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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 4 (Fullmetal Alchemist #4)

4.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,833 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Accompanied by their bodyguard, Alex Louis Armstrong, our heroes seek out their closest childhood friend, Winry Rockbell, to fix their battered "auto-mail" bodyparts. Soon their quest for the Philosopher's Stone takes them to the great central library, where the Stone's formula may be hidden...if the mysterious figure named Lust doesn't get there first! But the secret of t ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 2006 by Chuang Yi Publishing (first published January 20th 2003)
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This is at once both my favorite volume and one I can't stand. A testimony to the writing and characterization, I suppose, but that doesn't mean I don't quietly resent it.

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Mar 13, 2016 Mal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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King Haddock
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This volume was so good (Maes Hughes!! And I thought I was prepared after what happened with Nina and Alexander), and the wait for volume 5 from my library was so long that I gave up and watched the anime (Brotherhood, not the first version)....and now I have no way to coherently speak about this series, I love it so much. The family relationship! Ed and his absolute devotion to getting Al his body back! Al and his conviction that he won't let others suffer in his quest to get back to normal! Co ...more
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Dec 27, 2012 Devan, Sarcasm Expert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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Oh my god. This one won me over. There is this one heartbreaking scene in this manga - I'm sure other readers will know what I'm talking about - that is just so good. Absolutely fantastic panelling. I'm glad we get to see some more brother dynamics in this volume.
Maria Kaye
Jan 13, 2015 Maria Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
For some reason I've always felt bad when the slicer brothers died :/

I'm still very much enjoying this series, and this is probably my favorite volume so far. It's odd - there's very little action in this volume, but the overall plot is very engaging. I'm still kind of shocked that something this subtle and character-oriented is so widely popular, especially considering the other manga that gets well-known. But maybe people are just sensing quality. Arakawa is, after all, a supremely good author. Her eye for dialogue and character interactions is quite remar
May 04, 2011 Janeen-san rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY!!!!! I have at last succeeded at getting my hands (alas, no auto-mail) on the 4th volume of Fullmetal Alchemist! I'm so happy! I swept through this very awesome volume in one day!!!
Now #SPOILER# when Hughes died in the tv series, I cried my eyes out, something I'd never thought I'd do. Ever. BUT I did! Ahhhhh I miss him. Rest in piece Mr Awesomness :(
But when I came across the scene of his death in the manga...I CRIED! Not as much as I did when I saw it on TV, but my cheeks ended up ver
Hughes. :(
After the horrific events in volume 3 the Elric brothers spend most of volume 4 recovering from their wounds whether physical, mental or emotional. Laboratory 5 is destroyed and in its aftermath Ed is hospitalized with serious wounds and Al is left reeling from the words of doubt planted by Barry the Chopper. Winry also makes another appearance to fix Ed’s auto-mail arm with the missing bolt. Both brothers have time to reflect on their actions both past and present and in some cases are given a ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jun 22, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 4 by Hiromu Arakawa is the last of the manga volumes that parallels the first anime series. However, the pacing here is more abrupt than what fans of the anime might be expecting.

I'm speaking primarily of Maes Hughes. So much of his character in the manga is built in the after story extras that people reading just the actual chapters will be shocked at how quickly his story arc plays out.

For the most part my favorite version of Fullmetal Alchemist is the original manga
Mar 08, 2016 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Hmmm, a military man who adores his wonderful wife and baby daughter. Either he will die or they will.
Well, at least it was him and not the women.

The military dog short at the end was the best part of this one. More Hawkeye and Mustang please, and less of *waves hand* all of this.

I always like to imagine this happens later on in the series, much later. Or never at all.
May 31, 2015 Mriveravelez4 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward Elric wanted to know about the philosopher's stone and others can't let him find out, but when he finds an alchemy laboratory he fights a soul which tries to tell him what it does but the enemy strikes. So he fights another alchemist which defeats him and destroys the label almost killing him. Then he does not give up on his search but has to get stronger first and goes back to his memories. Fullmetal alchemist is about courage, strength, and love.
May 02, 2016 Ava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More Winry and cats in armor. Perfect
Diana Lynn
Jan 17, 2015 Diana Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, manga
Ugh...I was dreading when it would come and here was: the sadness...when I watched the original FMA, I was sad, in Brotherhood, I cried and same here. This volume is my favorite one yet. I love the beginning which swung over from volume 3's cliffhanger, and the hospital, birthday, and Hughes stuff in the middle was hilarious. The end was PAIN...he was my favoriteeee (other than Mustang gyeaaa)...I was thankful for the extras at the very end seeing the little dog (aw) and the comic strips with ou ...more
Scott Lee
Feb 06, 2015 Scott Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard about Fullmetal Alchemist for years and have been on a bit of a Manga/Anime binge of late, watching the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime with the Brotherhood version to follow, reading the manga, looking into Akira, and gathering copies of Bleach, Trigun, Deathnote, and others.

This volume was excellent, like the others, and as I've seen myself and learned online the show and comic are quickly diverging at this point. I have thoroughly enjoyed this material. Hiromu Arakawa writes a w
Yoda Bor
Mar 29, 2016 Yoda Bor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le tome 3 s’était terminé sur un cliffhanger assez insoutenable dans le laboratoire numéro 5.
On avait Al, dehors, en train de se battre contre le Boucher, mais surtout Ed, à l’intérieur, qui se retrouvait face à Envy et Lust.

Les choses se décantent finalement assez vite et ce quatrième tome ressemble plus à une transition, avec bien moins d’action que précédemment.
Ce n’est pas pour autant qu’il en est moins intéressant, loin de là.

Les révélations vont bon train puisqu’on apprend dès le début que
Aug 08, 2011 Ernest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The funeral scene in this volume is one of most heartbreaking funeral scenes I have read in a long time. This was only possible through well crafted characters and plot that made the reader care about the lives of the characters more than just two dimensional representational ink on a page. This, combined with continuing adventures of the Elric brothers and yet more revelations about the deeper plot, make this a great volume in the series.
Jul 03, 2011 ladywallingford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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Jun 13, 2015 Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Molti dettagli in questo volume avrebbero potuto essere ben migliori. L'albo è il perfetto esempio di molti pro e molti contro. Partendo da pro, vi è un pro alquanto moscio. Le solite ombre di una trama futura lanciate qua e là, una scoperta improvvisa ma non rilevata, la morte di alcuni personaggi che avrebbero potuto rivelare la verità facendo terminare il manga entro due volumi. I contro? La velocità eccessiva e la poco caratterizzazione. Certo, per chi ha seguito entrambe le versione degli a ...more
Because I saw the anime first, the pacing of this volume seems a bit off for me. Certain events feel out of order, indeed a particular event happens "too soon". Nevertheless, another strong outing and another worthy read.
Sep 10, 2014 Jhaniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The death which happens in this volume was what really hooked me when I watched the anime and I think this is where the manga really steps up too. Or, to be honest, two things in the story this time really won me over and has me settled in for the long run: the aforementioned death, and the introduction of Barry. Alphonse's identity crises is really interesting both in terms of what it means for his character development and as a proper good question for the reader, too. The art is also already ...more
Another 4.5 Stars

Volume 4 picks up right where we were left off with the fight scene at Warehouse 5. Because of something said during the battle, Al and Edward's relationship sours a bit, while Edward is laying in a medical clinic trying to recover from his many injuries. Who or what can help them back to their loving companionship?

As with the first three volumes, the balance of action, touching moments, humor, and mystery is perfection. This volume brought laughter and tears. The author is skil
Mar 08, 2012 ArdnAskelA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'histoire en elle-même n'avance pas trop dans ce tome, mais ce n'est pas pour autant inintéressant. L'intrigue est toujours là. Et l'auteur nous "lâche" quelques nouvelles informations..
Mrs W
Oct 25, 2014 Mrs W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The boys’ past adventures have given them knowledge and new ideas, but they’re basically back to the beginning of their quest for the Philosopher’s Stone and the restoration of their original bodies. The brothers’ relationship is tested, and there’s another punch to the feels-gut. (I once again refrained from throwing the library book against the wall in protest.) This one leaves a lot of questions that I’m eager to have answered. Bring on volume 5!

I’m still loving the magic system and the rules
Cel Red
Mar 05, 2016 Cel Red rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este volumen, este volumen… es el que más feels da y oh god, chale. Siempre es como la primera vez... ha empezado a llover.
Aug 14, 2015 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hiromu Arakawa, 荒川 弘, is a Japanese mangaka famous for the series Fullmetal Alchemist. Her real name is Hiromi Arakawa.

Born on May 8, 1973 in Tokachi, Hokkaidō, Japan, Arakawa was born and raised on a dairy farm with three elder sisters and a younger brother. Arakawa thought about being a manga artist "since [she] was little" and during her school years, she would often draw on textbooks. After gr
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