I made it through FMA volumes 1-2, thought, “ Meh, it ’ s kay, but I don ’ t like where this is heading, ” but, because I had book 3 close at hand, figured I might as well give another volume a shot.I ’ m ot uite sure when I was hooked, but I now by the time I finished volume 4, I was flying through the ooks and ould not get enough.I ’ ve actually been a fan of most of the heroe in FMA, beyond Lust, who was pretty cool, Envy, and sometimes Greed.
Scar wasn ’ t a pleasurable read, ither, especially because I eel like I get a lot of crap for my religion as a Christian, without reading an author ’ s explanatio of a crazy heretic going around murderin people in the name of God.At the same time, the extraordinary unlikability of the villains did not deter me from the story.
Several times, authors write villains that we want defeated, but who are still really cool, and we ’ re like, “ OH YEAHHHHH DARTH VADER IS SO AWESOME! ” I ’ m only oing to forget that Gluttony was cool – he was repulsive – but his was a fresh perspective from the typical villain we see.
Point being, Arakawa still scores points for making really, really memorable villains.What really made the series was the emotions behind it, especiall the emotions of our two main character.
A tear leaked for me on thi one for sure, along with what I ’ m pretty sure was an angry scream at the author.When you start getting physically involved with the book series you ’ re reading, you say it ’ s great.
By thi time Ed gave up his alchemy, I didn ’ t appreciat it was as awfully wrong as it must have ha.
It didn ’ t feel climactic enough.After all, he gave up his arm the first time for his rother ’ s soul.
Combine that with the rushed scene, and it wasn ’ t alway as effective and emotional as it woul have been.That being said, I till felt great satisfaction reading the last words of Hiromu Arakawa ’ s marvelous series.
I felt battle-worn and a bit shell-shocked just like the characters, having gone through ( what was it?