Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 08 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #8)
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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 08 (Fullmetal Alchemist #8)

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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.

The raid on the Devil's Nest becomes a slaughte...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 22nd 2004)
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First thing: for those of you reading this in email form, follow the link and check out the cover showing Ed practicing his unique form of unarmed combat. I'll wait.

Back? Done giggling/wondering what's wrong with me? Okay, now for the volume eight character review!

There are a lot of people I'd love to cover, and some of them I don't want to mention until later, to save some spoilers for those who haven't yet read any/all of the books (but do intend to do so), so after much deliberation, I've set...more
Sarah Sammis
Volume 8 of Fullmetal Alchemist is the first firm step on the road that leads the manga away from the plot developments of the first anime series. It introduces characters and a new way of doing alchemy that weren't shown in the first series but are shown in Brotherhood.

First and foremost there is the kingdom of Xing which is looking for the secret of immortality. Competing half siblings, Prince Ling Yao and Princess May Chan come across the border on separate quests to find a gift that will mak...more
Definitely a very dark beginning for Volume 8. After the huge plot twist at the end of Volume 7 the rest of the fall out occurs in the start of Volume 8. It’s very dark and very sinister and while some pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place many more questions remain unanswered. I also thought the soldiers at the beginning wondering who wasn’t human (the chimeras and Greed or the alchemists and King Bradley) was very illuminating of where things are in the series right now.

The plot lightens...more
Katie (Books and Katie)
Rating: ★★★★★

"I can't afford to worry about appearances. Not with the burden I'm bearing."


The raid on the Devil's Nest becomes a slaughter, as government troops - led by the Fuhrer President himself, King Bradley - exterminate the half-human forces of the Homunculus Greed. But will Ed and Al survive the battle unchanged? As Greed is sent to meet his maker, foreign travelers arrive in Amestris, having crossed the great desert from the eastern country of Xing. Their names are Mei and Ling,...more
Federiken Masters
Feb 25, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casi todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Lo que vino antes
Primer y esperemos que único tomo de la serie en bajar a tres estrellitas. ¿Tanto empeora de golpe que la calidad baja un 20% de golpe? No, si en vez de una medida de cinco estrellitas se usara una de diez, seguro le habría bajado un solo punto. Y no porque la historia vaya empeorando ni nada por el estilo, sino porque llega un punto en el que me parece que la autora empezó a dudar qué hacer con los personajes principales y no se le ocurrió otra que correr para adelante y sacar de la galera otro...more
This one's great, as usual! After the slaughter at the Devil's Nest Ed is wounded ans his arm broken. The boys return to Rush Valley, where Whinry was last seen becoming an apprentice to a highly-skilled auto-mail guy (I forget his name!!! Urg!). And, because Al recovered his memory of 'that thing' he can suddenly use alchemy WITHOUT a transmutation circle! THAT they skipped in the show! IT WAS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! There was this scale with Ed's good stuff like strength and 'Alchemy skill' and t...more
Mar 24, 2008 Max rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People
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this series, the "fullmetal alchemist series" has got to be one of the best mangas that i have ever read. it has tons of graphic action and it really takes you into a whole new world. before this novel, in the seventh novel, where we left ed, he was facing off against greed, a homonculus, he had almost won, when Greed up and left. this is where we start off the next book. the fuhrer himself tracks down greed and they get into a huge battle. all of Greds allies are killed. ed and all make a new f...more
Lin, Lanfan, and May show up, and while they're all great characters in their own right, their subplot about the inheritance of the Xing empire feels like a little too much, given how much plot we've already got going. And speaking of that other plot, Al remembers what really happened to him when Ed tried to save his life all those years ago, and consequently, now both Elric brothers can do alchemy without needing to draw a transmutation circle (read: they are both extremely badass now). Also, R...more
Ethan Clark
I'm wondering whether or not this is too high a score for the series just yet, but Fullmetal is getting very fascinating at least. It feels like it would be longer, but I'm only just past volume 8. Still, the story knows just the right time to throw in a plot twist and character development. It also has the ability to take you through several inclines of emotion, going from humor to murder then back to the jokes. It's little wonder now why this series is so popular, and I look forward to learnin...more
This manga really makes me so happy~ ~\(●´∀`●\)

The characters are interesting and they're all hilarious! Lt. Hawkeye is always calm, cool and collective and she doesn't hesitate. She knows what she has to do and she does it. I love that the women here aren't Naruto's Sakura's tier. They are badasses and not only can they handle their own in a fight but they can also manhandle their men! It's so cute that Barry the Chopper, a brutal murderer, likes Riza a lot. And did I see Col. Mustang get jelly...more
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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.
This one felt a little all over the place. And I'm not sure about the addition of the people from the "East". At first, I thought I'd finally reached where the anime hadn't, but then realized that I just didn't really remember that part. Bummer. But there is a lot that I was either unaware of or didn't remember, so at least it felt fresh. Less funny, but fresh.
I had been concerned about the pacing of events after reading much of what came later in the anime happen more quickly in the manga version.

However, the broadening of the scope provides for some intriguing possibilities. Another good addition to the series.
Another piece of the larger plot gets revealed in this absorbing series. With the addition of new characters, this series continues on its merry way.
Starkville Public Library Young Adult Section
The battle continues in the Devil's Nest, but it seems that more is going on than meets the eye. (Do you get it? It's a clue! Look for the clue!)
Mar 07, 2009 Kait rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Ling and May come into play. Ling is cool, kind of self-centered, in a way. but funny too.
I laughed myself to tears (and gave myself achey ribs!) reading this volume!
Not too bad. I really don't see what the hype is about. Ah well. =)
Yao Rui Huang
I went blind of over exposure to pure awesomeness. ^-^
My son says this one is definitely his favorite so far.
Heather Ingemar
Um... how many more volumes do I have to go??? :)
Sandra Starlight
Ling Yao and May Chang ;P pop up.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Continues right where the last volume left off with Al being rescued from Greed and co. Wow was that some beginning. It wastes no time in moving the story along. Love this manga series. Looking forward to reading the next volume.
this is probably the best manga i ever read.

i already ordered vol.9&10
Jul 10, 2014 Kel rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Because eye-patches are cool.
This volume introduces new characters from the country of Shin (Oriental country) and shows characters from the previous volumes. The development is really getting interesting regarding the philosopher’s stone. More people are getting interested in the Red Stone to gain immortality. The other thing, Al finally learned to transmute without the circle, since he remembers from the other side of the door.

This Volume contains more humour than violence. Heehee. But the reader is dragged deeper into th...more
The president's ultra-violence at the start of this volume is a shock -- up until know there have been fights and violence, but they were more just action sequences. Here, the president slaughters all the chimera, and the graphic nature turns the story darker and more intense; the snake-woman being killed inside Alphonse was brutal. Al and Ed are obviously being pulled further into the real conspiracy of this story, and I'm having a harder time putting these books down.
I like Volume 8 for its death scenes. Very potent without being graphic.

We also get the hint of Xing and understanding that the FMA world is bigger than just Amestris.

There is also a pretty big reveal of one of the characters that will keep the reader wondering when the others will catch on.
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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...more
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