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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 18

(Fullmetal Alchemist #18)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  6,748 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Automail engineer Winry is captured and held hostage to force Edward to do her captor's bidding. Hawkeye discovers the disturbing truth about President Bradley's son. Our heroes have fortuitous and not-so-fortuitous reunions with old friends and enemies. And multiple intrigues and double-crosses ensue as some plot to save the world while others scheme to destroy it. ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published December 22nd 2007)
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Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG what a revelation! I feel like this series is already building to the conclusion and at times the tension is too much. There's so much happening and I'm starting to wonder if there's going to be a lull soon or if it can keep this up. I love Winry so much she is precious but is also super strong and determined and I really admire the journey her character has gone on. If you'd told me at the beginning that she would become one of my favourite characters I wouldn't have believed you but here I ...more
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Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, manga
4 of 5 stars
Juho Pohjalainen
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This issue has a lot going for it in terms of plot advancement, emotional turmoil, villains turning heroes, politics, and battle - but in my mind, it's all outdone by a small bit early on, one of the single best reveals in the entire series. The identity of the final homunculus is likely to come completely out of left field for a new reader, yet when you go back and look at all the signs and hints, it makes perfect sense. It raises tension and stakes that little bit more, is obviously going to b ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
i love this series so so much.
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The plot reveal is something to look forward to in this issue. The political angle is so intriguing yet so syraightforward if you really think about it. FMAs story is not that original, but it is written by Arakawa in such a nice and smart way that everything feels new and undeniably gripping.
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FMA Reread of 2012:

5/5, because the women are awesome! I'm going to quote adventuresofcomicbookgirl in here:

For instance with Winry, she very deliberately set up Winry as the tool the military used to emotionally blackmail the Elrics- and when Winry finds out about that, she actually makes commentary on her own role in the story- "It's unfair I've been forced into this position and I am going to do my best to get out of it." It's like she's aware of how her role of being the female loved one of
I read this as part of my March 2021 challenge of only reading books by women writers for Women's History month! You can read more about my experience here!

I'm so glad this was the first manga volume I read in March. Two of the three best female characters in FMA - in this case Winry and Major General Armstrong - are featured prominently in these chapters.
Winry actually has some of the most magnificent panels and overall an amazing piece of character development.

Honestly, Arakawa can do no wro
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Winry and Scar face to face again). Though this time the real Winry, not the one with the hatred.
"Why am I in love with this weirdo?" said Winry. I wanted to scream like, he is acting weird because he loves u too. I love Hawkeye. She is awesome. I didn't think that Selim would be homunculus too. He was innocent. But, whatever. Plot twists and cliffhangers))
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The original Homunculus' identity is revealed at last to Liza Hawkeye and she can't get over the trauma after encountering darkness itself. Those who come face to face with the fear lurking around the corner, becomes afraid of their own shadow. Major General Olivia Armstrong faces consequences of her rebellious attitude, as Central come barging in to take over her place in Castle Briggs. On the other hand Kimblee puts Edward Elric to task, reminding his duty as a State Alchemist. Also he reminds ...more
Roxana Chirilă
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the volume in which I realize I've forgotten some of the main plot twists from the FMA: Brotherhood anime series and, man, are they wonderful to re-read.

Also, I entirely approve of all the long-haired men in this series. It struck me that both bad guys and good guys have pony tails, which is great. 'Cause, you know, smooth-looking guys with great hair in Hollywood tend to be bad guys, it's nice to see the stereotype broken. (what? other people keep going on and on about how special the
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enemies must JOIN FORCES while other allies are LOST! Something I was spoiled about is FINALLY REVEALED! Is Al's TIME RUNNING OUT? What is Colonel Mustang going to do with ALL THOSE FLOWERS?

They should def pay me to write blurbs for these things.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I purely give 4 stars to this one instead of 5 because this is my least favourite part of the story. I don't dislike this bit, I just prefer when Ed and Al are together and we're getting to the bit when they split.

Pride's reveal and his stand off with Riza is a great moment. Did anyone see the Pride reveal coming? I didn't.

I love every time Al shows that he has no body to someone. When characters are like, 'you could never understand' and he just takes his helmet off like 'try me bitch.' Love it
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Scar seems to become more of an important character with each chapter. He's starting to grow on me. I DID NOT EXPECT THAT OF SELIM THOUGH. ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Not a favorite. But I do like the plot direction. Feels more like a transition volume.
Hayley Williamson
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The identity of Pride was an A+++ plot twist. Creepy as hell. Also, Winry is the best.
Michael Sorbello
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a review of the entire series.

Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in the fictional country of Amestris which is heavily based on the Industrial Revolution. Amestris is a unitary state under the rule of a parliamentary republic, run by state alchemists that serve the king utilizing the mystifying arts of alchemy. Alchemy is the power to alter the physical world utilizing its natural elements, performing magic and miracles in the form of science. Alchemy follows the law of equivalent exchange,
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hooooly crap. Another Homunculos: Pride. And not at all who I would have expected! Crazy chimera fight (those are still a thing, remember?) and a bit more development and growth from May.


Chapter 70: The First Homunculus




It's cute. I wonder if that will be resolved in this series. Things seem to be moving too fast / they're a bit young for that. But they've been through a lot.


PRIDE and joy eh? I caught that reading through, but I was totally joking... and then a page or two late
Ben Truong
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 18 continues where the previous tankōbon left off and contains the next four chapters (70–73) of the on-going manga series.

In Central, First Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye discovers that Selim, Bradley's son, is actually the homunculus Pride, who threatens her to maintain it in secret.

Meanwhile, Major Solf J. Kimblee presents Winry Rockbell as a hostage to ensure the Elrics' cooperation. He orders Edward Elric to capture Scar, find Tim Marcoh, and kill a large number of people
So here’s what I’m gathering by this point in the story:

Western alchemy = bad
Eastern alchemy = good

Sounds pretty bias, right?

It seems that the author is saying that the west (Europe, America) uses science for power, even at the cost of millions of lives. Meanwhile, the east (Japan) develops science for the sake of healing and medicine. It’s a typical trope.

On one hand, I can understand this sort of bias from a Japanese author. After WWII Japan has produced a plethora of dystopian and apocalyp
Joseph R.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Winry Rockbell is brought to Fort Briggs in the north to fix up Edward's auto-mail arm and leg (again). But she's really a pawn in King Bradley's plan to force Edward into creating another Philosopher's Stone. The king's agent, Mr. Kimblee, tells Edward he needs to start the ritual and hunt down the fugitive Scar. Edward reluctantly agrees, demanding to hunt Scar first. The hunt turns into an opportunity to doublecross the Homunculus conspiracy in a thrilling showdown with Scar. Meanwhile, Lt. H ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, manga
A whole lot of twists and turns in this one as well as a decent dose of adventure and intrigue. In my opinion this issue has the greatest character reveal of the entire series, something I never would have guessed the first time reading it. You also see a fair amount of trickery against Kimblee, whether it’s to delude him of secret alliances between opposing factions or his own men separating from him. And the chimeras that work with him are very neat too, a lot more mutated and animalistic than ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
It’s been awhile since I read one of these volumes. I forgot about all the humor, the feels, and the quality of the art. This volume had a lot of the feels and humor back to back. It really had an honest family feel to it. I like the characters in the manga overall, but the one’s in this particular arc are some of the strongest. The relationship between Al, Ed, and Winry is real, the artist does a great job with the interactions and emotions. There were few surprises in this volume, but it was g ...more
Megan Lowde
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-library
Once more it was a riot of a volume - Ed and Al being blackmailed by Kimblee really comes to the forefront as Winry is put in danger and threatened, plus we have yet another confrontation with Scar which ends in quite an unexpected way. He is clearly changing though, and the moment with Winry was so deep and heartfelt - definitely some of my favourite panels from the volume as a whole. Things really do seem to be heating up though, especially with the revelation of who Pride is and how he now ha ...more
Lizzie RoseShine
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While most of the action stays in the north, there is a big surprise involving Riza. No spoilers: just know that it will keep you up at night freaking out about it.

The interweaving of lives and events continue to enthrall and amaze. Arakawa is at her finest in Volume 18 as lives and stories intersect.
Hannah Belyea
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-only
With Winry captured, the son of King Bradley acting out of sorts, and plots for the future of the entire world at stake, the Elric brothers are thrown into more chaos than ever! Arakawa delivers a constant barrage of epic turns and twists in this entry to the "Fullmetal Alchemist" series. Can Edward and Alphonse possibly keep up? ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Winry arrived at North and picked up by Kimblee. In the meantime, Al is still in the cell. He realises this must be Kimblee's idea to separate him from Ed and has brought Winry as a bargaining chip.

Book Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 18 by Hiromu Arakawa.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Past few volumes have been kind of a slog to get through. Very little new information is being revealed. Instead, we just get some new characters introduced to the story who have to all be brought up to speed with the rest of them. The reader just gets the same info repeated back to them. I’m ready for things to move on again.
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