ohhh..thank you guys/gals for posting this topic & now that I found about it from you guys/gals..I'm goin' to start reading fma! =) honestly I haven't watched the anime but reading the manga..was more of my priority because for me it's more detailed.
it is, but the anime is also worth watch, its an entirely different story (and i mean VERY different)
End, no...the book is far, far from the end and uses a much different premise for why the Homunculus exist and what their ultimate goal for Amestris is.
i wouldn't be so sure that the book is "far, far from the end". i mean, the mangaka just set up everything for the big finale - they find out there's one last thing before the homunculus completes their master plan, and everyone's gathering at briggs. i hope it'll end in like.. maybe 20 more chapters.
Better read the manga and watch the anime. You'll appreciate both since they are different from each other
Ya I have already started reading the manga.
the only bad thing is that the manga comes every month :S so the wait its a little long
And about the thread question, I agree with all here: The manga version differs so much with its animated counterpart that it's impossible to say where the manga surpases the anime (since they weren't really related to begin with, only kind of similar in the beginning) so better read the manga from the very beginning.
The manga also has a different timeline from the anime, so you're best off starting from the beginning. Events in Ed and Al's past also happened differently.