The Story Continues
The quest for the Philosopher's Stone continues as Edward and Alphonse Elric tackle the dangerous homunculi, the secret behind the night they lost their bodies, and even their estranged father.
This volume was a great balance of chapters dealing with action and plot development of the overall arc of the story. The series creator, Hiromu Arakawa, raises the stakes by making the main characters go through harsh challenges and sacrificing emotionally and physically for their goals. Though there were some jokes that felt as if they were getting repetitive, the overall story is progressed to keep the reader wanting to read more and more. And the villainous plot set in motion by the homunculi and the Elric's father, Hohenheim, is starting to flesh itself out.
My favorite part of the story was actually the hotel scenes where the Elric's simply theorize where their missing body parts have gone and what it might take to get them back. Those elements of science fiction have always been fascinating to me, and it was great to see a chapter that relied more on actual writing than action.
If you've been reading this, keep on going! I know I will!