Joined: 1-March 05
From: Virginia, U.S.
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At first, I thought Arakawa-sensei WAS a woman. (Her comments sounds so woman-ish) But then I heard around that she was a guy, so I'm like, REALLY??? But then I knew they were misunderstood after I read the Hiromu Arakawa-sensei's biography at Encyclopedia.com. Mostly, I'm suprised at guys who draws mangas, not women.
Joined: 31-May 04
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actually, what makes arakawa-sensei stand out is the fact that her series is a shonen (boys) title which are usually done by male artists. she's like rumiko takahashi, creator of the ranma 1/2 and inu yasha series.
but what makes her different is the way she tells her story. she doesn't need the addition of nudity, exagerated violence and other types of fan service to capture her audience ... just her story.
since FMA was under a shonen manga magazine, Shonen Gangan Monthly, most people thought she was a guy.
Have you guys seen her first project? the leading characters look like Havoc and Lust, someone posted the pic in this forum a few months ago.
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I wasn't all that suprised when I learned the author was a woman. It makes perfect sense since, like a couple of people pointed out, there's not a lot of fanservice nudity or violence. Also there are several strong female characters in this series which is rare in anime.
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I also became another fan of hers. The way she tells the story and keeps the readers captivated without anything BUT the story (as was said) is truly amazing.
People go crazy for FMA, I being one. And when I found out that the author was a female, I was certainly suprised. But now that I look at the manga and start to realise more, I would be shocked if a male was writing something as FMA.
You can tell a female writes it and the input of strong female characters makes it all that more intresting
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but in terms of her b-movie comment , i'm beginning to see its influence. not in the story, but all those corny little jokes at the end of each manga is very b-movieish. good thing they didn't bring any of that over to the anime!