End of an Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist volume 27 is finally in stores and with it’s arrival is the ending of Edward Elric’s journey.

Fullmetal Alchemist has every right to be among the most successful properties to hit in recent memory. The journey Edward takes is action-packed, but is also filled with moments of humor, success, failure, warmth, and despair. All these things come together to make a story filled to its considerable depth with realistic moments and characters. Arakawa knows exactly where she is going from the very first page of Fullmetal Alchemist to the last.  If you haven’t read FMA grab your copies today and start this incredible journey.  However, if you have, you may be wondering…what next?  Let me make some suggestions.

If you’re looking for something well written with storytelling that will make your toes curl, 20th Century Boys is for you.  Noaki Urasawa is considered one of the best writers in Japan when it comes to manga.  Here’s your chance to find out why!

“Kenji Endo’s childhood is coming back to haunt him. One of his former friends has died under mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, other deaths and disapperances have been linked to a cult whose logo is identical to a symbol made up by Kenji’s old gang. And the leader of that cult, who goes only by the name of “Friend,” might be one of Kenji’s acquaintances who went missing years ago. But how does one stop a megalomaniacal cult when even members of the police are involved? Kenji’s hazy childhood memories—if only he could remember them—might be the key to unlocking a terrible secret that involves a deadly virus, a killer robot, and possibly the end of the world.”

If shonen style action with some mystery thrown in is more what you are looking for, give PsyRen a try.  The first volume is available in all stores and I have a feeling you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this sleeper hit.

“Yoshina Ageha is a high school student who offers to help people with their problems for 10,000 yen. He’ll take care of your stalkers, find your lost animal, whatever you want. One day when he’s heading home, a nearby pay phone rings, and he picks it up. The only thing he hears however is his own voice echoing. After finding a mysterious card with the word ‘Psyren’ printed on it, his life suddenly changes as he is drawn into a crazy new world.”

Then there’s Maoh Juvenile Remix.  Published under Viz Media’s Shonen Sunday line-up – a collection of series that are shonen in nature but with a plot-centric edge that lifts them up from the more genre-standard series such as Bleach and Naruto – Maoh fits well into the intent of the imprint.  A mature shonen series for those looking for something a bit different – such as FMA readers.

“For as long as he can remember, Ando has had a strange gift. By focusing on something in his mind, he is able to make another individual speak out loud the things he thinks. Fearful of being found out as an oddity, something already difficult enough for any teenager, Ando continues his efforts to stay out of people’s business and draw no attention. This all changes when Ando and Junya, his young brother whom Ando lives alone with after their parents’ death, become targets for a group of hooligans. To their rescue comes a group growing in popularity in their city – a team of vigilantes called Grasshopper. At their helm is Inukai – a man who takes a baseball bat to the head and returns the blow with a smile. “It is my dream to make this city beautiful.” With his words he inspires individuals into action, including the introverted Ando, while in the shadows he dispatches his own brand of justice.”

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