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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 8 (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
Paperback, 185 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 22nd 2004)
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Maria Kaye
Jan 24, 2015 Maria Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
3.5, kind of slow and boring since Ed's arm is messed up, sigh.
Sep 10, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 12, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
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
Miss Clark
Jan 23, 2016 Miss Clark rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 stars

Most of the scenes are same as the anime, but are extended or in a slightly different order.

I really liked Riza dealing with Barry and Roy being irritated with Barry.

Mei Chang;s introduction was different (what a sweetheart!) and then ling and his servants? "I no speak this country language!"
Katie  (Books and Katie)
Jul 31, 2014 Katie (Books and Katie) rated it it was amazing
"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 liked it  ·  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
Mar 29, 2011 Janeen-san rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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Shelves: advisory
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Feb 02, 2012 Carlos rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2009 earthy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, manga, action
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
Novità? Sì. Ancora novità? Ancora sì. Tensione? No.
L'ottavo volume si rivela essere la chiave di volta seppure il lettore potrebbe benissimo non accorgersene. Sopratutto il lettore prende coscienza che Amestris non è un mondo unico bensì una regione confinante con diverse altre e che la situazione è tutt'altro che pacifica. Ecco, per l'appunto, che entrano in scena personaggi stranieri e decisamente orientali: Ling e May Chang, entrambi alla ricerca dell'alchimia di Amestrisi dato che a Xing, lo
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
Nov 26, 2011 Courtney (Storybook Slayers) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
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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.
Aug 26, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
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.
Alejandro Camacho
Mar 03, 2016 Alejandro Camacho rated it really liked it
I give it a good 4 star because it is a good anime for anyone who likes this kind of anime. They will love this type of books so I hope yall know that this book is the best and it will blow your mind away if you are a fan of it. I recommend this book to anybody that will like books about alchemy and science.
Dec 29, 2015 Celine rated it really liked it
Love where the story is going. It's getting more complex with every volume, and I like how we're learning more about Führer King Bradley. The art style has been improving a lot lately, and I like how we're seeing the characters age, without them losing their charm.
Aug 13, 2009 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 08, 2011 Ernest rated it liked it
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.
Mar 07, 2009 Kait rated it it was amazing
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 liked it
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!
Sep 15, 2012 Bradley rated it liked it
Not too bad. I really don't see what the hype is about. Ah well. =)
Jenn Dattilo Watts
Jan 09, 2015 Jenn Dattilo Watts rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 27, 2009 Squidalz rated it it was amazing
I went blind of over exposure to pure awesomeness. ^-^
May 12, 2011 Jay rated it liked it
My son says this one is definitely his favorite so far.
read in high school (2009? 2010?)

read: 7.7.15
Heather Ingemar
May 17, 2010 Heather Ingemar rated it it was amazing
Um... how many more volumes do I have to go??? :)
Sandra Starlight
Apr 28, 2009 Sandra Starlight rated it it was amazing
Ling Yao and May Chang ;P pop up.
Fumphwoog, Lady of all Sorrows
I love this series! ^-^
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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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