It has been seven years since Hiromu Arakawa had published anything related to Fullmetal Alchemist, but the series is about to get a mini-revival. The artist is returning to the franchise one more in light of its upcoming live-action film, and details about the special Fullmetal Alchemist chapter have been released.
The official website for the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film recently revealed artwork for Arakawa’s new manga (via ANN). The cover art can be seen below, and fans will be excited to see two familiar faces. Alphonse and Edward Elric are seen live and in-color as they grace the cover of Fullmetal Alchemist 0.
So far, there are few concrete details out about the new manga chapter. The website simply says its story is set right after Ed meets all of the qualifications to become a State Alchemist.
If you want to get your hands on the new chapter, then you will need to head over to Japan. The manga will be given out at screenings of Fullmetal Alchemist once its debuts in December. Audiences will also receive a special poster calendar with artwork done by Arakawa for attending the film.
So far, there are detailed plans for when Fullmetal Alchemist will debut in the U.S. The live-action film will premiere in over 190 countries around the world, a number that is already breaking records. Fullmetal Alchemist will have the widest international opening for any Japanese film to date, live-action or animated.
If you are not familiar with Fullmetal Alchemist, then you have plenty of time to watch the anime before its live-action film arrives. The series follows brothers Edward and Alphonse after their mother tragically passes. They attempt to use alchemy to resurrect her, but the attempt takes Edward’s arm and leg - and it takes Alphonse’s entire body. Determined to get their bodies restored, Edward and Alphonse try to become State Alchemists so they can find the location of a powerful item known as the Philosopher’s Stone. But their journey ultimately leads them into a seedy world of government corruption and mass genocide.