Joined: 13-September 04
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I'm actually quite inspired. I always thought that Arakawa was a "she" even though her manga was shonen, although I couldn't figure out why. I guess it's because FMA has so much depth. I like shojo manga, but even though I'm a girl, I've always been most attatched to shonen stories. Of all the shonen manga I've read, FMA has the most plot and character depth, which is probably why it topped my favourites list.
I've been wanting to draw manga for five years now. If I ever actually drew my own story, it would probably have more shonen elements than shojo, which is why I find Arakawa so inspiring. Like Chibi Viki said, female manga-ka who draw in the shonen style are rare, but Arakawa was able to become famous for a shonen series in her first try. That's really amazing.
In the interview, Arakawa mentioned how she inserts humor even into the angstiest moments to make the manga lighter and more entertaining. I really like this element of FMA, and it was probably another reason I assumed Arakawa was female. Either way, I don't think it would matter all that much to fans of FMA because gender does not make an artist better or worse, and that's the way it should be.