Before I go anywhere, I want to stress that this is a review of the manga of Fullmetal Alchemist. Not the first anime series, not the Conqueror of Shamballa movie, not the second anime series, not the Star of Milos movie. Just the plain old manga. A few color pages, mostly black and white, comic book what have you. Anywho, now that we have that out of the way… Yeah, Fullmetal Alchemist. It’s a pretty popular manga and spawned a myriad of different media based on and around it. Done by Arakawa Hiromu, Fullmetal Alchemist ran from 2001 to 2010. It got 2 fairly successful anime series. The first aired before the manga had ended, so it had its own filler ending. The second anime (though I haven’t seen all of it) followed the manga much more closely, and ended about the same way. So how does the source material stack up? Let’s find out.