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Saturday Spotlight: Fullmetal Alchemist

As Sean reported earlier this week, we’re coming up on the penultimate volume of, Fullmetal Alchemist. Though the series was a bit slow to grab me in its first couple of volumes, since then, it’s become one of my very favorite manga of all time, even making it on to my questionably accurate top ten.

Back in 2008, I started what I hoped would be a group adventure in FMA, the “Fullmetal Alchemist Read-a-Long,” originally posted in my LiveJournal, and eventually shared here as well. Interest was low at the time, and I bogged down after four volumes, but I still look back at them now and then.

With the series nearing its close here in the US, and Viz’s new 3-volume omnibuses hitting the streets, the time seems ripe for new readers to join in. And so, for this week’s Saturday Spotlight, I offer up my original Read-a-Longs for any of you out there just beginning the series:

Fullmetal Alchemist Read-a-Long, Vols. 1-2
Fullmetal Alchemist Read-a-Long, Vols. 3-4

Join me!

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  1. I got volumes 16-25 at Otakon (needed to catch up!), but I heard that 25 is a terrible stopping place. I can be patient, waiting for the last two volumes to come out is less time then it took for Del Rey to release the second volume of Parasyte so many years ago, after all. Then have a marathon reading session! And the last volume comes out the day before my birthday, asking for a $20 to get the pair of them will be an easy feat!

  2. I am always delighted to read more about the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. The anime is great, but it tends to dominate discussions about this series online. I want to read more about the manga, so I love finding new little gems like this. Thanks for the pointer to your read-alongs! I’m gonna have to break out the first four volumes this weekend.

  3. Super! Let`s wait and see! Although it sounds promising! I hope I will not be disappointed!

  4. I marathoner it through the first 15 volumes last winter when I was sick and am now all caught up to volume 25.
    I’m waiting for King Bradlly to get what’s coming to him also the first 22 volumes are a
    testament to the authour’s use of pacing and tension.


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