Farewell Fullmetal Alchemist
It’s always an exciting time of the month when the new manga releases come in. This month it’s even more exciting for me, and a tad bittersweet, as one of the series which I have been following for years has finally come to an end.
Fullmetal Alchemist follows the story of the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, and their quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone. Ed, in an Alchemy reaction gone horribly wrong, is missing an arm and leg. Al’s entire body vanished, and his soul now resides in a suit of armour. They believe the stone to be the only way to restore their bodies. The closer they get to the Philosopher’s Stone, the more they’re drawn into a dark conspiracy which threatens their homeland, and the more they question the price they must eventually pay.
Fullmetal Alchemist gives us a deep, moving fantasy tale in a setting akin to industrial Europe. Alchemy takes the place of magic, with the best Alchemists often holding positions of power. It has a well thought out story, full of twists and turns. A large cast of characters; some inspiring, some quirky, some sinister, many memorable. Despite many deeply serious moments it also manages to regularly add a healthy dose of humour throughout.
If you haven’t read Fullmetal Alchemist yet, there’s no time like now. With all 27 volumes now available you won’t have that annoying wait of months between volumes like I did.
How I envy you.
Find the full Fullmetal Alchemist series online here.