Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1) by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #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. Ex...

Details Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

TitleFullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)
Release DateMay 3rd, 2005
PublisherVIZ Media LLC
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction

Reviews Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

  • Raeleen Lemay
    This was great! Pumped to check out the anime(s) and more volumes of the manga soon.
  • Lola
    I have no idea what, in this manga, prompted an average rating of 4.47/5 stars. No idea. It's even higher than Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (which is the most read manga on GR) and Fairy Tail, Vol. 01 which, until it became too repetitive, used to be my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E manga series. Because the characters and drawings and world-building are extraordinary.Nonetheless, the world-building in this book too wasn't bad either. But there were too many ch...
  • Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
    Buddy read with BhavikIt's my first time reading this series and I'm hyped!Looking forward to this so much, friend!I've decided to review each volume by chapter, as each chapter has an underlying theme that can't be ignored. Also, it's mostly me rambling and fangirling so I apologise in advance. Compared to most of my "articulate" reviews, these will be a jumbled mess."The Two Alchemists" (二人の錬金術師 Futari no Renkinjutsushi) - contain...
  • Kogiopsis
    Love love love love love.It's actually been quite some time since I first read this volume, and now that my public library has finally started buying the series (just in time for me to leave town - thanks, guys) I checked out the first seven on a whim. I'd actually forgotten a lot about this volume. Somehow I got the idea that the Cornello/Liore plot was stretched over the entire volume, and that Youswell was in V. 2, and obviously that was wrong...
  • Caroline
    full series review now up on my channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9cDc... YAY a new favourite! My boyfriend and I recently bought the full boxset of this manga (27 volumes hell to the yeah!) because it was EXTREMELY cheap* on bookdepository and we have no self control. I have been wanting to read this for so long and now I'm getting into it and honestly I am so hype.The story is so much fun and I already love both Edward and Alphonse. I ...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    2 Stars Um.... Am I missing something??This series has a super high average (4.49 as I write this) and several of my friends have really enjoyed it. But I was just very underwhelmed? This is incredibly creative, both the magical aspect and the brothers being the way they are. The brothers were both fun characters and their loyalty to each other was enjoyable.But I wish this world had been explained a little more before they just started embarkin...
  • Ilias
    I can't imagine someone not liking this. I just can't....If you like manga, you will like this.
  • Lily
    3.5 stars *flips coin to decide whether to round up or down*Of all the stages of grief, "bargaining" has always struck me as the most interesting and memorable: the appraisal of all we have and don't have, and the hypothetical transactions that we think would make things better. It's an activity whose allure is counterbalanced by its low probability of success. What would the world be like if bargaining actually had some chance of working? That's...
  • Rusty Grey
    This manga has definitely one of the best anime adaptations as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood . But let's not take anything away from the original material . I loved this manga . Definitely recommend .
  • Melanie Jasmine
    Haven't read a manga in such a long time!!! I loved the Elric brothers!!! Can't wait to keep reading!!!
  • Aisyah ♡
    It's been 10 years-ish since I first read it, still one of the best shonen manga ever. It is right up there with the classics such as Naruto, Bleach, Death Note etc. Join Edward Elric and his brother, Alphonse Elric in the quest of finding the ultimate power of alchemy in a world that is filled with science, magic and automails.This manga is intelligent and downright riveting, I've read it countless of times and it never fails to entertain and am...
  • Lizziegolightly
    Fullmetal Alchemist in its anime form is one of my favorite television shows. I watch it religiously, even now that I have seen every episode. I never read manga before and basically, I picked up this edition because of my devotion to the program. This first installment of the manga is damn near close to (if not completely) identical to the first few episodes of the show. I won't give away the plot twists, just for those of you who haven't seen ...
  • King Haddock
    I have become a skeptical reader over the years. It's because I've read A LOT. I was the kid who could read over 12,000 pages in a single summer - and I know because I counted. So I learned about plots, characterization, and all the things authors can do to make reading a pleasant experience.Unfortunately, after a while, you become so knowledgeable of the meta-world that you lose sight of the treasure within the tale. Frequently I pick up a fanta...
  • Nərmin
    First rewiev Very good and entertaining opening... I liked Elric brothers and Edward is so cool with that intelligence and style. His shortness is cute though.)The artwork is not that pretty but good enough to deliver the story. Going to read next volumes.) Rewiev of all manga 4.85 stars One of the best manga in the world! Even if I haven't read all the manga, I can surely say it.God! Who transmuted all these onions into tears? But don't worry, E...
  • Jedi JC Daquis
    Not really blown away, but it is a great start for Fullmetal Alchemist! It is a great teaser for everything you will expect from the series. Hiromu Arakawa has perfectly set the pace and the amount of humor and action in the story. As early as now, I can see why this is one of the best rated manga series in history.Volume 1 establishes the foundations of a terrific tale of the Alchemist brothers and I am very excited to be in this crazy, fun (and...
  • Bhavik (Semi Hiatus)
    The best goddamn masterpiece ever in written history.
  • Artemy
    Really fun manga! It's somewhat similar to Dragon Ball with its playful and humorous tone and loveable characters, and it also has a more serious overarching plot and some very cool mythos and world building. Will definitely keep on reading.
  • Hassan
    I appreciate the originality in Manga.they're always original and different than any other story.and this one was as good as any Manga i've read, i'm just hoping that we could discover more of the world and the magic system, cause it's a bit vague so far.
  • Ahmed Tharwat
    First time to read a manga😅excited to read the rest of the volumes....
  • ♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔
    I first saw this series on Netflix. Let me just say I watched almost all of the episodes till Netflix assholes took out seasons two and three for NO REASON.I love this series! Not my first anime I've fell in love with but I of course fell in love with the characters anyways, two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric.
  • Cori Reed
    3.5 StarsThis was a super fun first volume! I have the feeling I'm really going to enjoy this series.
  • Gavin Abdollahi
    Even if you've watched Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, you should still read the manga, since it has more adventures that were deleted in Brotherhood.This was quite fun. The story revolves aroun the Elric brothers, whom have performed the forbidden alchemical trnasmutation:Human transmutation.In an attempt to bring back their dead mother, Edward Elric loses his left leg, and his younger brother, Alphonse, loses his whole body. In a desperate a...
  • Zoe
    Fullmetal Alchemist happens to be a one-of-a-kind in the manga genre. I mean, c'mon people: has ANYONE encountered such a brilliantly diverse series? Amongst a world of manga that is somewhat the same and unoriginal(enough with the vampire manga already, people!), Fullmetal Alchemist, or FMA as it is nicknamed by fans, stands out. This series is so well-known that I really shouldn't have to summarize it, but I will just in case you are one of the...
  • Rebecca
    *metaphorically cracks knuckles*- a good start, introduced to the main characters and got a basic background on them and the plot- i think the overarching plot of the series has to do with the philosopher's stone, but it was only mentioned in chapter 1?- i really like edward. he's a little shit so ofc i would like him most.- chapter 1 is probably my fave of the four.- the art style seemed a little messy, but in a good way.
  • Mal
    Honestly so glad to be reading this. Finally, right? Haha! I watched Brotherhood a while back and was totally in love (though, admittedly, I didn't like the first season much and had a hard time keeping at it, but once I took a break and then came back I was hella ready to plow through it). Crying though because I know things and I don't wanna go through that again D: *cry*
  • Marnie Ava
    A great piece of light-hearted manga that is quick and entertaining. I could definitely see myself getting into this, although I definitely wouldn’t rate the volume one more than three stars purely because it is just not as detailed and complex as other mangas I LOVE like death note. Altogether a fun series I’ll definitely be continuing throughout this year!
  • Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
    This was alright. I don't feel compelled to continue, but reading the first volume was fun enough. I wonder if I would have liked this more if I had read it as a kid.
  • Emory's Defunct Profile
    I. LOVE. THIS. The story is exciting and I love the author's take on the whole concept of alchemy. There is a lot of humor, and Arakawa has the highly coveted ability to make the jump from serious to silly without seeming forced or insensitive. I love all the characters- except for Scar, he's kind of an asshole. They all have a way of making you love them.I'd heard of this before, but I'd never read it, simply because I'd always thought, "Oh, it'...
  • Grace the Book Queen
    Oh my goodness, I can't believe I almost forgot how much I absolutely love this series!!! This manga really helped me though as I was about to get in a reading slump. This manga is full of action, comedy, and a unique take on alchemy!! Plus, I absolutely love and adore Edward Elric ❤ Definitely check this one out, it's a classic!!! Oh my goodness, I can't believe I almost forgot how much I absolutely love this series!!! This manga really help...
  • Leigh
    This series is just utter genius. So much symbolism, character growth, and deep themes concerning religion, science, and culture with clear reference to real life history without every being disrespectful. It's a lot darker than it seems. In terms of plot, it's amazing. How the author was able to bring the world and characters together and how none of the were insignificant. I grew up on the original anime adaptation which I loved as it's own sto...