- Author: Hiromu Arakawa
- Series: Fullmetal Alchemist #1,#2,#3
- Genre: Fantasy/Steampunk
- No. of pages: 576
- Year published: 2002
- Dates read: 17.08.19 – 20.08.19
- Rating: 5 stars
A brilliant first instalment to an incredible series. I really enjoyed the fact there were 3 volumes in one, I felt you get a bit more bang for your buck. I have watched the show and loved it hence why I decided to read the manga. At first, I was worried I wouldn’t connect with the story the way I did with the show as I don’t read much manga but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Especially, Vol 3 as that’s when the ball really gets rolling and the main plot starts to be introduced.
Plot: In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armour. Equipped with mechanical “”auto-mail”” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
First thing, this story is beautiful. The artwork is amazing and I was truly mesmerized by the artistry behind the story. I know the plot is amazing due to having seen the show so this time around I really got to appreciate the art.
This story is incredibly funny. Most notably due to the characters Edward and Louis. I felt that the balance between the more serious parts of the story and the light-hearted comedic moments were balanced very well. I found myself chuckling away multiple times.
The action is done really well and is really visually exciting to look at. I felt that if I paired those scenes with some action-packed movie or video game music it really contributed to the reading experience.
I love the bond between the two brothers, Edward and Alphonse. From the get-go, you understand that these boys truly and deeply care for each other and would do anything to keep the other one from harm. I loved it. I also loved how they would bicker and argue as well, honing in that these are just ordinary boys in an extraordinary situation.
The introduction of the civil war and the hints of possible corruption really solidified this story for me. I started getting exciting and despite seeing the show already, I still wanted to find out all that was happening.
Overall, this was a really fun reading experience and easily a book you can pick up again and again and still feel enthralled with the story.
The next book I will be reviewing is Titans of History by Simon Sebag Montefiore. This is a non-fiction book all about important figures of history. This will be my second non-fiction book of the year. This is definitely a genre I tend to focus less on with my reading.