Hiromu Arakawa Biography
(Japanese Manga Artist Best Known for the Manga Series ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’)
Birthday: May 8, 1973 (Taurus)
Born In: Makubetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
“Hiromu Arakawa” is the male pseudonym of Japanese manga artist Hiromi Arakawa, best recognized for the Japanese shōnen manga series ‘Fullmetal Alchemist.’ Hiromi wanted to be a manga artist since childhood. Her initial efforts included drawing on textbooks, taking oil painting classes for years, developing dōjinshi manga with friends, and drawing yonkoma for a magazine. Her career in the field started as an assistant of Hiroyuki Etō. ‘Stray Dog’ marked her first work in the field. It won her the ninth ‘21st Century Enix Award.’ Following this, she wrote and illustrated the manga series ‘Fullmetal Alchemist,’ which was serialized in the monthly magazine of ‘Square Enix,’ ‘Shōnen Gangan.’ ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ gained popularity both nationally and internationally and emerged as one of the bestselling manga series, fetching Hiromi the 49th ‘Shogakukan Manga Award’ and the 42nd ‘Seiun Award.’ It was later adapted into two anime series, two feature-length anime films, and one live-action film. She strengthened her place in the industry by writing and illustrating the coming-of-age manga series ‘Silver Spoon,’ which won her the 5th ‘Manga Taishō Award’ and the 58th ‘Shogakukan Manga Award.’ She also worked on the manga ‘Hero Tales’ and the manga adaptation of the fantasy novel series ‘The Heroic Legend of Arslan’ by Yoshiki Tanaka.