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About the Author

Born in Hokkaido (northern Japan), Hiromu Arakawa first attracted national attention in 1999 with her award-winning manga Stray Dog. Her series Fullmetal Alchemist debuted in 2001 in Square Enix's monthly manga anthology Shonen Gangan.
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Product Details

  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421540185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421540184
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This has the first 3 volumes in one book for slightly more than one book would cost on amazon. by the time you pay shipping for any one volume, it is around $6 for a good copy. This is brand new and it's $8.50. AND- it's exactly the same as the single version, meaning it has all the little extras like the cartoons and author notes that are in a regular manga copy at the front/back. The only thing it doesn't have is the ads. Unless you collect these for the cover art (which ain't so great for this series), you can't beat this.
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It came on time with no damage but I soon discovered it had the THINNEST paper I've ever seen! I think I'll just get the individual mangas from here on out...
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This is my all time favorite anime/manga. It is intense, it is controversial, touching, emotional, and full of action. The story is very quick to develop and enthralling. The pace is slow in the first book, but picks up so much that you will have read the entire book without ever stopping. It is a brilliant buy. I love it
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In short, Fullmetal Alchemist epitomizes everything that makes a good shonen manga worth reading while simultaneously avoiding many of the flaws of the form.

It isn't as action-packed as series like Naruto or Dragonball Z, but this is actually one of its strengths: the character moments (both the quiet interludes and the humorous asides) lead you to invest emotionally in the characters, which ultimately makes the action scenes punchier and more potent than the wall-to-wall action we see in many shonen manga. The supporting cast is memorable and surprisingly well-developed, and the world evolves intelligently and organically as the series progresses. Some of the nuances of the metaphysical questions raised by the protagonists seem to have lost something in translation, but on the whole, Fullmetal Alchemist is a strong manga with enjoyable characters and interesting stories (including both vignettes and longer arcs) and a broad palette of moods and tones.

It's also a good introduction to manga for readers of American comics, as it's got a somewhat Western sensibility in its approaches to both action and humor. It speaks effectively to both male and female audiences, and at this price (around ten bucks for three volumes!), it's an incredible bargain. This book is highly recommended both to fans of manga and those who've been curious but not yet taken the plunge for themselves.
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I was really looking forward to this release since every other 3-in-1 release from Viz has been fairly high quality. But they really skimped out on this one. The paper is essentially newsprint. It's so thin that you can see the lines on the opposite side. It's not at all up to their typical standard of quality and does a major disservice to Arakawa's art.
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The first volume of the Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 releases combines the first three volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist manga into one edition. Like the Bleach omnibus edition, the physical height of the volume is not drastically different from the regular manga editions, and a lower quality paper stock is also used.

Edward and Alphonse Elric are the main characters of the series, and they are brothers who practice alchemy. After the death of their mother, they tried to bring her back to life by using alchemy. In alchemy, there is a law of equal exchange; in the process of trying to bring their mother back, Alphonse Elric lost his body. His brother, Edward, attached Alphonse's soul to a suit of armor; but to do this, Edward had to sacrifice one his arms and one of his legs. Their friend, Winry Rockbell, and her grandmother create prosthetics for Edward that are known as "auto-mail." Edward is now known as the "Fullmetal Alchemist," and he has become the youngest State Alchemist in history. The series follows Edward and Alphonse as they search for the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary artifact that the brothers believe will allow them to recover their bodies.

Over the course of the three volumes included in this omnibus, Ed and Al find themselves in several adventures. By the end of the omnibus, there are even times when Ed finds himself doing some serious soul searching; this is especially true in the story about Shou Tucker, the "Sewing-Life Alchemist," and his daughter, Nina. In this volume, we also meet Scar, a man using alchemy to kill State Alchemists. The brothers also learn a very important secret concerning the Philosopher's Stone, which they are hoping to find in order to return to their original bodies.
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Son purchased this for his gf and she loved it. What a great price for the first three volumes. My son and I still get teary-eyed when we see photos of Colonel Mustang and Lieutenant Hughes. Good times. Good depressing times haha.
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First off, I love Fullmetal Alchemist! However, I need to address the physical quality of my book here. I have owned this volume for about a month now and was extremely careful with it--no bent cover, cracked spine, dog-eared pages, etc. However, last week I discovered that despite my care the paper jacket had come unglued from the pages of the book. Even though I do not expect paperbacks to be bound as well as hardcover (i.e. with a cloth binding), this was ridiculous.

I'm going to glue the cover back onto the book, but I won't be purchasing any more volumes from this particular printer.
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