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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0838-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. #11

By Sakura Eries     July 04, 2007
Release Date: January 16, 2007

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol.#11
© Viz Media

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

What They Say
Ed returns to Resemboul and meets his father Hohenheim for the first time in many years. Although his father is happy to see him, Ed harbors intense feelings of resentment for being all but abandoned many years ago. However, anger gives way to intrigue as Ed and Al discover an important fact about the human transmutation ritual they attempted years before. What they thought was a partial resurrection of their mother was something else entirely: a revelation that could change their destiny forever.

The Review
Ed reunites with his long-lost father Hohenheim in Resembool. However the embittered son has nothing but resentment for the man that abandoned his family years ago. Hohenheim leaves shortly thereafter but not before giving Pinako a warning and making a statement that has Ed rethinking his assumptions about his attempted resurrection of his mother. With Pinako's help, Ed recovers the remains of his failed human transmutation and realizes that the "thing" he transmuted has nothing to do with his mother! He rushes back to Central to share his discovery with Al. The knowledge lifts a burden off the brothers, who had believed they raised their mother only to kill her a second time. At the same time, a number of new questions arise regarding the portal that took Al's body. In their search for the answers, the Elric Brothers team up with Prince Lin in an elaborate scheme to capture a homunculus. The homunculi take the bait, but once the plan is set in motion, will it be more than they can handle?

For those familiar with the anime, the manga plot diverges greatly from the TV series at this point. Ed does unearth a grave in Resembool, but it is the "thing" that he recovers, not his mother's remains. And the discovery he makes sets the manga on a completely different world order than the TV series. Whereas the anime homunculi were indeed failed human transmutations, as demonstrated by their "weakness" to the remains of the people they were supposed to become, the manga's homunculi appear to be something completely different, and their intentions for opening the portal remain to be seen. With Hohenheim as the apparent ringleader of the homunculi, his cryptic warning to Pinako, and no equivalent to the anime�s Sloth yet on the scene, the homunculi's schemes are anyone's guess, and I look forward to how Arakawa will tie everything together.

Speaking of Hohenheim, I was surprised at how short his appearance in this volume was, considering he meets with his son after a separation of 10 years. He's barely around for half of Chapter 42 before disappearing. His behavior towards Ed also isn't what I expected. He acts almost as if he has a split personality, confused and babbling nonsense in one moment and making pointed statements with the utmost clarity in the next. Maybe it's a kind of weird Alzheimer's you get after being kept alive unnaturally for too long. Considering the Elric Brothers' plans to force information out of a homunculus, it will be interesting to see what their next encounter with their father will look like.

Extras consist of a story thus far summary and character lineup, Arakawa's goofy comic strip and panel extras, and ads for other Viz media products.


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