Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 03 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #3)

ISBN: 1591169259
ISBN 13: 9781591169253
By: Hiromu Arakawa

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Accompanied by their bodyguard, Alex Louis Armstrong, our heroes seek out their closest childhood friend, mechanic Winry Rockbell, to fix their battered "auto-mail" bodyparts. Soon their quest for the Philosopher's Stone takes them to the great central library, where the Stone's formula may be hidden...if the mysterious figure named Lust doesn't get there first! But the secret of the Philosopher's Stone may be even more frightening than the beings who guard it...

Reader's Thoughts


And we're back to the funny. I am really, really liking this series. I am a little embarassed to read it in public, just because I feel like maybe I'm too old for it? Or...something, I don't know. The utter geek in me is thrilled to be seen reading it, but the part of me that loves to be seen reading feels like I'm wasting the opportunity to show how smart I am.It's the kind of inner conflict I enjoy.

Justyn Rampa

I am shocked at how much ground Hiromu Arakawa is covering. The truth about the Philosopher's stone has already been revealed and Al goes through his extensional crisis. Also, Hiromu does a nice job of character building so that when tragedy strikes, you are truly invested in some of these characters.Another brilliant volume!!!

Jade Johnson

This comic is super good. I love it I love the whole series but I especially love this one (which is what made me cave in a and actually buy a physical copy of it) it really sets up the plot for the rest of the series it gives you all the background information of the main heroes which had here to been unavailable to you and lets you finally know the secret of the philosophers stone which will become a main plot point for the rest of the series. Lots of tension and lots of sweet moments as well I would definitely recommend this book.TW: language, Violence


Real rating 4.5 StarsSo, the last volume ended on a slight cliffhanger and this one doesn't really acknowledge it until the middle of it. Which is fine with me, because in the beginning it introduces some more characters. the new characters are from the Elric brother's past, so we also get a better look on there past and how they got to where they are today.The plot in this book is really good. In the beginning not much is happening, but I was okay with that, because like I said it tells you some information on their past. In about half way though, when they get to central is when the plot really picks up and some questions are answered, but that only leads to more questions. The volumes ends on a huge cliffhanger that makes me want to read the next one.The illustrations in this are really good in my opinion, there not really detailed, but that's usually a given with Manga. I just really like the manga style illustrations.This was another really great installment in a series that I have fallen in love with and I can't wait to read more in the series.


An addicting manga with unforgettable characters and enough twists to build a story labyrinth that you will WANT to be trapped in forever! I was delighted in practicing the equilalent exchange of forfeiting a few minutes of my free time in exchange for this unforgettable storyline.(view spoiler)[ Ed and Al Elric are victims of tragedy who make a mistake by committing the "unforgivable" taboo of attempting to bring back the dead with the most innocent of intentions: to see their deceased mother's smile again. The alchemic transmutation goes horribly wrong and costs Ed both his leg and his only brother, Al. In an act of desperation, Ed sacrifices his arm to retrieve Al's soul and bind it to a convenient container: a suit of armor.After receiving prosthetics, Ed willingly becomes a state alchemist at the age of twelve in order to receive the resources needed to find or create the philosopher's stone, the only material capable of getting his brother's body back. Things aren't that simple though, and many physical and moral obstacles stand in his way. In order to get back what they have lost, the Elric brothers have to wade through a river of mud. Though the two trudge on and try to prevent themselves from getting dirty in the process, will the emerge clean on the other side? Will things have returned to normal when they do? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>

Jody Mena

Great book! There was more action in this one than the previous ones, and the artwork seemed much better to me. The plot of this one was great, I love the twist that the Philosopher's Stone is made out of people, it creates a great internal conflict for the brothers. I also enjoy the internal conflict that Barry the Butcher creates for Alphonse, telling him that he might not be a real person. I wasn't sure at first, but now I am: I definitely like the Fullmetal Alchemist manga better than the anime. Though the action is better in the anime, the story in the manga is much more succinct and the order and flow of the story make much more sense. Not to mention the pace is much more manageable - the anime was very dramatic and well animated, but it always seemed to drag, whereas the manga's plot advances at a steady and driving rate. This one in particular is driving me to keep reading, since it ended in such an big cliffhanger - on to the next book!


This is about where i stopped watching the anime, still good but nothing amazing I would tell all my friends about.


Chapter Nine is where Fullmetal Alchemist finally fully clicked for me. Before, I was like, "yay, it's fun, it has a good premise" and that sort of basic thing. But chapter nine, where Ed, Al, and Armstrong go back to the Elric brother's village to repair the two brothers, absolutely made me smile and laugh and just enjoy the characters for being who they are.Following chapter nine, the plot continues smoothly. Whereas a lot of manga books I have read feel slightly disjointed between volumes and chapters, here I get a lot of really interesting and exciting new revelations and advancements of plot. Ultimately, this volume contains moments to make me smile, laugh, stare in interest at the plot twist, and flip pages hurriedly to get to the end of the action.


Tam yorum Kutsal Yorumcu'da Çelik Simyacı'nın her ciltte daha da güzelleşmesine bir türlü anlam veremiyorum. Muhteşemliğin sınırlarını zorluyor bu manga serisi. Animeleri aşırı sevmeme rağmen mangayı tercih eden biriyim; o yüzden Fullmetal Alchemist ilaç gibi geliyor bana. Bu ciltte her saniye bir şey oldu, az daha olayların ucunu kaçırıyordum -huuu *hızlı nefes alırken, elinin tersiyle alnındaki teri siler* Geleneğimi -ve Ed'e hakaret etmenin verdiği hazzı- öldürmeyerek, yoruma "Edward her zamanki gibi sinir bozucu bir bücürdü." cümlesiyle başlayacağım. (3. cildi okumadığınız sürece söyleyemeceğim bir yerde şu an Edward, gelip ona hakaret ettiğim için beni dövemeyecek kadar derde batmış durumda şu an *kötü adam kahkahası*) Alphonse bu ciltte yine muhteşemdi, yine sevilesiydi. Yalnız sona doğru bir şeyler oldu, sıradaki ciltte patlayacak gibi... Olsun, ben onu her haliyle seviyorum! Kocaman ürkütücü zırh halini sevmişim ben onunu, dengesiz halini mi sevmeyeyim?


Volume 3 has the Elric brothers finally arrive in their hometown to visit their mechanic Winry Rockbell. Their bodyguard Alexander Louis Armstrong learns along with us more details about the brothers’ past and how they came to lose their limbs, gain their new metal bodies and decide to join the military and never turn back. It’s nice to finally get some more back story on the main characters and also find out just how committed they are to their present course.After their repairs Ed and Al return to central to look up Dr. Marcoh's old research notes just to find that the Central library has been burnt to the ground. After this loss they have a stroke of luck and end up meeting a bookworm named Sheskah who has a photographic memory and recalls perfectly everything she has ever read. She had read the research notes, but didn't recognize them for what they were as they were disguised and encrypted. Being a bookworm myself I enjoyed the scenes with Sheska and totally related with her when she lamented that sometimes it seemed the only good thing she knew how to do was read.After deciphering the notes they discover the worst truth of all. Not only the main ingredient in a Philosopher's Stone but also the realization that the military was behind such horrible research to begin with. The truth within the truth led to more chilling discoveries that had the boys facing enemies all too recognizable and facing inner truths about their own accidental destruction of a human being and just what that means for Ed and more importantly for Al.With this volume the focus is back on the boys and their quest, and also on the Philosopher's Stone and what sacrifices and horrors are required to attain it. Ed and Al also have a lot more problems in store as they are still dealing with the horror and repercussions of their own actions while reeling from the discovery of the military's own sinister acts.Again, admist all the horrors, the series stays true to the characters who are just young teenage boys. They have a lot they have to come to grips with both personally from their pasts, and presently with the corruption and danger that surrounds them every day. I thought this was very well done and it is interesting to see just how much the boys have grown in some ways due to their unique circumstances, and not in others. Inside that suit of armor, attached to those intimidating automail limbs, are just two frightened boys, no matter how much they try to hide it. Though what they fear most might surprise you.

Federiken Masters

Uno de mis tomos favoritos hasta ahora (acabo de terminar el #06) porque tiene peleas muy dinámicas y entretenidas, algunos de los mejores diálogos de la serie, nuevas preguntas con respuestas a medias y, lo mejor de todo, ¡no muere ningún personaje! Después de las escenas arrancacorazones que ya pasaron y de las que vendrán, la verdad que es un alivio ver que durante casi 200 páginas ningún personaje cae bajo la guillotina indiscriminada de la autora. Sé que en el #04 se va todo al carajo de nuevo, pero fue bueno mientras duró.

Diana Lynn

Amazing! The story of Barry The Chopper, the fight between number 48 and Edward, and the intro of lab 5 were awesome. This one introduced Winry and showed the world of auto-mail repair while we learned more about the Elric brothers' past. Not my favorite of the series but still a great addition. Also, i loved the additional story at the end: Mustang vs. Ed. Ugh I love FMA.


More reviews at Rondo of a Possible World: YA Book Reviews Action-packed, thickening plot, three-dimensional characters, and humor drizzled on each character, Fullmetal Alchemist is a book that should definitely be read by all. Left me with tears in my eyes and a warm heart for every character that you meet along Ed and Al's long journey.


Dans ce tome-ci, il n'y a pas tellement d'actions mais plutôt d'informations. Enfin, c'est ce que j'en ai pensé en tout cas. A part peut-être vers la fin, là on pourrait dire qu'il y a de l'action. Mais c'est pas pour autant que ça m'a désintéressé ! Non, pas du tout. J'attends de lire la suite avec impatience.


BloodyOkay not too much blood. But I can;t take my mind off what Barry the Chopper did to the guard at the abandoned research facility... Slicing the head by the cheeks?? *brrrr*I have already this before, I just can't get enough of Ed and Al, and of course Ed and WinryEd: Machine Geek!Winry: Shut up Alchemy Geek!~~Kawaii!Anyway, it is still my favorite manga/anime of all time. ;)

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