Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 08 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #8)

ISBN: 1421504596
ISBN 13: 9781421504599
By: Hiromu Arakawa Akira Watanabe

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In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical "auto-mail" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother's bodies...the legendary Philosopher's Stone.The raid on the Devil's Nest becomes a slaughter, as government troops - led by the Fuhrer President himself, King Bradley - exterminate the half-human forces of the Homunculus Greed. But will Ed and Al survive the battle unchanged? As Greed is sent to meet his maker, foreign travelers arrive in Amestris, having crossed the great desert from the eastern country of Xing. Their names are Mei and Ling, and they've come for the Philosopher's Stone...and a secret even the Elric brothers never imagined...

Reader's Thoughts

Christa Seeley

Really liked this issue. Lots of great characters were get introduced to and some interesting twists/events. Oh and I adore Lieutenant Hawkeye.


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.

Heather Ingemar

Um... how many more volumes do I have to go??? :)


We learn more about the aptly named siblings Greed, Lust, Envy, et al. We also learn more about the President. Meanwhile some strangers come from the east where the use alchemy differently. They want to learn from Edward and Alphonse.


Definitely a very dark beginning for Volume 8. After the huge plot twist at the end of Volume 7 the rest of the fall out occurs in the start of Volume 8. It’s very dark and very sinister and while some pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place many more questions remain unanswered. I also thought the soldiers at the beginning wondering who wasn’t human (the chimeras and Greed or the alchemists and King Bradley) was very illuminating of where things are in the series right now.The plot lightens up a bit after that as several new characters (and a whole new country!) gets introduced in the form of Xing. A country that uses a different form of alchemy that is more focused on the healing arts, and as a result thinks of alchemy in a very different way from the war-centric Amestris. Some very humorous scenes commence, especially the ones with the little girl Mei and her reaction on learning about Edward, the Fullmetal Alchemist.Volume 8 was definitely a turning point in the series as new characters, new countries and a whole new viewpoint is brought into the manga. The moments of darkness offset with scenes of humor and witty banter that are true throughout the series really come to play in this volume. Another winning chapter in the Fullmetal Alchemist saga.


** spoiler alert ** Edward Elrick is a boy whose brother is a robot. He is currently looking for a magical stone called a Philosopher's Stone to revive his mother and bring his brother back to human form. However, he found a prince from another village and wishes to team up with him. But, the prince and Edward wants the same thing, the stone.This book is a volume of a set. Even though this and Volume 9 was the only books I read on this saga, I finished the story through the cartoon. In the end, because of brotherly love, the 2 brothers survive, only to be seperated for a long time.

Starkville Public Library Young Adult Section

The battle continues in the Devil's Nest, but it seems that more is going on than meets the eye. (Do you get it? It's a clue! Look for the clue!)


I like Volume 8 for its death scenes. Very potent without being graphic.We also get the hint of Xing and understanding that the FMA world is bigger than just Amestris.There is also a pretty big reveal of one of the characters that will keep the reader wondering when the others will catch on.


Another fun installment. Some interesting advances in plot. Best part: Barry hitting on Hawkeye = priceless. XD


Not too bad. I really don't see what the hype is about. Ah well. =)

The Third Place A Teen Library

F ARA fa v.8

Rachel (Sfogs)

LOL!!!! Barry's Got a Girlfriend~!!!!!!!!!

Aidan Jones

This was the best of the series so far so many secrets unraveled! It explains the science behind alchemy even further.


This volume introduces new characters from the country of Shin (Oriental country) and shows characters from the previous volumes. The development is really getting interesting regarding the philosopher’s stone. More people are getting interested in the Red Stone to gain immortality. The other thing, Al finally learned to transmute without the circle, since he remembers from the other side of the door.This Volume contains more humour than violence. Heehee. But the reader is dragged deeper into the story.

Raymond Brown

one of my all time favorite series! Awesome story and art! the anime is great also!

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