Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 01 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

ISBN: 1591169208
ISBN 13: 9781591169208
By: Hiromu Arakawa

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Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg...and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders...even to kill. Except his powers aren't unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher's Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are...

Reader's Thoughts


Amo este manga, es épico y toda una obra maestra!Primero me vi el animé y me fascinó, aunque su relación con la historia del manga es mínima... Me entró la curiosidad de leerlo cuando salió FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood-que por cierto no he visto-y sinceramente es una historia condenadamente enganchadora, original, muy divertida y gráfica, todos los personajes tienen su encanto, incluso los candenados humunculos esos. Dios mio sí que amé a Ed aquí! <3Que si vale la pena leerlo? Eso no se pregunta.


OMYGOD THIS IS THE BEST MANGA I'VE EVER READ...I apologize. I will be fangirling this whole time but EHMAGAWD ITS SOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOD! I mean, I can't really say anything that everyone else has already said, so all I'm gonna say is what I personally thought of it. You want the plot, google "fullmetal alchemist review" and you'll find plenty of plot summaries. Let me just say this is possibly the only manga volume that had me laughing, crying, and scared out of my wits. Also, I watched it as an anime first (view spoiler)[(just a note: all those people who read FMA as manga first and then saw the 2003 series and were like "ZOMG ITS TOTALLY DIFFERENT!!!!! YOU PEOPLE GIVE ME A GOOD ANIME RIGHT NOW!!!!!!" Well, all I'm gonna say is that I have read up to Vol. 9 and I saw almost no difference from the anime, except for a few minor changes. Now, maybe something happens later on, i don't know. And if so, I apologize. But still; no need to get your panties in a twist so much that they had to make FMAB. I mean, really.) (hide spoiler)] and I was YELLING AT THE SCREEN. I didn't think I would do that with a manga, but OMG I DID.Plus, this manga is, like, every genre wrapped up in one. IT's an action/adventure, it's a romance, it's a horror, it's a buddy comedy, it's a war drama, it's fantasy and sci fi! All of this is crammed into it and it just feels so EPIC. It even questions big things like religion and the meaning of life within the first few chapters! What I especially like is that, when it comes to religious opinions in books, you can usually tell where the author stands; whether he/she is religious or not. With FMA, I can't tell, and, for some reason, I love that.What else is there to say? All the characters are lovable, the plot is intriguing and intense, and, in short, this manga will take you for one hell of a ride.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


This isn't so much a review as it is an overview about this series, because there are so many people wondering about what the heck this manga (consisting of 27 volumes and approximately 108 chapters), the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime and the 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime have to do with each other. I don't talk about the plot or characters here, so I'm sorry if this isn't what you're looking for!First of all, this entire series began as the manga. As you can see from the original publication date, this first volume was released in 2001. The 2003 anime was created (TA-DA) in 2003, consisting of 51 episodes. However, the manga was still ongoing as they were creating this anime, so they began to diverge in plot and characterization (around episode 28-29). More "filler" episodes were included, which in no way had any significance to the plot of the series. The author of the manga probably then gave the producers of the anime permission to continue and conclude the anime however they saw fit (I'm not actually too sure about this point, so don't quote me on it). The anime ended on a cliffhanger of sorts, and so a follow-up movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa was created. [image error]The manga continued to pour out chapters every month, even as the 2003 anime diverged and ended. Then, in 2009, as the manga was approaching its conclusion, a second anime series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, was released. This anime series was meant to stay true to the manga, unlike its predecessor. It spent the first 15 episodes or so recapping and highlighting all the important parts of the 2003 anime, so the rest of the episodes (64 in total) would make more sense. A second movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos was released as a companion to the Brotherhood series development, taking place somewhere in the middle of the plot, as Ed and Al go on their travels.And that is essentially the entire franchise of the Fullmetal Alchemist in a nutshell.In my humble opinion, while I loved the animation of the 2003 anime, and enjoyed the plot at first, the conclusion was a disappointment. It was confusing, there were too many characters, and the science behind the alchemy and bringing dead people back to life became too far-fetched, improbable, and confusing. I should point out that I was first hooked onto the series because of the 2003 anime, so it's definitely good! But, I began to read the manga, and discovered it was much more different than what was shown on TV.I enjoyed the manga much more than the anime because since the same author who created the alchemy concepts was developing the plot and characters, everything made more sense! There were also a few more humourous scenes that only the manga could portray through the characters' expressions and body language. As Brotherhood began releasing episodes, I was overjoyed to see the many things in the manga, which were absent in the first anime, were brought to life in this new rendition. And the conclusion of this series was absolutely perfect and beautiful.So, for those of you who enjoyed the 2003 anime, I highly encourage you to either check out the manga, or watch Brotherhood. It is definitely worth it; plus, you get to see your favourite characters come back to life! Anyways, that was my rant. I love this series, and I hope someone found this helpful! - sm:)e


I hadn't cared for Manga, but my brother introduced me to this series and I soon fell in love. Its action, of course, what else would you get in guy's manga? But its smart. Arakawa is an author who does her homework and this makes sense, without the rules changing many times over in the series.Note: I read the whole series, but graded this one since I love it so much. There is no need for individual book rating.


The first volume of the series serves as an introduction to the character, world, difficulties, and companions of Edward Elric, the Fullmetal Alchemist. Orphaned at a young age, the eleven-year-old prodigy and his younger brother, Alphonse, attempt forbidden human transmutation in an effort to resurrect their mother. They learn the hard way why it’s forbidden, when Al’s body vanishes along with Ed’s left leg, shortly followed by his right arm—the price to keep his brother’s soul and bind it to a suit of armor. The series opens four or so years later, after Ed’s debased himself by joining the military in exchange for access to resources in his efforts to restore his brother and himself.The four chapters (of the series’ 108) in volume one expose different aspects of the brothers and begin the world-building that will continue throughout. The first, two-part story exposes their motive and desire for the Philosopher’s Stone—which can bypass the laws of Equivalent Exchange—as they confront a cult leader who claims he can bring back the dead. The second story reveals both their integrity and the general corruption of the military—as well as the hatred people harbor for it and its “dogs”—when they pass through a small, coal-mining town run by a corrupt official. The third story demonstrates Ed’s hair-trigger temper, Al’s intrisic concern for others, and the ingenuity and resilience of them both when the train they are on is hijacked and a vacationing general and his family are taken hostage. Also important in the train chapter is the introduction of Ed’s commanding officer: one Colonel Roy Mustang, Flame Alchemist, renowned hero of the Ishballan civil war (or genocidal butcher, depending on which side is talking), highly ambitious leader of his intensely loyal personal staff, and the first of many richly-detailed supporting characters.FMA is a rollercoaster of a series, alternating horrors with the absurdly silly, setting up loveable characters and killing or otherwise maiming them, and otherwise mixing up tear-jerking existential dilemmas and slapstick comedy. The artwork is clean and readable, even in the action sequences, which is fairly rare for this style of manga, and all the more appreciated for that. This volume is an excellent beginning to an outstanding series, and I can’t recommend it strongly enough.


One of the BEST shounen manga I ever read. No. I take that back. It is THE BEST shounen manga I ever read! It has action, it has drama. It has magic, but it based on scientific rules. It has politics, it has philosophy (uhm... marxism in manga, gosh!), and it has idealism. It has war maker, it has peace seeker. It has story as crucial as fate of the countrys, it has delicate story of children need their mother's care. It has dark background stories, it has hillarious way of story telling. And most of all, it has an ending. A really-really-really good ending, not a perfect happy ending nor a shabby tragedy, it just.... solid dovetail end, and life goes on.Equivalent trade.****Ed and Al Elric are brothers who had talent for being alchemists from very early age. When they were 11 and 10, their mother passed away while their father had been gone wondered for years. So with ability but without guidance, they did something taboo, try to "human transmutation" a.k.a bring their death mother back to life. This caused them dearly. Not entirely learnt their lesson, they promised each other to seek for the Philosopher's Stone which said to be carried a great power to alter the equivalent trade's law, and will have the power to restore their body back. At age 12, Ed sign into military, and got his name The Fullmetal Alchemist.In the bigger scope, the land was at war with the Ishvar, a race that believed in one mighty God. At one time, King Bradley - the highest military commander - commanded an Ishvar Annihilation, which caused almost a wipeout of the entire race. A handful who could survive hide themselves in the slummy villages holding their grunge. But these burden not just carried by those survivors, but also by some Ametrys soldiers, doctors and scientists for their hand were tainted all over with ishvarin blood. These people, then, spent their life to made things better. As the story goes, some secrets will revealed themselves, eventually. What is Philosopher's Stone really made from, who was Ed and Al's father, who were the seven deadly sins and what creature are they, and above all, what is the big plan behind all these riots and wars. Will they do it, is it worth it, to sacrifice so much -his leg, his arm, his entire body, her womb, her limb, his living body, his eyes, their friends, all people of Xerxes, in order to satisfy Equivalent Trade condition, and gain the true power?Uhhmm... have I said, I love the ending. Ed's choice was a very much unpredictable, one last twist in the story, which was really equal to the result. He learnt his lesson, finally.Status: completed (27 volumes)Downloaded from: http://www.mangatraders.com/manga/ser...

Melisa Ramonda

Uno de mis mangas favoritos de todos los tiempos. Simplemente, impecable.


J'avais déjà vu auparavant quelques épisodes du animés, mais le lire c'est autre chose. Ce que j'aime bien c'est que l'alchimie est un des thèmes principaux de ce manga, or pour le chimiste que je suis c'est toujours un grand bonheur de pouvoir lire quelque chose qui est en rapport avec notre domaine. :D C'est donc avec grand bonheur que j'ai dévoré ce premier tome qui m'a fat rire à plusieurs endroits, mais aussi plu et donné l'envie de lire la suite.


I’d heard about this series and seen images of it (and cosplay from it) long before I ever got around to reading or watching it. I assumed it was just another action/adventure manga that would go on way too long, awash with filler and minimalistic character development. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was almost instantly charmed by the well-developed characters and the complex story line. The hype was not for nothing.This series really pulls at my heart strings, without being overly sympathetic or sappy. It’s full of great action scenes and a very fast-paced plot, but the characters really make the series. That said, I’ve always felt the beginning was a little confusing. Vol. 1 isn’t bad, but it’s feels like a somewhat sloppy beginning to what is an otherwise fantastic series.This genre is typically aimed at tween to teenage boys, but Fullmetal Alchemist has a wealth of stuff there for the female or older reader. It also boasts some of the best female characters I’m ever seen in manga/anime.


After relenting to the constant peer pressure from the manga community, I picked this one up at the local library. Like many other super-popular series, like Shugo Chara and Naruto which was arguably an excellent read for until Naruto got his first ridiculous power-up, I assumed FMA was all hype. It's not. I was hooked from the first chapter and now there's nothing that is going to stop me from finishing this series. I may read this more intensely than I did Bokurano, of which I read a total of approx. 6,000 pages in two days. The art itself is easy on the eyes, though not as lovingly done as works from CLAMP. The plot is easily balanced with plenty of intense action, gasp-worthy revelations, and comedic relief. There are some elements of atheism, but this is obviously expected in a series centralized around alchemy. This "magic," however; is based off of a law similar to the Law of Conservation, so it avoids plenty the "because I said so" moments we find irritatingly often in most other shounen manga.

Brandon Varnell

Full Metal Alchemist is by far one of my favorite anime, manga and light novel. It has a deep, intricate story line, along with some seriously awesome characters and even more impressive character development. The tale of Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse is one that I couldn't help but get into, and after reading Volume 1 I not only ended up getting every single volume of the light novel, but also the anime and the manga, both for Full Metal Alchemist and FMA The Brotherhood.I think one of the things I enjoyed most about FMA was definitely the alchemy. It was a very scientific way of creating "magic" and done so in such a way that despite knowing it's not possible, it almost made me believe that it could be. It's definitely one of my favorite "magic systems" right up there with the Magecraft used in Fate/Stay Night.


Pengakuan sang pengarang: Sebelum dia jadi mangaka, dia bertani di Hokkaido.Jangan remehkan petani! Karena ternyata dari tangan sang mantan petani-lah lahir salah satu serial manga terbaik yang pernah saya baca, baik dari segi cerita maupun art. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan filosofis disajikan dengan gaya popular yang renyah bagai kerupuk garing yang membuat nagih(namun bukan berarti kosong tak berisi).Oh ya, alchemy di dunia ini bukanlah sihir. Dalam dunia 'Fullmetal Alchemist', alchemy adalah sebentuk ilmu pengetahuan, sementara para alchemist adalah ilmuwan yang harus berpegang pada 'prinsip equivalent trade'. Dan ketika dua kakak-beradik Ed dan Alphonse yang hidup di desa kecil dan terpencil melanggar aturan untuk tidak berupaya menghidupkan manusia dengan alchemy, mereka pun terseret ke dalam ruwetnya berbagai peristiwa yang berlangsung di dunia mereka...Ngomong-ngomong, kira-kira apakah negara Amestris yang dipimpin Fuhrer King Bradley dan main babat negara-negara tetangganya adalah cerminan Amerika Serikat? Hmmm...Hal menarik lain: Ed yang tidak percaya Tuhan, ternyata saat mencapai tingkat alchemy yang memungkinkannya melakukan alchemy tanpa perlu transmutation circle yang digambar, menggantikan transmutation circle-nya dengan mengatupkan tangan bagai berdoa.Dalam!


A fantastic series opener to one of the most layered, astounding mangas I've ever read. The whole story continues to blow me away.Edward and Alphonse Elric are a very unlikely pair of brothers; one a diminutive (sorry Ed!), fierce-eyed young man, the other a full-body suit of armor that contains only a soul. Both are alchemists, able to break down and reshape the material of the world around them for purposes of both healing and destruction...but only if the trade is equivalent. When they were young, Ed and Al tampered with the most basic law of alchemy, which forbids the resurrection or creation of human beings. Ed paid with a literal arm and leg; his brother with his entire body. In order to restore themselves, they will need to unlock the secrets of alchemy's Holy Grail...the Philosopher's Stone. This is their story, and the story of a civilization beset by war, a military of both corruption and loyalty, a world where strange beings haunt the shadows, warriors seek vengeance, and alchemists work for good, for evil, and many in the gray areas between. This series is the equal of any "book," in its stunningly portrayed characters, its fantastic art, its winding storyline, its spectrum of emotions, and its deep, thoughtful commentary on humanity, death, religion, sin, good, evil, and the soul.


Fullmetal Alchemist is a really cool manga. I've heard so many good things about it that I decided to read it for myself. I must say that I quite enjoyed Fullmetal Alchemist.The story line of Fullmetal Alchemist was really engrossing. I found myself wanting to know more about what was going on with the two characters and basically, I just thought the whole story was set up really well and I look forward to reading more of the series.The illustrations were pretty awesome. They're definitely engaging and add to the entire story.I'm intrigued by the two main characters. I'd like to know more about them and their back story and I look forward to it.Overall, I believe that Fullmetal Alchemist is a great manga to check out, if you're a fan of science or alchemy and manga then I think you'll definitely enjoy Fullmetal Alchemist.


Fullmetal Alchemist in its anime form is one of my favorite television shows. I watch it religiously, even now that I have seen every episode. I never read manga before and basically, I picked up this edition because of my devotion to the program. This first installment of the manga is damn near close to (if not completely) identical to the first few episodes of the show. I won't give away the plot twists, just for those of you who haven't seen it yet. The essential storyline, though, is that brothers Ed and Al attempt to use alchemy to bring back their mother from the dead. Instead, Ed loses some limbs and Al loses his whole body. Despite the fact that Al's soul is encased in a suit of armor, Ed is actually the Fullmetal Alchemist (I think "Fullmetal" is a translation of Japanese slang for pigheaded). Ed ends up working for the military and Al comes along with him and the ultimate hope is that, while working as alchemists, they can find the Philosopher's Stone that will hopefully restore their bodies.The theme of the series is Equivalent Exchange, the idea that in order to gain something, one must give up something of equal value. It's something I believe as truth even in the world of non-alchemists, so perhaps that's why I'm drawn to this series.

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