Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1

Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1

by Hiromu Arakawa

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Overview

Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg...and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders...even to kill. Except his powers aren't unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher's Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591169208
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication date: 05/03/2005
Series: Fullmetal Alchemist Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 223,155
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Hokkaido (northern Japan), Hiromu Arakawa first attracted national attention in 1999 with her award-winning manga Stray Dog. Her series Fullmetal Alchemist debuted in 2001 in Square Enix's monthly manga anthology Shonen Gangan.

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Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
BATTOSAI More than 1 year ago
Hey, it's BATTOSAI with another review, FullMetal Alchemist is a great manga but it's not for everyone, see why in my review of, FullMetal Alchemist volume 1 Personal score 9.7 out of 10 Age rating 14+ Genre shonen(boy/men), action/adventure, drama. The story to FMA is probably one of the greatest to grace the pages of manga history' two young brothers learned the ways of alchemy, and attempted a "human transmutation" (Taboo in alchemical law), to try and revive there dead mother, they ultimately fail resulting in Edward Elric (the older brother) to lose his right arm and left leg, and his younger brother Alphonse to become a soul in a suit of armor. There's not much to the story in this volume, just a collection of mini stories, and it starts off in an odd spot but you'll get it fairly soon. The extra stuff in the back is a classic staple for manga, and FMA has some good ones back there. The characters are really interesting, each with his or her own crosses to bear, and deep personalities. Now remember when I said "it isn't for everyone", well this is why, it deals a little in religion and politics, some might even go as far to say that alchemy is a form of witchcraft, well the thing is it's fictional, nothing but a work of the imagination, if you really want to make a stink about it go ahead, but remember people, it's a book, nothing more, nothing less, so if your sensitive to that stuff this manga isn't for you. The artwork is good and makes leaps and bounds in later volumes; it's an interesting combination of thick lines and sharp edges that make for a gritty, dramatic experience. Manga to anime, read the manga, the anime is so far off the original story it will confuse you when reading the manga. I hope this review was helpful, and I plan on reviewing more FMA, so until then, good reading.
manga-lvr More than 1 year ago
Fullmetal Alchemist may be one of the best books you'll ever read. it has everthing you could ask for, action, adventure, magic, comedy, romance, horror, everything. if you have seen the anime, forget everything about it. The manga is totality differnt. Something is always happening to keep you on your toes, and every chapter is important. its about two brothers that learned alchemy(a science like magic) at a young age. thier father left them a time ago and thier mother died. Having no one to take care of them and for the love of thier mother, they try to bring her back to life using alchemy. But failure wasnt the only bad thing that could happen, the younger brother Alphonse loses his entire body, he is only a soul now controlling a suit of armor. and Edward the older brother loses his left leg and then trades his right arm for his brother's soul that he transmutes to armor. The brothers will never try to bring thier mother back again but they burn they're house and leave town for edward to become a state alchemist and find a answer to getting thier original bodies back. but what thier looking for is very dangerous.
Picky_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
Join two brothers as they attempt to fix a mistake that almost cost them their lives. Learn what it means to be human, what it really is to sin, what it means to pay an equivalent price for everything you want, and how milk is the source of all evil. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and the every plot twist will have you griping the edge of your seat. Go ahead and buy the whole series at once and be done with it, because once you start you will not want to stop. And if you think that just because you saw the anime you automatically know how it ends, you are in for one BIG surprise, because the manga is entirely different, and IT'S BETTER.
RosanaSantana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The full metal alchemist fights crime while trying to obtain the philosopher's stone so that he can restore his brother to his original body. The book has some funny moments and a lot of action. It is difficult to read due to the right to left format, but it is a fun read.
cfordLIS722 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about Ed and Al Elrich who are alchemists. They tried to revive their dead mother through alchemy, a taboo, which cost Al his body and Ed his arm and leg. They become state alchemists to quest to restore their bodies.
Jennanana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First in a manga series about two brothers, alchemists, whose mother dies. When they try to bring her back from the dead, one brother loses his hand and the other loses his body, his soul being stuck into a suit of armor. A journey ensues as they seek out the Philosopher's Stone and the materials necessary to bring back their bodies and their mother.
bplteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review by: Alphonse99 Alchemy follow the laws of equivalent exchange, to get something, you must give something of equal value. Fullmetal Alchemist, a funny, heartwarming and slightly scary story about two brothers. Edward and Alphonse Elric tried to bring their mother back to life using alchemy and failed, Edward losing his arm and leg and Alphonse losing his body. In the story, they begin searching for the philosophers stone, in hopes that they can use it to get their bodies back. I honestly love Fullmetal Alchemist, its a really good story, with lots of fights and laughter to counteract the darkness in the plot.
ToxicMasquerade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'Fullmetal Alchemist' is one of my favorite anime/manga. Edward is a hilarious character. He throws a temper tantrum whenever you mention his height. In this volume the meet Father Cornello, who pretends to play God. They go to a mining town and help out the townspeople. And they have a fight on a train. It's all great. Action and humor in the whole volume.
mbeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite graphic novel. In fact, it might be my favorite story period. The plot and characters are stellar. I've never seen a story crafted nearly as well as this. That said, I'm actually not sure I'd include this in my classroom especially if I'm in an elementary class. This story has swearing which quite frankly I don't think is appropriate for elementary school students. I'm also not sure how well received this would be with parents since it's a graphic novel and a Japanese one at that. As a result, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have it in my classroom. It is an excellent read for those looking for a good story though.
AbSc0603 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have no idea where the author got the idea for this book, it's ver original! I decided to read this book after many of my friends have suggested it,and I don't regret the decision! Very addicting and a great series!
exlibrisbitsy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For fans of the anime, this series is a must read. First off, the anime was based on this manga series. The original anime split off in development pretty early on and ended some time ago. For those of you disappointed in that ending you simply must read this manga, and watch the new Brotherhood anime which follows it much more closely. The storyline is so much better and this is one of those cases where the book is ten times better than anything you have seen on screen.For those of you unfamiliar with the story Fullmetal Alchemist turns out to be an engaging series set in the early 1900's about a paranormal world where alchemy is real and its effects on the world and artifacts that increase its power are at once magical and beautiful, sinister and deadly. Transforming something from a broken to a fixed state is handy, transforming something into a grotesque pantomime of what it should be, not so much.The opening to this book is a shock that makes you sit up and take notice. They start you right at the moment that Ed discovers that he is missing his leg (no clean cut, either) and that his brother is gone. It very much sets the tone for the rest of the book, and the series! Very dark and frightening with many hard lessons to be learned and sacrifices that need to be made to set things right after this very gruesome beginning. Right at the end of that first page the book snaps to several years later and you have to read on to find out why Ed and Al are the way they are and what exactly made them that way. Definitely a page turner to find out more about these characters and the lives they have been forced to lead since that very disastrous decision they made as children.The first volume is made up of a series of adventures as Ed and Al try and get their original bodies back. They know that human transmutation is beyond their power alone (just look at what happened last time they tried!) so they seek out the power of the Philosopher's Stone. Ed's power as the youngest State Alchemist (and dog of the military) ever, at age 12, both aids him and gets him in more trouble than he ever would have gotten into on his own.There were lots of funny moments to lighten up the plot. Ed is a very stubborn and petulant child for all that he is in neck deep in an adult world. He throws huge fits when people call him "little", and refuses to drink milk because it's gross. Also, the constant confusion the public has thinking the suit of armor is the Fullmetal Alchemist and that the short kid is his little brother and not the other way around results in some spectacular displays of temper on Ed's part used to great comedic effect.This is a great introduction for the series, it gives you just a taste of who these characters are and what they are setting out to do. There is a great balance struck between the horror, violence, comedy, hints of romance, and adventure throughout. I would definitely recommend it for teen and up though because of the gruesome violence and Ed's occasional potty mouth. If you want to know the rest, you have to read it to find out!
Providences on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Animes, the manga is just as good.
narwhaltortellini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's just no way for me to think of this manga on its own without thinking about the anime for me, so I won't even try. So it's probably worth mentioning what I thought of the anime, especially since it's a rather rare view. I didn't care for it, exactly. But I'm not really sure why. It wasn't for lack of wanting to. It was quite a while ago now, but I can still say it's just the sort of thing I should have liked, and it seemed pretty well done. I do remember a lot of the moral dilemmas felt kind of simplistic and kiddie to me (A man is overtaxing the people on his land. OH NOES! Let us smash him!!!!), the love interest was a bore, and the relationship between the brothers was so simple sweet and innocent and dedicated that while I suppose it could be a nice emotional core, it was an almost entirely tensionless emotional core, and that's a little lame in my book. I think I've liked things that have committed these same crimes, though, so why not this? Whatever it was, almost nothing that was supposed to make me feel conflict or an emotional impact did in the slightest (save some incident I vaguely remember with melding a little girl with..something? But it wasn't even main character related, so it's not like that can bring continuing investment/interest/enjoyment). After a long time assuming/trying to believe that if I watched it long enough to get into the characters I would like it all more, I eventually and regretfully gave up.So now much later, I tried the manga for a second chance. And...while it's early to judge, I think you can pretty much take all the stuff I said about the anime and apply it here, but also take the quality down a notch as well. Or really, the humor is up and the drama is down a little. In some ways this is good, seeing as how, like I mentioned before, the moral dilemmas seemed silly to me, so being big and sweeping and squeezing all the drama possible out of it would make me roll my eyes. On the other hand, a lot of the humor is just Ed being annoyed at people calling him short. Stuff that's nice for creating a light, fun mood, but not exactly *funny.* So basically, the manga traded something I disliked (the way it was being done) for something I didn't care for. For me, things don't change much, but for other readers I think they'll like it less.What I'd really hoped for was that this manga version would somehow up the maturity/complexity of the relationships and moral dilemmas somehow so I could actually enjoy them, I guess. But so far this just seems a little sillier, and completely episodic (though I do hear later volumes get better). In the end I guess I'll have to go back to glancing forlornly back at the anime and being jealous of all the people that can enjoy it as I really ought to be able to. Maybe...If I just give it a few more years from now? ^_^;
slothman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first tank¿bon of Fullmetal Alchemist looks like fairly straightforward steampunk sh¿nen action-- entertaining, some good laugh-out-loud moments, but not exceptional. It's in this volume that Arakawa lays the groundwork for the plot threads of a much darker story of intrigue and disillusionment; start here to thoroughly appreciate the context.
Julie_Sidon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This manga is read in classic japanese format; meaning from right to left. The story starts off far different the the first anime that is based off the manga series. The book gives more intimate details and back ground information. The art of the book is clean and clearly defines the differences in character design and characterization without sacrificing story line or commedy.The story line is also well done, in that it starts off the reader with a slow introduction into the world of Fullmetal alchemist. The story draws the reader in using humerious subplots to emphasis the bigger plot. I found the book too short and had to get the rest of the series currently in print: 24 volumes in my region!
moofy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Full Metal Alchemist" written by Hiromu Arakawa is about two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who seeks the philospher's stone which is said to be able to do anything because in an experiment gone wrong, Edward lost a leg and a arm and Alphonse lost his whole body which meant that his soul had to be trapped in a full body armour so that he would still be alive. Edward and Alphonse must find the philospher's stone so that they can bring back Alphonse's oringinal body and Edward's oringinal arm and leg. One special power that Edward- the hero of this manga- posesses is alchemy which is the ability to transmute or change something of little value into something of great value for example, using alchemy to change a rock into gold. Edward uses this power to protect himself and other people and also to defeat villains so that he can get the philospher's stone. An example of this is when he transmuted a peice of rock into a weapon to protect himself and to defeat his enemy. The problems that the characters must face in this book is very different to the problems that people face today. For example, nobody in real life needs to find a "Philospher's stone" to get their oringinal body back because of an alchemy experiment gone wrong. In reality, alchemy dosn't even exist which means there's no way people can use this power. In conclusion, I would recommend this book to people who likes fast-paced manga novels with a touch of humour and science fiction.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are loads of these Full Metal Alchemist books in the school I work in so I thought I would take a look - maybe I will read more. I quite enjoyed the artwork and the story was easy to read and follow and fast paced. I also liked that it was humurous in places. This is not going to change the world but it was a satisfying distraction for a miserable wet February afternoon in England!
qualiTEA More than 1 year ago
WOW!! BEYOND ANYTHING I'VE EVER READ!! MUST MUST READ!! A. I love how a female writes this fantastic shonen manga! It is the best manga I have ever read!! I have gone through many mangas but this is by far the best!! B.The plot at first is difficult to pick up and understand, but once you do, you are hooked! It has amazing artwork and every scene is the perfect length and the characters are hilarious and instantly loved! C. The twists once you get further into the manga are mind blowing! furthermore, the ending is perfect and gives me chills just thinking about it because it is so phenomenal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's full of wonders and so funny! I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to be a big Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z fan, now this anime/manga replaces it by far i'm glad one of my friends told me about it or i would never have picked this off the shelf. It has an awesome plot, and it makes you want to read more. It had a good ending in volume 27 :). WAY better than the anime by far, even though Hiromu made brotherhood which is pretty much the manga but with little more scenes. Those of you who love adventure, action, romance, or anything like that, i recommend this book, because i bet you wont put it down. :)
xXxFishyXxX More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Fullmetal Alchemist when I saw the first anime. After moving on to the manga, knowing that they were different, I couldn't believe how much better it was! The plot is so intriguing and the characters so amazing! I loved following the Elric brothers throughout their journey and to their eventual and deserved resolution.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The first in the series that introduces the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric. And what had happened to them before Ed became the full metal alchemist and Al in a suit of armor. This got a little dark, sad but still a very good read. Recommend this and the anime.
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