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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0459-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. #08

By Jarred Pine     July 10, 2006
Release Date: July 18, 2006

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol.#08
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hiromu Arakawa
Translated by:Akira Watanabe
Adapted by:

What They Say
The raid on the Devil's Nest becomes a slaughter, as government troops - led by the Fuhrer President himself, King Bradley - exterminate the half-human forces of the Homunculus Greed. But will Ed and Al survive the battle unchanged?

As Greed is sent to meet his maker, foreign alchemists arrive in Amestris, having crossed the great desert from the eastern country of Xing. They are Mei and Ling, and they've come for the Philosopher's Stone... and a secret even the Elric brothers never imagined...

The Review
This eighth volume of Fullmetal Alchemist marks the first major point where the manga storyline begins to diverge from its anime counterpart. While some ideas from the anime may show up in future volumes (Arakawa was consulted for the anime, as hilariously chronicled in her free-talk), you can pretty much count on most material from here on out to be purely manga-only.

With the slaughter on the Devil's Nest now over, Arakawa begins another transition phase to gently carry the reader over into the Elrics' return to Central HQ. As with most transition volumes, Arakawa's work doesn't seem quite as inspired as previous volumes, but rather feels more like she is just doing what needs to be done.

Not that this volume isn't top-shelf material, as the stage building provides nice promise for interesting storylines ahead. The Homunculi pow-wow after the massacre proves to be quite the expos� on their existence and what is going on behind the scenes. The introduction of Chinese-inspired alchemists from another nation elevates the hunt for the Philosopher's Stone from a single country affair into something that involves possibly many nations, making this story feel that much more epic. And with Barry the Chopper still on the loose, his loose mouth could expose the truth and individuals involved in the experiments at Laboratory #5.

So while there is a lot of info brought to the table, the volume as a whole just feels like the necessary groundwork that needs to happen to bring us the climatic, jaw-dropping action sequences and showdowns, which Arakawa draws so very well, in upcoming volumes. Overall production by VIZ continues to be quite good, although the print reproduction was a little faded in spots this time around.


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