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For Fun - Not a Must Have
Dec 06, 2007 by Obsessed
This is a profile book for the world of FMA. It includes profiles of the characters, geography, a summary of events up to chapter 28, an overview of the FMA novels, and introductions/explanations on alchemy, the military, and homunculi (I guessed on spelling since they are referred to as the seven deadly sins in the book). For a new fan to the manga (Sorry not much on the anime. It fact the anime is just beginning at the original printing of the book.) or an FMA otaku this may be enough for you. Remember the anime and the manga differ widely in some events (such as who killed Winry's parents).
Also in the book are funny details such as finding things hidden in the manga. Did you know that there is a mysterious man that appear repeatedly, or that mount Fuji appears on a map, or any other of the details given by the author. There are also sketches, four panel round-robin manga and interviews with the author and staff. Lastly, there is a bonus manga the Blind Alchemist at the end of the book. It is worth reading, but is available online or just read it in the store if you want. There is also a cult quiz on FMA, but there was a mistake in the book. Q10 is mislabeled and there is no answer to Q11. It's not hard to figure out the right answer (or at least for me) especially since the answers are hidden within the pages of the book. Read carefully.
I loved the extras and the interviews. Some of them were just so funny. I also loved the footnotes telling the reader what Star Wars was and who is Sean Connery! I know that it is originally published in Japan, but to read it in English and in the United States makes it funny. Or it was late at night and everything was funny - I'm not sure. Anyway, it’s a fun book to have, but I wouldn't put it on my must have list.
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