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The Art Of Fullmetal Alchemist Hardcover – Nov 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 90 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (Nov. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421501589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421501581
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.5 x 29.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

"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. "

"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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6c0396c) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6d34438) out of 5 stars 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...
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6d34588) out of 5 stars 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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6d348c4) out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6d343f0) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa6d34c3c) out of 5 stars nice illustrations and got a good chuckle out of it; packaging of the books could've been better though May 24 2016
By setsuko2389 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After reading the various reviews about the three artbooks, I decided to go with buying the first two artbooks. As some other reviews have already said, you can even see the brushstrokes of the illustrations in the book (I like to see that kind of detail and Arakawa's comments on her paintings made me laugh) and the afterword at the end of the book gave me a good chuckle. I knew the books were going to be tall, so I had set aside some space on my bookshelf for them and they're a little over an inch taller than the Nausicaa box set I have.

The only problem I had was in the packaging of the books when they were delivered from Amazon as a corner of the book was squished as you can see from my photo (would've been great if they had padded around the books instead of tightly wrapping it in a cardboard like envelope package).