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.
Fullmetal Alchemist began as a manga series in Japan and quickly exploded into a world-wide anime hit. The cool and stylish artwork of the television program has now been compiled into a prestige format, hardcover book for both collectors and fans. Art inspired by the anime, along with initial character designs, cel art, and production notes--all this plus an interview with Yoshiyuki Itoh, the character designer for the anime. Face it true believers, it doesn't get better than this!