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Hiromu Arakawa. Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1
Viz Media  $13.95  ISBN 1-59116-920-8  180 pgs.
Reviewed by Jordan, Age 12

The Elric brothers are alchemists. Alchemy is the power to alter the natural world, a mixture between magic and science. But after Edward and Alphonse Elric try to bring their mother back from the dead, they fail, and are hit by the only law of alchemy. Equivalent exchange. Edward loses and arm and Alphonse loses his whole body. Edward gets a metal arm and Alphonse is a huge, empty suit of armour. In their search for the Philosopher’s Stone, the only thing that allows alchemists to break the laws without equivalent exchange, they run into a man who defies the laws. This must be the work of the Philosopher’s Stone. Will the Elric brothers get the ring? Or will they be crushed by the power of alchemy?

Fullmetal Alchemist is an original manga comic from Japan written by Hiromu Arakawa. It is printed in original Japanese format. You read it from right to left and from back to front (not really back to front, just opposite of the Canadian way). It’s a great start to a Japanese series; I’d gladly read Volume 2.

I liked Fullmetal Alchemist. It wasn’t the best book I have ever read, but it was enjoyable. I suggest this book to ages 12+ because it has some mild language and some graphic scenes. It’s funny in some parts, and there’s good action, too.

I Give Full Metal Alchemist 4 stars out of 5.

(This book is rated T for Teens. Recommended for ages 13 and up.)


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