Monday, October 8, 2007

Full Metal Alchemist

For those that have known me, they would be able to see the obsession i have for FullMetal Alchemist. For those that know me but didn't know that little fact, it means I am full of mystery and you shalt never understand the depth of my artistic love! HAH!

That said, for those that have no idea who is FullMetal Alchemist, shame on you! It is like the greatest manga EVER! Worse anime and movie though. No argument about that but the depth of the manga is so deep its scary. That said, let me give a brief history and recap about FullMetal Alchemist

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi or better known as Fullmetal Alchemist tells the story of two brothers and the struggle for them to survive, to thrive and to mature. Created by Hiromu Arakawa ( a chick mind you ) FMA is known best on their alchemy. A long dead skill which was said to be nothing but fanciful thinking. Witchcraft, some would call it but with a twist. Alchemy combines the element of Chemistry, Biology, Physic and magic in one shot. The ultimate science, so to speak. Where matter can be converted if you understand the chemistry of it, and reconstruct to whatever matter that you want it to be as long as its made out of the same strand of Chemistry. Cool eh?

Anyway, its not the alchemy that captures my heart. Its the character, the mystery that was weave into the many woven history of the manga and how the character evolve, how layer after layer of the story are unveiled like onion skin. The humor of the story is vast and hits the spot. The fight skin are creatively imagined and the graphic is just spectacular. No details are too minor to ignore and no character are too minor to be forsaken. God bless Arakawa.

Anyway, FMA is a good story to read. It makes you think of what is right and what is wrong. Is everything done for greater good is good? Is everything the way its supposed to be? Do you take life for granted and lastly the motto of the anime.
The Law of Equivalent Trade. To obtain something, something of equivalent value must be given in return.

Anyway, the gist of the post today is that I found two artbook of Full Metal Alchemist on Play-Asia. Retailing at US 22.90. I would be buying both book pretty soon. The thing is this, I only have enough fund to get one now. Anyone wanna sponsor the other one for me?

FullMetal Alchemist The Hiroshi Arakawa Illustration Collection

Fullmetal Alchemist 2- Hiromu Arakawa Illustration

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