Have you ever wanted something so impossible that you had to use a dangerous spell, get pulled into another realm, and lose your limbs, your body, and possibly your sanity for it?
Probably not, since no one has ever tried to bring someone from the dead using arcane magic. But in the universe of Fullmetal Alchemist, it does exist and has the potential be just as terrible as it is amazing.
Hiromu Arakawa's bewitching dark fantasy follows two teenage brothers who use forbidden alchemy and then take off on a twisted journey to search for what was lost. Edward and Alphonse Elric end up as the youngest National Alchemist ever (Edward) and a walking, talking suit of armor (Alphonse) after they attempt to use human transmutation to bring their mother back from the dead. Just remember that Edward is the youngest, not the shortest. Never the shortest.
Crash course on transmutation: creating something out of something else. Alchemy cannot create something out of nothing. There's also that really annoying law of equivalent exchange, which demands that for any creation to happen, something of equal value has to be sacrificed. This is how Edward and Alphonse end up getting limbs and an entire body torn away from them when they dare to risk raising their mother from the dead.
Fullmetal Alchemist is an otherworld of magic, mystery, misplaced souls, and Lovecraftian creatures with hundreds of eyes and even more tentacles. No wonder it not only became a paranormally successful manga but also morphed into two anime series, two animated films, a live-action film, video games, action figures and other alchemical paraphernalia.
You can't possibly go to a con where there is at least some anime presence and not see Edward Elric in statue, cosplay, plush, poster, pillowcase and keychain form. Look for the kid with a blond ponytail, a red coat and an arm and leg made out of automail. By the way, he’s short.
Watch to unlock all the secrets of Fullmetal Alchemist, from binding souls to opening the Gates of Truth. You won’t lose your body in the process.