鋼の錬金術師２７ (Fullmetal Alchemist 27)
Author: 荒川弘 (Hiromu Arakawa) (2010)
jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2
I can’t believe it’s all over. I remember when I read the first volume of Fullmetal Alchemist and was wowed by everything that unfolded; the lovable and strong-hearted characters, the intense fight scenes, the emotional and tear-jerking moments. The long journey of the Elric brothers finally comes to an end with this last volume. Hiromu Arakawa did a marvelous job at solidly tying the ends and finishing on a hopeful, joyous note (did we ever doubt the happy ending? But the whole process was excruciating enough; I’d say the happy ending was a fitting reward for all faithful fans). I shed a few tears when Edward’s father confessed his unyielding desire to see his sons happy and was willing to sacrifice his soul for Alphonse; it was refreshing to see the two brothers and father coming to terms. And the ending, with the two brothers heading off for further adventures (and the romantic tension between Winry and Edward; we’ve been waiting way too long for that!) – could it signify a possible sequel? We’ll just have to wait and see. A satisfying finish to a great manga series. Well done.
“A lesson unaccompanied by pain is meaningless. It is impossible for one to gain without sacrifice. But when you finally overcome and make it your own… you will acquire a permanent heart of steel.”