Alchemists are scientists. We don’t believe in unprovable concepts like “god.”
You know the books that you’ve read so many times and, subsequently, the television shows based on those books that you’ve spent so much of your life watching to the point that writing a review about how much you love it seems nearly impossible. It’s so much to the point that I’m convinced I don’t have the right words to express how amazing this series is, and while I’m beginning with an attempted review at a re-released version of volume 1, I have to admit that I am already certain I won’t be quite capable of doing it justice. This particular edition, the Fullmetal hardcover version isn’t quite the same as the first volume initially published. Some translations have been cleaned up to be more accurate and, instead of containing only four chapters, it contains six, therefore combining half of the original volume 2 with this new one. A hardcover edition with the wonderful addition of some colored pages and extra sketches, I was over the moon with excitement when I got my hands on my own copy, something I’ve been meaning to do for quite a long time now.
The story of the Elric brothers and their quest to restore their bodies after a botched alchemic attempt to bring their deceased mother back to life begins as it always has, with Edward and Alphonse following a lead on the philosopher’s stone, what is purported as an alchemical amplifier. They are certain that it is the philosopher’s stone that will eventually give them the power to return the bodies they lost whilst trying to save their mother. This quest leads them to a priest, fooling an entire town into following him as a prophet for the sun god known as Leto and then to an alchemist who specializes in bio-alchemy. And if you’ve read the manga or seen the shows, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
I adore everything about this book and the series it is a part of. From the hilarious, occasionally overdramatic, protective, and caring main character Edward, to the sweet and centered character of Alphonse. Their story is one that I connected with quite easily emotionally and continue to do each time I revisit it. I’m not really a huge manga reader or a massive anime fan. In fact, to date, I’ve only ever read two mangas and this is the only anime I’ve ever actually watched all the way through. I fully believe that anyone who hasn’t immersed themselves in this wonderful world and characters is missing out on one of the best stories that ever existed.