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The Art Of Fullmetal Alchemist Hardcover – Nov 1 2005

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Loved it Nov. 19 2005
By Heejae - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Art Book Jan. 3 2006
By Laura - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Artbook Nov. 15 2005
By tami - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Do you need to buy it? Yes of course if you are FMA-crazy Jan. 31 2012
By Gromer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Should you buy these "art of FMA" books? Is it worth the money? Well, I was wondering the same thing. I bought the following 3 books:

1. The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist
2. The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist 2, and
3. The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Anime

They're all the same publisher and size and look nice together on the shelf. The contents, as everyone here has noted, are 99.99% full color illustrations. However, for items 1 and 2, you also get small footnotes from Hiromu Arakawa. Her comments are very brief but revealing. I felt I learned something about what it's like to be a manga author after reading about her feelings about each piece. If you are a fan, an artist, or considering becoming a manga writer, you should read it! Item 2 has a hilarious afterword by her in the form of a comic strip. For Item 3, there is an interview with Yoshiyuki Ito, the character designer for the anime (which Arakawa worked on only minimally). Personally, I much prefer Arakawa's comments, she is just such a character! What must it be like to create the world's most loved boy and robot? She must be on cloud nine. Roll over, JK Rowling. I'd rather be Arakawa any day! Ahem. End of review.
Beautiful Art Book Sept. 19 2014
By shardinea - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.