Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 08: 09/12/11
Fullmetal Alchemist is the first firm step on the road that leads the manga away from the plot developments of the first anime series. It introduces characters and a new way of doing alchemy that weren't shown in the first series but are shown in Brotherhood.
First and foremost there is the kingdom of Xing which is looking for the secret of immortality. Competing half siblings, Prince Ling Yao and Princess May Chan come across the border on separate quests to find a gift that will make their clan immortal and therefore the strongest of all the Xing clans.
Meanwhile, Ed after all his doubts about his past, regains his memories. With them comes the certainty that he and Al must continue to look for a way to undo their mistakes. There's also an added urgency that he might be a ticking time bomb. How long, he wonders, can a soul stay separate from a body before both begin to rot?
Comment #1: Monday, September, 19, 2011 at 20:32:01
Yeah, a bit desperate but I love the siblings never say die attitude. It makes the story more poignant and hopeful.
Comment #2: Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 16:43:02
I agree. I enjoy seeing how the relationship between the two brothers evolves over time.