(荒川 弘 Arakawa Hiromu)
Place & Date of Birth: May 8, 1973, Hokkaidō, Japan.
Blood type: A
Hiromu Arakawa is a Japanese manga artist from Hokkaidō. Arakawa’s career started with a work titled STRAY DOG, but she is best known for creating the Fullmetal Alchemist which became a hit both domestically and internationally, and was later adapted into two television anime series. She often portrays herself as a bespectacled cow as she was born and raised in a dairy farm with three older sisters and a younger brother. Arakawa started out as Etō Hiroyuki’s assistant writer for Mahōjin Guru Guru and a friend of Shakugan no Shana author Yashichiro Takahashi.
- Stray Dog (One-shot)
- Shanghai Yōmakikai/Demons of Shanghai (4 chapters, completed)
- Fullmetal Alchemist/Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Collected into 28 Vols, completed)
- Raiden 18 (3 chapters, completed)
- Washi no Natsu Yasumi (One-shot)
- Kono Sora no Shita de (One-Shot)
- Sōten no Kōmori/Bat of Blue Sky(One-shot)
- Juushin Enbu (5 Vols, completed)
- Totsugeki Tonari no Enikksu/Totsugeki Tonari no Enix (1 Vol, completed)
- Hyakushou Kizoku (1 Vol, completed)
- Hero Tales/Jūshin Enbu (artist, 4 Vols collected so far, ongoing)
Hiromu Arakawa is mangaka of this year’s closing month having completed Full-Metal Alchemist on the July 2010 issue of Shōnen Gangan with a total of 108 chapters. Though I’ve always leant on shoujo manga throughout the years, it was impossible not to feel the influence the sprawling popularity of some shonen manga such as Full-Metal Alchemist. I consider it to be one of the reigning mangas like One Piece, Bleach and Naruto and now that it has ended, it feels as if a hole had been punched into the manga world. There are action figures, novels, artbooks, and its anime even has two different versions. This is to the celebration of her success, as well as to the future for more epic works in time to come.
P.S Did I mention that I have the same birthdate as Hiromu Arakawa?