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Book Title: Fullmetal Alchemist Box Set|
The author of the book: Hiromu Arakawa
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Edition: VIZ Media LLC
Date of issue: November 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781421541952
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A quick disclaimer: I've read the ENTIRE series and thought that it would be nice to just have one book instead of twenty seven volumes (tankoubon) in my book collection (since I don't want to sound like a pretentious douche and well I did the same for "Calvin and Hobbes" and "Bone" so there you go!) I haven't read the included novel in this package "The Ties that Bind" nor do I possess the poster also included so don't throw a hissy fit if I don't review those aspects, ok? Ok!
"Fullmetal Alchemist" is quintessential to any story lover's list. What makes Fullmetal unusual is that unlike most manga serials, it was published on a monthly basis, so each chapter is longer and more fleshed out than the average weekly serial. The writer and artist, Hiromu Arakawa, is also unusual in that she creates characters that evolve and change over the course of the series: people who start off as general character archetypes transform into incredibly endearing personalities – if not flawed and human – over the course of a 108 chapters, and Fullmetal is one of the rare serials that touts one of the largest, most memorable cast I've read or seen. There are strong overarching thematics, but the main appeal of this story is its characters and well-constructed plot. While I do think the ending is far from perfect (it falls from masterpiece potential to a grandiose showdown typical of many epics) it's a satifactory one nonetheless and doesn't ignore that fact that yes, "Fullmetal Alchemist" is at its core, an adventure story.
But don't let that deter you – after all, people are still reading Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy for a reason, and god knows how many serious thematics that series explored beyond the fantasy epic genre (also, Easterlings, really?) Arakawa's "Fullmetal Alchemist" is a series wrought with drama balanced equally and seamlessly with great comic moments: the premise is serious but the characters have such an incredible range of emotion that you can't help but equally experience the same range of emotions while reading. Thematics explored include ethical science practices, a military-centric government and the conflict that arises, racial genocide, religion and the sanctity of creation, revenge, familial relationships and friendship, and probably most importantly, the idea of "one is all, all is one."
I began reading "Fullmetal Alchemist" only a monthly basis around chapter 54 (give or take 2 chapters) so I think it's fair to say I had a good few years of waiting on a monthly basis for the next chapter to be released and experiencing what it's like to be left on a cliffhanger after each chapter. I have all the tankoubon in Japanese and eventually hope to possess all of the English translated volumes; one of the great pleasures of owning a tankoubon/volume of "Fullmetal" is the little omakes, or extras, that Arakawa includes in the books. The omakes are oftentimes hilarious, and there are little sketches spread throughout the book in between chapters.
"Fullmetal Alchemist" is one of the best adventure stories I've read. It's not perfect, but what is? With endearing, moving characters atop a intriguing plot, I couldn't recommend this series more.
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Associated names :
荒川弘美 (real name)
Name (in native language) : 荒川弘
Zodiac : Taurus
Blood type : A
Her self-portrait is usually that of a bespectacled cow, as she was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido with three older sisters and a younger brother. She worked as a farmer for 8 years before moving to Tokyo.
Arakawa thought about being a manga artist "since [she] was little" and during her school years, she would often draw on textbooks. After graduating high school, she took oil painting classes once a month for seven years while working on her family's farm. During this time, she also created dōjinshi manga with her friends and drew yonkoma for a magazine.
Arakawa started out as Hiroyuki Eto's assistant writer for Mahōjin Guru Guru and a friend of Shakugan no Shana author Yashichirou Takahashi.
Arakawa's career started with a work titled STRAY DOG, but she is best known for creating the Fullmetal Alchemist.
For Fullmetal Alchemist manga, Arakawa had read alchemy-related books, which she found very complicated due to the fact that some books contradicted others. Arakawa was attracted more by the philosophical aspects than the practical aspects. For the Equivalent Exchange concept, she was inspired by the work of her parents who had a farm in Hokkaidō and always had to give all their effort in order to earn the money to eat.
Friends with Akira Segami.
Arakawa-san gave birth to a son in 2007.
Kyu Aiya was an assistant of hers. Fusanosuke Inariya was possibly another assistant of hers.
She received the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award (New Artist Prize) 2011 for Fullmetal Alchemist.
The Shinsei Prize was also awarded to Arakawa.
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