A Hagaren Story

Fullmetal Alchemist Plot and Summary

He made wings out of wax so he could fly.. but when he got close to the sun.. the wax melted and he crushed to the ground.

– Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist volume 1

The story of Fullmetal Alchemist is about two young brothers who are both talented alchemist named Edward and Alphonse Elric. They venture the country of Ametris to find the legendary Philosopher’s stone or known as the elixir of life. At a very young age, both brothers committed an alchemical taboo called The Human Transmutation in order to bring back their deceased mother. The process backfired and the younger brother – Alphonse – lost his entire body while Edward lost his left leg. Right after Alphonse was gone, Edward transmuted his younger brother’s soul inside an armor to bring back his only and beloved brother. However, Edward lost his right arm as a toll. Edward undergo an automail (metal prosthetic arm and leg) surgery for a year. Afterwards, he became the youngest state alchemist in order to fund their research of the stone.

As a military officer, Edward works under Col. Mustang, the flame alchemist, and usually finish dirty tiring assignments. Edward and Alphonse strives to bring back their original bodies no matter what. However, the more they research the mystery of how to bring their bodies back, the more unseemly things they will find about the whole country.

For those who are new to the series, I totally recommend it. The series has an outstanding and well thought story line. It tackles brotherhood, family, and unity. Almost all the characters in the series progress and has a well written development. If you are looking for a manga with a PERFECT story, then Fullmetal Alchemist is the series for you. You also must watch the anime re-version, Brotherhood which follows the original story line.