Sunday, October 27, 2013

Full Metal Alchemist

Full Metal Alchemist is one of my favorite manga all the time. I fall in love with it since the first time I read it in university. It has so much human drama, humor and science fiction element that satisfy me on many levels. Moreover, I love the rule of equivalent trade in alchemist. To gain something, you have to sacrifice something with equal value. Truly makes sense.  It also depict the beautiful bond between brothers, family and friends. I remember crying at a gazebo in my faculty yard after watch the 3rd episode of Full Metal Alchemist. Thinking about the innocence love of two young boys to their mother and the hardship that they went through, I couldn't choke back my tears. It shocked some of my colleague though. They thought I had a problem at that time. Ha ha ha.

Alphonse and Edward Elric. This picture is not mine.
Full Metal Alchemist is a story about 2 brother, Edward and Alphonse Elric, and their journey to restore their body. Their father left since they were young, leaving them to live with their mother, Trisha Elric. They learn alchemy since young age to cheer up their mom. Alchemy is an advanced science in which an object can be made from raw material. It involves 3 steps --> understanding the flow and rule of the matters, decomposing the matters, then rebuilding it into another object. In short, you could do transmutation with alchemy. Trisha will always smile when they do it because it reminds her of her husband, who is also an alchemist named Van Hohenheim.

One day, Trisha died because of an illness. Drove by their love for their mother and a wish to see their mother smile again, Elric brothers learn more about alchemy to a skilled alchemist named Izumi Curtis and plan to do human transmutation, the greatest taboo in alchemy, to revive their mom!  Well duh. The plan then went very wrong because to transmutate their mom they have to paid great sacrifice for it. Alphonse lose all of his body while Edward lose his right leg. In despair after realizing that he failed to revive their mom and lost Alphonse, Edward offer to sacrifice his body to bring Alphonse soul back. Eventually he could affix Alphonse soul to a suit of armor but he had to sacrifice his right arm in return.

Edward Elric get automail to replace his lost arm and leg then take the test to be a state alchemist, become the youngest state alchemist in history and receiving the title,"Full Metal Alchemist". As a state alchemist he is granted enormous money and unlimited information to do research in which he is seeking method to restore his brother body. To strengthen their determination that they could not go back from the path that they choose, Elric brothers burn their house the time they decide to recover their body. Their pursuit finally come to lights with the information about Philoshoper's stone, a legendary object that would allow them to do transmutation without abiding to the rule of alchemy. Unfortunately their pursuit lead them to tangle with the frightening truth about their country and their dad. What is it? Read it yourself to find out about that. This manga is already ended. You could read it here.

Their brotherhood is the backbone of the Full Metal Alchemist. This picture is not mine.
I really love the Elric brothers. I also love Roy Mustang, the Flame Alchemist (and his staffs too) and a prince from Xing, Ling Yao. 
Colonel Roy Mustang. This picture is not mine.

Ling Yao. This picture is not mine.
There are 2 anime adaptation of this manga, Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The later is more faithful to the manga, hence it became my favorite between the 2 anime adaptation. You could download the anime here. Have you ever heard, read or watch Full Metal Alchemist? What do you think about it?



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