Manga Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 27

Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 27 is the final volume of the series. The story of Fullmetal Alchemist follows brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric as they try to find a way to recover their bodies after attempting to perform human transmutation to bring their mother back to life.

Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 27
Written by: Hiromu Arakawa
Publisher: Square Enix
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 20, 2011

Volume 27 picks up right where Volume 26 ended. The action is basically constant and non-stop for the first half of the volume, and the reader doesn’t want to put the volume down for any reason from the moment they dive into the story. Much of this action is propelled by the final battle with “Father” and the surprises that come during the course of the fighting.

Once the action dies down, the reader gets to find out what happens to the various characters in the aftermath of the battle. My favorite scenes in the second half would have to be the reunion scene between Winry, Ed, and Al when the brothers return to Resembool and the scene that takes place between Winry and Ed at the train station. Both of these were very memorable scenes from the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime, and I’m glad to see that those scenes in the anime had stayed faithful to the original manga source material.

Even though I already knew how the story was going to end from watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I was actually surprised to discover a couple of additional sections at the end of the manga that weren’t included in the anime. The first is a story of what happened to the suit of armor that had served as Al’s body for the vast majority of the series. In the anime, it was never acknowledged what happened to the armor, so it was nice to get to see this in the manga. I really liked what Arakawa decided to have happen to the armor, and it seemed so appropriate when you think about what both Ed and Al had been through during the series.

After the various humorous four-panel omake that are always included at the end of each volume, there was a final short bit that was on the serious side. This serious short is the other additional section that I had referenced earlier. It’s a reunion scene between Hohenheim and Trisha that wasn’t included in the anime. It was a very sweet scene, and it’s something that I wished I had been able to see in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Volume 27 was a very satisfying ending for Fullmetal Alchemist, and readers who have been following the series from the very beginning won’t be disappointed by how the story is resolved. The journey was definitely worth it to reach this destination.

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