Fullmetal Alchemist Manga Review
I had always heard that Fullmetal Alchemist was a great anime. I heard that Brotherhood was even better. To be honest, I though Brother hood was a sequel to the older series. I now know that it is a remake and is closer to the manga. Well I had been wanting to watch the Brotherhood series after I heard about that. Instead I decided to just read the manga. I had somewhat of an idea what the manga was about, but what it ended up being far exceeded my expectations.
The Plot of Fullmetal Alchemist
The basic plot is about two brothers that practice alchemy. Edward and Alphonse Elric are the Fullmetal Alchemist team. They attempted transmutation (bringing a human back from the dead), but failed miserably; Ed losing his arm and leg, while Al lost his entire body. Ed quickly places Al in a suit of armor. The two journey around to find out a way to return to normal. They look for things called philosopher stones, but stumble upon a secret far greater.
The beginning of the story moved it a bit slow. It just randomly picks up and throughout the first few volumes are random sprinkles of memories. I thought I was going to stop, but that was until you come across a man named Greed. Yes the seven deadly sins are present in this series. After that point, the series does a three eighty. I could not put it down! The ending was a little cliche, but really cool. I was actually happy with how they defeated the villain. The only thing I was not satisfied with was the epilogue chapter. I thought it would be different.
Characters of Fullmetal Alchemist
For spoiler purposes, I will only go over a few characters from Fullmetal Alchemist. Basically the ones you know their intentions from the start.
The main characters are Ed and Al Elric. Ed is a hot headed, short teen who is bent on getting his brothers body back. Al is a soft, sensitive teen full of surprises. They were a typical main character for this genre, but they were different at the same time. Their character development took it a new direction. Instead of becoming a stronger person in the end, they chose to be weaker (you will understand a t the end). I thought Ed would have sacrificed something else or worse do the one thing they didn’t want to do. I was very impressed with their character development.
Roy and Riza are the main government characters. I thought their pasts would have been a bit different, but things were revealed I never imagined. I loved these characters the most I think. Who they became at the end really surprised me and it will surprise you as well.
Winry is the last character I want to go over. She was almost my favorite character until I realized she had the least development. Her character basically remains the same save one thing that is revealed to her. Other than that she is a great love interest character.
The villains will be tough to go over without giving away major spoilers. I loved how it all ended up though. This series has a great selection of villains.
Art of Fullmetal Alchemist
I really like the manga art of Fullmetal Alchemist. It was smooth and the characters were beautiful. Plus the mechanical drawings were really awesome. Very detailed. The characters clothing were very interesting as well. I love the red coat Ed wears around all the time. Evenwhen Al was back in his normal body, you could still feel the armor guy there. You could tell it was him because of the artwork.
Over all I loved the manga. I love the villains and actually sympathize with a few of them. You come to love every character. The manga knows how to draw you in, giving you enough to want more. The ending was phenomenal. I loved the main purpose behind doing what the main enemy was doing. Sorry hard to not give away spoilers. What I thought was going to be just another action packed adventure manga, became a very emotional read. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good manga.
Overall Score: 9/10