It’s Throwback Thursday and today I recommend: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa.

Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders…even to kill. Except his powers aren’t unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher’s Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are…

Published in the early 2000s, this is one of my favorite manga series ever. Why? Mainly because of the creative world-building and characters. The whole series (27 volumes total) has a quick pace and is completely packed with action and adventure. I just started to read the whole series again and it has been as enjoyable the second time around as it was the first.

You can find Fullmetal Alchemist in the Young Adult Manga section at YA MANGA ARA.