Title: Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 5
Author: Hiromu Arakawa
Book #: 5th of Series
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publish Date: January 10th 2006
Date Read: October 17th 2013
Rating: ★★★★★ / out of 5
Everything in this world has a flow. Even human lives.
Ed, Alphonse and their mechanic Winry go south in search of Izumi Curtis, the master alchemist who taught the brothers how to use alchemy. But in the boomtown of Rush Valley, an encounter with a pickpocket turns them down a different path in search of an auto-mail blacksmith whose handiwork is the best that Winry has ever seen. Then the action flashes back to the past to show how Ed and Alphonse first learned alchemy...
I would say that this is my favorite book in the series so far, but I have a feeling the next one is going to be based on that cliff hanger.
I really like this installment, though. We get to see a lot more of Winry, and learn more about the kind of person she is. I really hope she keeps a strong presence throughout the entire series, even though she isn't the main character, because she is a very smart, kick-ass female character. We also meet some new characters in this book, and I find it's becoming harder and harder to leave them behind. We see the possibility of a re-encounter, though, and I am looking forward to it.
As far as the story goes, Ed and Al still aren't any closer to finding the stone. However, we get to see them backtrack to visit their teacher. This invokes many emotions for both parties, and is what sparks the cliff hanger at the end.
Overall, I will stress again how great of a series this is and would recommend it to everyone!
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