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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

Groups Scanlating
Basement Scan
Black e Noir

Latest Release(s)
c.Gaiden by MangaStream & Binktopia over 7 years ago
c.108 by MangaStream & Binktopia over 7 years ago
c.108c (end) by reddevilshn over 7 years 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)

User Reviews
Fullmetal Alchemist by Cypher-Khan
Full Metal Alchemist by shounen_lover

33 topics, 391 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (3623 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.18 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 28th 2018, 11:01am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (27 Volumes & 9 Omnibuses - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #93 decreased(-18)
Monthly Pos #60 decreased(-3)
3 Month Pos #46 decreased(-7)
6 Month Pos #38 increased(+4)
Year Pos #36 decreased(-5)

List Stats
On 3327 reading lists
On 1303 wish lists
On 7026 completed lists
On 200 unfinished lists
On 702 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Which is better manga or (new) anime? 5 months ago
is this safe for kids to read? 6 months ago
Help with chronology about 1 year ago
Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Director Reveals Details About Film about 1 year ago
Ethics of human transmutation over 3 years ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kamasutra69
July 10th, 2007, 5:15pm
almost greatest manga ever
it needs a strong ending
already a classic
so who give this manga 1/10? (3 votes)
this is not funny.
always watch anime with subs.
dubbed version never seem natural

... Last updated on July 10th, 2007, 5:19pm
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by Kittycat101
July 3rd, 2007, 4:28pm
Reading manga in like person (lol not online or on my conputer is really different!!)
its wayyyy More awesome!!! I went to my local bookstore and found the first volume of this!! It totally sucked me in!! Like you know when u feel like
Your REALLy there!!1 I have become an addict!!!
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fullmetal alchemist !!!!!!!!!!!!   
Rating: N/A
by mangaalover
June 24th, 2007, 8:44pm
i love this manga (and the anime..but not as much as the manga)(.....just to let people know...if you are planning on watching the anime..the english voices are actually very good compared to other if dont want to hurt your eyes reading subtitle and dont know japanese.. you should watch it in english)

the manga has a very good plot and its leaves you wanting to read more and more
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by akshay4876
June 14th, 2007, 12:20pm
First thing that i would like to say is that FMA is one of my favorite manga's. The anime was also welly made; however, it had a horrible ending that i belive that everyone hated.
The manga is made in an excellent way with amazing artwork. My only downside is that it is only scantalated one chapter at a time and will require some patience to wait for.

... Last updated on June 14th, 2007, 12:22pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mameshi
April 1st, 2007, 4:05pm
This is a must-read for everyone and anyone! Both the anime and manga are great, them being different sort of adds something to the story because there are two versions. The manga is very funny. But you have to do both.

But if you are planning on watching the anime WATCH THE JAPANESE VERSION. Subbed or raw. Don't watch it in English. The voices are terrible.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by PokeMaster
March 30th, 2007, 10:58pm
awesome!the manga and anime are great!
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fullmetal ROCKS! XD   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FullmetalEdward
December 23rd, 2006, 1:31pm
i wish there was an eleven rating! I generaly try to read manga in order but i was so facinated by the story i just read the ones the bookstore had(as a result my knowledge of the story is quite patchy but still...)my favorite characters are roy,edward,their trainer(like i said quite patchy, so i dont know her name),and scar.(p.s. greed fits someone i know soooo perfectly.those of you who know about greed can tell that i hate that person alot.
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Very Good   
Rating: N/A
by JSW
November 2nd, 2006, 4:10pm
Good Plot...good Characters...quite an artwork...but there is still something missing... definetly better than anime...
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better than the anime   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by toranekochan
October 26th, 2006, 10:38am
VERY different from the anime... And VERY much better, in my opinion. I've only recently got into this series (I was tired of hearing about it from so many people, and not having read it myself), and I was hooked pretty much from the start. Then I tried watching the anime. >_< That didn't work very well.

But if you haven't gotten into this series yet, you really got to!
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Mauve
October 7th, 2006, 8:31pm
I found it to lack overall impact. I found myself unable to suspend disbelief shortly after the beginning. At the same time, a lot of people really resonate with this manga. Give it a look through at the book store if you have a chance.
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