The original artist behind Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa, redesigns a poster for the live-action film for an opening weekend.
Hiromu Arakawa redesigns a poster for the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist suite for a special illustration. Arakawa’s hit manga Fullmetal Alchemist became a critical focal point of the medium for Western audiences. The series has been adapted into two critically acclaimed anime series, Fullmetal Alchemist which was published before the end of the manga and the 2011 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood which stays true to the story of the manga. In addition to each anime series reaching great popularity in Japan and overseas, Fullmetal Alchemist received a live-action film adaptation in 2017.
The action film tells the first part of the story of brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist in search of the philosopher’s stone. Despite the mixed reception of the live-action adaptation, it was announced that the rest of the Elric brothers’ story would be told in a two-part finale. As they continue their search, Ed and Al will encounter the alchemist killer Scar and face new homunculus threats on their quest. The films, titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter – The Avenger’s Scar and Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter – The Final Transmutationwill be released in Japan on May 20 and June 24, respectively.
This week, Warner Bros., the film’s distributor in Japan, unveiled a special new artwork done by the original Fullmetal Alchemist artist Hiromu Arakawa. announced on Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter Twitter account, the artwork is a redesign of the movie poster showing the destroyed bodies of Ed and Al slumped in the rain with Scar towering over them. The poster and Arakawa’s redesign will be back-to-back as a special card distributed during opening weekend to members of the public on a first-come, first-served basis at select theaters. Check out the announcement below:
While the first Fullmetal Alchemist The live-action film was criticized by fans of the series and by Seiji Mizushima, the director of the first anime series, Arakawa remains a popular manga artist known around the world. His redesign captures the same desperation in Ed and Al from the poster image, and it allows for character comparisons between the two versions. However, supplies for the special artwork cards will be limited, so not everyone attending opening weekend will receive them.
Since the giveaway is so limited, international fans outside of Japan will have to stay content to see Arakawa’s new art online. There has still been no announcement on when the two parties Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter will be released internationally, but the first film was released by Netflix just a few months after its Japanese premiere, so there’s a chance sequels will arrive sometime this year. Yet the exit of the new official Fullmetal Alchemist art is an exciting announcement, and the gift will certainly inspire some to see The Avenger’s Scar when it premiered in May.
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