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Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 8

by Hiromu Arakawa

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The raid on the Devil's Nest becomes a slaughter, leaving Ed and Al forever affected by the battle. Foreign travelers, Mei and Ling, arrive from the country of Xing, searching for the Philosopher's Stone and a secret even the Elric brothers never imagined.

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Definitely a very dark beginning for Volume 8. After the huge plot twist at the end of Volume 7 the rest of the fall out occurs in the start of Volume 8. It’s very dark and very sinister and while some pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place many more questions remain unanswered. I also thought the soldiers at the beginning wondering who wasn’t human (the chimeras and Greed or the alchemists and King Bradley) was very illuminating of where things are in the series right now.

The plot lightens up a bit after that as several new characters (and a whole new country!) gets introduced in the form of Xing. A country that uses a different form of alchemy that is more focused on the healing arts, and as a result thinks of alchemy in a very different way from the war-centric Amestris. Some very humorous scenes commence, especially the ones with the little girl Mei and her reaction on learning about Edward, the Fullmetal Alchemist.

Volume 8 was definitely a turning point in the series as new characters, new countries and a whole new viewpoint is brought into the manga. The moments of darkness offset with scenes of humor and witty banter that are true throughout the series really come to play in this volume. Another winning chapter in the Fullmetal Alchemist saga. ( )
  exlibrisbitsy | Sep 7, 2010 |
We finally get a good look inside one conspiracy, just as some new players arrive on the scene from a distant land. ( )
  slothman | Nov 5, 2006 |
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