Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
The first and second volumes of “Fullmetal Alchemist” complete edition series came out on June 22 with new cover illustrations, publisher Square Enix Co. said.
The new versions come with no changes to the original colors of the manga series by Hiromu Arakawa that ran in the publisher’s Shonen Gangan comic magazine until the summer of 2010, the company said.
Each volume is A5-sized format, priced at 1,000 yen ($12.50) including tax.
The third and fourth volumes will be out in July, followed by subsequent volumes in every month.
“Fullmetal Alchemist” was Arakawa’s first serialized work. The story centers on Edward and Alphonse Elric, who attempt to bring their mother back to life through a forbidden art in alchemy. They fail, and Edward loses his right arm and left leg, while his younger brother loses his entire body with his soul trapped in a suit of empty armor.
The brothers set out on a quest to recover what they lost.
The manga first appeared in Gangan in 2001, and continued for nine years supported by widespread popularity.
The manga also spawned two animated TV series adaptations and two feature film versions. The long-awaited latest feature film, “Fullmetal Alchemist: Mirosu no Seinaru Hoshi” (The Sacred Star of Milos), will be released nationwide on July 2.
A total of 500,000 copies of the limited-edition comic book, “Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 11.5: Tabidachi no Mae ni” (Before the journey) by Arakawa, will be given to movie-goers on a first-come, first-served basis.
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