Hi, im_juice_lee, welcome to our board! ^^ The difference between the unabridged edition and the regular edition is that the unabridged edition's size is larger, the covers are newly drawn, they contain color pages (pages that were color in Gangan magazine, but were black & white in the regular edition). Also, they contain 6 chapters instead of 4 (so there'll be 18 volumes altogether instead of 27). Plus, they're twice the price (1000 Yen, while the regular is 420 Yen).
Here are some photos I found on Japanese blogs:
More pics from this blog: It is bigger than regular volume books. This one is from Bunkyodo bookstore, and comes with bonus FMA postcards and a bookmark you can get if you buy from Bunkyodo.
The blog entry says it comes with 2 detachable covers, the first one is this full size color poster.
Then on top of that, this clear cover with logo & vol. title goes on
Blog says the first page of each volume is a new color drawing by Arakawa-sensei, done especially for the unabridged version. Vol. 1 is Ed full-body view drawing, Vol. 2 is Al full-body view drawing.
Inside the main cover, there are rough sketches of characters before she decided on final character design, with newly added comments by Arakawa. Her comment on one Ed sketch says that it took her more time to decide on the design of his Automail than deciding on the design of Ed's face.
Between chapters there are rough drawings of characters in "negative (reversed Black and White)." Vol. 1 has Gluttony, then Roy & Riza, Vol. 2 has Scar, Lust, Maria & Blosch, Barry, then Slicer.
4-koma omake comics that were included in regular volume books are not included in unabridged version of volumes.
Btw, Roy and Riza will be on the cover of Vol. 3 & 4. (Just as I expected )
<Added the translated comments from the blog, as this blog author is known to be trustable with FMA facts. ^^ ~ Tombow>
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Thank you, Kirara! Ohhh, I love these covers! And, that means, we'll probably get full body size new drawings of Roy, and Riza for each edition in these volumes!? That would be awesome!
As for the cover of Vol 5? Hard to guess... we'll have 18 covers in total, and 4 are already filled (Ed, Al, Roy, & Riza) I'd like to see Winry, Olivier, Ling, Hohenheim, Bradley, Kimblee..... hard to decide. xd
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Thank you for the pics, Michiyo- and thank you Tombow for the translation!
And I remember Amber1003 mentioning a while ago that volumes 3 and 4 whould have Roy and Riza and I couldn't wait to see them ever since. And as expected, they look absolutely awesome! I especially love the way Roy is drawn in that picture! Thank you for sharing those, Kirara!
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I hope human!Al will eventually be on one of the covers~
Knowing Arakawa, Armstrong will definitely be on one of the covers too LOL XD
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