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Title: Fullmetal Alchemist
Author: Arakawa Hiromu
Number of Volumes: 27
My Rating: 5/5

I always feel a little silly writing a review for something I've been following all this time, especially when I read the last chapter months ago, but consistency demands it! XD The final volume is out, so I can do my review. :) I took a look at it and it actually did have some material I hadn't read yet, a short bonus chapter that appears to take place after the big finale, but before Ed and Al go do their thing. (I'm being vague for spoiler reasons.) So that was cute.

Anyway, if you are interested in manga and have somehow managed to avoid hearing about this series before now, it is awesome! It's about two brothers who are searching for the legendary philosopher's stone to get their bodies back. The older brother, Ed, lost an arm and a leg in an alchemical experiment, and the younger, Al, lost his entire body and his soul is now being housed in a giant suit of armor. There is loads of intrigue and government corruption and Shocking Reveals (my favorite). It was a slow starter for me and I didn't really get hooked until vol. 3 or 4, but that happens with most shounen.

One thing that bugs me about a lot of shounen manga is that there are some really interesting ideas, but they don't have really great follow-through because it's clear the author doesn't really know where they're going and/or because the series is popular and being stretched out to keep it running, often at the expense of the story. With FMA, I never felt like it was being stretched out for popularity's sake. It was very well-plotted and while I was kind of disappointed with the ending (final battles with the big bad can rarely measure up, IMO), the story getting there was so good it didn't really take away from it for me at all.
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1. We went downtown to Strawberry Cones yesterday for lunch. :D Carla doesn't have class for most of this week (it's finals week), so we were free to do as we please. Their medium pizza is just right for two people and we got half teriyaki mochi chicken (chicken, mochi, red onion, mayo, chopped nori, teriyaki sauce, mozzarella, and romano) and half tofu nuggets (grilled tofu, mozzarrella, red onion, edamame, romano, mayo, and teriyaki sauce). They were both really good, but I liked the tofu one better and Carla liked the chicken better, so we each had three pieces of our favorite and one of the other. It was about $11 for the pizza, which is not at all bad for two people for lunch. I definitely want to go back again.

Since we were down there, we went karaoke for an hour afterwards. The karaoke place has a new system! It's still the DAM system, but now instead of using books + remote, they have these little touch-screen devices. So there are a ton more songs and stuff gets updated much more frequently because they don't have to keep printing books, they just update the info electronically. So awesome! They had two older songs they didn't have before, although they still don't have GLAY's Run, which I really, really want to sing! Also in the less awesome English system they did finally have one Adam Lambert song (Whataya Want from Me), which I sang. They need more! And the most recent songs on that system are like from January or February, ugh. :( But still! The new Japanese system is super awesome.

Then after we'd sung and weren't so full from lunch, we stopped in Beard Papa and had cream puffs. :D

2. The final chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist is out! I had heard a rumor that it would be 150 pages, but it's only 113. Still, that's a long chapter! And it was plenty long enough to wrap it up satisfyingly. spoilers )

Daily Happysong:

Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger
I loved Oasis so much back in the day. This is my very favorite song of theirs.
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I am now completely caught up on both these series, woohoo! Though I had to read the two most recent chapters of Tegamibachi as photos rather than scans, as no one seems to have scanned them. They were readable, though, so I'm glad they were available (unlike the Weekly Jump cam stuff which I don't know why people even bother with as they're always tiny and illegible and only partial chapters).

Now the only series I want to catch up on that I'm not just waiting for tankobon are One Piece (caught up on tankobon, but 20 chapters behind) and Reborn (also caught up on tankobon, but 14 chapters behind). Because I translate Naruto, Bleach, Bakuman, and D.Gray-man (though that's on hiatus) weekly, I don't have to make any effort to catch up on those. The only other series I'd really like to follow chapter by chapter is Nana, but there don't seem to be any scans of it. :(

Does anyone here read Tegamibachi? There are scanlations of everything up to chapter 24 (25 and 26 are the ones with no raw scans available) and apparently it's been licensed by Viz. It's such an awesome series and the art is absolutely beautiful. (Asada Hiroyuki is probably my favorite artist after Obata Takeshi, though it's only with Tegamibachi that I've been a fan; he's improved a lot since his previous series.)

Fullmetal Alchemist really seems to be winding up. Spoilers up through chapter 92 )

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