on February 14, 2011
The good guys have regrouped, they have fitted the pieces of the puzzle together and they have developed a plan to beat the homunculii and their father, they have also made a very bold first move going on the offensive finally to try and end this war swiftly and with minimum losses on their side. Action is finally happening in this volume and things are starting to look dire. Both sides have unexpected aces up their sleeves and both have a few more tricks left in them. The good guys target? King Bradley. The bad guys target? Alphonse!
Edward and Winry also are drawn side by side for the first time in a while and it is to find that Ed has grown a great deal. I loved reading those panels and watching the two of them interact one last time before the battle. The journey that started with Ed and Al trying to get their bodies back has changed a great deal and taken a back seat with their attempts to save Amestris. The brothers are both growing up as they are putting others first before their own concerns even as Al's body deteriorates and Ed is running out of tricks to try and keep them both alive.
I'm looking forward to what is going to happen next. So much is at risk right now and we have had the rug pulled out from under us often enough to know that people can and will get hurt and be killed in this series. There are no guarantees.
on November 17, 2009
I'm not much for manga, or anime, but I had heard of this from some of the young teens that visit our library. Being a big fan of intrigue I started reading this series. I found it absolutely amazing! Well drawn, presented, and written!
Edward and Alphonse were amazingly well put together characters, with a lot of laughs. I loved this volume particularly well because of it's almost chess like quality. (Love Chess!!!) I've always been for strategy and the mind of war. Being the strategist I always have been I nearly fell over, at 2 a.m. in the morning in hysteria about the 'Father's' now fatal mistake. I can't tell you what it is because I would be spoiling it. But has anyone noticed the President's wife? The only thing I can say it DON'T FORGET his wife.
Also is it just me or is Edward getting taller?
Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 21 (ViZ, 2009)
A lot of the characters we've come to know over the years are starting to converge as we get to the big climax of the series. The big story arc for the volume: an assassination attempt leaves both King Bradley and his son missing and presumed dead, allowing a number of factions who have been hiding in the shadows and consolidating their power to make their first moves towards the throne. (By the end of this volume, you should know who's actually going to succeed Bradley, assuming he's actually dead....) Meanwhile, Ed is thrown together with von Hohenheim, and the two of them start dancing around the idea of actually being a father and a son again. FMA has hit some potholes over its run, but it's back on form these days. *** ½