In volume 15 we get one big, huge, volume long flashback. But, don't worry, every moment is worth it. We hear about what the war in Ishbala was like for Mustang and his men and we get to see Hughes again! We also get some Mustang/Hawkeye back story. The scenes depicting the war were brutally realistic and heart breaking. The gravity of the war and it's affect on both sides and in every rank was dealt with in a very serious and realistic manner. The parallels between this war and World War II were very obviously drawn, even down to the mass extermination and human experimentation. War is hard and cold and makes monsters out of us all. The Ishbalan side of the story is also covered with more back story on Scar and his family and also on what really happened with Winry's parents. Seeing how all of these characters were influenced by what happened during the Ishbalan Campaign that we have heard so much about and seeing how it made them into the characters we know them as today was sobering. They all lost something in that war: friends, loved ones, their home, their country, their integrity, ideals, but most importantly their innocence, and their naivety.
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