As I’ve mentioned before, venturing into comics led me to mangas. I usually stay away from them because they seem like a lot (those shelves filled with numerous issues for a single series stomp me), but I became curious and decided to give them a try. When considering which manga to start with, I thought it best to begin with something familiar so I grabbed the first bind-up copy of Fullmetal Alchemist and kept returning for more to satiate my growing interest.
Fullmetal Alchemist is about brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who’ve joined the military to seek and study the Philosopher’s Stone, a chemical substance that grants immense power. The brothers seek the stone to replace their bodies — Edward’s arm and leg and Alphonse’s entire body, — which they lost when they used a forbidden alchemical ritual to bring their dead mother back to life.
Ed now has mechanical limbs called auto-mail and Al’s soul is bonded to a suit of armor. Though young, in their early to mid-teens, the brothers are incredibly smart and Ed, the oldest of the two, was able to join the military. They have many adventures while searching for the stone and meet many dangerous people who are also interested in the stone and its power. But the more the brothers the learn, the more they realize that finding the stone comes at a high price.