Hiromu Arakawa wrote and drew the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series. Between July 2001 and June 2010, it was published in Square Enix’s shnen manga anthology magazine Monthly Shnen Gangan; the publisher eventually compiled the various chapters into twenty-seven tankbon volumes.
The European Industrial Revolution mostly inspires Fullmetal Alchemist’s steampunk universe. The series, set in a hypothetical early 20th-century world where alchemy is a widely used discipline, chronicles the journey of two alchemist brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric.
They look for the philosopher’s stone to heal their bodies following an unsuccessful attempt to bring their mom back to life using alchemy.
Fullmetal Alchemist has been converted into several animated television series, two films, and light novels, all of which have been animated by Bonesa.
The series has inspired unique video animations, additional books, a collectible card game, and a range of action figures and other items.
The Brief Story
The brothers Edward and Alphonse find themselves in a terrible new reality following a horrifying alchemy experiment gone awry in the Elric family. Despite the alchemical principle prohibiting human transformation.
Instead, Alphonse’s body dissolved, while Edward lost a leg and sacrificed an arm to retain Alphonse’s spirit in the physical realm by attaching it to a massive armor set. Pinako Rock bell and her granddaughter Winry come to the guys’ aid.
Winry, a bio-mechanical engineering genius, uses “auto-mail,” a durable, adaptable metal used in robots and military armor, to manufacture prosthetic limbs for Edward.
After years of preparation, the Elric brothers sought the Philosopher’s Stone to heal their bodies. This magical rock permits an alchemist to violate the traditional principles of Equivalent Exchange.
As Edward becomes a well-known alchemist and earns the moniker “Fullmetal,” the boys’ adventure entangles them in a burgeoning conspiracy that threatens the fate of the globe.
When about forty manga chapters had been released, Arakawa stated that the story was reaching its conclusion and she would strive to speed up the plot. To prevent making specific chapters less enjoyable than others, extraneous information was deleted from each one and created a crescendo.
Minor elements had to be cut since Arakawa needed more pages in Monthly Shnen Gangan to incorporate all the plot information she planned to provide. In several chapters, the appearances of certain characters were restricted.
Arakawa originally planned for the series to endure twenty-one volumes but stretched the duration to twenty-seven. After nine years of serialization, Arakawa felt content with her work since she had expressed all she intended with the manga.
Arakawa enabled the anime staff to operate independently from her throughout the creation of the first anime and wanted a different conclusion from the manga. She stated that she wanted a different ending in both mediums and to make the manga longer so she could develop the characters.
When she saw the anime’s finale, she was shocked at how different the homunculi monsters were from the manga and loved how the team hypothesized about the villains’ origins. Arakawa was prevented from concentrating on the manga’s cover art and had limited time to create them since she assisted the Bones team in creating the series.