HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 5

by Hiromu Arakawa

Series: Fullmetal Alchemist (Volume 5)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
660526,109 (4.22)5
Edward, Alphonse and Winry head south in search of Izumi Curtis, the master alchemist who taught the two brothers the art. An encounter with a pickpocket in Rush Valley starts them down a different path in search of an auto-mail blacksmith who Winry declares is the best he's ever seen.
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 5 mentions

Showing 5 of 5
Nothing much happens here. I like that they have started creating the past. The sensei being a lady was a pleasant and very much wanted surprise. ( )
  __echo__ | May 11, 2021 |
Winry Rockbell, a prosthetics engineer and potential love interest for our hero, takes center stage for the first half of the volume before we veer into the start of an Elric Brothers origin story.

As always, Arakawa is great at writing character bits. As I know from Silver Spoon, her one fault may be the sheer number of side characters she introduces and constantly brings back. Things are manageable so far with a villain group, a military group, and now an extended family (genetic and chosen) group for the Elrics.

The series is definitely getting into its groove now, and I have requested another stack of six volumes from the library. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jan 25, 2021 |
I found this volume much more fun than the previous one. Winry convinces the Elric brothers to take her with them as they go to visit their teacher. I like how she always teases Ed...and makes him mad. There's a ccertain chemistry between these two characters who grew up together as children but are not related.

Along the way, we meet a pickpocket with amazing automail. When Winfry sees that automail, she wants to learn how that is made. She is taken to meet the very grouchy automail engineer Dominic, but gets into his good graces by helping deliver his grandson. For a grouchy character, he did have this soft touch.

Dominic then makes provisions for Winfry to stay and work with one of his engineers. That's very nice because she is trying very hard to improve her skills. I like this character very much.

Meanwhile the Elric brothers travel on and, after they find their teacher, are left with an almost impossible task. The ending of this volume seems so unfair. These were two very young children (we've now moved into the past history of Ed and Al) who were placed in a horrendous situation. What can I say other than I need to read volume six to see what happens!

Mostly this story seems violent with everyone bashing each other. However, at times, this story can be very beautiful. I especially liked these quotes from this book:

"Try to fix whatever you can with your own hands. You shouldn't depend on alchemy for everything."

"...our souls become nourishment for the people around us, and live on through the memories of those we loved."
( )
  SqueakyChu | May 30, 2016 |
Volume five had some ups and had some downs. I loved reading about Rush Valley and getting to see this auto-mail mecca and the engineers (and people in need of them!) that lived there. Also reading about the story and the lessons learned by and from the pick pocket was good fun. Who knew one girl could give two alchemists so much trouble? And she does! It’s great fun! The most powerful part of the book was where the boys learned the limits of alchemy and the wonders of the human condition as they got to attend the birth of a baby. The creation of a human life is something alchemy cannot achieve and was just one of the many ways the boys are truly humbled in Rush Valley.

The story gets a little shaky after the boys leave to meet their teacher and the book flashes back to when they first started learning alchemy, and why. I thought that the scenes with their teacher when they show up on her doorstep from Rush Valley were a little forced. They were obviously supposed to show us some of their teacher’s beliefs and teachings without Ed and Al having to “tell” us them. But having random kids show up right at that time just so Teacher could solve their problems and show us the limits and proper attitudes towards alchemy that she likes to teach was almost more than could be believed. I wish that was done in a different way.

All in all another great addition to the Fullmetal Alchemist series. I enjoyed reading about the boys adventures – not to mention watching their interactions with Winry, Teacher and each other – and of course watching them eat their huge helping of humble pie that they have to choke down in every chapter of this volume! ( )
  exlibrisbitsy | Aug 17, 2010 |
More character development as they brothers journey to confer with their teacher and discover a range of problems that cannot be solved through alchemy. ( )
  slothman | Nov 5, 2006 |
Showing 5 of 5
no reviews | add a review

Belongs to Series

Belongs to Publisher Series

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Ooo ooh!! It's so pretty!
Quotations
Try to fix whatever you can with your own hands. You shouldn't depend on alchemy for everything.
...our souls become nourishment for the people around us, and live on through the memories of those we loved.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Chapters 17-21, Extra, Preview
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Edward, Alphonse and Winry head south in search of Izumi Curtis, the master alchemist who taught the two brothers the art. An encounter with a pickpocket in Rush Valley starts them down a different path in search of an auto-mail blacksmith who Winry declares is the best he's ever seen.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.22)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 2
2.5
3 19
3.5 6
4 51
4.5 6
5 58

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 158,880,238 books! | Top bar: Always visible