Full Metal Alchemist (Volumes #1-3) by Hiromu Arakawa
This is definitely something that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time now and I am glad that I finally got around to it! 🙂 I will also definitely be continuing on with this series – pretty excited for it!
Now, quick synopsis: these two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, are alchemists who attempted to bring their mother back from the dead using alchemy, which is seen as the ultimate misuse of the science of alchemy. In the process, Edward lost an arm and a leg and Alphonse lost his entire body, so Edward had to bind his soul into a body of living iron. They now both work for the government as state alchemists. There are other alchemists who would rather use their abilities for evil, however. Ultimately, all alchemists are in pursuit of the most epic of treasures, the Philosopher’s Stone, which would give eternal life.
Overall, I had a super fun time reading this first group of stories. The artwork is wonderful and it was such an easy story to fall into. It was action-packed, full of some deeper themes around religion, life and death, which definitely made it a more surprisingly impactful read. It feels weird to break each volume down in order to do mini-reviews, as it really does all make up one bigger story. I will say, each volume definitely felt an episode of a TV show which made them super fun to read. I am going to attempt to break down each volume and give you some of my highlights from those volumes.