- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st edition (May 3, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591169208
- ISBN-13: 978-1591169208
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 276 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 3, 2005
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This manga inspired the popular series now airing on the Cartoon Network and captures the show's brand of mystical, action-packed adventure. Set in a steam-powered locale that isn't necessarily in our world, the series follows two teenage brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric—one bearing two cybernetic replacement limbs while the other's soul animates a cumbersome suit of armor. The two are government agents wielding prodigious abilities in alchemy who carry out the hazardous assignments issued by their handlers. Their exploits range from thwarting the machinations of a fraudulent and ambitious priest who abuses the faith of his oblivious flock to cunningly extracting an impoverished mining community from the exorbitant clutches of a corrupt official and dealing with a train-hijack situation that owes a serious debt to the film Under Siege. In a market glutted with too many like-minded efforts, Arakawa's work grabs readers and shakes them with simple yet eloquent visuals and a bizarre concept. To give away more would ruin the story, but the snippets of the brothers' origin hint at much darker things to come, and such portents herald fun in upcoming installments. (May)
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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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What you get, and comments about each:
(If I seem to nitpick, then sorry, but I like to be extremely specific and thorough, letting you know precisely what I received.)
I. All 27 Volumes of the Fullmetal Alchemist Manga in Paperback
--1. These aren't new editions or anything, they're the same versions you can already purchase individually from VizMedia, but all in one set for one heck of a price! The set also includes Volume 27, which has yet to be relased by itself. (UPDATE 1/8/12: IN THE COMMENTS, SOMEONE HAS INFORMED ME THAT THE TRANSLATIONS AND IMAGES ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN SOME PLACES COMPARED TO THE INDIVIDUAL COPIES YOU CAN PURCHASE FROM THE SAME PUBLISHER. I HAD NO IDEA, AND I APOLOGIZE IF THIS MISLED ANYONE!)
--2. Three or four of my books had EXTREMELY tiny, extra pieces of the cover hanging off of the corners on the spines of the books. It's kind of annoying just knowing they're there, but I'm guessing it's normal for paperbacks. But believe me, it's probably not even worth mentioning.
--3. The first 3 books have holographic covers, and the rest do not.
--4. They're right-to-left style, to preserve the orientation of Arakawa's original artwork. I'm an American and have been reading left-to-right my entire life, but I, personally, haven't had an issue with this. I THOUGHT I would, but I simply haven't.
II. A 2-Sided Poster
--1. Both sides can be viewed on this product's homepage in the photo section.
--2. It's folded in fourths, so there's creases. I have mine hung up though and it looks good to me. I barely-to-don't recognize the creases.
--3. Approximately 10"w x 15"h.
III. The Light Novel "The Ties that Bind"
--1. I'm honestly not sure what this is. I did a little research and I guess it's a novelization of some of the manga chapters?... I really don't know. It IS a novel though, meaning pages full of paragraphs of words. There's only like 3 pages with actual pictures.
IV. The Box Itself
--1. Approximately the size of the poster, and 5 inches deep.
--2. Has 2 shelves (one above the other) that house the books quite snugly. It's kinda hard to get them out sometimes.
--3. Has a hinged "door" that protects the books from dust when closed, stays shut with small velcro circles on the right side, and has a handle on top making it much easier to carry around.
--4. You can see the outside design of the box on this product's home page. The inside of the box is basically the same design as the back of the box.
--5. My box arrived with a few small creases and dents in it, but I suppose this is practically unavoidable when shipping across country.
--6. I'd have preferred a horizontally-orientated version of the box and its contents, but it's a very nice box nonetheless, I must say.
Overall, this product is definitely well worth its price and worthy of being passed down the Armstrong line for generations!!!
-Group A: duh of course I'm going to buy this I love FMA. I'm just browsing the reviews.
-Group B: I love FMA but this is expensive and i have trouble spending this much money all at once. Maybe I'll buy the volumes one at a time or something..
So let me help you out.. Buy this. You won't regret it. You'll fly through every page of every book. Then let a friend borrow it. Then reread it all again and enjoy every page and every back of the book gag comic. Worth every dollar. Team mustang ftw..
PS. There might be a group C and D, but you should also buy this
In any case, described as advertised. Paperback box set with 27 volumes, light novel, and a small poster. And there's velcro to help close the box.
Note: The "Brotherhood" adaptation is truer to the manga, I prefer the original adaptation.
The box is really cool, and the poster addition is really nice.
But: (see photos)
I know that it is the fault of the mail, but the box is quite damaged in transit.
Shipping could be more careful, maybe use bubble wrap and not just a simple bag...
Thank you, totally worth buying for those who love the series. :D
Only criticism I have is I think the binding could be better.
Overall, though, this is the best way to own the FMA manga now.
It arrived earlier then expected, in mint condition and the box looks so cool ❤o❤
I had collected the first three volumes before deciding to buy this. I know that the price of the box may throw some people off at first but I personally suggest buying the box of this. Not only is it much cheaper then going off and buying each book individually (or in a three pack) but you can store it in the box which has these shelfs in them, and a Velcro to close it up. And the images on and in it look fantastic =w=
The only problem I'd see with the box is that it is a bit big, but thats because it stores all FMA volumes , so its not unnecessarily big. And it does keep the books in great condition :)