“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one, and only truth.”
– Alphonse Elric
The brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric have just lost their mother, they try to resuscitate her using alchemy but they do not succeed and are cruelly punished.
That’s how this story begins.
The brothers still want to bring back their mother and that’s why they’re in search of the philosopher’s stone, a mythical object that breaks the first law of alchemy: The Equivalent Exchange.
Hiromu Arakawa knows how to tell stories very well, the beginning of this one is simply perfect, it shows us the protagonists, their objectives, the world in which they live and its rules, without the need for huge paragraphs of text. The development of the story has a very good rhythm, in each chapter you discover more things about this world and you know very charismatic characters.
With an exceptional art, Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the best exponents of manga and the best option if you want to start reading it.