Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 14

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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.

Ed and Al come face to face with the “father” of the homunculi, who just so happens to be a dead ringer for their own father, Van Hohenheim – a resemblance too uncanny for coincidence. And later, when the allure of immortality proves to be too much for Prince Lin of Xin, he lets Greed take over… literally!

In volume 14 the arrogance and greed of several of the main characters lands them all in way over their head. Colonel Mustang has discovered that the entire upper echelons of the military is complicit in the Fuhrer being a homunculus, what he thought was a winning hand turned out to be no where close and when he showed his cards he got his crew taken from him and split up, each sent in a different direction to the far corners of Amestris.

Ed got himself and Lin the prince of Xin swallowed whole by the homunculus Gluttony. The price he paid to free them is one he is still reeling from as it is one he swore he would never allow himself to pay. And, of course the end result was landing right in the middle of the homunculus’ lair and face to face with their “father” a being with a face entirely too similar to their own father.

We learn a lot more about the homunculi, how they are formed when human based and when not, how they die, and a great deal about the extent of their powers. Unfortunately I think all of the characters bit off more than they could chew in this volume and the last and are now and will be dealing with the ramifications of that for some time to come. Whether they will recover or not or have to deal with their new limitations and losses remains to be seen. The only positive thing in the whole volume was finally one small light at the end of the tunnel for Ed and Al, but I will let you discover that for yourselves.

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