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Book Review: Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa - Reviewed by GorgeL (19 Jul 2011)
Written by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist chronicles Edward Elric and his adventure in finding a philosophers stone to restore his body. While a very simple premise, this volume doesn't exactly start with that aswell! In fact, it begins right at the middle of the story, leaving readers incredibly invested on what truly happened for him to lose his body.
The story while sounding simple, is actually incredibly deep. Uses of forshadowing are very prominent in this volume, and it pays to remember everything that occurs, to fully reap rewards of later volumes.
Drawn by Hiromu Arakawa, her artwork is simple and effective. Characters are never off-model, but can sometimes appear 'bloated' due to comical moments occuring throughout this volume. Backgrounds themselves are adequately drawn, and help to show the fantastic world of Amestris.
Overall, a very good start to what can be a fantastic series. While some readers may be put off by the ambiguous start, it pays to be patient.
Born in Hokkaido (northern Japan), Hiromu Arakawa first attracted national attention in 1999 with her award-winning manga Stray Dog. Her series Fullmetal Alchemist debuted in 2001 in Square Enix's monthly manga anthology Shonen Gangan.
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