Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Reviewed By: I.D.
Fullmetal Alchemist is set in the fictional country of Amestris. As the story progresses, Amestris and its characters grow darker and the plot plunges deeper, forcing poor fangirls and fanboys to continue reading and in the end, get sucked up in the plot entirely. Just kidding! The story follows two brothers named Alphonse and Edward Elric who tried to bring back their mother after she died by using alchemy. Alchemy is the science of exchange where you draw a transmutation circle on the ground and place an object in the center. By placing your hands on the circle, the exchange is between the object. If you need to fix a radio, you place the broken radio in the circle and it transforms into a brand new, working radio. That's the basics of the science, but it gets more complicated as the story goes on. While they were attempting human transmutation, a forbidden aspect of alchemy, Ed lost his arm and his leg, while his brother Al lost his whole body and is left with a metal suit of armor. Now, Al and Ed must get the Philosopher's Stone in order to get their bodies back.
Why I Picked it Up: I picked up this book because I had heard a lot of good hype about it and had seen some of the anime on TV.
Why I Finished It: I haven't finished the series yet (on manga #15) but I am drilling through because I can't wait to find the end. The characters and plot start to get intense. (It's so hard to explain!)
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to any manga readers, anime watchers, or comic book readers. It is also a great first for any new graphic novel/ manga readers who are interested in action.
**Librarian Side Note** Loved this review! Now I have to go read all of these too! On the bright side, we also own the Anime version of this series on DVD, so I'm definitely going to check that out too!!