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Fullmetal Alchemist 8 - The Altar Of Stone [DVD]


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  • Directors: Seiji Mizushima
  • Format: Animated, Dolby, Dubbed, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Revelation Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MZGW6E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,436 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As the Elric brothers are leaving Yock Island, a strange boy emerges from the foliage, with no memory of how he arrived. Inexplicably, he can perform alchemy without a transmutation circle. Even stranger, he can transmute his own body, merging with his surroundings! Meanwhile, the search for Scar gets a forward leap as a former military officer spots him in the southern slums. Elsewhere, the amoral Lt. Colonel Archer makes his move for the mysterious wild boy, who he believes is a homunculus conspirator. Infuriated by the arrest, Izumi leaps into action, single-handedly attacking the military with her staggering alchemic power.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2007
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The four episodes in this volume contain some interesting information on the creation of Homunculi, why Ed can transmute without a circle and some background for the brothers teacher Izumi. Also in this volume the Scar and the Ishbalans reach a refugee camp where Scar finds the man who thought his brother alchemy but the military aren't far behind and the manipulations of the Homunculi lead to violence. Fullmetal Alchemist keeps getting better and this volume is no exception, despite having quite a lot of exposition the episodes here remain enthralling and exciting.
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I spoil here and there, so that's the warning from the geek.

The 2003 anime diverges from the manga more and more as things go on, but this volume is a blend of original material and new twists. This starts with the introduction of a character never to be found in the manga or "Brotherhood": a long-haired amnesiac boy who is mostly incredibly pale skinned... except for his right arm and left leg, both of which are tanned. In front of Ed, Al, Izumi, and Mason, the kid performs alchemy without a transmutation circle, but more than that, fuses a stone with his left fist, something no alchemist should be able to do (as Ed later explains, your body won't let it happen to flesh and blood).

To Ed's confusion, however, Izumi takes this boy in and becoming very doting towards him. But when Ed tries to question the boy on his own, the child transmutes himself so that his body becomes combined with his bed. Izumi arrives and helps the boy free himself, but is angry with Ed and Al for confronting the kid. Meanwhile, back in Central, Sciezska accuses Mustang of ignoring the murder of Hughes for the sake of his career, while a new character is introduced as Hughes's replacement in the investigations department... one Lt Colonel Frank Archer. (Yep, another character who was created for the 2003 anime alone). And Archer is interested in doing whatever he must to advance his career, no matter who he can step on for his career to skyrocket.

Al is the first to suggest that the arm and leg that the mysterious boy has are somehow the limbs that Ed had taken from him all those years ago when they tried to resurrect their mom. This causes the boy to run in terror from Ed, but also brings his existence to Archer's attention.
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