It’s time to celebrate another birthday!
Anime and manga fans probably already know the title Fullmetal Alchemist—but did you guys also know that May 8th is the birthday of the author Hiromu Arakawa? (Tweet this)
Well you do now! So let’s take a very brief look at her life and career as we celebrate this talented creator on her special day.
Born on May 8th, 1973 and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido, Arakawa knew that she wanted to be a manga artist from a very young age and even published doujinshi with friends after she graduated from high school. In the summer of 1999 she finally made the big plunge and moved to Tokyo where she became an assistant for Hiroyuki Eto. In that same year she had a one shot titled Stray Dog published in Monthly Shonen Gangan.
She worked on other projects over the next couple of years but it was in 2001 that she launched the series that would turn her into a household name; Fullmetal Alchemist. FMA ran until July 2010 spanning 27 volumes and spawned multiple anime adaptations which you might be vaguely familiar with.
After FMA took its final bow, Arakawa went on to produce other manga including Silver Spoon in April 2011 (which spawned two anime adaptations) and then in July 2013 she began working on a manga adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan novel series.
Happy birthday to Ms. Arakawa! We hope that you have a wonderful day and that we’re able to celebrate many more of your special days and works in the coming years!