*Warning, I gush about the series almost endlessly here.*
Fullmetal Alchemist is my personal favorite Manga of all time at the moment. Wait, that’s a bit short, isn’t it? Well, let’s actually review this epic 27-volume Manga (Japanese graphic novel) written by the genius Hiromu Arakawa, shall we?
Fullmetal Alchemist revolves around brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are Alchemists, these people who practice Alchemy, the science of deconstructing and reconstructing matter, or equivalent exchange. After a forbidden alchemic ritual gone wrong, Edward lost an arm and leg while Alphonse winded up having his soul stuck in a suit of armor!
Edward, now equipped with Automail (Mechanical) limbs, he becomes a state alchemist, an alchemist who works for the military, to find the Philosopher’s Stone, the only thing that could restore himself and Alphonse back to normal.
Along the way, all sorts of things happen. But I won’t spoil them for the sake of this review. The story of Fullmetal Alchemist starts out like a typical Shonen (Manga marketed towards boys.) Science Fantasy, but goes on to become this story that I recommend to not only newcomers to Manga and Anime, but anyone who wants a good story. It’s full of emotional moments, comedy, and even moments that make you want to shout about how awesome it is.
One highlight for me was the characters. They are all unforgettable, from the easily angered Edward Elric, the flipping awesome Colonel Roy Mustang, the adorable May Chang, Izumi Curtis the most epic housewife ever, the unusually kindhearted cat lover Alphonse Elric, the best childhood friend character I’ve seen in fiction- Winry Rockbell, ALEX LOUIS ARMSTRONG (He’s self-explanatory), and others I would want to talk about, but if I did, I’d have to go into some spoiler territory.
The art is also something I admire, since the character designs (For the most part) avoid unnatural hair colors and focus more on anatomy and expression. No character in the manga looks the same, which is pretty refreshing to look at, for me, at least. The backgrounds are hit-or-miss though. They aren’t BAD per say, it’s just not for everyone.
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There is no panty shots or pointless fanservice. (Unless if it’s Alex Louis Armstrong, but it’s played for laughs there.)
The antagonists are really good, but I can’t talk about them because spoilers.
THERE’S A GUY NAMED MAES HUGHS IN IT AND HE LOOKS LIKE MARKIPLIER. (Markiplier is a very popular YouTube channel.)
It has some of the saddest moments in Manga/anime history.
It also has the most heartwarming moments in Manga/anime history.
It’s prone to serious mood whiplash, even making fun of it’s really sad moments. (I dub it, Hiromu Arakawa humor.)
The action scenes are awesome as well.
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In the end, Fullmetal Alchemist is a series I’d recommend not just newcomers to anime, but to anyone. With it’s story full of sadness, happiness, and humor, unforgettable characters, epic action scenes, and being a reasonable length for a manga series, I give Fullmetal Alchemist, a 10/10.