Because fuck you, I can SO do two at once!
Here we go.
Day 1- How were you exposed to the phenomenon that is Fullmetal Alchemist?
I don’t know when exactly I first heard of FMA, just that it was sometime during high school when I was getting into Death Note. The school library had, I think, the first 3 or 4 volumes and I took the first one home with my one day for the weekend. I’d read the back cover and figured it sounded okay.
I never read it.
I returned it a week or so later and forgot all about it for about two years until one day at Barnes and Noble. I was browsing the manga section as I’m want to do and found that they had all available volumes of the series (then about 21). I had some time to kill and needed something to read, so I figured what the hell?
I read the first volume and thought it was pretty good, so the next time I was at Barnes, I read the next two. From there, every time I was at Barnes or Borders (RIP), I read one or two, or even three if I had the time, volumes until I was finally done with all the printed material and had to read the rest online. I believe chapter 103 had just come out by that time.
I also started watching the first anime around that time, and later on Brotherhood. I’ll get into my opinion of them later on.
So yeah, that’s how I found FMA.