Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 26

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Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 26

Format:  Paperback,

185 pages

Edition: Original

Publisher: Viz

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9781421539621

ISBN-10: 1421539624

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Breaking the laws of nature is a serious crime
Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T
In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical ""auto-mail"" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother's bodies...the legendary Philosopher's Stone.
With all the pieces now in his possession, the homunculus "father" executes his master plan as Edward and the others watch in horror. When the dust settles, the entire world has been reshaped. With the help of Hohenheim, the Elric brothers lauch a desperate final attack, but is it all too late...?


Publisher: Viz
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9781421539621
ISBN-10: 1421539624
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 185
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.06 x 0.69 x 7.52
Walmart No.: 9781421539621


Review by Library Journal (2010-01-29)

For five years, American readers have been following this manga series, the adventures of Edward and Alphonse, both horribly injured in an attempt to return their dead mother to life via magical means. Their early adventures were more lighthearted, even when they faced serious menaces in their quest to become fully human again. Then, things slowly turned dark, as the true nature of the bad guys became visible. Now, the story is building toward a climax as plot threads begin to be resolved, characters head toward "final" showdowns, and scenes from early in the series are revisited.

Fullmetal Alchemist is, on the surface, an action/adventure story, and that is what attracts the younger readers. For more mature readers, there are philosophical, political, and other issues interwoven through the story. Even the definition of humanity comes into question, as both enemies and allies include beings that are only partially human, by most standards.

Verdict: While not a good jumping-on point for the vast story arc, these volumes are a solid continuation of a popular story. For teens and adults, owing to violence.

-Nick Smith, Pasadena P.L.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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