this is a series that i'm a little less familiar with. basically the story behind this one is that the two elric brothers (edward and alphonse) try to use alchemy to bring their mother back from the dead. this is a forbidden use of alchemy, and apparently for good reason. rather than managing to bring back their mother as they knew her they bring back some sort of zombie creature that dies and edward loses an arm and a leg and alphonse loses his whole body. edward manages to save his brother by sealing his soul in an old suit of armour. now the two, who have become state alchemists, are on a search for the philosopher's stone that they plan to use to restore al's body and ed's missing limbs. of course along they way they get into many an adventure and mix-up. and remember, this is a manga series, so don't expect it to reach any sort of conclusion anytime soon. i mentioned in my review of the bleach manga that g. tends to prefer the anime to the manga. i tend to be a little indifferent, and quite frankly enjoy both. however, i find in fullmetal alchemist an exception to this. i actually prefer this one in manga to anime. in fact i think i will quit watching the anime and stick to reading the manga for this one.