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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
Cang Giả Kim Thuật Sư
Full Metal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist
Giả Kim Thuật Sư
Çelik Simyacı
Стальной алхимик
แขนกล คนแปรธาตุ
강철의 연금술사

Groups Scanlating
Basement Scan
Black e Noir

Latest Release(s)
c.Gaiden by MangaStream & Binktopia over 10 years ago
c.108 by MangaStream & Binktopia over 11 years ago
c.108c (end) by reddevilshn over 11 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) | Vol 5, Chap 21 (FMAB)
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 29 (FMA) (Diverges) | Vol 27, Chap 108 (FMAB)

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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (3894 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.18 / 10.0

Last Updated
March 20th 2021, 8:45am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Gangan Online (Square Enix)
Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (29 Vols - Complete | 9 Fullmetal Eds - Ongoing; print)
Yen Press (29 Vols - Complete; digital)

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3 Month Pos #425 decreased(-14)
6 Month Pos #416 decreased(-13)
Year Pos #378 decreased(-24)

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The Best Shounen Manga  
by alyyang123
January 28th, 2016, 12:02pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This was the series that first introduced me to manga, and truth to be told, it made myself have such high expectations of manga that I would later read other series and consider them to be trashy and cliche. Arakawa-sensei makes all the characters seem human and imperfect, something I think that all shonen manga should improve on (I'm looking at you, Fairy Tail).
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Loved it!  
by FlameKeeper
January 10th, 2016, 11:26am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The manga starts off by telling you that 'a lesson without pain has no meaning', which pretty much gives you the idea what the entire thing is going to be about. FMA is the most beautifully constructed manga I've ever read in my life. And never have I managed to find any other series as intriguing as this one. It just naturally draws you in and you feel like you're lost in the world of alchemy. I am not very familiar with how military works or what a military rule is actually like, but reading FMA never made me feel like I cannot understand a particular scene because of the lack of background knowledge. It's also a huge thanks to the translators who did an amazing job translating the series.

The manga maintains a perfect pace all the way to the end. I didn't find it rushed or dragged, which in itself is a very big accomplishment. There are some of the very good series which disappoint you with their endings, but good for us, FMA doesn't. Everything ends well and none of the characters are neglected.

The portrayal of the main characters as well as the side characters deserves all the praise in the world. I couldn't bring myself to hate any character at all, not even the bad guys. Every character had their own importance and it was all brought together with excellence. FMA goes on with a teaching while building up the sci-fi fantasy world. It leaves you thinking about most of the dialogues the characters have said, and even their actions. I absolutely love every single female character in here. They are so very strong and so very independent and so very cool. The main characters, Ed and Al, don't have some sort of inborn super strength that makes them stronger than the rest. They're just kids. And the mangaka actually makes you feel that they're just kids, yet not your normal ones. You can easily tell a strong character if you spot one. Almost every action has a reason behind it and you will easily manage to find that reason if you think carefully.

The very concept of alchemy is superb. It teaches you about give and take, about equivalent exchange. FMA teaches you about the 'truth' that lies within you, it tells you that the world exists because you do and vice versa.
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It shows you what greed and longing can take away from you through all the characters who performed human transmutation and lost what they wanted the most. I also like the idea of all the homunculus being named after human sins. But in the end, what they long for is what you didn't expect. Say, Greed thought that he wanted money, women, power... But what he was truly seeking for were 'friends'. And then again, Envy was actually envious of humans.

Every single person in the FMA world have a reason to exist and they serve their purpose in the story. There're some laugh out loud funny moments but also incidents that might make you cry. There's the feeling of love and the bonding between family that this manga describes perfectly.

All in all, I love FMA. I absolutely agree that nothing is perfect, but by no means do I wish to point out the flaws in this series when I love it to this extent.

100% recommended!
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Not surprised this is a classic  
by Piyochan
January 9th, 2016, 4:59pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Wow, this was totally breathtaking. If perfection existed, this would be it. The characters, story, theme, symbolism, just all of it was beautifully done. I never felt like the story dragged on and felt completely content at the end of it. Definitely one of the best shounen manga out there.
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Quality one  
by wansmor
September 26th, 2015, 1:32am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
FMA started like average shonen: our protagonist are brothers who are well versed in alchemy (FMA's version of 'super power'/'magic') and the story is about their adventure to restore their worn out body. So what makes it good?

First, unlike other shonen, in FMA our MC doesn't get ridiculously powered up. Throughout the series, each and every battle is fought and won by wits and the skills that come from understanding of 'Alchemy'.

Second, it's has stable and well constructed scope. FMA's world evolves in a certain scope, a country. Consequently, it makes you see some key characters time and again, but in return you almost never wonder like 'who in the earth is this character?' or 'why does this story has an awkwardly placed character'.

Third, it has steady pace. While the ultimate mission is to recover their bodies, in the journey, our MC find that their goals align with greater mission to save people. From fights that they have experienced they gained knowledge that will be useful in the next ones. The secrets revealing time is perfect, it will keep you excited to see the continuation of the story.

Four, characters. Aside from MC, FMA has really well defined set of characters: the army, the homonculus, and renegade. The set and design of characters build a really well relationship, it allow us to have lightheartening comedy from time to time, or heartbreaking moment when someone dies.

Overall, FMA is good read. This manga also ended well, which is something because sometimes good story is spoiled by bad ending. This was not the case with FMA. Recommended read for anyone.
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by Rika_Aki
April 10th, 2015, 11:31am
Rating: N/A
This is one of the reason I prefer shonen manga by female artist. Their works have everything the art, the action, the humor, and most important, a perfect plot.

While (in my observation) most of the current top shonen manga focus too much on the action, this manga has the plot that is well polished, perfect from head to toe, everything, everyone, every scene and line and action has meaning, contribute to the story. It has the humor as well as the tragedy, not to mention the human philosophy.

The protagonists are other thing, they may seem to be very good, well aware of everything, of what they want at the beginning. But as the story goes by, they are somehow just normal people, struggle with their own life, goal, ethnic, between lie and truth. They are growing, along with our idea and perception.

Always my top manga.
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A fantastic series, but...  
by bevelynn
January 25th, 2015, 9:10pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
It's not gonna be the #1 manga for everyone.

Now, before FA-fanatics jump me, allow me to affirm that I hold this series dear to my heart. I adore Al and Ed, and the cast of secondary characters all possess dynamic, interesting tales. Arakawa did a phenomenal job with this manga, and though I never did cry while reading, Fullmetal Alchemist indeed hit my heart during certain chapters. It's truly a work that challenges you to see the darker side of humanity and government corruption, which is all the more impressive given that this series takes place in a highly fictionalized world. Definitely, definitely recommend it.

HOWEVER: if you do not typically read shounen action manga, the hype may seem overdone.

Such was the case in my situation.

It'd be a stretch to say that I was disappointed, but after finishing FA, I was not screaming and fangirling and stamping the manga with every stamp of approval that I own. I felt an emotional satisfaction, and I was very happy that I stepped out of my manga comfort zone to read this. I will concede that the work is very well written and engaging. But as someone who reads predominantly shoujo romance manga, I will ask that new-shounen action readers begin Fullmetal Alchemist with not TOO high an expectation. This manga could change your entire life-- it has for many fanatic readers. But remember that it is only a manga (and an anime... and a video game... but you get the point.) Don't expect it to be the epitome of the best of the best, and I think you'll enjoy these 27 volumes tremendously.

... Last updated on January 25th, 2015, 9:14pm
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Waited too long to read this  
by SOSAnimeBoy
January 7th, 2015, 10:10pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I can't believe I was busy keeping up on Bleach and Naruto when this gem was there all along. I had watched about 3/4 of the first anime series and never got a chance to finish it, and never got a chance to watch the Brotherhood remake, but I had been wanting to read the manga for a while. Just finished it and it was an amazing ride. Read it, you will not be disappointed.
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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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