Fullmetal Alchemist was the first manga I ever read, and all these years later, it's still one of my favorites. I really like how it overall has an optimistic tone, without downplaying the trials and pain that the characters endure.
This is a tale of suffering and redemption. A beautiful story of two brothers who refuse to give up in spite of everything life has put them through. It is a wonderful story. A tear jerker. A heart warmer. An inspiration. I loved it. The manga is a bit different than the anime. To get the whole picture i recommend getting the blu-ray anime sets along with the manga. Get FMA and FMA Brotherhood as soon as you can. You wont be sorry.
Down below Central, Edward, Izumi, and Hohenheim have all been taken by Father in order to soon fulfill their duties as sacrifices. Alphonse has been taken as well, but although his body is in the right place, his soul isn't there yet as he dwells over a difficult decision - will he sacrifice what he's been searching for? Meanwhile, Roy is marked as an important candidate and as the eclipse approaches, time is running out. Forced by the homunculi, Roy is forced to open the portal, but the question is, what will he sacrifice?
it basicly starts to get you ready for the big bang series end, which is great. this series is great and when i was done with the series i was so sad that i had no more fma to look forward to except the shining star of milos, which will be a prequel.