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The Art Of Fullmetal Alchemist [Hardcover]

Hiromu Arakawa

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Nov. 1 2005 Fullmetal Alchemist
Translated faithfully from the Japanese edition, this coffee table book contains all the FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST color artwork by manga artist Hiromu Arakawa from 2001 to 2003. The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist contains over 90 pages of gorgeous painted illustrations, including all the title pages as printed in color in the Japanese magazine Shonen Gangan; Japanese tankobon (graphic novel) and promotional artwork, with source listings; portraits of the main characters; and character designs from the PS2 game Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel. Includes a special two-page message from Hiromu Arakawa.

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"Born in Hokkaido (northern Japan), Hiromu Arakawa first attracted national attention in 1999 with her award-winning manga Stray Dog. Her series Fullmetal Alchemist debuted in 2001 in Square Enix's monthly manga anthology Shonen Gangan. "

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Nov. 19 2005
By Heejae - Published on Amazon.com
i "Watched" this book and Well i gotta say that it was really great. Hiromu Arakawa adds little comments for every picture and it has great artwork. The backgrounds are a little disappointing, but she does really well on the characters in color. And she PAINTS them! THe colors are extrememly bright and vivid.

Hiromu Arakawa is getting better at the characters every year. She's advanced a lot. It's for the manga, not the anime, so if you prefer anime over the manga you may want to get an anime artbook...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of the manga Jan. 22 2006
By 85cmpersecond - Published on Amazon.com
Anime fans are out of luck on this one. This is all Hiromu Arakawa's work on the manga. I really like her drawings, and how well she paints and draws always amazes me (Reason for the 5 stars rating).

It focuses on the characters from the manga, though a couple pages are dedicated to the "Fullmetal Alchemist: The Broken Angel" sketches of Armony and the sub-characters.

Basically, if you're a big fan of the manga, good buy, and even more so now that Amazon sells them for around $14.00 or so. But if you're a big fan of the anime, you need one of those TV Fanbooks they sell in Japan. Of course, even if you're more of an anime fan, you could always pick this up and get addicted to Hiromu Arakawa's work...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Art Book Jan. 3 2006
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
I got this for my boyfriend and I looked at it before I gave it to him. It's really cool. Hiromu Arakawa has captions for each picture letting you know what different pictures were for, what the pictures are supposed to represent and even how she messed up in different paintings. It's really intersting and worth it for a Fullmetal Alchemist fan.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artbook Nov. 15 2005
By tami - Published on Amazon.com
It may be confusing as to what exactly the Fullmetal Alchemist artbook contains. It's not the artbook for the anime, but the manga. Therefore, the book is mostly a compilation of the manga artist's traditional works. Hiromu Arakawa has mastered a medium that is rarely used by anime artists; acrylic paint. This makes her pieces stand out against what is typically seen in the anime world, but at the same time they are as polished, beautiful, and dynamic as any other anime artbook images I've seen. What the other reviewer said is true, it's mostly character art-but that's the focus of most artbooks of manga illustrators. If you want the components of the anime, backgrounds, a detail of Ed's watch, etc, you should look to fanbooks. If you've never read the manga before, you should know that Arakawa's characters in print look a little different than thier animated counterparts, so you might enjoy the original take on them here. (They're still easily recognizable and Arakawa makes thier personality come out in her paintings.) There are also a small number of images from the FMA game.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Art Book Sept. 19 2014
By shardinea - Published on Amazon.com
I love Fullmetal Alchemist, and stand by my belief that every lover of anime should watch and/or read the whole series. Originally, I got this book to accompany me when I went to conventions to get signatures from the voice actors and keep them all in one book instead of trying to locate their character in one of the volumes. Mission accomplished. I've collected several signatures already. It has a wide variety of characters in its pages--even some that were only seen a couple times in the series. But what I really love about this book is just how beautiful it is, and if you won't take my word for it, "this is a beautiful book" were the exact words Wendy Powell said to me when she put her signature in it. So there you go.

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