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

4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  5,908 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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
Paperback, 185 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 22nd 2004)
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Maria Kaye
3.5, kind of slow and boring since Ed's arm is messed up, sigh.
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
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
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
Katie (Books and Katie)
"I can't afford to worry about appearances. Not with the burden I'm bearing."


Woah! What an information load!

In this installment we learn some very critical things about a particular character who holds a lot of power at the moment. I have always been a little suspicious about him, but never did I imagine to be true what we learn. None of the other characters seem to know about it, though, and I wonder how long it will take for them to find out. Hopefully in time!

We are also introduced to
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
Shelves: advisory
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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
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.
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
Shelves: manga
Ling and May come into play. Ling is cool, kind of self-centered, in a way. but funny too.
Mrs W
Nov 02, 2014 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This volume includes some fun developments, such as deeper characterization of Al and President Bradley, as well as a wider world view, both culturally and politically. Still, it read much like a filler volume, without moving the plot forward much, aside from the introduction of new characters. One day, we might return to the mystery of who killed the Lt. Colonel way back some 5 volumes or so. There was a hint in this book, so I'm expecting to return to that storyline soon.

This volume continues
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. =)
Jenn Dattilo Watts
So much pretty in this volume. Enter the driven Roy who is very different from the bored Roy. Enter Father (but just barely) and the revelation of just who Fuhrer President Bradley is. Enter Ling! (called Lin in the manga, but who I will forever call Ling) and the Ling/Ed snark that I love oh so much. Barry the Chopper who falls head over heals for Hawkeye because she really IS that awesome.

And the get Arakawa's version of how the first anime came to be which is probably th
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.
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? \(/
I couldn't get my hands on Volume 7, so I am hoping that this follows the same story-line as Brotherhood (the anime) did. It appears from the spot we left off in Volume 6 and where this Volume picks up, that the gist is the same. If so, Volume 7 was very dark, and this one starts right where it left off.

As this volume starts, things are not looking good for the Elric brothers, at all. They do, of course, get through the horrible events, with some unexpected help. Yet, the source of that help, le
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
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.
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Anyway here's some LOLs. ^_^

Ed and Al are told to wait while Ed's arm is repaired. They ask what they're supposed to do waiting around there. Hehe

A sly new character shows up and pins bills on Ed.

Ed rips off his arm soon after it's been repaired and you know how Winry gets. >.<
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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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