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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3 (Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1) Paperback – June 7, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Great Manga and the book itself is made out of quality materials, i actually bought it as a gift.Published 2 months ago by Tyler Collins
5 ☆ for plot 4 ☆ for the physical book itself
Great stories can either uplift or break one's heart, and the best ones do both. This was the case for me. Read more
Full Metal its one of the best manga comics I've read in all my life . It have a good humor when it need it , and good action moments too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Came in the same box in perfect condition! I bought this because it was cheaper for 3 combined than getting them individually. Read morePublished 8 months ago by genia lee
Fullmetal Alchemist Stands out in modern manga just as Naruto, Sword art online, Dragon ball z, Attack On titan, Yu-Gi-Oh! and many others have. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lukas Scott Ashworth
Bought for my son as a gift, he loves the show, I think he will enjoy reading the books too.Published 8 months ago by Tabitha N Aikey
I've always loved the anime even as a kid, and now that I've grown some strange, keen interest in filling up a bookshelf I've taken to trying to fill at least some of it with manga... Read morePublished 9 months ago by JCB