Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Title: Fullmetal Alchemist.
Writer(s): Hiromu Arakawa.
Artist(S): HIROmu Arakawa.
Publisher: Viz Media/Yen Press.
Format: Digital.
Release Date: July 12, 2001 – June 11, 2010.
Volumes: 27.
Genre(s): Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Steampunk.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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25 thoughts on “Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

  1. I watched the first anime before anything, so that was my introduction. When the released Brotherhood right on its heels, I didn’t even bother. I might try the manga sometime but I liked the anime so much that I wonder if the differences in the storyline would bug me.

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    1. All I can say following what my girlfriend confirms is that Brotherhood is much more loyal to the manga than the original anime was. I heard about the ending of the original anime, which probably came before the ending of the manga itself, and I’m quite surprised it even went where it did hahah Glad to hear your interest in the manga though. I’ll be curious to read about your thoughts on it as you work through the volumes whenever you decide to add it to your rotation! 😀

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    1. The live-action is actually already out since 2017, Icky! You can find it on Netflix whenever you feel like you want to give it a shot. 😉 Really happy to hear you’re a fan of this franchise though. Shouldn’t have surprised me since (I think…) you’re a huge steampunk fan??? 😀

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed the first anime series, though I’m not sure I caught it all. It was on broadcast TV and I’m sure I might have missed an episode here or there, or even entire stretches. I’d love to revisit it one day. And the movie was pretty good, too, though of course being as short as it was could only focus on a much smaller part of the world. I’d certainly be up for trying the manga, or even rewatching the anime, and maybe trying the later Brotherhood reboot. Glad to see you enjoyed this one.

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    1. I sort of missed the hype train around this one when it was originally released and got lost in my own sea of shonens that were even bigger and more popular back in those days (high school). I did always look forward to trying it out someday and can now firmly confirm how wonderful it is! And you’re right. The movie could only do so much, which is usually the downfall of most manga adaptations. I’m glad that this gave you a bit of a desire to try the franchise again, Todd! Thanks for reading. 😀


  3. Amazing review Lashaan! I’m sure you already know the story about how me and my sister watched Fullmetal Alchemist the first time so I won’t repeat it ahah but to this day I can still sing the whole opening by heart 😂 I am actually reading the manags from the beginning since my boyfriend has all of them, and I can’t wait to go to some parts that I have completely forgotten!

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  4. Great review, Lashaan!
    I’m still halfway through (lockdown!) but I agree with your assessment here: it’s a manga with a lot of heart and while it has its slower moments it’s very consistent and while the worldbuilding is impressively complex, the story at heart is simple and sweet, even if quite dark.

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  5. LOVE this series! And I’m glad you enjoyed it too. Love that it’s light and funny while touching on some emotional moments too. I thought both animes were entertaining, and I attempted the live action one but couldn’t get with it.

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  6. I liked Brotherhood a lot, live action – not at all, that seems to be the rule with live action adaptations of anime, hope Cowboy Bebop will be an exception. I wonder, if I should also read the manga now… after your review, I think that perhaps I should 🙂

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  7. Back when it first came out, I didn’t so much as glance at it. It got lost in the sea of other shounen anime at that time. Though, when the book club I’m in selected it as one of their manga of the month last year, I gave it a go and ended up loving the entire series. Brilliant review btw! Glad you enjoyed FMA as well 😊

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    1. Just like you, back in high school, it got lost among all the popular shonens that I was already invested in and I never took the time to look into it to really know what it was about but I knew it was among the top tier manga/anime at the time! I’m glad we both got around to checking it out though. Now we know why it’s so good and why everyone should give it a try if they’re even remotely curious about the premise! 😀 Thanks for reading, Aria!

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  8. What an amazing review. Fullmetal Alchemist has been on my read/watchlist for years now and while it sounds like they’re packing so many different elements into the story, it doesn’t sound like it overwhelms the core human elements. I’ve been told Brotherhood is the more faithful anime adaptation, so I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for that one. I don’t know how well the live-action movie will translate on-screen, but I hope it does justice to the material.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Lois! It is indeed so brilliantly balanced and delivered, I can only whole-heartedly recommend checking out Brotherhood when you get the chance! As for live-action movies, I haven’t yet seen this one but I doubt it could cover the whole story in around 2 hours too hahah


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