Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 04 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #4)

ISBN: 1591169291
ISBN 13: 9781591169291
By: Hiromu Arakawa

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Trapped and injured in a secret alchemical laboratory, Edward Elric is at the mercy of his enemies, Lust and Envy. But they don't want him dead...they have other plans for him. As the laboratory goes up in flames, the brothers find themselves back at square one, with only an inkling of the massive scale of the Philosopher's Stone conspiracy. But then, Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes uncovers a shocking secret...

Reader's Thoughts


This is at once both my favorite volume and one I can't stand. A testimony to the writing and characterization, I suppose, but that doesn't mean I don't quietly resent it.(view spoiler)[That Hughes's death can hurt so much to read/watch after such a short period of time is truly amazing, but much as I respect the skill that went into it, I still wish it hadn't happened. In fact, eventually I'm going to plot out and perhaps write a Doctor Who/FMA crossover to change that and see what happens. (hide spoiler)]Spoilers for the nature of the evil plot: (view spoiler)[Re-reading is really nice, because now I know what Hughes figured out and how he did it. That man is a bona fide genius, to be able to put so many things together and see the transmutation circle on such a huge scale, especially after he'd only seen a rough diagram of it and just for a short period of time. And he probably at least guessed that Bradley was in on it, too, since his first reflex was to call the President and then he reconsidered. (hide spoiler)]The bonus story at the end does make the volume a bit more bearable, since of course it's the Black Hayate one - always good for a smile and very necessary, what with everything else.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


Another volume of a rather enjoyable manga,as a person who found out about this from the anime. I'm pleased that this is the volume that veers off of the story that I watched and is now starting to go in an interesting direction.


So I'm reading this series because it's so high on many lists as being the best evar, and I see that fans of the series love this volume, and I am still waiting for it to get interesting. I feel like this is all still slowly setting the scene and meeting the characters. I like the characters, but I found nothing engaging about this volume either - the intrigue hasn't really started yet, for me, so I'm wondering if I should quit now if I don't love it yet.

Jo Myers

well that ripped my heart out.


I am glad I read this book. The cliffhanger that the last book left off on was to good to not read this one to find out what happened! Other than that, this volume was just as good as the others. An original world with exciting characters, FullMetal Alchemist


This volume had everything : action, comedy and melodrama. I was legit sad when Hughes died. It was heartbreaking, because he was a likeable character, I loved his interactions he was very hilarious. I'm so looking forward to the next volume.


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.


Really amazing as ever.It is really a combination of drama, action, mystery, comedy (esp the milk punk xD) and love story (???)In this volume continues Ed and Al's adventure at the abandoned laboratory and was still spared by envy and Lust. Their relationship as brothers are also tested when Butcher said something to Al about his memories being fake ones. But in the end Winry helped them. I really love it if Winry and Ed would be couple at the end. (hehe)Well, as the Elric brothers uncovers more about the Philosopher's Stone, people around them is also in serious danger. I was so sad that someone has to die, well, it is part of the story, I get it. It just got into me... Sigh.


L'histoire en elle-même n'avance pas trop dans ce tome, mais ce n'est pas pour autant inintéressant. L'intrigue est toujours là. Et l'auteur nous "lâche" quelques nouvelles informations..

Nicole Fowler

Oh my gosh! I don't quite understand the hidden agenda of the Seven Deadly Sins, but they definitely continue to surprise me. Plus, the death of one of the characters in this book was absolutely heart-wrenching. This series makes you feel some very strong emotions, there's no doubt about that- most happy but a lot are just plain sad.

Stefani Rogers

(by the way: i've read the whole series) I loved it! The idea of being able to use alchemy is amazing!!! The best thing about it is that it that it is never confusing!


After the horrific events in volume 3 the Elric brothers spend most of volume 4 recovering from their wounds whether physical, mental or emotional. Laboratory 5 is destroyed and in its aftermath Ed is hospitalized with serious wounds and Al is left reeling from the words of doubt planted by Barry the Chopper. Winry also makes another appearance to fix Ed’s auto-mail arm with the missing bolt. Both brothers have time to reflect on their actions both past and present and in some cases are given a bit of a wake call about them.More things come to a head as the players put together what pieces of the puzzle they have so far, only to be stymied by orders from higher up to cease the investigation and to not tell anyone about what they had found.Meanwhile Ed, Al and Winry have some more lessons to learn about friendship, faith, brotherhood and trust. Winry is constantly frustrated at how little the brothers tell her. At the same time the lines of communication have shut down between the brothers and this results in misunderstandings and in some things coming out that will surprise you and help you understand the boys even more.In the end the investigation sparked by the boys' misadventures and the military's own bloody history leads one character into knowledge that ultimately costs him more than he bargained for. The scenes following were definite tear jerkers and were very well drawn and laid out to that effect.I enjoyed reading about the brothers' and Winry's growth throughout this volume. Also getting to see the interplay between the three and Winry's violent tempers played against the military personnel teasing Ed about her being his girlfriend were a lot of fun to read about. And, of course, the ending did have me in tears, it does every time I read it. One of my favorite chapters in the Fullmetal Alchemist saga.


Alright, people dying or stuff blowing up anytime they're about to make progress in this mystery is getting repetitive.


Because I saw the anime first, the pacing of this volume seems a bit off for me. Certain events feel out of order, indeed a particular event happens "too soon". Nevertheless, another strong outing and another worthy read.


This book has all my favorite types of characters. Plus there's a twist in this volume I feel like I should have seen coming but didn't, which I always take as a sign of good storytelling.

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