Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 13

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In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies… the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.

In the midst of a heated battled, Ed and Prince Lin of Xing are swallowed whole by homunculus Gluttony. Will they survive the depths of Glutton’s gullet like Jonah in the whale, or has Al lost his brother for good? And the political power structure of the military may be irreparably shattered when Colonel Mustang confronts Fuhrer President King Bradley with his horrifying suspicion that Bradley is a homunculus!

In unlucky volume 13 various characters together or on their own realize that in their arrogance, their hubris, they have done something that has unveiled to them just how unprepared they are and just how far in to really serious trouble they have gotten. The brothers along with the Prince of Xing attempt to capture and take down a homunculus only to seriously underestimate the depth of their power and the extent to which they have already gone to get what they want. Colonel Mustang also attempts to confront the military about the secret he has about King Bradley only to realize that the corruption and power Bradley has brought to bear is far more sinister than he ever could have imagined. And when May and Scar attempt to find her panda it is to discover the root of what feels so wrong with this country as their journey leads them to some horrific discoveries of what truly lies beneath Central.

Even though this is by far one of the most dark and terrifying volumes (for the implications given alone, let along everything else) in the series Arakawa still manages to balance it with brief moments of lightness, even if the only ones laughing are the readers themselves. Ed’s hot temper and over emotional moments continue to be hilariously drawn, and of course May’s moments when she is free to give her version of events are very funny to read about as she elevates Al to level of monster and Ed is the “small pet” behind him.

The entire tone of the series is changing as everyone is coming to the realization that things run far deeper and are far more sinister and evil than they could have imagined. Everyone begins to deal with the fallout as they realize just how powerless they are in this situation. Though just how deep things go and just what the homunculuses and their father are up to has yet to be revealed.

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