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TsukasaElkKite



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:23 am Reply with quote
Wow. That's impressive.
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TJM



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:23 am Reply with quote
Great, it deserves it.Amazing manga, one of my favorites.
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AstralSaudade



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:31 am Reply with quote
Congratulations, Hiromu Arakawa! You deserve it. FMA is a great manga, and the very first series I followed from beginning to the latest chapter. I look forward to reading more!

...and wow, it's getting pretty long. Anime hyper
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melonbread



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:53 am Reply with quote
Shame the mangaka agreed to let it be censored.
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CitizenGeek



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:33 am Reply with quote
Wow, that's fantastic! Well done Hiromu Arakawa; I'm sure Square Enix are very happy with that, too!
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Stutz



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:10 am Reply with quote
Average sales of about 1.58 million per volume definately isn't anything to scoff at.

Which reminds me, I still need to get volumes 18 and 19.
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CakeStealer



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:20 am Reply with quote
Wow, this is great! n_n FMA is one of my favorite mangas, so it definatly deserves it. Hope it continues just as strong! =D
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JesuOtaku
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:03 am Reply with quote
Hooray! Picked up my copy of 16 in English yesterday. It was really a disappointing volume in terms of progressing the story, but now that I think back on it, the manga has been so amazing up to this point that a little break from the action can't hurt too bad.

And Kimblee looks good in a suit. Wink
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BleuVII



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:19 am Reply with quote
melonbread wrote:
Shame the mangaka agreed to let it be censored.


Question

Do you know something I don't, or are you referring to the ridiculously overblown "changed panel" in Volume 8 (I think)? If so, and I was the mangaka, I'd have probably done the same thing. But I don't want to re-raise that argument. I just want to know what you are referring to.

Anyway, good job FMA! I'll be heading to the 7-11 tomorrow to pick you up!
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KabaKabaFruit



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:26 am Reply with quote
I wonder if upon completion or near-completion of the manga, we would see FMA get another anime? This time following the manga storyline?
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wandering-dreamer



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:06 pm Reply with quote
Hoh my god that's a lot. Wow, then again almost every one does know about this manga and it has an intriguing plot so I understand how it's sold a lot....
But 30 million is still just wow.
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slickwataris



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:51 pm Reply with quote
BleuVII wrote:


Anyway, good job FMA! I'll be heading to the 7-11 tomorrow to pick you up!


They sell graphic novels at 7-11s in Japan? That's awesome.
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BleuVII



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:36 am Reply with quote
Mainly they sell the magazines, but with a big title like FMA, they usually stock the graphic novel for the first few weeks that it's out. They also sell reasonably priced DVDs and games (note: reasonable for Japan, not for America). A lot of times they get special releases too. So, for Heroes (American TV) Season 1, 7-11 was able to get just the first disk to sell at a discounted price for those who weren't sure about the show but wanted to check it out. They also were able to get Harry Potter 1-4 for 3,000 yen, which is the normal price for ONE of those movies. And to my knowledge, they are the only ones selling "Death Note: Rewrite" right now, though I haven't been to a DVD store in a little while, so that might not be true. But yeah, it's called a "convenience store" (Japanese: combini) for a reason.

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I wonder if upon completion or near-completion of the manga, we would see FMA get another anime? This time following the manga storyline?


I hope so, but I'm not crossing my fingers. Still, if Evangelion can get a remake, it's not TOTALLY impossible for FMA.
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spoony



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:06 pm Reply with quote
People know a good thing when they see it, eh? Razz Hagaren deserves those sales 100%. Congrats, Arakawa!
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Westlo



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:26 pm Reply with quote
KabaKabaFruit wrote:
I wonder if upon completion or near-completion of the manga, we would see FMA get another anime? This time following the manga storyline?


It has happened before like with Gonzo's Hellsing and Satelight's Hellsing Ultimate. But one thing is for sure Bones FMA was a massive hit and generally well received which things you can't say about Gonzo's Hellsing.
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