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Fullmetal Alchemist Creator Posts Free 4-Panel Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Hiromu Arakawa's gag manga appears alongside free Japanese novel preview

The Japanese publisher Square Enix has begun posting the four-panel gag manga version of Fullmetal Alchemist by the original manga's creator, Hiromu Arakawa, online for free on Thursday. The two four-panel strips posted so far are "Ita-Watcher" and "Ita-Renkinjutsushi." The website also posted a Japanese preview edition of Makoto Inoue's Fullmetal Alchemist novel, The Land of Sand, with the next update planned for May 14.

Arakawa's original manga follows two brothers who risked their bodies with human transmutation to unsuccessfully resurrect their mother. Now the two attempt to restore their bodies by seeking the illusive Philosopher's Stone, and they are not alone in their quest. The second television anime adaptation of the manga premiered in Japan last Sunday and began streaming in several countries last week. Arakawa drew earlier four-panel manga for Fullmetal Alchemist's compiled volumes, and Viz Media published those earlier strips in its English-language editions. Viz also published The Land of Sand and other Fullmetal Alchemist novels.

Source: Gigazine

Image © 2009 Hiromu Arakawa/SQUARE ENIX

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