Fullmetal Alchemist #10 - Volume 10

is a manga book published by Viz Media that was released on 03/11/2005

Plot Summary

Viz Edition Release Date: November 21, 2006

Fullmetal Alchemist - Volume 10

Barry the Chopper, the psychopathic killer whose soul is encased in a suit of armor, has been captured by Colonel Mustang's troops. Fearing he will reveal the Philosopher's Stone conspiracy, Gluttony and Lust decide to kill him, using Barry's own original soulless body to track him down! Though Colonel Mustang has anticipated their moves and set up an ambush, Gluttony and Lust prove too powerful and easily fight their way through to Barry, who is being protected by Al and Lieutenant Hawkeye. In a terrible battle, a badly injured Colonel Mustang sacrifices all in a last-ditch attempt to stop Lust!

Contents

Chapter 38: Signal to Strike

Chapter 39: Complications at Central

Chapter 40: Philosopher from the West

Chapter 41: On the Palm of An Arrogant Human Being

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Mustang Squad vs. Homunculi Reviewed by FoxxFireArt on Feb. 1, 2011. FoxxFireArt has written 71 reviews. His/her last review was for Highschool of the Dead. 277 out of 320 users recommend his reviews. 3 out of 4 users found this review helpful.

Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 10 Review

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 10
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 10
Publisher: VIZ Media
Author:  Hiromu Arakawa
Rating: Teen
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
MSRP: $9.99 (USD)
Contents: 4 Chapters / 208pg.
  
The Squad of Roy Mustang , the Flame Alchemist, has it's first clash with the Homunculi, and they are backed up by Ling Yao and the younger brother Elric, Alphonse. Deeper into Central they are led and discover a mysterious gate that Lust is willing to kill to protect. Blood is shed, lives are changed, and no one is immune to the grasp of death. This is a battle that will cost Mustang dearly.
 
Elsewhere, Edward Elric is dragged along in a secret mission to the mysterious ruins of Xerxes, where legend says alchemy was born, to discover the truth behind the murder of a friend, and learns even more secrets by those who would attempt to take him hostage.

The Good

The Fullmetal Alchemist series has such a unique feel for a Japanese manga. The artwork is incredible, and the story is gripping and feels like honest drama. Arakawa's use of chibi reactions seems to work better on pages than when animated.
 
Mustang has a seriously awesome fight with Lust, who gives new meaning to the term femme fatal. Ling Yao and Lan Fan even mix it up with both Envy and Gluttony. I actually selected this volume for a particular scene that happens inside this one. Riza Hawkeye has always spent this series calm and collected. It captures you to watch her lose it and see her emotional armor break down in both rage and tears. It's a nice look into her heart. Alphonse also steps up to be a hero without his brother's protection.
It's funny that the events of the protagonist are the slowest moving in the volume as Edward is traveling with Alex Louis Armstrong, but it still moves the plot along. Even in this isolated desert, Edward learns a clue of just who murdered Winry's parents.

I love Hiromu Arakamwa's humor in these volumes. Each one ends with a short series of extra 4komas that poke fun at the characters. It feels rewarding to be drawn into the drama, but she closes with a great laugh every time. In one of them, we see what the world would of been like if the Elric brother's positions were switched.

The Bad

The only real negatives I can find with this volume is with the translation and editing work done by the publisher. It's all nit-picky stuff, but you'd except better from a publisher that describes itself as the "most innovative" in the industry. They seem to go to bizarre limits to avoid anything controversial. The way King Bradley is called "President" in place of the more accurate "Fuhrer" title FUNimation uses. There is even one instance in this volume that for two pages where Bradley is literally called "Fuhrer-President". How did their editor not catch that?
This translation also calls the Ishvalan people "Ishbalan". This is spite of their land being called " Ishval" in English on all the maps. It's a common mistake in translations to mistake Vs and Bs, but anyone with the most basic knowledge in translating Japanese would know to look for this. The third issue is in the ancient ruins that FUNimation translated correctly as "Xerxes" is called "Cselkces" in this version. Xerxes, though obscure, is at least an actual word.
One thing you can expect from VIZ is that if they screw something up early in a manga. Expect it to stay that way no matter what the facts say on the page. Again, it's all minor issues that just makes a big publisher look like ametures.

I notice that the language of the series seems subdued. The language never gets too rough. I really feel that this series would of benefited from going for a Teen+ rating rather than it's current Teen category. 

Verdict 4.5/5

The story and action are well balanced, but I wouldn't suggest you start your collection with this particular volume. This one sums up the mysteries of the previous volume, so, hurry up and catch up with this one. You wont regret it.
 
Even though there are only four chapters, each one averages at about forty-six pages each.  In that sense, each chapter is longer that your average monthly U.S. comic. You're getting a lot of content for a good price. I honestly think this is a manga that could appeal to even those who don't like manga. If you want to get a friend into manga. I say loan them a copy of Fullmetal Alchemist.

Would I recommend you buy this? Absolutely. It's just too bad that the official translation was so shoddy in parts. I really think they could do far better. All negative aspects aside, I would still rate this a 4.5 out of 5. A really powerful start, slows down a bit, but ends in a cliffhanger.

Favorite Moment: CH. 39 - Riza breaks down, Al steps up.

Least Favorite Moment: CH. 40 - Hohenheim comes home.

WTF Moment: CH. 41 - "Bunny the Chopper"??

Favorite Character This Volume: Riza Hawkeye

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