Fullmetal Alchemist #1 - Volume 1

is a manga book published by Viz Media that was released on 01/22/2002

Plot Summary

Viz Edition Release Date: May 3, 2005

Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art, and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg... and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders... even to kill. Except his powers aren't unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate treasure, the Philosopher's Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are...

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1

Edward Elric and his younger brother, Alphonse Elric, had attempted the forbidden "Human Transmutation." The price paid; an arm, a leg, and a body. Edward Elric replaced his arm and leg with automail and enrolled into the military becoming the "Fullmetal Alchemist." Now they use their gained power to search for a way to regain their bodies back. They're searching for the legendary "Philosopher's Stone."


Chapter 1: The Two Alchemists.....Pg. 005

Chapter 2: The Price Of Life.....Pg. 059

Chapter 3: The Mining Town.....Pg. 099

Chapter 4: Battle On The Train.....Pg. 141

Extra.....Pg. 181

  • Alchemist In Fullmetal
  • Copper Alchemist
  • Fullmetal Alchemist -- Complete

Preview.....Pg. 184

User Reviews
Love the anime? Read the manga! Reviewed by ComradeCrash on Jan. 4, 2009. ComradeCrash has written 1 review. His/her last review was for Volume 1. 9 out of 9 users recommend his reviews. 9 out of 9 users found this review helpful.
    Fullmetal Alchemist or FMA, for short, is a manga series written and drawn by Hiromu Arakawa in 2001.  The story is about two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, in search for a mythical object known as the Philosopher's Stone. This stone is said to amplify alchemic formulas and even able to convert materials with ease.
    ANYWAYS, the story is set up well. The first volume introduces the two main characters and puts them into three different situation in which you learn a lot about them.  As the story opens, you learn a little about the Ed and Al's back story.  The author only gives a little just to entice but then starts you off years later, in the desert of Lior.  As they take a rest from their travels, they learn about a prophet who can grant miracles and even resurrect people.  This bit of news interests Ed into finding out more about the prophet and his church.  
    The interesting thing about this world is the alchemy.  Alchemy is essentially magic but with the focus on the scientific instead of the magical.  Alchemists use formulas and drawings to pretty much cast "spells."  Not really spells, and more like changing the chemicals and materials around them to other substance or objects. Since alchemy follows the Law of Conservation of Mass and the Law of Natural Providence. In other words, the basics of alchemy is "Equivalent Exchange."  Meaning that to obtain something, something of equal value must be lost.  Equivalent Exchange is a big part of the alchemist's, and the Elric brother's, lives.  For example, Ed can convert part of a stone floor into a weapon. Or make part of a train into a cannon.  The author really does inventive stuff with alchemy and really makes the world more interesting.
    The story is very well paced with humor and action blended in together well.  It also manages to get serious for a panel or two before the story gets in a joke which is followed by some action.  That just an example and even though it might sound weird, the author pulls is off so well, especially with the help the art.
    The art in FMA is very well done.  The characters are nice looking and detailed.  They show emotions very well too.  Even when they do something funny and the characters are drawn in simplistic form, they really still feel like they belong.  The art can go from very detailed to a circle and two dots and that never gets you feeling like something is out of place.
    Fullmetal Alchemist is a great and fun read. Its well paced so readers get some story, action, and humor evenly through out the volume. Its a great intro to the world and series.  This first book really sets how the rest of the manga will be set up, so if you like this one you should read the rest of the series.
the book to read Reviewed by myikap on Jan. 23, 2011. myikap has written 4 reviews. His/her last review was for Volume 1. 9 out of 20 users recommend his reviews. 3 out of 5 users found this review helpful.
hello people i want to say that this is pure genius if u like the anime`s you will sure like the manga i know i so .but if you somehow get bored from this book and you call yourself a fan .i only have one thing to say YOU ARE MISTAKEN!!!but if you keep reading it and you finish it you are a true fan and just watch the new anime FullMetal  Alchemist Brotherhood i know i enjoy it hope you do to peace.
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