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05 December 2005 @ 06:01 pm
News from the world of Newtype!  
This month's issue of Newtype has two articles on everybody's (well, at least this community's) favorite Alchemist of the Fullmetal kind!

Newtype USA December 2005 includes an episode 35+ spoiler article. It's divided into three sections- "High Tension", "Living in Sin" and "Military Madness". Hairjob!Ed is at the FRONT of the article, in background for "High Tension". On the next page, the image of Envy holding up not-so-alive Edward. ("Living in Sin")

"High Tension" summarizes about the Philosopher's stone, basically.

"Living In Sin" goes into the Homunculi briefly and hints at the end of the series.

"Military Madness" talks about the ever crack-tastic episode 37, and the main characters. (My favorite caption: "Sure enough, this is Armstrong's sister. Holy crap...." The image is of her lifting the piano. XD)

After that, Page 93 details the "Fullmetal Alchemist Summer Expo" in Tokyo in August. Arakawa-sensei's "delicate watercolor illustrations" were on display, rarely-seen manga panels and even a lifesize model of Alphonse and Edward. (I swear to god, those pants must be leather.) There are photos of the military's shoulder-rank-display things. (They've got the gold stars and blue and yellow stripes on them, you know what I mean.) They even had something that resembled Winry's workbench, tools were spread out on top of it and someone's Automail arm could be seen. "Alchemy symbols were scrawled on a wall, and below them stood a bookcase of worn textbooks and shelves containing potions and a few preserved animal specimens- creepy!" They also had Roy Mustang's desk- his gloves were left in a tray next to a specially-made prop phone. They had State Alchemist Medals, certificates and paraphernalia. "The Museum-like atmosphere then took an ominous turn with the red-tinged Philosopher's Stone Chamber from the series' mid-season climax re-created as a waiting room (a bit twisted when you think about it)."

The best part of the expo?

"It [the philosohper's waiting room XD] led to the event's final attraction, a short film screening that cast viewers as a State Alchemist trainee. Various characters on screen would intermittently address the audience, creating a thrilling yet hilarious vibe. A short briefing was followed by an air raid, then a frenetic confrontation with the evil gang of Homunculi."

The article goes on to say "Now that's fanservice."

Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!jiah on December 5th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Makes me wish I lived in Japan so I could see amazing stuff like that.
Thanks for sharing!
Katu: Get the hell out of my fandom!fullmetalkatu on December 6th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Hey, Jiah, is it wrong that I actually say the Hagaren Crack Pledge everytime I'm supposed to be saying the Pledge of Alligence?
Katu: Envy- Verb!fullmetalkatu on December 6th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
XD;; Wrong icon.
Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!jiah on December 6th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
XDD Naw. If I was american, I probably would too.
r_enoah on December 5th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for describing all this stuff to us! That sounds awesome, wish I could see it. XD;
Vahn Malicevahnm on December 6th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
D:! Damn. I really hate to have missed something THAT awsome. I mean... That's a once in a lifetime event, no? *sigh*
Taisa たいさazuraveedragon on December 6th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
OMG!! I want the shoulder rank, the medals, and Roy's desk XD

Well atleast the shoulder rank band and medals for my costume. Any photo shots of the expo? *blinks*
Katu: No Pants?!fullmetalkatu on December 6th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
In the magazine there are, yes. ^_^
Neko Haruko - The Kaito/Heiji lover of the Centuryminunxplusleotp on December 6th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
any scans yet? and what does the cut lead to? o.o;;
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Mari: Not God Drunk! - kebiconskaitou_marina on December 6th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
It IS what they had at USJ in Osaka XDDDDDDDDDDD They were doing a report on it.
C-chanbox_of_doom on December 7th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)

I wanna see that...