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About the Author: Hiromu Arakawa


Associated names :
荒川弘美 (real name)
ARAKAWA Hiromi

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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Paperback, Published in Nov 2005 by VIZ Media LLC

ISBN10: 1591169291 | ISBN13: 9781591169291

Page count: 189

Trapped and injured in a secret alchemical laboratory, Edward Elric is at the mercy of his enemies, Lust and Envy. But they don't want him dead...they have other plans for him. As the laboratory goes up in flames, the brothers find themselves back at square one, with only an inkling of the massive scale of the Philosopher's Stone conspiracy. But then, Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes uncovers a shocking secret...

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