, Naruto). Winry is Ed's primary mechanic, which is her strength, therefore she IS a support character - not once do I think that it's because she's a female that she's a supprot character. She's also the Elric brothers' anchor, and, as demonstrated in the crucial scene
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
when she's about to shoot Scar but Ed stops her
it is symbolic for her to NOT sully her hands. Which brings me to...
5. Fighting isn't glorified in this shounen. This is not to say that the fight scenes aren't amazing - they are and it's awesome to see. (Who doesn't like a good fight scene? Especially the ones in FMA, in which battles are resolved in many different ways, by a combination of brute strength, ingenuity, luck, determination...) Fighting is in no way glorified, which is appropriate to the war theme that FMA has.
6. The range of relationships in FMA - familial, romantic, platonic - is just so well-done. God, most shounen with romantic elements are just...so juvenile, I shouldn't be so harsh considering the intended audience of shounen manga, but that's my point - FMA goes beyond its genre. Some of the romance is hinted at so lightly it can be taken as an extremely strong bond
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Roy, Riza.
Some of the romance is light, but definitive
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Ed, Winry.
The bond between the Elric brothers may be considered in-your-face-ish, but it's because IT'S WHAT DRIVES ED AND AL; it's damn important. The friendship and camaraderie that develops between major/minor characters are NOT done in the obnoxious, in-your-face-ish-shounen-YOU-ARE-MY-NAKAMA way and therefore seems realistic, to me at least.
7. Not only is the plot of FMA amazing, but it also has MEANING. There's meaning to the characters' actions/words, there's meaning to the plot - If I can write a veritable ESSAY on FMA, then I know that it has enough depth.
8. The ending - one of the most satisfying, complete, perfect endings I've seen in a manga. I had no questions or qualms against it.

It may seem that I'm mainly talking about characters, but that's because a story IS as good as its characters. You can give me an amazing plot but the characters are the ones who give it momentum, who give it life. FMA is quite possible the only manga that I simply cannot decide on a favorite character because, truly, there are too many characters that are so real and amazing and all those good adjectives. The world of FMA is one that is both familiar (Western and Eastern elements, possibly Europe and Asia?) and unfamiliar and it's exciting. By the end of the series I have felt that I have actually traveled to Amestris, and the journey with the characters has come to an end. I've come to recognize landmarks of a fictional world because I've visited them numerous times; they are not simply places that the characters have visited, but places attached to memorable events, with meaning.

In most shounen manga there is brotherhood, there is sacrifice, pain, love, redemption, fire-forged bonds. But while most shounen manga come across as flat and devoid of that elusive 'something' that really leaves a mark on me, FMA succeeds; the brotherhood is integral, the sacrifices are real and moving -
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the death of Maes Hughes is still one of the fictional deaths that I refuse to accept
, the love is understated, the redemption is realistic, the fire-forged bonds are not outrageously dramatic.

Now, I'll stop talking about FMA because I could go on forever. To the reviewers who gave this manga a poor rating, I'm honestly curious as to what manga you gave a GOOD rating. Because either they must be extremely amazing or...

... Last updated on June 17th, 2012, 8:05pm
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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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perfect   
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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BEST MANGA EVER!   
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!!
Recommended!!
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Flawless   
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.

Cons:

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 just...is. 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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Amazing   
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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