MANGA MONDAY: Fullmetal Alchemist

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Hiromu Arakawa is a Japanese manga artist who was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaidō. She is best known for her manga Fullmetal Alchemist, which became a hit both domestically and internationally, and was later adapted into two anime television series. She often portrays herself as a bespectacled cow in her manga series.

Fullmetal Alchemist is a 27 volume series by Hiromu Arakawa that follows brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric as they journey to get their original bodies back. After committing the alchemist taboo of human transmutation, Ed and Al find their bodies and their souls broken after Ed loses an arm and a leg while Al loses his whole body. This series explores the brothers’ adventures of finding the infamous Philosopher’s Stone, as well as their discovery of an even darker evil lurking under Central City. Ed and Al are accompanied by a myriad of lovable and well-developed characters from their childhood friend, Winry Rockbell, to Colonel Roy Mustang of the State Military. Fullmetal Alchemist explores the ethics of war, racism, what happens when we try to play God, and the lengths we go for those we love.

Rating: 5/5 stars

PRR Writer, Meghan Reinholz

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