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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 10 by Hiromu Arakawa
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Oct 13, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphic-novel, manga, young-adult, steampunk, science-fiction, fantasy

In Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 10 the whole volume is filled with surprises as the plot does another twist revealing new surprises and new information on the homunculi. I also noticed in this volume for the first time how old Edward has gotten, especially in his picture on the cover. He has been drawn very believably growing older and growing up throughout the series. The plot thickens and things get complex as you are trying to figure out who knew what when but Arakawa keeps you engaged and keeps the plot explanations from getting too out of control with skill.

She also keeps the plot from getting too bogged down in action sequences and gore and complex story lines with moments of lightness and humor. Hitting just that right tone is something she manages to deftly handle throughout the series, but I thought there were several sparkling moments in particular in this volume.

There were of course some very sad moments as well. Characters experience loss and receive horrible news or come to terrifying conclusions as the story unfolds. At the end of the day its still not clear who will ultimately come ahead. But two things are clear: one, these are still boys who want more than anything to have their original bodies back, two they do not want to have anyone else get hurt in that quest and will do anything to ensure that.
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