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Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg...and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders...even to kill. Except his powers aren't unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher's Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are...



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Hiromu Arakawa

???? (real name) ARAKAWA Hiromi TaurusHer 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 d?jinshi manga with her friends and drew yonkoma for a magazine. Arakawa started out as Hiroyuki Eto's assistant writer for Mah?jin 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 Hokkaid? 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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