Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1

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…


Whereas Rosario+Vampire was a high school, almost comedic, drama this is a lot more grown up; it’s an amazing story about two brother’s and their journey’s. It doesn’t tell you everything straight away either, to start with you just have to take it on faith that one of them is a metal robot but give it enough time and it tells you the heart-wrenching story about how, and why, they became as they are.

The first two chapter’s carry on from one another and deal with the introduction and back story of Edward and Alphonse. whereas the third is set an indeterminate amount of time afterwards and mainly shows how the two are perceived by the majority of the world. There’s been a brief scene between two people that I can only assume will become bigger villains in later stories which was pretty interesting in itself.

All in all, this feels like a series that has a plan and knows how it wants to get from point A to point B.


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