"Born in Hokkaido (northern Japan), Hiromu Arakawa first attracted national attention in 1999 with her award-winning manga Stray Dog. Her series Fullmetal Alchemist debuted in 2001 in Square Enix's monthly manga anthology Shonen Gangan. "
Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 5: The Ties That Bind (Novel)by Makoto Inoue, Hiromu Arakawa (Illustrator), Masumi Washington (Editor)
Now, sidelined with a fever in a remote village, Edward is
It's only been a year since the Elric brothers set out on their journey to find the elusive Philosopher's Stone. But a lot has happened in that short time. For one thing, Edward has become an official State Alchemist. And, as such, he often finds himself in the thick of one dangerous situation after another.
Now, sidelined with a fever in a remote village, Edward is unexpectedly reunited with a childhood friend. Even though he's become a valuable member of his country's military organization, Edward can't help feeling a pang of jealousy. While he and his brother's fate is inexorably bound to recent life-altering events, his friend is busy studying to become a doctor and making his dreams come true. Suddenly, Edward starts questioning the purpose of his life.
Stories from the childhood of Edward and Alphonse Elric--not seen in either the manga or anime! Also includes the heartwarming story, "Roy's Holiday," featuring Colonel Mustang and Lieutenant Colonel Hughes.
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Though this novel isn't part of the main Fullmetal Alchemist series, it was a pleasant read. I thought that Inoue (the author) kept true to everyone's character, including Ed, who did not lose his stubborn yet clever personality. What I was also concerned about was how the battle scenes were going to be written out. I haven't read the original Japanese edition of this novel, but I thought the English edition was decent enough in describing battle scenes. Personally I think writing battle scenes is difficult, as it seems to require more effort describing them instead of drawing/animating it out. Yet, it came through rather nicely. I was still able to picture what was happening as I read the story.