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Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Containing volumes 7, 8 and 9 of Fullmetal Alchemist! Where did Alphonse Elric go during the few short minutes he was wiped from existence, body and soul? From a secret lair in the city of Dublith, a group of outcasts kidnaps Alphonse to find the alchemical secrets of his creation! It's up to Ed (and a certain housewife) to go into the Devil' Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Containing volumes 7, 8 and 9 of Fullmetal Alchemist! Where did Alphonse Elric go during the few short minutes he was wiped from existence, body and soul? From a secret lair in the city of Dublith, a group of outcasts kidnaps Alphonse to find the alchemical secrets of his creation! It's up to Ed (and a certain housewife) to go into the Devil's Nest and rescue his brother. But the criminals of the Devil's Nest aren't exactly human either. Now, Al must fight a homunculus--an artificial human being--and the streets of Dublith will run red with blood...


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Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Containing volumes 7, 8 and 9 of Fullmetal Alchemist! Where did Alphonse Elric go during the few short minutes he was wiped from existence, body and soul? From a secret lair in the city of Dublith, a group of outcasts kidnaps Alphonse to find the alchemical secrets of his creation! It's up to Ed (and a certain housewife) to go into the Devil' Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Containing volumes 7, 8 and 9 of Fullmetal Alchemist! Where did Alphonse Elric go during the few short minutes he was wiped from existence, body and soul? From a secret lair in the city of Dublith, a group of outcasts kidnaps Alphonse to find the alchemical secrets of his creation! It's up to Ed (and a certain housewife) to go into the Devil's Nest and rescue his brother. But the criminals of the Devil's Nest aren't exactly human either. Now, Al must fight a homunculus--an artificial human being--and the streets of Dublith will run red with blood...

30 review for Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Sheesh, lost this one for a while and finally it turned up! Considering it is a short compendium of three volumes, it was really good overall. Volumes 7 & 8 were somewhat tiresome and tended to pull the main plot threads all over the place. Volume 9 got us back on track with a focus on the brothers Elric, Winry etc. and got us back to the solid mixture of poignant moments and whimsy we’ve come to expect from this very unique series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Volume 7 - The author really upped the ante on the stakes and intensity of the fight scenes in this volume. We also got some interesting world building by showing what creatures are possible through alchemy. Overall rating: 4 stars Volume 8 - Wow, some really interesting and unexpected character backstory in this volume; it took me completely by surprise (though in retrospect the signs were there). Nice progression to the overarching plot, even though some of the characters introduced in this vol Volume 7 - The author really upped the ante on the stakes and intensity of the fight scenes in this volume. We also got some interesting world building by showing what creatures are possible through alchemy. Overall rating: 4 stars Volume 8 - Wow, some really interesting and unexpected character backstory in this volume; it took me completely by surprise (though in retrospect the signs were there). Nice progression to the overarching plot, even though some of the characters introduced in this volume were pretty annoying. Also the bonus scene at the end about how the anime was made was really interesting; I didn’t realize the 2003 version was done before the manga was in such an early stage? How bizarre. Overall rating: 4 stars Volume 9 - This volume was absolutely tragic and heartbreaking. Overall rating: 5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lauma

    Meet Barry the Chopper!! Falman: "What about May 3rd, year 9?" Barry: "That was Reynolds. I hacked 'im up behind the liquor warehouse in district five." Falman: "August 29th, year 10." Barry: "Hendrick. Said my meat was no good. Now who's laughin', eh?" Falman: "January 5th, year 8." Barry: "Lenny and Cynthia. Only time I've killed two people in one night. Good workout." Falman: "What about the Gadriel incident on March 3rd, year 11?" Barry: "I killed Gadriel on the 13th you idiot, not the 3rd! Beautifu Meet Barry the Chopper!! Falman: "What about May 3rd, year 9?" Barry: "That was Reynolds. I hacked 'im up behind the liquor warehouse in district five." Falman: "August 29th, year 10." Barry: "Hendrick. Said my meat was no good. Now who's laughin', eh?" Falman: "January 5th, year 8." Barry: "Lenny and Cynthia. Only time I've killed two people in one night. Good workout." Falman: "What about the Gadriel incident on March 3rd, year 11?" Barry: "I killed Gadriel on the 13th you idiot, not the 3rd! Beautiful full moon that night. The way the moonlight glistened in the pools of blood... You had to be there." Such a romantic guy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming

    If you haven't read this manga, please, reevaluate your life. IT'S SO GOOD!!! If you haven't read this manga, please, reevaluate your life. IT'S SO GOOD!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I love this series <3

  6. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Ramirez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Al just runs the fuck away. I love him. No, Izumi, he was kidnapped! Go help him! So Greed has some chimeras. It makes sense that he wants everything, he is greed. “Greed: And most of all…eternal life!”—Page 60 Wait so these sins don’t have eternal life? Interesting. “Al: Well, that would be my big brother…but he’s…he’s gone. Greed: … Greed: Was that rude of me? Some dude: Well, beneath that metal exterior he is just a 14-year-old boy. Kids that age can be sensitive…you know? Greed: Sorry about your loss Al just runs the fuck away. I love him. No, Izumi, he was kidnapped! Go help him! So Greed has some chimeras. It makes sense that he wants everything, he is greed. “Greed: And most of all…eternal life!”—Page 60 Wait so these sins don’t have eternal life? Interesting. “Al: Well, that would be my big brother…but he’s…he’s gone. Greed: … Greed: Was that rude of me? Some dude: Well, beneath that metal exterior he is just a 14-year-old boy. Kids that age can be sensitive…you know? Greed: Sorry about your loss, kid…we cool?”—Page 71 Greed is apparently the best of the sins so far. “Al: AHHHHH! TEACHER, YOU’RE HURT! DON’T DO IT!! DON’T DO IT!!”—Page 99 Al, you sweet, precious child. The President Eye-Patch is here! In a Hawaiian shirt. But so is Armstrong so that’s fine. “Armstrong: You, the stubborn owner of this butcher shop! Gaze up the true beauty of a State Alchemist!! CARVE THIS INTO YOUR EYEBALLS!”—Page 106 Oh my god. Then Armstrong and Mr. Curtis have a muscle off. You really can’t trust this because it’s a “fair trade” and if Greed really is greedy than he’ll want more information than he’s giving away. Right? “Bradley: My orders were to kill everyone but the targets I specified. Stop showing mercy to the enemy. That’s why you’re never promoted.”—Pages 160-161 DON’T BE RUDE TO ARMSTRONG! THE PRESIDENT IS ONE OF THE SINS! AHHHHHHH! Ohhhhh, that’s such a good twist. I’m gonna guess based on that stop showing Mercy quote that he’s Wrath? “Armstrong: Our bottom eyelashes are identical.”—Page 184 Pfffffffft. “Catharine: I…I like strong men like my older brother.”—Page 186 Denied. “Al: I couldn’t help her…”—Page 225 Oh my sweet child. “Bradley:…And I believe that he, and their teacher, might make worthy human sacrifices.”—Page 255 You are not going to sacrifice Ed and Izumi!! So there’s sloth. Who’s in held captive by Lust and co. Also, I called it! I knew that Bradley was Wrath! The fuck is this? This is some East of West shit. And Bradley/Wrath has children. That’s gotta be weird…I wonder what will happen when that kid finds out. Also does the father just never take off his eye patch? Weird…girl looking for immortality. And she’s an Ed Fangirl. Winry doesn’t know that Hughes died…. Does Al and Ed not know about that either? Suddenly I really don’t trust Lin. Why does everyone want to become immortal? Greed, May, and Lin. I doubt it’s that great. So I guess that mine chapter wasn’t filler lol. We’re all going to Central. This ending for Vol. 8 was super abrupt. Like it just ended on “we’re all going to Central” which wasn’t as good as the last ending where freaking Bradley was revealed to be Wrath. Wait until Lin and Mustang meet. Lin is 15 years old. Weird. Aw, Mustang takes naps. “Armstrong: Why, god, why?!?! Why must we continue fighting in this brutal war!?!!”—Page 408 BRB gonna go cry over Armstrong. Havoc’s girlfriend is Lust. Ohhhhh Roy lied about Hughes dying. “Roy: …Who am I trying to kid? I’m just as much of a softie like the major is.”—Page 436 Yes you are. I think the books are hinting that Roy might be Pride or something but I don’t think so. He’s a good man. ROY! WHAT THE FUCK!? When he finds out that he killed an innocent person. HUGHES’S DAUGHTER RUNNNING TO THE DOOR AND THINKING WINRY IS HIM. END ME. FUCK! GLUTTONY IS ATTACKING HAWKEYE! Aw, when Hawkeye is in trouble and not answering Roy, he thinks about Hughes. “One of Lin’s bros: First, you tell me…how many souls do you have inside you?”—Page 552 What? Also Envy gets a weird look. What does this mean??? Nooooo! You can’t end here!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I REALLY enjoyed this one. I really loved Barry and I can't wait to learn more about all the characters and see where it goes. Hoping to finish the series by the end of the year because I'm enjoying it so much! This might end up being the best Manga I've picked up this year. I REALLY enjoyed this one. I really loved Barry and I can't wait to learn more about all the characters and see where it goes. Hoping to finish the series by the end of the year because I'm enjoying it so much! This might end up being the best Manga I've picked up this year.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Filipa

    vol 7 made me laugh so much vol 8 and 9 start getting into more serious issues, we finally start uncovering secrets and having plot twists and to no one's surprise, I'm absolutely loving every page vol 7 made me laugh so much vol 8 and 9 start getting into more serious issues, we finally start uncovering secrets and having plot twists and to no one's surprise, I'm absolutely loving every page

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessie_Book

    Man the villains in this are so fun that I almost ALMOST root for them. And by villains I mean Greed. Everyone else can shove it where the sun don't shine. Man the villains in this are so fun that I almost ALMOST root for them. And by villains I mean Greed. Everyone else can shove it where the sun don't shine.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    A few of the fight scenes went a bit over my head, so this one doesn't get the full rating. Nevertheless, I am still very exited to continue. 4 of 5 stars A few of the fight scenes went a bit over my head, so this one doesn't get the full rating. Nevertheless, I am still very exited to continue. 4 of 5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie Diana

    Absolutely glorious as always ♡

  12. 5 out of 5

    Francisca Pinto

    MARAVILLOSO COMO SIEMPRE :D

  13. 4 out of 5

    montserrat

    oh the plot twists! probably my favourite one out of the series so far

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    This manga is absolutely fantastic, fantastic plot and story, beautifully illustrated, lots of great and strong characters. I liked the fact that the author portrayed the female characters as strong, independent and think for themselfs Like Winry and Riza.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Shit is going doooown.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    I'm finding it difficult to rate these 3-in-1 collections because they don't collect the entirety of individual story arcs which means that they seem to start and end in the middle of stories. That being said, there is an excellent balance throughout the first nine volumes - action, drama, humour, romance, suspense. It's really quite excellently done. This latest collection features one of the best chapters yet (to be cryptic, the introduction of Wrath). I'm finding it difficult to rate these 3-in-1 collections because they don't collect the entirety of individual story arcs which means that they seem to start and end in the middle of stories. That being said, there is an excellent balance throughout the first nine volumes - action, drama, humour, romance, suspense. It's really quite excellently done. This latest collection features one of the best chapters yet (to be cryptic, the introduction of Wrath).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Holy mackerel. Talk about bang for your buck. The gears of story are turning big time. The sands in the hourglass look like they’re really getting` down to the last. Only now do I see that Fullmetal was asking me to be patient. This latest volume introduces new characters, stirs one’s emotion, and proceeds towards one hell of a cliffhanger. I’m so friggin` primed! Where’s the next volume!? Holy mackerel. Talk about bang for your buck. The gears of story are turning big time. The sands in the hourglass look like they’re really getting` down to the last. Only now do I see that Fullmetal was asking me to be patient. This latest volume introduces new characters, stirs one’s emotion, and proceeds towards one hell of a cliffhanger. I’m so friggin` primed! Where’s the next volume!?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam Spanos

    Hiromu Arakawa remains consistent in her writing, tempering drama and despair with humour and fluffy friendship/family moments. Upon adding new characters, personalities still manage to remain unique and strong.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elias Alexander

    This manga is just amazing. I always get so emotional reading this last volumes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    gio

    lol I finished this reread some days ago but...Ghibli rewatch kinda threw me off any kind of reading schedule I had gotten back to

  21. 5 out of 5

    PipReads

    Fullmetal Marathon of reading today. I can't believe I didn't borrow the last two volumes!!! What a cliffhanger. I cry. Fullmetal Marathon of reading today. I can't believe I didn't borrow the last two volumes!!! What a cliffhanger. I cry.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4 Stars The plot is getting so complicated that I can't stop reading this series! 4 Stars The plot is getting so complicated that I can't stop reading this series!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steff Fox

    | Read on Reader Fox | This sucks. Why do dogs have to be so loyal? Gosh, this was always one of the strangest parts of the series for me. I think, throughout every rewatch and every reread I've ever done of this series, I'm always surprised by how much I love Greed and his gang. They're not exactly on the right side, but they go against the major villains of the story. Not to mention, they're extremely intriguing and surprisingly likable characters. Just barely introduced before they leave, | Read on Reader Fox | This sucks. Why do dogs have to be so loyal? Gosh, this was always one of the strangest parts of the series for me. I think, throughout every rewatch and every reread I've ever done of this series, I'm always surprised by how much I love Greed and his gang. They're not exactly on the right side, but they go against the major villains of the story. Not to mention, they're extremely intriguing and surprisingly likable characters. Just barely introduced before they leave, and I already have so many feelings about them. Greed and The Gang I think a lot of my love for these characters comes with my adoration of Dolcetto. I don't think I'd be nearly as attached to Greed's gang without him. That said, there's something to note with how much they care for each other. Even Greed, selfish bastard that he is, has some clear emotions for his people. And it's honestly so wonderful. Against all odds, what with him ordering Al's kidnapping and pissing off both Izumi and Ed, Greed is shockingly likable. It's funny, because when you think about the series as a whole and which homunculus we care about most...the majority of Fullmetal Alchemist fans will cite Greed first. And sure, there are some of us who like Lust or Envy...or even Gluttony. But I think, universally, Greed is the one we actually find ourselves loving. And why? Well, there's just something about his sincerity. Even in his selfishness, we can relate to him in a strange way. Add in the fact that he had so many people shamelessly loyal to him? Like, damn. Later on there will be an added factor, but for now even this small glimpse allows us to feel truly connected to this character. Finality So, we learn a few other things in this installment of Fullmetal Alchemist. Namely, there's a secret surrounding Fuhrer King Bradley that is revealed toward the end. Alphonse is looking for a way to get his memories of the "truth" back to help them further their quest along, and that's about it. It definitely made for a very involved section of the story, sans the usual goofery that makes you laugh while reading and watching this story. It's a more serious moment with some deeply devastating events. And all I can say now is that I'm eager to read the next one. | Reader Fox Links |

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teddy

    The title of this book is Fullmetal Alchemist. This book was written by Hiromu Arakawa, it was also drawn by her. This book is a manga, which is a Japanese book that a reader reads backwards. It also has a certain art style. The main characters are Edward, and Alphonse Elric. When Ed and Al were little kids, their mother died. When she died, they tried to revive her with the power of alchemy. Alchemy involves equivalent exchange, which means you must give something in return to create something The title of this book is Fullmetal Alchemist. This book was written by Hiromu Arakawa, it was also drawn by her. This book is a manga, which is a Japanese book that a reader reads backwards. It also has a certain art style. The main characters are Edward, and Alphonse Elric. When Ed and Al were little kids, their mother died. When she died, they tried to revive her with the power of alchemy. Alchemy involves equivalent exchange, which means you must give something in return to create something of equal value. Due to this, Al loses his entire body and Ed loses a leg. While Ed is bleeding in pain, he revives Al in a suit of armor, causing Ed to lose an arm. The worst part is that the revival of their mother was a failure. Ed then gets a metal arm and leg, and when Ed is 11 and Al is 10. They set off on their journey to find the Philosopher's Stone. The Philosopher’s stone is a stone that can use Alchemy without equivalent exchange. Ed and Al want this to restore their bodies. This book… Can be gory. If you are disturbed by blood and foul language, do not read this. But the book is hilarious, sad, and makes you feel things you may never think you could feel. This book is good for teenagers from the age of 13 to 17. This book also contains volumes 7, 8, and 9 of Fullmetal Alchemist. So make sure you read books 1-6 first. Verdict: 5/5 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bellatrix of Hoshido

    Absolutely loved this one just as much if not more than the previous installments. I know this manga and series is a good one because only the best entertainment can make you laugh, fight, and cry with the characters. This happened to me in the scene contained between pages 507 and 513. The apple pie scene. I was finishing this book at night in bed and almost wound up crying myself to sleep. Ms. Arakawa never fails to impress with plot twists. I found the twist with Fuhrer President Bradley quite Absolutely loved this one just as much if not more than the previous installments. I know this manga and series is a good one because only the best entertainment can make you laugh, fight, and cry with the characters. This happened to me in the scene contained between pages 507 and 513. The apple pie scene. I was finishing this book at night in bed and almost wound up crying myself to sleep. Ms. Arakawa never fails to impress with plot twists. I found the twist with Fuhrer President Bradley quite ingenious! That entire scene was, for the most part, very satisfactory and enthralling. I'm not entirely sure what to think of Prince Lin Yao. I agree with Ed that he is more than a little shady! Its kind of amusing and a little embarrassing that May Chang thought the exact same thing that I thought about Edward. If you don't get it look at page 292. I agree with all of it except the "really tall" part. For anyone who likes manga, this is an absolute must-read! Happy Reading!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ladiibbug

    # 7, 8 & 9 (3 in 1 edition) Fullmetal Alchemist series - Manga Ed and Alphonse's adventures continue. More intrigue. Still appreciating the nice balance of male/female characters -- strong, smart, capable females. Action, danger, more levels of the plot are revealed, additional villians to dodge. I like the cleverness (Col. Roy Mustang's phone calls to mysterious "girlfriends"). Scenes with Winry, Ed, learning the truth of Col. Hughes' "status", and their visit to the Hughes family made me very sa # 7, 8 & 9 (3 in 1 edition) Fullmetal Alchemist series - Manga Ed and Alphonse's adventures continue. More intrigue. Still appreciating the nice balance of male/female characters -- strong, smart, capable females. Action, danger, more levels of the plot are revealed, additional villians to dodge. I like the cleverness (Col. Roy Mustang's phone calls to mysterious "girlfriends"). Scenes with Winry, Ed, learning the truth of Col. Hughes' "status", and their visit to the Hughes family made me very sad. This gave the author a chance to explore and show Ed and Al's vulnerabilities and softer sides. The extras were all had me grinning and laughing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    This is a review of the entire series. Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in the fictional country of Amestris which is heavily based on the Industrial Revolution. Amestris is a unitary state under the rule of a parliamentary republic, run by state alchemists that serve the king utilizing the mystifying arts of alchemy. Alchemy is the power to alter the physical world utilizing its natural elements, performing magic and miracles in the form of science. Alchemy follows the law of equivalent exchange, This is a review of the entire series. Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in the fictional country of Amestris which is heavily based on the Industrial Revolution. Amestris is a unitary state under the rule of a parliamentary republic, run by state alchemists that serve the king utilizing the mystifying arts of alchemy. Alchemy is the power to alter the physical world utilizing its natural elements, performing magic and miracles in the form of science. Alchemy follows the law of equivalent exchange, you must sacrifice something that is of equal value to what you create. You must sacrifice a life to create a life, you must extinguish one flame to ignite another, you have to sacrifice one home to build another, etc... After being abandoned by their father as children and subjected to watching their mother die, Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse once attempted to utilize the power of alchemy to bring their mother back from the grave, ignoring the dangers of creating a life by offering something of equal value. Edward loses an arm and a leg while Alphonse loses his entire body; his soul placed in a hollow suit of armor that can't feel the touch of others. As neither of them sacrificed their lives in their entirety, the exchange failed and the boys created an abomination in place of their dead mother. After burning their own home down and dealing with the abomination they created, Edward and his brother enlist themselves in the military to atone for their sins and learn more about the many secrets of alchemy; potentially learning how to recover their original bodies in the process. While serving in the military, the brothers begin to realize how the wonders of alchemy can be abused for nefarious purposes. Immortal life can be gained by sacrificing hundreds of innocents souls, wars can be staged and foreign nations can be annihilated under false charges, human experimentation aided by alchemy can lead to unnatural mutations, the world of alchemy is more dark and dangerous than either of them could've bargained for. Fullmetal Alchemist grew on me the longer I read it. When I first started reading, it seemed like it was going to be generic shounen material, but it gets deeper and darker the further it goes on. The way it handles political and religious corruption, the dangers of advanced states abusing their technology and resources at the expense of foreign nations caught in the turmoil, and the sad futility of revenge are all very well done. The characters all bear the weight of what alchemy is capable of. Edward and Alphonse carry the burden of abusing alchemy for selfish purposes. Their master Izumi loses her womb after attempting to resurrect her dead child. Scar takes many lives after his entire country is desecrated and gets trapped in a pointless cycle of revenge. Roy and Riza endure the regret of committing brutal war crimes for the sake of protecting their own nation. Alchemy creates and destroys in equal measure and no one is free from the consequences of tipping the balance. The fight scenes are flashy and exciting without being too over-the-top because of the dangerous limitations that alchemy involves. The law of equivalent exchange keeps the power scaling in check and adds plenty of tension to the action. The female characters are especially well done, all of them are strong and unique in their own way. The lead heroine Winry being a skilled mechanic, Riza being an honorable warrior of the military, Olivier Armstrong as cold and vicious as the snowy fortress she guards, and that's just a few of them. The villains are an interesting parody of the seven deadly sins. Each of them represent the darkness and regrets of each of the main characters and they can only be conquered by coming to terms with their own flaws and sins. The characters having to overcome their personal demons to take on the greater demons trying to overthrow the world from the shadows made the struggles of every single person in the story feel personal. Every character, no matter how minor had their moments to shine. Everyone had a vital role to play and the camaraderie between friend and foe alike never felt cheesy of forced. Unlike most shounen series I've read, the final arc was my favorite. A lot of long-running shounen series have a habit of being dragged out, losing touch with what made them great or breaking their own rules in messy, plot-hole-filled final arcs that leave a lot to be desired. Fullmetal Alchemist has no lose ends, all characters have complete arcs where they learn and grow from their dark pasts, the romance and comedy are handled well without relying on cheap fanservice, the action scenes are great but they don't overshadow the plot and the final chapters tie everything together beautifully. It's not my favorite manga by any means as I usually tend to favor seinen, but it's definitely one of the greatest stories to ever come out of the shounen demographic in my opinion. 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  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Kristensen

    I have spent some time away from this series in general. Having watched both anime (FMA 2003 and Brotherhood) I figure I've done it all as far as the series was concerned. But going back and reading these volumes, helps you remember just how fantastic all the characters are. And just how great a story this is. Side note: I <3 Barry the Chopper. I have spent some time away from this series in general. Having watched both anime (FMA 2003 and Brotherhood) I figure I've done it all as far as the series was concerned. But going back and reading these volumes, helps you remember just how fantastic all the characters are. And just how great a story this is. Side note: I <3 Barry the Chopper.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Quirks

    4.5 Stars I think I said this in my review of the last three volumes that the book was the end of the intro portion of the series, where you're getting to know the main characters. I felt that things would be moving forward, plot-wise, soon. And I was right! Volume six left off with Ed and Al reunited with their teacher. We now know what happened with the experiment when the brothers tried to bring their mother back. They've even faced one of the Sins. And at this point, they're taking a step back 4.5 Stars I think I said this in my review of the last three volumes that the book was the end of the intro portion of the series, where you're getting to know the main characters. I felt that things would be moving forward, plot-wise, soon. And I was right! Volume six left off with Ed and Al reunited with their teacher. We now know what happened with the experiment when the brothers tried to bring their mother back. They've even faced one of the Sins. And at this point, they're taking a step back and trying to make another plan to get their bodies back. Which, as we know, has been their objective this whole time. It's something that I've found very refreshing. That their mission is so personal, and not about saving the world or anything. Not that I have an issue with the latter. I just appreciate something different. Of course, things can't stay just "personal" for long. The brothers don't know it yet, but Hughes was murdered. And that's the point when you know shit has hit the fan. I mean, there's some mysterious evil guy pulling strings, suits of armour with serial killers in 'em, there are a bunch of seemingly unkillable Sin monsters, and now officers are getting killed? It's bad. But as much as I want to talk about many of the things that happened in these volumes, you know I can't. It was all great, though. The tone of the series has shifted and become much more serious. And the shift is handled very well. For one, each slight change is preceded by a significant event that warrants the shift. And second, there are still moments of levity in there to cut through the heaviness. So even as everything changes, there are familiar elements. And a lot of heart. I swear, there were a couple of times when I teared up. The characters have really grown on me. I mean, I've loved Al from the beginning, but we're getting to know all the other major players as well, and I'm so excited to see where the arcs of each of the characters will go. I already have a copy of the next three volumes so I'll be reading them either this month or next. I'm absolutely loving this manga and the way the world and the story are slowly unfolding with every volume. We even got to see parts of the political climate of the country. And I'm eager to know how that will come into play as well. Because after nine volumes, it's easy to see how deliberate each addition to the manga is.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is the third 3-in-1 volume in the Fullmetal Alchemist series and cover the original volume 7,8,9 for the series. I enjoyed this a lot, although a lot of characters were introduced and I felt like it jumped around a lot more than previous volumes. Al is kidnapped by a rebel group located in Devil’s Nest and it’s up to Ed and his former teacher to rescue him. Although, suddenly Al is getting his memory back and beginning to figure out more Alchemy than he previously knew. When they find out th This is the third 3-in-1 volume in the Fullmetal Alchemist series and cover the original volume 7,8,9 for the series. I enjoyed this a lot, although a lot of characters were introduced and I felt like it jumped around a lot more than previous volumes. Al is kidnapped by a rebel group located in Devil’s Nest and it’s up to Ed and his former teacher to rescue him. Although, suddenly Al is getting his memory back and beginning to figure out more Alchemy than he previously knew. When they find out that Greed is running the Devil’s Nest group and that Greed is inhabiting a homunculus, things really get crazy. Then a strange prince shows up from a far off land to yet more politics and mysteries into the mix. There are a lot of new characters introduced in this volume. There was also a lot more focus on politics and intrigue and less on Al and Ed’s quest to find the Philospher’s Stone. I am not a huge fan of politics/intrigue or tons of new characters. However, it all worked pretty well for this series. It really helps that the author includes pictures of the characters and a synopsis of the story at the beginning of each volume. The illustration in this manga series is amazing. I love the complex world-building, amazing characters, and story. I do hope the author holds off on adding too many more new characters for a bit. Overall this is an amazing manga series that both me and my son are really loving. It’s an amazing world, with a lot of action, and both a great story and characters. I would highly recommend!!!

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