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Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden Manga Review

Updated on February 11, 2013

Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden Review

This is a review of the Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden manga by Arakawa, Hiromu author of the hit manga Fullmetal Alchemist. In this page I review the art, the story and the character of Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden, I also give the manga an overall note on 10. See if this manga would be a good read for you by reading this Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden Review.

This review is only my opinion you might agree with it or you might disagree that is your right. Whatever the case might be, those who have read the manga, don't hesitate to state your opinion and give it a note yourself in the YOUR REVIEW part of the page.

*I try not to spoil anything so you can read my review with no fear


Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden's Synopsis

An epilogue to the Fullmetal Alchemist manga


Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden's Information

  • Other Names: Full Metal Alchemist Gaiden, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Gaiden, FMA Gaiden
  • Genre: Shounen, Slice of Life
  • Author: Hiromu Arakawa
  • Number of Chapter: 1 (One Shot)
  • Prequel: Fullmetal Alchemist

My Review

Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden

Reading Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden

First you got to know that Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden is an epilogue to the acclaimed Fullmetal Alchemist manga so if you haven't read the original manga you really should before checking this one if you want to understand and also because Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the greatest manga out there. With that said of course after the end of the Fullmetal manga people wanted more and this one shot serve as a closure and gives us info about what happens to our hero after the original manga.

Art - Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden's Art

For those who have read Fullmetal Alchemist and I hope you have, you will not be in unknown ground with Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden's Art. It's the same old good visual that you're used to and that you liked in the original manga. Detailed background and nice character design is what you can expect from this manga. It might be a little short on content, but it sure does not cut off on the visual part and while we only see 3-4 locations they are all well drawn and live up to the expectation.


Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden's Story

While the art part is well-developed, I can't say much about the tale that's being told here. First for those who wanted a last action packed adventure from the brothers you will not find it in this manga. As for those who were looking for more information about what happened to our favorite characters after the end of the manga then you might or might not be disappointed.

The reason for that is that there is indeed a little story here about what Ed, Al and Winry are doing with their life in these times of peace, but it's nothing substantial. It's not really anything that you could not have lived without or that make the story really advance, it's just a little tale with some funny and touching moments.

Nothing new is revealed and the story center around our main two character so in the end I see this tale as just an excuse for us to get more of the Fullmetal Alchemist we loved and there's nothing bad about that.


Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden's Characters

The main complaint with this one shot apart from it being to short, would be that we don't see some of our favorite character what they ended up as. Al and Ed are still the same and still very entertaining, but it would not have hurt to show a little of what happened with Mustang, Scar or any other fan favorite.

I'm a Winry fan so I'm glad she was included in the chapter, she does not have much to say, but it's OK. Other than her and her grandmother, the chapter mostly centers around Ed and Al and while I understand why the author did that (they are the main cast after all), I still would have liked to see some of the other character we've learned to know and love over the years.


Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden

In conclusion I would say that the one shot is quite short so not a lot is said, but for those who just wanted to get more of our hero than you will probably be satisfied by it. For those who wanted more answers or adventures than you won't. I personally found it satisfying and even if some of my favorite character did not appear, I enjoyed reading this chapter.


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