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About Hiromu Arakawa: Bio Info And A Pic Of Arakawa-sensei On The First Page!, (Rest is mostly chat on whether Arakawa-sensei is a guy or gal. XD)
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post Oct 9 2004, 05:33 AM
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wow, success on her first try! as shiroi said, arakawa-sensei is truly an inspiration.


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post Oct 19 2005, 02:39 PM
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~ Are We Suuuuuuure Arakawa's A Woman? ~

The novel's afterword refered to Arakawa as "him." I wonder if VIZ just made a big mistake?

By the novel, I mean The Land of Sand, by the way.
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post Oct 19 2005, 05:21 PM
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Yes she is, VIZ made a HUGE mistake.


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post Oct 19 2005, 07:54 PM
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yes... shame on you, VIZ!! well no, not really, they're really wonderful with all this fullmetal alchemist stuff actually, i'm so grateful, but yeah.

we're suuuuuuuure arakawa's a woman. i read at some website how they took her for a guy cuz of her pen name and some other random stuff, sorry but i don't have the website with me anymore! so you'll just have to take our word for it...


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post Oct 20 2005, 03:05 AM
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QUOTE(The Great Asparagus @ Oct 19 2005, 09:54 PM) [snapback]301982[/snapback]

.....i read at some website how they took her for a guy cuz of her pen name and some other random stuff....

Yap, here is the thing....
(Though I 'm sure I'm repeating the info someone had posted before...)

Her name, Hiromu Arakawa in Japanese writing is 荒川(Arakawa) 弘(Hiromu.)

The chinese character, 弘, used for her first name, HIROMU, is usually associated with a common Japanese Masculine (male) first name, HIROSHI, and rarely used for HIROMU, which itself is a less common name and could be a male or female name.

Therefore, when someone with no previous knowledge of the author's gender sees the name in chinese characters, 荒川 弘, it is most likely that the person would read it as Arakawa HIROSHI, thus assuming the person in that name is a male, not a female.

That, and the fact that Fma is a very masculine manga, not a feminin cutie manga, probably contributes to Arakawa sensei's often mistaken gender identity, so I read. happy.gif


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post Oct 20 2005, 08:23 AM
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That I know... she was called "Hiroshi" untill she said "I'm Hiromu" O.o but I'm not sure...


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post Oct 20 2005, 09:58 AM
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That must be why she writes "Arakawa Hiromu" in Katakana next to the Kanji on title pages and such.
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post Oct 20 2005, 11:14 AM
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*shrugs* I didn't even know that she was first called "Hiroshi" untill Dai told me so, I've always known her as "Hiromu" (I've seen some merchandising where it was written "Hiroshi" lately, though").

It could have perfectly been a way to make the manga work... the woman are lower rated in japan so she, being a woman, drawing a shounen manga could have affected the success.


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post Oct 20 2005, 12:02 PM
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Another reason we know Arakawa is a female is she draws herself as a cow. There is no such thing as a male cow. tongue.gif

I wonder what she really looks like since there doesn't seem to be an actual pictures of her on the web. I guess she is shy about the way she looks.

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It could have perfectly been a way to make the manga work... the woman are lower rated in japan so she, being a woman, drawing a shounen manga could have affected the success.


I think that this is a part of it. If people see a woman's name associated with a Shonen manga they might not think it as good. However one of the most popular shonen mangaka (at least in terms of sales) is Rumiko Takahashi and she is a woman. But Rumiko Takahashi is so well known as this point that obviously has to be taken into account.

It could also be that Arakawa was not hiding her identity as a woman but it was just falsely assumed that she was male because she was writing a Shonen manga.
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I think Takahashi is responsible for that stigma in part, because her work is garbage.


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I think Takahashi is responsible for that stigma in part, because her work is garbage


Whether you like her work or not Takahashi is considered to be one of the most successful mangaka in Japan. She is also the richest female comic artist in the world. Her works are beloved and well known, I doubt she created any stigma against female mangaka. In fact I bet you she helped people respect female mangaka more.
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QUOTE(Kirara @ Oct 20 2005, 03:17 PM) [snapback]302189[/snapback]

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I think Takahashi is responsible for that stigma in part, because her work is garbage


Whether you like her work or not Takahashi is considered to be one of the most successful mangaka in Japan. She is also the richest female comic artist in the world. Her works are beloved and well known, I doubt she created any stigma against female mangaka. In fact I bet you she helped people respect female mangaka more.

Isn't her work widely regarded as being enjoyed significantly more by females than males?


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Isn't her work widely regarded as being enjoyed significantly more by females than males?


No I wouldn't say that, actually I think her work in general (not looking at individual titles) is enjoyed equally among both sexes.
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post Oct 20 2005, 12:30 PM
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QUOTE(Kirara @ Oct 20 2005, 12:02 PM) [snapback]302186[/snapback]

Another reason we know Arakawa is a female is she draws herself as a cow. There is no such thing as a male cow. tongue.gif

...Yet she draws herself as a cow with horns. Only male cows have horns.
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post Oct 20 2005, 12:34 PM
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Yet she draws herself as a cow with horns. Only male cows have horns.


Oh my I never noticed that. So is she trying to draw herself as a cow or a bull? And since Arakawa grew up on a dairy farm she should know the difference. laugh.gif
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