I had heard the title of this series mentioned quite a bit in anime circles, and I found a copy of the first volume of the manga at my local library. I decided to check it out and see what it was all about. I was so impressed by the time I finished reading this manga volume, that I went online and found the first episode of the series to stream and watch on my computer.
Fullmetal Alchemist tells the story about a set of brothers who practice alchemy. After their mother died, the boys tried to use alchemy to bring her back to life. In alchemy, there is a law of equal exchange; in the process of trying to bring their mother back, Alphonse Elric lost his body. His brother, Edward, attached Alphone's soul to a suit of armor; but to do this, Edward had to sacrifice one of his arms and one of his legs. Their friend, Winry Rockbell, and her grandmother created prosthetics for Edward. Edward has become known as the "Fullmetal Alchemist," and has become the youngest State Alchemist in history. The series follows Edward and Alphonse as they search for the Philosopher's Stone, which is a legendary artifact that the brothers believe will allow them to recover their bodies.
Fullmetal Alchemist has a very interesting story to tell, and the manga grabs you right from the first volume. I would personally recommend this manga series to older teens and adults.
In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this manga volume through the King County Library System.
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