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Fullmetal V9

by Hiromu Arakawa
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  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publishing date: 19/09/2006
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781421504605
  • ISBN: 142150460X

Synopsis

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical "auto-mail" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his brother and himself...the legendary Philosopher's Stone.

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  • Things are really gearing up now.
    From Amazon

    Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 9 (ViZ, 2004) The fallout from the attack on Laboratory 5 is still coming thick and fast. The government are investigating the death of Maes Hughes (about which the Elric brothers still know nothing), Havoc is stuck in a small apartment guarding Barry the Chopper, the homicidal homunculus, and Ed and Al meet a prince from Xing on the train to Central. (Yes, that becomes important.) It's a volume of setup, but that doesn't mean the action doesn't come thick and fast--doesn't it always, when Barry's around? *** ½

  • A new and bold direction.
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    A new and bold direction. The series is very quickly moving in a different direction from the anime it inspired. The plot and the action just becomes more intense and intriguing with every volume. And at the end of this volume things heat up to the point of a small war in the streets between the homunculi and Mustang's men. A must read.

  • VIZ really needs better editors....
    From Amazon

    I am not under 13, I'm just too lazy (oh dear, I'm becoming Sloth!) to get on account on Amazon. Scold me if you want. VIZ Media has never been the best translator in my opinion, in Volume One there was a "gold pocket watch" and I'll always prefer "Brother" and "Nii-san" to "Big Brother." But those I'm pretty okay with. With the release of this Volume, I draw the line. On one of the first pages, Ed and Al's lines are switched. If ALPHONSE made the mask Ranfan (or "Lan Fan" in the VIZ translation) liked and EDWARD's wasn't to her liking, Ed should have thought (with Al's it was a speacking role) "What was wrong with mine?" Lan Fan, Ran Fan, Lanfan, Ranfan, all different translations of one name. The L and R sounds are confused in Japanese to English translations because they are similar. This is also done in the case of Lt. Hawkeye, where Winry calls her "Ms. Liza." In earlier Volumes her name was translated as Riza. Ling's name is also changed. In Volume Eight he introduces himself as "Ling Hao" but in Volume Nine his name becomes "Lin." At the same time, the dog-tag bracelet he wears in Nine reads "LING HAO." (Note the G.) Also, when Ed accuses Ling (NEVER Lin) of having "a freakish adult face" WINRY thinks "We avoided it..." and AL thinks "He avoided it!!" Al is used to Ed's behavior, and would have thought what VIZ put as Winry's. Winry is not used to Ed's behavior. Jean Havoc's first name is changed to "Jan," even though he was clearly known as Jean (pronounced "John/Jon") in previous Volumes. In previous Volumes when using "Second Lieutanant" it reads "2ND Lieutanant." Throughout Volume Nine the "nd" part of 2ND was switched to suspended script and back to the original format. When the trio and Gracia are discussing Hughes' death he is said to be a Commadore, while he was promoted to Brigadier General (or Major General in the VIZ translation) in Volume Four. After Major Armstrong dents Ed's automail, Armstrong's speech-bubble spells the Elrics' hometown "Resembool." However, Al's spells it "Resemboul." And last but not least, Al bursts into the room Ed is residing in, Ed clearly says: "Jeez, Ed." How think can you be not the notice a character addressing another character with the wrong name, AND the speaker is using their own name?! So I hope you do not buy this book for its cost of $10. I AM a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, and this art is superb as ever. Sadly VIZ is damaging this brilliant series with over-all stupid mistakes. You'd be better off reading illegal fan-translations.

  • Fullmetal 9-Another Great Addition
    From Amazon

    This latest installment in the Fullmetal Alchemist series is no different from its formers. Ed and Al face the death of their friend Maes Hughes hanging over their heads, and now the death of Maria Ross as well. Winry stands with them through it, but she is suffering as well. While Barry the Chopper gets loose trying to kill his human body, Riza and the others close to Roy are facing the Homunculi. Roy races to the scene, praying he won't lose another friend to the killers. It's a stunning and heart-breaking addition to the manga series, and only a great fool would dare to miss out on it!!!

  • FRIEND OR FOE?
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    Ed, Al, and Winry return to Central Command and land plop in the middle of the latest Homunculi plot to frame their friend 2nd Lt. Maria Ross as the shooter in the murder of Lt. Col. Hughes. Colonel Mustang still isn't convinced that she did it and is still searching for the information his colleague was killed for. Meanwhile, Barry the Chopper, the serial killer whose soul was transplanted into an armored suit similar to Al, busts out of his safehouse where he was being held by Mustang and his crew for his own safety and information. Having a psychotic murderer on the streets is a bad thing. Expect to be left hanging as Volume 9 has a cliffhanger ending. While the anime of Fullmetal Alchemist has concluded (I still haven't watched the last two volumes), the manga continues to go strong. The manga is the only truly "pure" version of the series because, unlike the anime, it is solely under the control of the original creator, Hiromu Arakawa. She is one of the best manga writer/artists out right now, and she takes this ninth volume to a whole new level in terms of drama, action, and suspense. She really makes you feel the impact on Ed, Al, and Winry as they learn about Hughes' death. While Arakawa portrays the raw emotion, none of the characters become pitiful or disgustingly overemotional. Their feelings play out within the boundaries of their personalities and makes them stronger instead of weaker. Another thing Arakawa is doing right is still having mysteries in her manga, but never to the point that they begin to annoy you. We still haven't gotten much information on the Homunculi or Ed and Al's father at this point, but you feel as though questions such as these will be answered when the time is right. This is one of, if not THE, best manga being published.

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