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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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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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Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

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Viz (27 Volumes & 9 Omnibuses - Complete)

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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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A perfect balance!!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
October 1st, 2011, 2:22am
The series sticks with its genres. You will find that each genre have got it perfect place and timing. Comedy elements have its right place and somehow used to balance the darkside of story.
Certain times you may find yourself crying.
Art is great and each character is well developed and has its own character space,which is really rare to find in today's manga.
The best part is that it lacks plot holes and that you would never find it boring.
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The whole package!   
Rating: N/A
by tororo
September 21st, 2011, 6:51pm
I've followed fullmetal alchemist forever. It's really a great series. WIth a unique storyline, purposeful plot, moving characters, a dose of well-balanced romance and rarest of all: a perfect ending to match it. I don't know how many manga I've read where the ending leaves you disappointed, aggravated, lost or depressed. Fullmetal is one of the few manga I've read which left me satisfied at the end. It's a manga which is perfectly complete in itself without leaving the reader hoping for more because there is no need for more.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Hikari13
July 26th, 2011, 12:20am
I'm pretty confident that this is one of the best manga series ever...
It's intriguing, funny, emotional, and has good fighting scenes. And, even though there are many fantasy sort of components, it has a very realistic feeling to it- specially with the military/war parts.
I really like manga, so I will give any series a go, and 90% of the times I will like them as long as they have one good point, but not many times will I read a series more than twice, watch the anime (both the original (twice),the brotherhood version and the movie), buy the manga, buy the extra novels, and make doodles of the characters while bored in classes... In other words, read it! I'm sure anyone who reads this series will love it

... Last updated on July 26th, 2011, 12:21am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by doki-doki-kimochi
June 27th, 2011, 7:54pm
This series was undeniably GREAT. No, it is AWESOME.
Somehow, I managed to fall in love with all the characters, even Scar, because they all redeemed themselves in the end. The ending, unlike some other shounen manga, isn't all crappy, like a sudden drop (though it puzzled me a little...)
I absolutely recommend this to anyone, even a shoujo-lover (I am a shoujo-manga fanatic, not a shounen person). You will absolutely enjoy this series.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamer00013
June 24th, 2011, 6:16pm
Well... I just finished this manga and decided to write a comment. Mostly just to state my experiences with "Fullmetal alchemist" ^^

You think the beginning is just the usual and the characters showing up won't be of any use anymore - scratch that, not even the chimera-girl in the beginning was forgotten. This is quite unusual and to be honest, I love it. Every character has its own role - and is absolutely needed. And furthermore: They aren't just forgotten when their arc is over. In some way they resurface - and that's the fun part. It makes the whole story complete and adds to its plot.
Needless to say, the characters are freaking loveable. That's a bit unusual for me to say nowadays about characters in a shounen manga, but hey, what can you do? It could maybe be due to the hilarious espressions and actions of them, because of their personalities and their fights. But you should just check it out for yourselves - you'll most likely like our little, easily irritatable alchemist-kid Ed, the big sweet cat-loving and slightly naive amor Al, the date-and-woman-loving Roy Mustang with his over-serious gun-fighting sitter Riza, the feared-by-all-housewife and her hubby and and and. But heck, that alone can't describe those charas. Check out the manga for that!

But it's not the characters or the art style - it's quite nice by the way and it gets better the longer it goes on (and there's (character) growth visible) - that makes FMA what it is today: It's the plot.
It's slightly surprising. At the beginning it was hard for me to get into FMA, but the longer it went on, and especially when I past the point where the old anime finished, I got hooked. I loved the anime before - but for some reason I still had a problem to continue reading the manga since many elements were familiar and maybe because I thought some other elements would be similar as well.
Haha, I should have known better. Stupid me, all that was similar was the beginning. It went on a different turn then and took me along with it ^^ I got hooked. And finished the manga quite fast as well. To tell the truth, I really enjoyed FMA. And of course, why not? FMA knows how to be convincing with a clear, pretty art style, also great characters and an amazing plot.

I would just like to leave a last note: Even if you aren't convinced by this manga at the beginning, keep on reading. Things change. The characters grow up, you can see them mature and this also in an visible way. Things you may hated at first could change - but if you just hate the characters and wish them all death, it may be better to cease reading.
But honestly, if you aren't exactly obsessed with a genre not listed up there, you should just give FMA a try. Who knows, maybe it will become you new favourite manga? At least it has the potential!

... Last updated on June 24th, 2011, 6:19pm
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In a class of its own   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by souani143
May 8th, 2011, 10:19am
this is an absolute masterpiece. smile love it smile

one thing i noticed was that the cause of the ishbalan war is similar to the cause of the world war.
and the date of marcoh's death is 1914.. it sorta rings a bell..

and yeah, this one really sets you thinking about life and its intricacies.
i dont want to ramble on.. there are plenty of comments following mine to enlighten you. smile

... Last updated on May 8th, 2011, 10:36am
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