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Fullmetal Alchemist by Makoto Inoue
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Oct 31, 2009

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bookshelves: light-novels, manga, own
Recommended for: only die-hard fans of the manga

There's definitely a reason these are called "light novels". The first story in this volume (the title story) is largely fluff, though there are a couple good character moments for Ed and Al. The main original character is interesting, but has some seriously over-the-top moments.

The second story ("Roy's Vacation") has a little more to it, but is riddled with typos, even changing the spelling of a character's name about halfway through the story. However, it was good to have another story involving Hughes, and to see these characters in a more lighthearted situation, considering the many dark turns the manga has taken.

Even if Inoue's name was not on the cover, you could easily guess that Arakawa did not write these stories due to the fluff and inconsistencies. (Arakawa-sensei does not miss anything.) However, she did the cover art and several illustrations, plus a brief extra. Those looking for the depth and complexity of the manga (or even the anime) will be sorely disappointed.

Not highly recommended, but a nice bit of brain-candy for an afternoon while waiting for the next volume to be released.
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