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Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 19

(Fullmetal Alchemist #19)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  6,439 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Ed's clever plan to take out an enemy leaves him severely injured... Can he cheat death? One of our friends discovers the ironic secret behind Scar's brother's transmutation notes. And Major General Armstrong meets with evil homunculus President Bradley. Whose side is she on again...?

Plus, the disturbing origin of Ed and Al's immortal father finally revealed!
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS volume was a major part of the backstory that I had been waiting a LONG time to read. Volume 19 and I finally got to know more about the father of the Elric brothers, Van Hohenheim. He is such an interesting character and throughout the story his backstory has been teased at but this is the first time that a lot has been revealed at once and OH MY GOD it was so good! There was a lot of other good stuff in this volume. I feared for Edward's life more than I have in a while which was horrible ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, read-2017
I have no words! This series is getting better and better.
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Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, manga
4 of 5 stars
Jedi JC Daquis
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Despite battles being relatively scarce in Full Metal Alchemist vol. 19, there's so many things that have been revealed. Such expositions (which are never boring!) do not feel as filler stories, but do help in augmenting our interests about the plot, and gives the other characters the much needed depth, especially Hohenheim who is now built up to become a central character ing thile succeeding stores. ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Three things:

1.) Kimblee sounds like Killgrave and it's making me unhappy.

2.) Stephanie, I was so close, and yet so far.

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Finally the mystery around the Homunculus and seven sins are explained. Also the secret regarding the Elric brother's father Van Hoenheim is out of the bag. Alliance is formed and broken, more display of trust and betrayal. War is declared against the Homunculus. Also Briggs comes under attack from Drachma army. Also the solution to prevent the sinister plan by the Homunculus is discovered from Scar's brother's research. The story has finally entered its final stage as Sloth finished digging the ...more
Juho Pohjalainen
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pacifism is a rough road to follow. It takes far more than just refusing to kill and expecting the universe to comply and roll over and everything to turn out all right. It takes immense will to not take the easy way out, kindness to see the hidden good in everybody, diligence and effort to bring it out into the light, intelligence to find the third option in the arch-villain's standard sadistic choice - and power, power enough to subdue the enemy without dealing real harm, power enough to keep ...more
David Miller
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This volume puts the focus on Van Hohenheim, and draws bright lines from Faust. The promise of not only liberation, but also ascension to a higher plane of existence comes through knowledge, at the cost of damnation. It puts the error of the Elric brothers in a new light - like their father, they acted from motivations that can be characterized both selfishly and unselfishly. This invites the question of what it means to be selfish in a world that waffles on the distinction, but punishes accordi ...more
Ben Truong
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 19 continues where the previous tankōbon left off and contains the next five chapters (74–78) of the on-going manga series.

Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong meets with Bradley and takes Lieutenant General Raven's seat in Central. Concurrently, First Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye gives Colonel Roy Mustang a coded message that reveals Pride's true identity.

Meanwhile, Father dreams about his first meeting with Van Hohenheim. It turns out that Hohenheim was infused with a Phil
Ooooo! This volume was so good! The plot's reeeeally picked up now!! (Also it's so exciting to be reading new, to me, volumes! I've never read these latter 9 volumes in the series before.)

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Joseph R.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This volume starts with the backstory of Ed and Al's dad which details his relationship with the first homunculus and how he wound up where he did. The story then shifts back to modern day where Al falls apart literally and the crew has to carry him back to the fort in pieces. Meanwhile, Ed's near death experience gives him some new unexpected allies. Also meanwhile, Major General Armstrong meets with President Bradley (who is the head of the homunculus conspiracy). She plays a dodgy game of cat ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG! How clever of you Riza to code that! Great! And there were flashbacks of Hohenheim. But I still don't understand if the Father is him. Ow, I hope Ed is ok. I know he will live, as he is in other volumes too)). But still hope he's ok. ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The all important Van Hohenheim origin story is revealed.

This volume brings so much to the story. So many questions are answered that have been there since the very first volumes.

I remember watching the anime and being so on edge during the confrontation between Ed and Kimblee. Oh man, I really was worried for him.

The connection between Roy and Riza is incredible. Their whole squad really but those two in particular.

There's so much to love in this volume. There always is.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Final read of 2019: FMA.
First read of 2020: FMA.

The way it should be.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid volume. A little bit less action than I like, but it looks like it's gonna heat up. ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m glad to see things starting to pick up again! Two really strong chapters in this volume.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This volume was great! It provides a flashback about Hohenheim, his childhood, and his relationship...with the very first Homunculus! It was very cool to learn about that, and about the ruins that I forget the name of...somewhere Prince Lin went...anyway, we the readers get to see those ruins before they, well, went to ruin. It was very cool! Also, Colonel Mustang makes a very shocking discovery about Selim Bradley, the President's son. I really liked the cover on this volume and the flashback a ...more
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 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
We finally find out the truth about Van Hohenhiem and Father! GASP.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

a. I love Von Hohenheim.
b. It's Xerxes, not Cselkcess *annoyed eye-roll*
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020



It's totally different from the anime, which makes sense since they were release on top of one another and thus forced to diverge. So each new discovery is one even crazier!

This time: the origin of Father and Von Hohenheim!

Chapter 74: The Dwarf in the Flask


Major General Armstrong continues to be my favorite. (They're all my favorite! You can't stop me!)




VON HOHENHEIM! I expect this will go badly.

Chapter 75: The
Rolando Marono
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shonen-manga
The good:
-The rhythm keeps improving.
-The origin of Hoenheim is very very interesting.
-The tension rises and rises. This seems to aim to a climax in not so many volumes more.
-The alchemy and the rentanjutsu mistery is solving little by little.
-Great action sequences.

The bad:
-The main plot being left aside for four volumes now. In this one we move forward a little but all the Briggs thing seems like a detour.
-The narration felt simpler.
-The character used the same techinques they always use.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The plot thickens with this addition. Chock full of backstory, character development, new allies (and enemies), and a few nice twists, it's another great volume. I will say that the action and dialogue was a little tough to follow from panel to panel in a few spots, and I'm a little foggy on some of the finer details with some of the characters (mostly Hohenheim), but I was still able to get by and trust things will get more clear with time. I recommend the series, though I suspect by the time a ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars and an A for this volume.

From the seamless way Roy & Riza managed to get information across to each other without alerting Pride, who is by far the creepiest Homunculus to Ed & Al fighting their way across the North in order to win, this volume was full of epic moments. The annihilation of Xerxes was painful to read, Hoenheim didn't deserve that huge amount of guilt.

Kimblee is still alive, unfortunately. Although not for long.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Major General Armstrong is summoned to the Central City headquarter. She is questioned by King Bradley regarding the disappearance of Lieutenant General Raven.

This volume also tells the background of Hohenheim in more detailed and how his background is related to the Father.
Book Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 19 by Hiromu Arakawa.
Megan Lowde
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-library
Declarations of war are really being thrown around in this volume, and we get Hohenheim's backstory to boot, plus some pretty heart-wrenching moments with Ed and Al as Ed engages in battle against Kimblee, and a little dash of betrayal right at the end. The endgame is getting closer now and it seems we're in for the final battles and the culmination of the homunculus' plans, what with the tunnel being completed and all. ...more
I can't believe how fast this book is to read! I read it in one sitting. No getting up to get coffee or do anything else! I would say something like, "It's getting hot in here," but most of the action remains in the north, so that's not an option. I would write more, but I want to start Volume 20!

Just read it!
Hannah Belyea
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-only
Edward has been severely injured, and as he fights to stay alive, the notes of Scar's brother come to light, Major Armstrong comes face to face with King Bradley, and the secrets of his immortal father are finally revealed! Arakawa is sure to surprise readers with this excellent entry to the "Fullmetal Alchemist" series. Alchemy may not be enough to keep this Elric alive... ...more
Lizzie RoseShine
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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 d

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