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

Diana Lynn

Ugh...I was dreading when it would come and here was: the sadness...when I watched the original FMA, I was sad, in Brotherhood, I cried and same here. This volume is my favorite one yet. I love the beginning which swung over from volume 3's cliffhanger, and the hospital, birthday, and Hughes stuff in the middle was hilarious. The end was PAIN...he was my favoriteeee (other than Mustang gyeaaa)...I was thankful for the extras at the very end seeing the little dog (aw) and the comic strips with outtakes were great also. Perfection.


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

Jo Myers

well that ripped my heart out.


Although I can't still put my finger on what I like (or not) about this series I'm slowly getting more and more into it.


This series is really great. I love how the anime incorporates some of the side stories into its plot, because they are so hilarious! Right now, though, I still like the anime better.

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.


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.


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.

Justyn Rampa

The moment I was dreading arrived in this volume and it still made me cry. Hiromu Arakawa again knocks it out of the park with a solid volume that further entrenches our heroes in a conflict that is not there own.AMAZING!


Volume 4 is the one where the reader gets it that characters that you begin to like can and will die and that brothers can doubt each other.One of my favorite FMA volumes of all. Tragic, funny, and excellent balance to the storytelling.


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.


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


** spoiler alert ** As I expected, this was the volume that had the tragic end. I hate it that they killed off such a great character but at the same time, I love it that the author was gutsy enough to do it. I admire that in anything whether it be a book, manga, TV show, or movie (although in the case of a movie, I usually never watch it again, even if I did like it--case in point, Atonement). It's really a double-edged sword for me.


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.


Kargodan geldiği gibi okunup bitirildi..Bu cilde, serinin önceki ciltleri için yazdığım gibi destanımsı bir yorum yazmayacağım ama siz, bu cildin de muhteşem olduğunu bilin.

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