Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 10 Review
Publisher: VIZ MediaAuthor: Hiromu ArakawaRating:
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 10
Action / Adventure / Fantasy MSRP:
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 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
. 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
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 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.
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