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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 (grap 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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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 (grap 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.

30 review for The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (Picture source: parkablogs.com) This VIZ Media version is a simple hard covered book that reads from right to left, just like how you would read a manga. It features original illustrations from Hiromu Arakawa. This art pieces are from the manga series instead of the TV series. The collection starts from 2001 to 2003. At the end of the book are character designs for the PS2 game Hagane no Renkinjutshi: Tobenai Tenshi (Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel). There are lots of full page illust (Picture source: parkablogs.com) This VIZ Media version is a simple hard covered book that reads from right to left, just like how you would read a manga. It features original illustrations from Hiromu Arakawa. This art pieces are from the manga series instead of the TV series. The collection starts from 2001 to 2003. At the end of the book are character designs for the PS2 game Hagane no Renkinjutshi: Tobenai Tenshi (Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel). There are lots of full page illustrations, most of which look like chapter splash pages except they are coloured in traditional media. There's no description for the characters, or for that fact, description for anything. However, there are some short captions at the bottom of each page as the artist reflects on the panel. This book is all about art. This is the manga art book. Fans of the anime might want to get the anime art book instead. By the way, I've never read the manga. But the anime is one of my all time favourite. This review was first published on parkablogs.com. There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    This is a review of the entire series. Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in the fictional country of Amestris which is heavily based on the Industrial Revolution. Amestris is a unitary state under the rule of a parliamentary republic, run by state alchemists that serve the king utilizing the mystifying arts of alchemy. Alchemy is the power to alter the physical world utilizing its natural elements, performing magic and miracles in the form of science. Alchemy follows the law of equivalent exchange, This is a review of the entire series. Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in the fictional country of Amestris which is heavily based on the Industrial Revolution. Amestris is a unitary state under the rule of a parliamentary republic, run by state alchemists that serve the king utilizing the mystifying arts of alchemy. Alchemy is the power to alter the physical world utilizing its natural elements, performing magic and miracles in the form of science. Alchemy follows the law of equivalent exchange, you must sacrifice something that is of equal value to what you create. You must sacrifice a life to create a life, you must extinguish one flame to ignite another, you have to sacrifice one home to build another, etc... After being abandoned by their father as children and subjected to watching their mother die, Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse once attempted to utilize the power of alchemy to bring their mother back from the grave, ignoring the dangers of creating a life by offering something of equal value. Edward loses an arm and a leg while Alphonse loses his entire body; his soul placed in a hollow suit of armor that can't feel the touch of others. As neither of them sacrificed their lives in their entirety, the exchange failed and the boys created an abomination in place of their dead mother. After burning their own home down and dealing with the abomination they created, Edward and his brother enlist themselves in the military to atone for their sins and learn more about the many secrets of alchemy; potentially learning how to recover their original bodies in the process. While serving in the military, the brothers begin to realize how the wonders of alchemy can be abused for nefarious purposes. Immortal life can be gained by sacrificing hundreds of innocents souls, wars can be staged and foreign nations can be annihilated under false charges, human experimentation aided by alchemy can lead to unnatural mutations, the world of alchemy is more dark and dangerous than either of them could've bargained for. Fullmetal Alchemist grew on me the longer I read it. When I first started reading, it seemed like it was going to be generic shounen material, but it gets deeper and darker the further it goes on. The way it handles political and religious corruption, the dangers of advanced states abusing their technology and resources at the expense of foreign nations caught in the turmoil, and the sad futility of revenge are all very well done. The characters all bear the weight of what alchemy is capable of. Edward and Alphonse carry the burden of abusing alchemy for selfish purposes. Their master Izumi loses her womb after attempting to resurrect her dead child. Scar takes many lives after his entire country is desecrated and gets trapped in a pointless cycle of revenge. Roy and Riza endure the regret of committing brutal war crimes for the sake of protecting their own nation. Alchemy creates and destroys in equal measure and no one is free from the consequences of tipping the balance. The fight scenes are flashy and exciting without being too over-the-top because of the dangerous limitations that alchemy involves. The law of equivalent exchange keeps the power scaling in check and adds plenty of tension to the action. The female characters are especially well done, all of them are strong and unique in their own way. The lead heroine Winry being a skilled mechanic, Riza being an honorable warrior of the military, Olivier Armstrong as cold and vicious as the snowy fortress she guards, and that's just a few of them. The villains are an interesting parody of the seven deadly sins. Each of them represent the darkness and regrets of each of the main characters and they can only be conquered by coming to terms with their own flaws and sins. The characters having to overcome their personal demons to take on the greater demons trying to overthrow the world from the shadows made the struggles of every single person in the story feel personal. Every character, no matter how minor had their moments to shine. Everyone had a vital role to play and the camaraderie between friend and foe alike never felt cheesy or forced. Unlike most shounen series I've read, the final arc was my favorite. A lot of long-running shounen series have a habit of being dragged out, losing touch with what made them great or breaking their own rules in messy, plot-hole-filled final arcs that leave a lot to be desired. Fullmetal Alchemist has no lose ends, all characters have complete arcs where they learn and grow from their dark pasts, the romance and comedy are handled well without relying on cheap fanservice, the action scenes are great but they don't overshadow the plot and the final chapters tie everything together beautifully. It's not my favorite manga by any means as I usually tend to favor seinen, but it's definitely one of the greatest stories to ever come out of the shounen demographic in my opinion. The ending is a tearjerker but it left me in good spirits. *** My Social Media My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPs... My Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/michael_sor... My Wattpad Account: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Michael-... My Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/SorbelloHorror My Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/michael.sorb...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katya Klements

    I must say i absolutely love this book. It has character bios( and is based on the 2003 anime version). It gives you a lot of detail about the characters, but doesn't exactly give the ending away. I think it's very good, and am planning on hanging up the poster it gives you in my room soon.I must say there's one detail of this that really freaked me out though. In Envy's profile it says he's a girl i literally couldn't stop laughing and was like "don't they know the characters a boy?" that kind I must say i absolutely love this book. It has character bios( and is based on the 2003 anime version). It gives you a lot of detail about the characters, but doesn't exactly give the ending away. I think it's very good, and am planning on hanging up the poster it gives you in my room soon.I must say there's one detail of this that really freaked me out though. In Envy's profile it says he's a girl i literally couldn't stop laughing and was like "don't they know the characters a boy?" that kind of bothered me because i love him and wanted him to have a good profile. Other then that i thought it was great and any FMA fan should have this as a keepsake.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula Greenfield

    Beautiful pictures from a awesome series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fugo Feedback

    Lendo lendo, pero lejos de gustarme tanto como un tomo promedio de la serie. Las ilustraciones elegidas tampoco me llegaron tanto, ni los comentarios de Arakawa me parecieron tan simpáticos esta vez. El tomo 2, sin embargo, me pareció mucho mejor.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anurag Kushwaha

    A very good Fiction manga, has a chance to grasp your attention and make you read it again. I liked it a lot though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott Roberts

    The book cover looks awesome.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Raegan Jiehui

    the best manga ever

  9. 4 out of 5

    Indah Threez Lestari

    Amazing artwork!!! I love the pictures of Ed & Al, but I love the pictures of my favorite character Colonel Roy Mustang better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Krys

    For the die-hard fans only, or aspiring Mang-ka only. No story, just the art . . . it's an Art Book, silly! For the die-hard fans only, or aspiring Mang-ka only. No story, just the art . . . it's an Art Book, silly!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ichigo

    Jealous of her mad art skillz

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mehran Malik

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maximum Moua

  16. 5 out of 5

    Salmazee

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chase Easterling

  18. 5 out of 5

    Man Solo

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Hassall

  20. 5 out of 5

    Birdy Vest-Hipes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christina Camarata

  22. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Battistella

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eli King

  24. 5 out of 5

    Minu

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Jacob

  26. 5 out of 5

    Selma

  27. 5 out of 5

    Giovi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Jones

  29. 4 out of 5

    Haadi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

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