Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It is a direct adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, following the original story more closely than its predecessor anime adaptation. The manga was serialized from 2001 to 2010 and has since become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed series in the genre.
The story is set in a fictional world where alchemy, the manipulation of matter, is a widely practiced science. The Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, are young alchemists who embark on a journey to find the Philosopher's Stone after a failed experiment to revive their deceased mother costs Edward his left leg and right arm, and Alphonse his entire body, trapping his soul within a suit of armor.
Driven by the desire to restore their bodies, the brothers join the State Military as "State Alchemists" and uncover a vast conspiracy that threatens their nation of Amestris. As they delve deeper into the mysteries of alchemy and encounter various adversaries, they gradually learn about the dark secrets and consequences of tampering with the laws of nature.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood explores profound themes such as the price of ambition, the nature of humanity, the value of sacrifice, and the moral implications of scientific progress. It combines intense action sequences, complex characters, and a well-crafted plot to create an emotionally gripping narrative. The series has gained widespread acclaim for its compelling storytelling, well-developed characters, and its exploration of deep philosophical and ethical questions.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood stands out for its intricate world-building, intricate plot, and rich character development. It has captivated audiences worldwide and is considered a must-read for fans of the fantasy, adventure, and mystery genres.