Gender: Female, married, mother of two (first child, son, was born in Fall of 2007, second child was born in Summer of 2011). (...husband is said to be a municipal government employee, but found no official source to confirm this yet. ^^) B-day: 1973 May 8th (that means, she is 38, as of Aug. 2011) Born in: Chuurui village, Tokachi, Hokkaido, Japan. Currently lives in: Saitama, Japan Family: Dairy and crop farmer in Tokachi, Hakkaido Japan. Helped family farm before debuting as a manga artist. Education: Chuurui Junior high school, Obihiro Agricultural High School(said to be the model for the school in her current weekly series manga, "Silver Spoon") Blood type: A Astrology Sign: Taurus Hobby: Loves cows a whole lot Favorite place: Mountain Fav color: Skyblue Fav food: Miso soup Fav country: Japan, then China Fav sport: Karate (holds Black Belt) & Volleyball Fav novel: Kino's Journey Fav saying: People who don't work get no food Her manga Studio: Ushigoya (cow barn/shed) Firm Offical Site: n/a
Awards: "Stray Dog" 9th Shounen Gangan Manga Award of the 21st Century "Fullmetal Alchemist" The 49th Shougakugan Manga Award "Fullmetal Alchemist" 2011 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize - "New Artist Prize" category "Fullmetal Alchemist" 2011 Japanese SF "Seiun" Award - Manga section "Silver Spoon" Booklog Grand Prix - Manga category (March, 2012) "Silver Spoon" 5th Manga Taisho Award (March, 2012)
Experiences: *Hiromu Arakawa first began as a 4koma (4 panel comic strips) artist for video games in a game company. *She had the promise with her family that until age 25, she has to work in her family farm (with cows and other stuff) until her younger brother has a stable career. *Then finally at 1999, when she was 25, she submitted a short story to monthly magazine Shounen GanGan, and won the Shounen GanGan's 9th Manga Award of the 21st century. *At 2001 August, "Fullmetal Alchemist" began to appear on Shounen GanGan, then got published into manga books, and that piece of work won the 49th Shougakugan Manga Award at 2004. *In May, 2011, Arakawa was nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and won the New Artist Prize category. *In July, 2011, Fullmetal Alchemist won the manga section of 2011 Japanese SF "Seiun" Award.
i really want to know whether Arakawa sensei is a male or female...i know his name was a male name (and i believed that he's a male)...but there are some people saying that they saw in the GANGAN magazine said that he is a female...so...i don't really know whether he is a male or a female...?
This is really scary... As soon as I started reading the manga, I somehow got a subconscious impression that the artist was female. The thought just wouldn't go away for some reason. After reading several chapters, I decided that it made no sense for me to consider Arakawa-sensei female because FMA had all the elements of a shounen manga, and there aren't that many female artists who draw shounen manga. After a while, I pretty much convinced myself that Arakawa was male. THEN I started reading posts about this. A lot of them said that Arakawa is actually female, and I got really confused. Somehow, I still believe that if she is female, it's not that far-fetched. I actually got the same feeling about Yukiru Sugisaki, although she draws shojo manga. That time I was right though. Maybe female manga-ka choose not to reveal their gender to their readers to stop criticism. I know some authors do that. Either way, I'm really curious because Arakawa is one of my absolute favourite manga-ka ever (followed closely by Sugisaki).