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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 09 (Fullmetal Alchemist #9)

4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  5,752 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Ed, Al and Winry return to Central Command, but only bad news greets the Fullmetal Alchemist and his friends. Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes has been murdered - and Second Lieutenant Maria Ross is the prime suspect! While Maria awaits an uncertain fate in jail, the living suit of armor bearing the soul of serial killer "Berry the Chopper" breaks free of the military and go ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published November 22nd 2004)
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Sarah Sammis
Volume 9 of Fullmetal Alchemist of Fullmental Alchemist by Hiromu starts an interesting arc that explains how soul transference works. Some of that was hinted at in Volume 8 but it's here that it comes to disturbing fruition.

Barry the Chopper is the key to this unsettling revelation. When he goes missing, his keepers send his body to find him. A body needs a soul to function and as Ed and the ex-death-row prisoners haves demonstrated, a soul can even animate a suit of armor. But a soul can't sta
King Haddock
Every installment of Fullmetal Alchemist I could claim is a "good" one, and this is no exception. Verily, Volume 9 is (like most other volumes) a "great" one. I particularly love the increasing complexity of the situation as the Elric brothers - and readers! - must untangle information concerning the government, the philosopher's stone, and peoples' loyalties. And every character is memorable, a factor so incredibly important for any well-written work. Thank you, Hiromu Arakawa, for the enticing ...more
Katie (Books and Katie)
"This isn't just your problem, big brother. It's both of ours."


Too much to process.

At this point, I think this is my least favorite book of the series. Obviously, by my rating, I still enjoyed it. But, first off, no.

What happened in this book must be a mistake, or at least, there must be something else going on that we don't know about yet. I cannot stand to believe that the actions of one of my favorite characters was justified because they just were not. Things better be cleared up or e
Ed, Al and Winry return to central command, unaware of the friend Mae's Hughes death. An the military thinks the main suspect of his death is Maria Ross. The author's main point that she trying to get across about the story,is that the main characters are helping people to understand the meaning of family and expand on those themes. Her viewpoint of the book is that she wanted to integrate social problems into the story. And, she writing about the philosophical aspects than the practical ones. T ...more
Mrs W
Nov 12, 2014 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
After quite a hiatus from the present-day, this volume brings Ed and Al back to Central where they discover the murder of their friend. Maria Ross is falsely accused and imprisoned. There is quite a bit of action, some fun reveals, and plenty of conspiracy. In all, I was happy with this volume, and I’m excited to learn more about the murder mystery.

The characters, also, are developing nicely. In each volume, something significant is revealed, so I don’t feel like there are any “boring” character
Scott Lee
I thoroughly enjoyed these additions (volumes 7, 8, and 9 [which will be getting a single, copied-and-pasted, joint review as I read them in sequence without interruption nearly in a sitting]) to Fullmetal Alchemist. The story grows in depth as the characters get pushed toward maturity, and as the characters become more mature, moral, aware, etc. the story becomes murkier, dropping the protagonists deeper into the real world's morally challenging mire, for all that it takes place in a fantasy wo ...more
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It’s really hard to review volume 9 without giving out some major spoilers, so if this review is more vague than most I apologize. Volume 9 is a bit of a wake up call as Maes Hughes death finally comes to light for the Fullmetal Alchemist and his friends. They are devastated by the loss and blame themselves for dragging him into this mess in the first place. They have some tough decisions to face as a result and some real growth is shown here for both the boys and for Winry as well.

The events in
Jenn Dattilo Watts
Some of the overall plot is coming together in this volume. We get to see some of Envy's manipulation as well as Lust making a play. Gluttony is still very childlike in this volume. The Elrics and Winry discover the death of a beloved character (trying really hard to keep this spoiler free) and Alphonse remembers what happened with the Gate.

Will be starting the next volume very soon.
Fantastic. The plot thickens in the best ways, we get more of Barry the ridiculous disembodied serial killer, and the character development is also expertly done (especially for the secondary characters). I will probably be giving nothing but 5-star or 4-star ratings for every volume from here on out because the story has really revved up and it's full speed ahead now!
Even though I knew the story was going to take the direction it took, it still hit me emotionally. The Elric brothers and their friend, Winry, finally learn of the death of their friend. Mustang does something that makes the reader question everything they ever thought about him. Luckily, there are more extras thrown in at the back of the book, adding some humor to relieve the sadness, shock, and horror.

There are, also, sprinklings of humor, throughout the book -- moments to allow the reader to
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Federiken Masters
Feb 25, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los mismos que los anteriores
Recommended to Federiken by: La intriga.
Último tomo que leo hasta nuevo aviso, no porque no me haya enganchado sino porque la persona que me los presta sólo tiene de corrido hasta acá :P
Cuando encuentre el #10 seguro retome con ganas, porque este tomo deja con ganas de más. Si bien tiene algunos de los defectos del #09 y algunos personajes que me gustan hacen cosas que no me gustan para nada, el conjunto es muy interesante y sólido. Las muertes nuestras de cada tomo están a la orden del día y la sub-trama de los xinitos gana algo de f
Richard Tokebroker
Al looks like a fat unicorn-cat with vampire teeth sometimes, because Japan. If that isn't enough to get you interested, I just don't know what will.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Ed and Al head back to headquarters and Maria Ross is suspected in the murder of Hughes. Some intense and sad moments. The ending especially.
I took too long between volumes... starting to lose track of who some of these supporting characters are.
Oliver Hodson
A bit of a slow chapter but barry the chopper is funny and we get to learn more about the transmutation of souls.
Sarah Geisz
This is such a good series.
This one was a really good one! Maria Ross is suspected of murdering Maes Hughs! Rest in peace *sniff* Meanwhile, Barry the Chopper escapes where Falman was supposed to be keeping an eye on him! The Elric brothers return to Central, unaware of the death of their friend Hughes...This book was great!!! This volume of the series had a...sort of quiet intensity mixed with drama and a murder mystery! I stayed up till midnight again reading!!! Heheheheh. Well, what do you expect me to do? THESE BOOKS ...more
Céline :)
Colonal Hughes :'(
Oh dear!

That was one wicked ride!
A cliffhanger.
Oh Hawkeye! Please Roy make it on time!

The story means business this time with all the action, and drama, and revelations.

The Elric brothers are back in Central with Winry and those weird guys from Shin. The characters are well mess up! They are connected to other somehow that makes the story more interesting.

The story gets more interesting with Barry and his body too!
There are more questions opened in this volume than answers.
This is the second time this series had almost made me cry -- the scene with Hughes' family was perfect. Arakawa gets better and better and wordless scenes and letting the pictures cary the emotional weight. The military continues to get darker and more ominous, and it is less clear who the "good" guys are; that is made extra-apparent by Barry the Chopper somehow winding up on the side of right.

Sigh. Now I have to wait for inter-library loan to get me the next four volumes . . .
Fuego En Mi Corazon
The fact that it is one of the few shonen manga written by a woman makes FMA all the more interesting, but the intricate plot, colorful cast, and historic setting make it a must read for any manga fans.

In this volume, 2nd Lieutenant Maria Ross is framed as the murderer of Maes Hughes by a shape-shifting homunculi. Colonel Roy Mustang sets out to help the innocent Ross escape from prison, meanwhile faking her death while his subordinates help her escape the country.


This volume has the feels~ and Barry is such a cool psycho. Maes Hughes is an endless source of feels for this manga and I'm glad that Arawaka is finally utilizing it again. This volume is action-packed, drama-packed and humor-packed, I love it! Great to have finally confirmed my suspicions about Mustang's codes though and it's nice to see him and his shenanigans in action. Next volume is even more action-packed! I can't wait! <3
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.
Pretty much every volume in this series is 4 or 5 stars, except maybe the first few (it take a bit to get all the characters straight), but this particular volume has some exceptional storytelling. The scenes where the boys and Winry find out about (spoiler!) Hughes' death (end spoiler) and visit his family and process it all afterward are some of the best I've read so far.
RAWR! I love this book, I am not done with the series but I did watch the anime. D| Its not sad but omg...its like RAWRR! Anyways, I am not spoiling the ending for anyone here. D| You must wonder why I always know the ending before reading a book. xD Lmao well, you'll figure it out later ... or neVA! Mwahaha! D|
This book is the best manga since naruto! i love it! i like alphonce's armor and stuff and i think the story is well wrtitten and it is just super great if you are new to manga star off with this series! .... you think i am going to talk about bad reviews on goodreads? NO. this book kickass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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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