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Read it.
http://www.onemanga.com/Full_Metal_Alchemist/1/00/

DO IT NOW!

Okay, Okay, You probably want to know why.

I'll explain Fullmetal Alchemist in brief.

There's this guy, Edward Elric, and his brother, Alphonse. Their Mother died when they were young and they decided to use Alchemy, the magic of the setting, to bring her back to life. This costs Ed his leg, and Alphonse his whole body, but Ed gives up his arm to fuse Al's soul with a suit of armour. They embark on a quest to find the Philosopher's Stone, which they plan to use to get their limbs back. In order to acheive this, Ed decides to work for the State and becomes a State Alchemist, codename Fullmetal Alchemist. And that doesn't even begin to describe the supporting cast, which contains around 40 plot-significant, recurring characters.

The plot is complex and multi-layered, which makes sense as it was evidently planned out from the beginning, thus averting The Chris Carter Effect. All of the aforementioned characters are distinct, memorable, and likeable, not a scrappy among them, except in potential cases of Die For Our Ship, which is very uncommon. It's comparable to Indiana Jones, not just in the general time frame of the setting and the themes of the works (magic and Nazis) but in that it has a huge emotional range, going from Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming to Tear Jerker and everything in between. The action is excellent and the comedy is hilarious. It has almost everything you could want out of a comic, and then some. The storytelling is some of the best I've ever seen. You wonder why people who were fans of the manga hated the first anime which was objectively excellent? Cause the manga's that fucking good.

It's hard to explain much beyond that, you'll just have to read it yourself.
I love Fullmetal Alchemist as much as you do, but simply shoving the material in front of the reader and telling them to enjoy without any explanation why it's good isn't going to help your case.
comment #1200 112.118.87.36 29th Oct 09
This probably belongs somewhere other than a review section.
comment #1206 Desertopa 30th Oct 09
Good review. Never occured to me to compare it to Indiana Jones, though now that I think about it they share a lot in common, in terms of style and influence. (both were heavily influenced by B Movies of the adventure pulp variety)
comment #1209 60.242.246.76 31st Oct 09
Eh, too much subjective opinion and not enough fact. But at least you added an explanation.
comment #1210 112.118.75.152 31st Oct 09
400 words are insufficient.
comment #1213 DStecks 1st Nov 09
Needs more objectivity please. Overhyping anything can only lead to trouble, so you'd be doing potential readers a favor by toning down the gushing a little. Is it really necessary to bring up the first anime at all? Because I can't be the only who finds it obnoxious.

As for the humor, YMMV to the nth degree. I don't think I laughed once while reading it, myself, because it relies too heavily on visual humor, and not enough on organic situational comedy. The action is well-done though, if you're into action, and the plot is good. But seriously, I was led to believe that this manga would be my favorite once I read it, and I found it to be mildly entertaining at best. So, again, YMMV. There's no way I could possibly call it bad, but I do think that, like most good series, it's overrated.
comment #1262 blaggerbat 10th Nov 09 (edited by: blaggerbat)
"Is it really necessary to bring up the first anime at all? Because I can't be the only who finds it obnoxious. "

Personally, I'm actually a bigger fan of the first anime than the manga. I'm a bit torn about whether to do a comparative review myself, since I'd like to be able to properly explain my position on it, but the entire thing would be Spoileriffic, and I don't want to do a review that can only be read by people who are already familiar with both works in question.
comment #1265 Desertopa 11th Nov 09
It's the same for me. And I've been tempted to do the same thing. But bringing it up in a comparative review is different than just bringing it up to say that the manga is better, and then not really giving any evidence.

If you do write it, I'll definitely read it.
comment #1268 blaggerbat 11th Nov 09
"Is it really necessary to bring up the first anime at all? Because I can't be the only who finds it obnoxious. "

Hey! Some of us love both versions, you know.
comment #1275 203.198.88.114 11th Nov 09
So you don't think that this part

"You wonder why people who were fans of the manga hated the first anime which was objectively excellent? Cause the manga's that fucking good."

is an unnecessary Take That to the first anime?
comment #1278 blaggerbat 12th Nov 09
I did, but considering how unprofessional the whole review was, I didn't bother to comment.
comment #1280 119.237.118.156 12th Nov 09
>Complaining about professionalism on an informal user-generated-content site like this. >trollface .jpg Honestly, I've read much worse reviews in all manner of places. The reviewer did explain why he liked it, but not impartially. Since when did this place get so pretentious?
comment #2470 59.154.24.147 9th May 10
I kinda found this review to be engaging. Like a public speaker or somesuch; there's a lot of charisma in the 'review'. Even if it seems more like a promotion than a review, if I wasn't already a die-hard FMA fan... I would be after this.
comment #3338 egosadist 11th Jul 10
'' "You wonder why people who were fans of the manga hated the first anime which was objectively excellent? Cause the manga's that fucking good." is an unnecessary Take That to the first anime?''

They meant that for something to be better than an outstandingly awesome series as the first anime, it had to be pretty freaking good.
comment #6530 Saphruikan 21st Feb 11
As much as I like both the anime and the manga...neither is that good. The anime had some Writer On Board, and the manga had some issues with characterization.
comment #6532 silver2195 21st Feb 11
I think the manga had a pretty terrible climax (Until Father was gone, at which point it got better), and the first anime just started off too slow and then completely fell apart after Greed's death.

That said, I really enjoyed the manga before the showdown in Central.
comment #6549 Scardoll 22nd Feb 11
">Complaining about professionalism on an informal user-generated-content site like this. >trollface .jpg Honestly, I've read much worse reviews in all manner of places. The reviewer did explain why he liked it, but not impartially. Since when did this place get so pretentious? "

This. Besides, as the author himself pointed out, 400 words simply isn't enough to write a proper review. I can't even explain why Lucky Star shouldn't be compared with Azumanga Daioh so much adequately in 400 words, let alone explain why I like the series and why I think people should try it. 400 words is just about enough space to do a quick gush or bitch depending on your preference; it's hard to balance the two.
comment #9007 Osric 1st Aug 11 (edited by: Osric)
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