Author(s): Hiromu Arakawa
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.
Contains volumes 19, 20 and 21 The story enters its final stretch as the Elric brothers learn of the homunculi's ultimate plan to turn all of Amestris into an alchemical bloodbath on the "Day of Reckoning." While tempted to use the open portal that day to get their bodies back, for now the brothers build opposition to the homunculi-corrupted military with others who have learned of the grisly plan. While Al learns the secret of the homunculi's origins from his father, Ed joins forces with a familiar homunculus who seems to be having pangs of conscience.
Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen audiences.
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.