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Fullmetal Alchemist

Arakawa, Hiromu.  Fullmetal Alchemist: Volume 1. San Francisco: VIZ Media, 2005. Print.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Volume 1 tells the story of the Elric brother, older brother Edward and younger brother Alphonse. When they were young, Edward and Alphonse were studying alchemy and as a result, tried to resurrect their dead mother. This resulted in Edward losing his arm and a leg, while Alphonse lost his entire body and had his soul sealed into an armor suit. Alchemy is not unique anymore and as a result, Edward is a tool of the government, trying to save others. In their quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone, a stone that will allow them to perform untold alchemy magic without the constraints of alchemy law, Edward, also known as the Fullmetal Alchemist, and his younger brother, Alphonse, stumble onto a country and a people in dire need of help from enemies that are even more cunning and ruthless than the two brothers.

Visual and textual style: cinematic, gory, manga, detailed, grim, action lines, informative text, dramatic, expressice

Potential readers/appeal factors: intersection of science and religion, fights, brothers, alchemy, magic, science, religion, fantasy, art


  • Won the 21st Century Enix Award for Stray Dog in 1999
  • Stray Dog won the 21st Century Shōnen Gangan” Award.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist won the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen category in 2004
  • Won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for New Artist in 2011
  • Won the Seium Award in the Best Science Fiction Comic Category for Fullmetal Alchemist in 2011
  • Won the Managa Taishō Award for Silver Spoon in 2012
  • Won the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen category for Silver Spoon in 2012

Other pertinent information

  • Fullmetal Alchemist debuted in Square Enix’s monthly manga anthology Shonen Gangan in 2001.
  • This is the original manga behind the video game series and the hit anime.
  • This manga was adapted into two anime television series.

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