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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 15 (Fullmetal Alchemist #15)

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The horrors of the Ishbalan campaign occurred years before Ed became a state alchemist, and has serious repercussions, which set the tone for the complicated dealings of present-day state politics. Lieutenant Hawkeye reluctantly tells Ed all the dread details of the role Colonel Mustang and the other state alchemists played in this tragic event.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC (first published November 22nd 2006)
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Caroline
Jul 19, 2017 Caroline rated it it was amazing
AHH more backstory. This one was really emotional I swear to god I nearly cried when we saw Maes Hughes. Getting all the information about the Ishbalan war was really great. It was also super cool to see some other State Alchemists in the flashbacks because they were cool as shit. Keen to continue and see if any of them pop up again.
Ewelina
Jun 06, 2017 Ewelina rated it it was amazing
This volume is not only the best in this series, but in any manga series I've ever read. It's absolutely perfect. This is how you write a backstory, everyone. This is how you write war.
I keep coming back to this part of the story and it fucks me up just as bad every single time. It's so raw and gut-wrenching, painful and heartbreaking. It's so realistic.
Kenna
This volume in particular focuses on some of my favorite themes from the series, so let me talk about it in full here, though I'll likely reference parts that were not from this volume or are from the anime.

The Amestrian military is full of favorite characters (certainly mine). Roy is dorky and a great leader; Riza is quiet and responsible; Maes is obnoxious and sweet; Alex is self-confident and innocent. They're lovely people that are very well-developed prior to this volume. The Ishvalan Civil
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Esma Tezgi
Dec 16, 2016 Esma Tezgi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Serideki en çarpıcı sayı sanırım buydu. Yazar Ishbal soykırımını Yahudi soykırımından etkilenerek kaleme almış muhtemelen ve o sayfaları okumak-görmek çok çarpıcıydı. Manga olduğu için bolca katliam resmi görüyorsunuz ve bu okuduklarınızı daha çarpıcı hale getiriyor. İnsanın içindeki kötü potansiyelin sınırlarının zorlandığı bu sayıyı ürpererek okudum, yazar bunları çok güzel vurgulamıştı, serideki en sevdiğim ve en etkilendiğim sayı oldu.
Nərmin
This volume mainly focused on Ishbalian genocide and horrors of war. Unlike the other volumes, It was heavy with words and drawings thrown into panels. Still it was good to read about where all had started. Gonna apreciate Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye.
FreeFD
Jul 19, 2017 FreeFD rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, fantasy
I gave this volume 4 stars, unlike the rest. It was focusing on the past, war times. And that made it a little bit uninteresting.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3VZ7l6i-kWg...
The look on their face makes me sad(.
নাজমুল হাসান
This in my opinion is one of the best volume in the series. It reveals the past stories of all the characters involved in Ishval civil war. How it changed young idealist soldiers view of war-field. The politics involved, the power struggle, the greed of fame, the lust for destruction - all the corruption of the Alchemists stripped bare. Fighting the demon within, self pity and anguish of blood stained hands, the weight of all the curse from the innocent victims, the goal to change the country fo ...more
Camden Monroe
Oct 31, 2016 Camden Monroe rated it it was amazing
This volume did a good job at really being some backstory to Mustang and his followers by going back to the civil war and retell if they experiences in a decent degree of depth.
Chelsey
Dec 31, 2016 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, manga
Such a strong volume. Really liked getting some back story. Thrilled to learn more about Hawkeye!
Cel Red
May 07, 2017 Cel Red rated it it was amazing
Este es tal vez el mejor volumen de todo el manga. Es denso y profundo, aunque no por ello la historia no fluye. Además, le agrega capas y complejidad tanto a la historia como a los personajes y muestra lo cruel que es la guerra, junto con verdades bastante incómodas.

Es oficialmente la introducción de Kimblee, uno de los mejores personajes, y la génesis de los deseos de Roy.

También se ve al único personaje que supera a Hughes en inteligencia: el hermano de Scar. Ambos se dieron cuenta de todo, c
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Feb 16, 2017 Michelle (In Libris Veritas) rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, 2017
This is the issue we finally get to see what happened during the Isbalan War, and just what effect it had on characters we've grown to care about. The relationship between Riza and Roy is explained, and we get to see Scar as less of a villain and more of a man forced to face the horrors of war.
Gabriela Paige
Jul 25, 2017 Gabriela Paige rated it really liked it
WHOA. That backstory. That is harsh. Kind of gut wrenching.
Dorin
May 17, 2017 Dorin rated it it was amazing
The truest 5-stars rating from the series so far - the origin story of Scar and the story of the Ishbalan war is indeed a very well written and compelling story.
ranne
Jul 07, 2014 ranne rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, manga-manhwa
Fact: This manga is a mine of gold quotes.

"You moved forward onto this path on your own, why are you playing the victim now?"

"Look at the people you're killing in the face. And don't forget them. Don't forget. Don't forget. They won't forget you either."

"Hughes, why are you fighting?"
"It's simlple. I don't want to die. That's all."

"And what is God in the first place? Is it not just an idol created by weak humans who want someone to depend on?"

"Even if I were to choose a specific religion after
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Smaileh
Aug 12, 2008 Smaileh rated it it was amazing
On the recommendation of the kids in my Manga Book Club, Fullmetal Alchemist was the first anime that I watched. I was captivated immediately. I also love the manga series. One of the things I'm enjoying about it is the differences between the two formats. It's almost like an alternate alternate reality which allows me to still have that sense of anticipation and surprise.

This entire volume is an extended flashback to the Ishbalan Massacre. We get to know more about the relationship between Hawk
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Bitsy
In volume 15 we get one big, huge, volume long flashback. But, don’t worry, every moment is worth it. We hear about what the war in Ishbala was like for Mustang and his men and we get to see Hughes again! We also get some Mustang/Hawkeye back story. The scenes depicting the war were brutally realistic and heart breaking. The gravity of the war and it’s affect on both sides and in every rank was dealt with in a very serious and realistic manner. The parallels between this war and World War II wer ...more
Sarah Sammis
Apr 28, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 15 by Hiromu Arakawa draws on lengthy interviews with world war two vets to tell an issue long flashback about the Ishbalan war.

The story is told through a conversation between Hawkeye and Ed as she cleans her weapon. She tells of how she came to be in the military, how she and the rest of Mustang's squad were brought together and the brutality expected of the State Alchemists against the Ishbalans.

If I were teaching a history of modern warfare class, I would include F
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Victoria
Oct 11, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it
I loved this volume because it was a flashback that worked. So many authors and producers fumble flashbacks, but this one wasn't jarring at all. In fact, it was a fascinating window into some of the characters, and answered a lot of questions.

Travel back in time to learn about the brutality of the Ishbalan war, and how well-known characters like Mustang, Hawkeye, Hughes, and Armstrong met, interacted, and learned to cope with the horrors they faced on the front. I learned so much more about the
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Lanie
Dec 20, 2016 Lanie rated it it was amazing
:D this volume has the distinctive feel of a flashback episode. Perfect for world and character building. I particularly like seeing Roy & Hughes. Volume 15 focuses on explaining the civil war. It's sad & tragic, but also has some perfect action sequences. & that part were that guy gives himself up to The president? When scar woke up?

So tragic. I almost started crying.

I Loved, loved loved it.

Recommended to fans of manga, science fiction, and fantasy.
Feather Mista
Feb 25, 2011 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Feather by: Lo mismo
Tomo duro y jodido como él solo. Los horrores de la guerra salen a la luz en boca de uno de los personajes más parsimoniosos de la serie, y las mandíbulas caídas acompañan a los ojos vidriosos. Con este tomo siguen dando ganas de leer más pero uno reza porque pare un cacho el derrame de sangre. Eso sí, la ilustración secreta del lomo, absolutamente genial. Creo que de momento es mi favorita.
Marcos Francisco Muñoz
Casi todo en este tomo es un flashback extendido del exterminio de Ishval, y es tan desgarrador e indignante como cabe esperarse. Sobre todo cuando cosas iguales y peores siguen pasando acá. afuera.
Christine
Dec 28, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, own-it
A flashback to the war that's been eluded to throughout the series. Still fascinating, but I have a hard time placing this in my ya section.
Becky
Aug 22, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
It's the hand of man, not of God, that we have to be wary of.

Basically it's a volume of my faves having terrible times.
Elizabeth Brenner
Jun 25, 2017 Elizabeth Brenner rated it it was amazing
Arakawa's dedication and research provide an excellent foundation for a difficult string of chapters, and her talents with character development, inter-connectivity, and transitions shine as we finally go into the dark past of Ishval.

The visual transition between characters from one panel to the next is breathtaking. The character beats fill in the gaps rather than retreading old ground or presenting different versions of the characters, as flashbacks can trap writers into doing. And watching al
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Nia
May 20, 2017 Nia rated it it was amazing
I remember why it took me so much time to get back to this volume and it's because this one horrified me so much. The Ishvalan genocide and war is supremely disturbing and heartbreaking and the way Hawkeye tells Edward about it is just so painful.


And then I am reminded why I hate reliving sad series when May Hughes comes on the scene, my heart shattered when he spoke about returning back to his girlfriend and that one scene where Roy is like don't be happy, you'll die soon is just - I can't eve
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Valerie Jaye
Dec 28, 2016 Valerie Jaye rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Este volumen fue impresionante. No tengo otra palabra. Muy fuerte. La guerra, la violencia, el dios que nunca aparece para salvar a sus creyentes, la desesperación, y el dolor de los alquimistas al ser usados como armas para matar gente inocente. Impresionante y deprimentemente realista en ciertos momentos. Uno de los volúmenes más fuertes hasta ahora.
Amanda Setasha Hall
May 05, 2017 Amanda Setasha Hall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2017
Hello? Yes. I'll have a heartbreaking backstory for 100 points please.

OH MY GOD. THE FEELS.
Mariela  Diaz
Jul 25, 2017 Mariela Diaz rated it it was amazing
So this one was dark af. I mean, i remember the war in ishbal on the anime, but reading it on the manga was somehow more brutal and sad.
Pinkerton
Jul 19, 2017 Pinkerton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
La famigerata guerra di Ishbar e i retroscena del rapporto Mustang-Hawkeye, in un numero da incorniciare.
Belinda
Apr 22, 2017 Belinda rated it it was amazing
The backstory to Scar, Colonel Mustang, and Riza Hawkeye. Plenty of bloodshed and war, alchemy and the genocide of Scar's people.
More a prequel than anything else.
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Associated names :
荒川弘美 (real name)
ARAKAWA Hiromi

Name (in native language) : 荒川弘

Zodiac : Taurus

Blood type : A

Her self-portrait is usually that of a bespectacled cow, as she was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido with three older sisters and a younger brother. She worked as a farmer for 8 years before moving to Tokyo.

Arakawa thought about being a manga artist "since [she] was little" and du
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