Full Metal Alchemist Volume 3 comes out this December in the UK
By M&C News Nov 23, 2005, 17:20 GMT
Set in Europe in the early part of the 20th Century, FULL METAL ALCHEMIST's semi-mythical world is one in which people with special abilities are able to manipulate and transform objects from one form to another. These people are known as alchemists. However, this manipulation process does not come without a price, as young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric learn to their cost.
Now a fully qualified State Alchemist, Ed is given his first official mission in the form of a routine inspection of a coalmine in the small town of Youswell. Ed and Al arrive to find the town in financial and industrial decline, and the locals bearing a deep-rooted contempt for any representatives of the State. The cause of the unrest is traced to a corrupt military official named Yoki and his young assistant, Ryla, herself a skilled and dangerous alchemist.
On a visit to Aquroya, the City of Water, seeking information regarding the Philosopher's Stone, Ed and Al become involved in the search for an elusive thief known only as Psiren. When a bout of food poisoning lands Ed in hospital, the two brothers meet a beautiful nurse, Clara, with whom Al becomes besotted.
Following a tip-off from the mysterious Psiren, Ed and Al travel to Xenotime, where it is rumoured someone is conducting advanced research into the origins and existence of the Philosopher's Stone. On arrival, they are surprised to be greeted with great suspicion when introducing themselves to the locals. It appears there are already two young brothers, both alchemists, living in Xenotime and going by the names of Edward and Alphonse Elric!
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