Hiromu Arakawa (荒川 弘 Arakawa Hiromu?, born May 8, 1973) is a Japanese manga artist from Hokkaidō. She is best known for the manga Fullmetal Alchemist, which became a hit both domestically and internationally, and was later adapted into two anime television series.
She often portrays herself as a bespectacled cow. Her given name is Hiromi (弘美?), the first character being written identically to her male pen name, Hiromu.
Arakawa states that Suihō Tagawa, the author of Norakuro, is the "root of [her] style as an artist". She also learned composition and drawing during her time as Hiroyuki Etō’s assistant. She also cites Rumiko Takahashi, Shigeru Mizuki andKinnikuman by Yudetamago as influences and is a fan of Mike Mignola's work.
Arakawa was born and raised on a dairy farm with three elder sisters and a younger brother. 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 moved to Tokyo in the summer of 1999, and started her career in the manga industry as an assistant to Hiroyuki Etō, author of Mahōjin Guru Guru. Her own career began with the publication of Stray Dog in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan in 1999. Stray Dog won the ninth 21st Century “Shōnen Gangan” Award. She published one chapter of Shanghai Yōmakikai in Monthly Shōnen Gangan in 2000. In July 2001, Arakawa published the first chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist in Monthly Shōnen Gangan. The series spanned 108 chapters, with the last one published in July 2010, and the series was collected in twenty-seven volumes. When the studio Bones adapted it into an anime series, Arakawa aided them in developing it. However, she later let them work alone in the making of the script so that both manga and anime would have different endings, and to develop the manga further. The series won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2004. When the second anime adaptation was reaching its ending, Arakawa showed director Yasuhiro Irie her plans for the manga’s ending, making both end in near dates.
She is currently living in Tokyo and has published three more works, Raiden 18, Sōten no Kōmori, and Hero Tales. Arakawa has collaborated with the creation of Hero Tales with Studio Flag under the name of Huang Jin Zhou. In the anime adaptation of the series, Arakawa was responsible for the character designs. She has also drawn the cover from the Japanese edition of the novel The Demon’s Lexicon authored by Sarah Rees Brennan.
In April 2011, Arakawa began a new series called Silver Spoon, serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday. Rather than writing another fantasy series like Fullmetal Alchemist, Arakawa wanted to challenge herself by trying a more realistic story with Silver Spoon. It quickly rose among Shogakukan’s best-selling titles and an anime series by A-1 Pictures began airing in July 2013. She began writing a manga adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's The Heroic Legend of Arslanseries of novels in July 2013, serialized in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine.
One of my favorite comic creators. Also responsible for one of my all-time favorite animated TV series, FMA & FMA: Brotherhood! :-D
Hello everyone. The Amya Kickstarter is now one week away from its funding deadline. With our tracking sitting at 66% funded, we are still in need of great assistance!
Amya tells the story of Faye, a mute spell-touched who lives a sheltered life as the youngest daughter to a great lord. She is burdened with dark dreams of an apocalypse, and it isn’t long until her tranquil life changes when a fateful encounter with a young man sends her on a spiraling journey of self-discovery.
As Faye and her unlikely companions pursue an adventure that is greater than any of them could have anticipated, she discovers how heavy the burden she carries truly is. She is to be the pinnacle of the world’s survival or destruction, and must decide if she wishes to sacrifice her own humanity for the world — or the world for her humanity.
Please consider supporting the campaign by either spreading the word or donating. It would mean so much to us! Amya is our dream as well as our passion. We need your help to take it further! Tumblr has been our leading referral for donations, so you guys are making a big difference with each reblog!
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With this weeks update we wanted to let everyone know that we have a Patreon now! Everything is still the same so no need to worry there. However, if you want extra content, pages early or even more pages a week, we implore you all to become a patron of Ianua!
Any amount will aid us in the production of pages, extra comics, technical equipment and ads. We even have a tier for you to create a character and make a cameo in the comic! If continual support keeps rolling in, we’ll be sure to add more goodies to all of our tiers.
So if you’ve enjoyed the journey so far the story has to tell, please consider helping us out, even a reblog to get the word out will help us in every way! Thank you so much.
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Even a dollar a month goes a long way! If you can’t spare it ( and I totally understand if you can’t), reblogs are greatly appreciated.
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Winks and Macaron colors. Why are you coming out in September?!
Though a variety of goodies are available, the focus of this Kickstarter is the physical book. This is a magazine-sized book (8” by 10.5” / 20cm by 26.5cm) of at least two hundred (200) pages. The book is perfect-bound, meaning it has a smooth spine to which the interior pages are glued. This is how a conventional paperback is bound—no staples or wire. The book will be printed in full color.
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Thank you always for your support. It is really exciting to see the last quarter-decade of work get a chance to be distributed in print. I never could have imagined we would make it this far, so I’m grateful to all of you. Thank you for helping with my Kickstarter!
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BACKER UPDATE #2 — STRETCH GOALS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!!
Altar Girl - Book 1 still needs 25% funding in only 13 DAYS!
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We only need $558 more to get fully funded and hear ANOTHER NEW STRETCH GOAL!!
Please help by reblogging, sharing, tweeting — tell your friends! Anything you can do will seriously help!!
So maybe you have been sharing… but were on the fence about contributing? Couldn’t decide what reward to get out of ALL the awesome choices, and maybe wanted to wait…?
I think you might be reaaaallly interested in these stretch goals…
WE ARE $453 AWAY FROM REACHING FULL FUNDING !!!
My amazing little sister just increased her pledge to get a custom sketch pairing, and she told me that her request is "Sera & Cherry in matching Disney outfits" … which she & I totally used to wear as kids!! I am so friggin excited to draw that!!
You can get a custom sketch of 1 character starting at $65, or any couple/pairing at $75!