The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist is a solid, heavy hardcover. There’s no sleeve, but the cover itself is beautiful with a clean, matte white finish, and the title printed in metallic gold. On the back, the Fullmetal Alchemist symbol is embossed against plain white with the time span of the illustrations – a nice detail. Based on the outside alone, the art collection would make for a great coffee table book or display piece.
True to the title, the inside pages contain a comprehensive compilation of Hiromu Arakawa’s illustrations. Each one is printed cleanly with a small descriptor of the context and date of creation. The pictures are sorted by year, sectioned off by boldly designed spreads with Arakawa’s art incorporated.
It goes without saying that you’ll find plenty of Ed and Al in the book, but I was pleased to find a nice assortment of all of the more minor characters (including several beautiful illustrations of my personal favorite, Olivier Mira Armstrong). While most of the drawings contain beautifully shaded characters and detailed backgrounds, there were fun little chibi-fied drawings as well – which were a lot of fun and to helped break up the intensive 280+ pages of art (pictures below). A nice inclusion at the end was a step-by-step walkthrough of how the artist herself constructs each piece and the materials involved in her process.
I’d recommend this book to any fan of Fullmetal Alchemist or manga style art in general. There is PLENTY to absorb and it certainly won’t be a quick skim through, making it well worth the price.
This massive hardcover collection contains all the Fullmetal Alchemist color artwork by manga artist Hiromu Arakawa from 2001 to 2017; including the series' entire run and beyond! The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist contains over 280 pages of gorgeous full-color illustrations, including all the original chapter title pages, the graphic novel covers for the single-volume and collected editions, portraits of the main characters and promotional artwork. Includes an exclusive interview and a special step-by-step illustration creation discussion with Hiromu Arakawa.Add to CartLearn More