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08 May 2010 @ 03:10 am
Happy Birthday, Arakawa-sensei! ^o^  
As this will (likely) be the last birthday Arakawa Hiromu-sensei be spending together with the series Fullmetal Alchemist, I think it's appropriate to make a thread - specific for congratulating her birthday, and to tell her (not that she'll read them lol) what we feel about the series up until now!

(the center lady should be her)

Some basic bio:
Arakawa Hiromu 荒川弘
- Female
- She is always mistaken as a male mangaka as her published name and drawing style are very male-like
- Age 37 (as of 2010 May 8th)
- Birthday 1973 May 8th, Taurus
- Born in Hokkaido
- Her self-portrait is a cow because of her background as a farming family
- She has karate black belt back when she was in high school
- Gave birth to a son in 2007
- She wishes to show her manga to her son when he reaches 15, and hopes her son will tell her that her manga is very interesting
- She never took a break from serializing her work, despite her pregnancy
- Comes from a family of 5 children (3 older sisters and 1 younger brother)
- She debuted as a mangaka in 1999, by getting the Enix 21st century manga award, with her work Stray Dog
- During 1999-2000, she worked as Etou Hiroyuki's assistant until she is ready to be on her own
- Fullmetal Alchemist (2001-20xx) is her first serialized manga and her most well-known manga, with "equivalent trade" as the manga's main theme
- Fullmetal Alchemist won the 49th Shougakukan Manga Award (Teen) in 2004, and the 5th Tokyo Anime Award in 2006
- Past work includes: Stray Dog (1999), Totsugeki tonari no Enix (2000), Under this Street (2000), Shanghai Demons (2000), Raiden 18 (2005), Bat of the Blue Sky (2006), Hero Tales (2006), Hyakushou Kizoku (2006)

All info based on Japanese wikipedia and from what I remember about her. Please correct me if there are mistakes.

Although this isn't a lot of translating, I'd still appreciate it if you could credit me if you decide to repost this elsewhere...

As for what I have to say to her at this point... I don't really know, other than that I hope I will be crying of happiness when I read the series finale. This is a great series that has been with me for the past 5~6 years (that's like... a quarter of my life!), and I am really thankful that Arakawa-sensei has written such a beautiful piece of work. With the end of this series, I think my "life" as a hardcore anime and manga fan will probably end as well... as I have never loved a fiction as much as Fullmetal Alchemist before. I don't think I will ever forget this series and the characters I have loved, even after 10, 20, or 50 years. Good luck with the rest of your career and I wish your son will grow up to be a cheerful and healthy boy. Thank you for everything! ^_____^

cross-posted to fm_alchemist, hagaren_manga, bos_taurus
Russia's greatest love machine: thumbs up!random_prophet on May 8th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)


...also I haven't seen some of those older works-oneshots, I assume? I've read Stray Dog, Raiden 18 (a loooong time ago), Bat of the Blue Sky (that's also known as Souten no Koumori, isn't it...?), and Hero Tale, and I know of Shanghai Demons AND STILL NEED TO READ IT, but huuuuh I've never heard of those other ones. Is there anywhere I could track those down (along with Shanghai Demons)?
airam_aairam_a on May 8th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday Arakawa-sensei!!!!I'll miss FMA a lot but I'm happy that Arakawa-sensei will spend her time with her kid =)
✖ Bleed Peroxide ✖: FMA ★ ともだちbleed_peroxide on May 8th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)

This series has had such a huge influence on my life, and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say that a lot of us wouldn't be the same people if we hadn't come across this wonderful series, and wouldn't trade that experience or the people met through it for anything.

Seeing this series end will be the end of an era, but you're ending a great series in its prime instead of dragging it out unnecessarily. I can't wait to see how you can top this series with your next one.

Edited at 2010-05-08 02:08 pm (UTC)
norton198196: pic#98185367norton198196 on May 8th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday Arakawa! <333

good god she is a woman to look up to, never taking a break during her pregnancy? WOW! and so many mangas! her son will have a lot of reading to do when he's older, lol. I'm still in awe at how fast she churns out FMA chapters (and even all those mangas in the 2000s).

I don't know what I'll do when FMA ends... it's the only series I've really enjoyed with all my heart and soul. it's changed my life in so many ways, and given me inspiration and hope in my daily life and taught me that I shouldn't take things like family and friends for granted. it's even motivated me to work on my own manga, and right now I'm trying to publish it... and I could never have gotten that far without FMA.

I hope she makes something just as powerful after FMA ends. <3
Drakyndra,  Evil Master of Fandom: FMA: Ling Heartsdrakyndra on May 8th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)

You get to take credit for being the person who got me into anime and manga - FMA was the first anime I ever watched, and the first manga I ever read - and it remains to date probably my favourite animanga fandom.

It's one of the few series I've read that manages to be so well done all the way through, continually entertaining and fun and unpredictable.

All my love and best wishes for the future, both with your family, and with any future projects you end up doing. And enjoy finally getting a break from you endless (and highly appreciated) work on FMA!
★ 加希 ,xdespondence on May 8th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
happy birthday, arakawa!

i was a little late to hop onto the fma train, having only become familiar with the fandom about two years ago - but even so, it's my favorite manga; better than naruto, better than bleach. simply because it really displays human nature and is completely believable, despite the odd little universe that you had spun up. it is quaint and leaves me aching every time, and whenever i get all teary-eyed, i never know if it's because of a happy moment or sad, because there is everything in it. i'll be emo and angsting for weeks after the manga ends, but i will forever thank you for creating something so utterly beautiful. <3
remaintobreatheremaintobreathe on May 8th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)

We all love you so much for the wonderful work you've given us! <3 Thank you so much for the wonders like Fullmetal Alchemist, and in agreement with so much said before me spend some time with your son! I haven't been following FMA for as long as some but now that I have it's like a part of my life, I'll miss it when it's gone and all of that love is for you! Have a happy, happy birthday :3
sairei on May 8th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)

I've been reading FMA for seven years now; from age 10 to 17. I've grown up with it and it has taught me a lot and really shaped me into the individual I am today. Thank you so much for the best seven years of my life!
Akihito: Hei - FMA the moviemeodien1812 on May 9th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
You've changed my life forever. I'll never forget the day FMA became an irreplaceable part of my life. If there's no FMA, there's no the one ME today.