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Mega Manga Challenge (9): Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 4 by Hiromu Arakawa

>>Friday, September 16, 2011

Title: Fullmetal Alchemist
Author: Hiromu Arakawa
Demographic: Shonen
Series: Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 4
Format: Manga
Pages: 200
Genre: Steampunk, Adventure
Publication Date: November 8th, 2005
Publisher: Viz
Rating: A

From Goodreads: Trapped and injured in a secret alchemical laboratory, Edward Elric is at the mercy of his enemies, Lust and Envy. But they don't want him dead... they have other plans for him. As the laboratory goes up in flames, the brothers find themselves back at square one, with only an inkling of the massive scale of the Philosopher's Stone conspiracy. But then, Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes uncovers a shocking secret...

Why did I read this book? For the Mega Manga Challenge and I've been following the series.

Source: Bought

My Review
Volume 4 in this series was another great read. There's a real quality to the writing and the depth of the story. We have some pretty significant events happening in this volume that spurs the main story forward (I don't want to spoil). We also get great character development. Alphonse has a crisis when it is suggested that since he has no body that perhaps his personality and memories were all fabricated just like a human can be created from a pile of ingredients using alchemy. This leads to him and Ed having a nice encounter between each other and we also see more of how Ed struggles with his guilt for what happened to his brother.

I like where this volume leaves off: the mystery of who in the military is related to the Philosopher's stone, Ed and Al on their way to visit their teacher, and Scar finding sanctuary in an Ishbalan community.

Rating: A
Definitely a must read due to the shocking event that takes place but also for the great character development between Ed and Al. I can't wait to read more!

1 comment:

  1. I just my son the whole Full Metal Alchemist Blue Ray set. BIG TIME!

    Did you hear about upcoming the manga meet in MTL?? It's in the Gazette's Book Section. Check it out.



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