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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 20 (Fullmetal Alchemist #20)

4.61 of 5 stars 4.61  ·  rating details  ·  3,602 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Betrayal and double-crossing are the order of the day. Greed, Pride and Envy prove to be formidable enemies, but one homunculus seems to be having pangs of - could it be? - conscience. Ominous news spreads quickly about a mysterious portal. Will this gateway help the Elric brothers regain their natural bodies? And will the gigantic underground transmutation circle be compl ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published August 22nd 2008)
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The excitement continues in the 20th volume of Hiromu Arakawa's wonderful Fullmetal Alchemist manga series! Greed, who has taken over Lin's body, struggles to keep Lin from regaining control again. And fortunately, the prince of Xing recaptures his body just in time to tell Ed something vitally important, something about a 'Day of Reckoning' and a 'portal'. The Humoncili's so-called Father plans to open it for a vile cause of his own, but if the Elric brothers jump through it, Lin suspects, they ...more
We are now approaching the beginning of the end. The good guys have regained their footing and are starting a counter strike that is going to lead us right through the finale. Ed proves that he is a total bad ass. Again. Al meets up with someone from his past and gets some much needed answers concerning the history of the homunculi. And, speaking of the homunculi, some major things happen within their ranks as well. The humor is back and things start to take a much more positive spin as people r ...more
Sarah Sammis
Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 20 by Hiromu Arakawa builds on the alliances begun in the previous one. Ed with help from the chimeras focuses on his recovery. Meanwhile Al, Mei and Scar come up with plans to fight back based on what they now know.

The lone wolf, though, is Greed in Lin's body. There's an internal fight between two very strong personalities in one body. Normally I dislike the shared body plot but Greed and Lin are both interesting enough to make the plot work. Most interestingly, Lin

What else can be said about this series other than it gets better every time? I’ve heard some fans complain that it gets boring and I think they must be very young. There is nothing boring here. The action is tight and the plot even better.

This volume sees Envy falling into a trap laid for him and what happens afterwards. We get to see the first ‘adult’ discussion Alphonse ever has with his father, where in Hohenheim’s legacy will live on (even if he doesn’t) and the key component of Father’s p
Mrs W
Jan 10, 2015 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
I had a hard time getting into this volume. Characters are moving around, both physically and in terms of allegiances, and there are some fights, but the plot didn't develop very much, and there weren't any new developments. I expect that this is building up to something bigger.
Robert Beveridge
Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 20 (ViZ, 2008)

Arakawa tells us in the opening to this volume that we're entering the home stretch of FMA, and it sure feels like it. The transmutation circle with Amestris at the center of it is complete, and it seems the powers that be are engineering skirmishes at the proper points to kill the entire populace in the service of creating a philosopher's stone. Meanwhile, Ed is missing, and Al goes searching for him, only to be captured himself. But when
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Buildup to something big is about to happen but what? And with all the characters going to the same destination and Ed and Al searching for one another. Ed sees a familiar face and maybe Really good volume so far in the series.
Oliver Hodson
One thing i can't do is read manga fight scenes. I never know who's winning until someone says 'x is dead' or 'x won that fight'. Happened here in greed's fight with fuhrer bradley. Secondly... The day of whatever is here and the intrigue grows!
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Whenever I get the latest FMA I try to read it one page a day to make it l-a-s-t until the next one comes out... but I rarely make it more than a week. Each one is better than the previous one, and the entire storyline is far better than the anime version. I'm not really sure why I'm not giving this five stars, as I don't think I've seen anything better... but something tells me the last one will be the best one of all, and I'll hold my last star until then.
Ed has started to bother me lately. He used to just be a bit insensitive, but he's getting just plain mean. He wants to accomplish certain goals, and although we've spent the last ten books talking about how he doesn't want anyone to get hurt helping him, he doesn't care who he insults or puts down. He says what he wants and does what he wants, and barely offers a second thought to those suffering collateral damages he caused.
I wonder what day they speak of?? something like harmonic convergence?
Van Hohenheim is such an awkward and idiotical father..and I love his interactions with Al!
good to see that Ed's doing well too! haha
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
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Action-packed, thickening plot, three-dimensional characters, and humor drizzled on each character, Fullmetal Alchemist is a book that should definitely be read by all. Left me with tears in my eyes and a warm heart for every character that you meet along Ed and Al's long journey.
Dec 01, 2014 Logan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Ugh, I'm worried about May. Don't tell me she's gonna be the new body of Envy. D:
4.5 because Dr. Marcoh totally rocked it and Zanpano almost gave me a heart attack. Also loving how how sneaky these people are. From Hohenheim and Al to Izumi to the Briggs soldiers, Grumman, Becca, Riza, Havoc and to Roy... Well-planned out schemes like this always make my heart skip a beat.
Ernesto G.
the reason i like these kid of books are because there short yet they all add up to mAKE a great story. I liked this one because it final showed some conclusions like when al was talking to his father for the first time in a year and what mai yung was going to do. run or stay and fight.
Federiken Masters
Ya ni me acuerdo de qué trataba específicamente este tomo, pero sí recuerdo que seguía pegando bombazo tras bombazo y revelando secretos a cascoporro. Cuando lo tenga de nuevo a mano seguro suba la edición española y le pegue una ojeada a ver si rerreseño un cacho.
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Alliances are forged, broken, and started with new partners. Things are moving quick, leaving little room to breathe for our intrepid heroes.
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A bit of an in-between volume to be honest. Lots of pieces are moved around to get them set up for the final act, but not that much really happens, despite disposing of a theoretically major opposition figure
It continually amazes me how this series manages to keep the overall story moving along without seeming as if it is without direction or just passing time. This volume was really an enjoyable read.
Scotchée comme toujours à ce manga..
Au moment où je pensais que ça allait s'améliorer pour eux, y a toujours un imprévu qui apparaît et qui chamboule toute l'histoire.. --'
Our main characters, including the Elric brothers, reunite as the sotryline strats to head towards its final arc. Unfortunately thnig do not look good for Al.
Excellent volume. I couldn't put it down.

Also, beautiful drawing of Ed and his automail for the title picture for chapter 81. Gorgeous...sigh. :D
Wickedshizuku (and her 7 Black cats)
Aug 24, 2015 Wickedshizuku (and her 7 Black cats) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Manga fans, Anime fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Santos Santoni
We start off this volume with Chapter 79: An Ant's Bite.

More review to come when editing mode hits.
Cheers Pretties!
Oct 05, 2009 Jenell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: FMA followers
Recommended to Jenell by: The FMA Series itself
Another excellent volume about the Fullmetal Pipsqueak. And it's the second to last. What will the Future hold?
King Haddock
Again... things going on with Ed... aaarrrggh. And I know it just gets worse in the next installments.
Miguel Vargas

"Stand on your won legs, and start walking forward"

What a simple and deep advice.
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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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