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Hagane no Renkinjutsushi  
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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
Alchemist of Steel
Alquimista de Aço
Full Metal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist
Giả Kim Thuật Sư
Стальной алхимик
แขนกล คนแปรธาตุ
강철의 연금술사

Groups Scanlating
Basement Scan
Black e Noir

Latest Release(s)
c.Gaiden by MangaStream & Binktopia over 8 years ago
c.108 by MangaStream & Binktopia over 8 years ago
c.108c (end) by reddevilshn over 8 years ago
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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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User Rating
Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (3716 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.18 / 10.0

Last Updated
October 19th 2018, 7:21pm 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)

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Monthly Pos #289 decreased(-181)
3 Month Pos #75 decreased(-24)
6 Month Pos #66 decreased(-22)
Year Pos #42 decreased(-12)

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On 1337 wish lists
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One of the best!  
by khanaami
August 29th, 2014, 7:00pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This series should be read by everyone. I've always loved this series, and it has a special place in my heart, but I feel that this experience should be shared. If you happen to come across this manga for the first time, read it. It will not disappoint. The characters, plot, and other elements have all been carefully thought out and carefully portrayed. If you want a series with fantasy elements, this is it. If you want one with action and adventure, this is it. If you want extremely likable characters, this is it too. If you want reliable and strong female protagonists, look no further. Everyone, even the villans, are well shaped and likable. The plot is unique and highly addictive, not to mention philosophical, spiritual/emotional, and somewhat political. READ IT NOW!

... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 7:02pm
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Pinnicle of shounen manga  
by buttplug
August 23rd, 2014, 10:13pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Possibly the greatest manga you will ever read. Every aspect of it is well balanced to a fault, it has comedic moments, moments of tragedy, bad-assery, drama and an ending that will grab you by the neither regions and make you climax literally.
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Perfect Manga!  
by ant hime
August 9th, 2014, 2:05am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This series is the very deinition of perfect manga. The story develops really nicely with interesting and loveable characters, intriguing plot, and unexpected surprises.

The characters are mostly round and believable. You can totally understand the reason why the characters (major and minor) do such actions; the characters' background is so compelling. The story also brings you to tears, excitement, and even pondering. There are so much stuff here that makes you stop and think for a second.
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by Roronoa Zoro
July 7th, 2014, 11:57pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This Manga is a Godsend

The comedy, the tragedy, the philosophy and last but not least, the ending. All of it was done mastefully and I have rarely seen a better paced manga, there are other for sure (Kingdom, Midori Days) but they are few in number.

I'm not saying this piece of work is completely perfect, there are some bumps here and there, but the characters' actions and the humanity of their actions (which is basically what the manga is all about) remains so pure and realistic, it shines with a brightness that burns.

This a top level story in my books, one that I recommend to everyone.
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A treasure and a Journey  
by DaSauceBaws
February 26th, 2014, 7:49am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is a once in a lifetime find for you, you will never come across anything of this level in shounen mangas. You might think that this is an overstatement, but then my good sir I ask you to take a serious look at our current POPULAR/ ON-DEMAND shounens: Naruto, Bleach, One piece, Fairy Tail, HSDK etc..
Yes some of these are better than the others, however they lack what I'd like to call a "healthy-flow". Some of them drag for a lifetime without even reaching halfway, others run out of ideas, some of them get old etc.
This is not what happens in this manga, it's not hopelessly long that it needed 1000+ chapters to uncover a story, it's not cheesy, it doesn't abuse ecchi etc. This manga is something the author poured his soul into - how can I tell? When I finished reading the story ( it was about 1 hour over midnight), I went to take a long walk to think about things. Hell I think I even matured a bit after reading it, that is not something I usually come across - thus I treasure this feeling.

I'll be the first one to admit that it's not flawless, it does have certain cheese-factor elements, but they do not overwhelm the true goal of the story. I can go on and talk about each arc, however that would probably be a heck of an essay to write, thus I decided to write eleven statements that explain the hidden themes of this manga:

1) People believe in lies due to desire of fear
2) Harm can result from good intentions
3) Passion rules reason
4) There is magic in sincere forgiveness, in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive
5) Mind actions over words
6) Only allow reason to rule you
7) Life is in the future
8) Deserve Victory
9) Contradictions don't exist
10) Ignoring truth is betraying yourself
11) Seek truth THROUGH yourself

Each of these lines can be linked to the Journey we undertake as we read this masterpiece. 10/10 from me. I would even go as far as call it a classic within the Manga Genre. Overstatement? Show me one shounen that questions the morale of being a human the way this author pulled it off.

... Last updated on February 26th, 2014, 10:18am
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Is This Really A Manga?  
by Sogno
January 22nd, 2014, 9:52pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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  
by achyif
January 2nd, 2014, 10:13pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
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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by MissJanny
November 10th, 2013, 2:06pm
Rating: N/A
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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by boo-bop
October 30th, 2013, 4:46pm
Rating: N/A
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!  
by rennov
September 9th, 2013, 2:50am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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