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~ July 2010 is "Hiromu Arakawa Appreciation Month" on our board!! ~

Hello fellow board members, ^^

As you know, FMA manga has recently concluded it's 9 years and 108 chapters of amazing journey with it's final chapter on July 2010 issue of YoungGanGan magazine (came out on June 11, 2010) in Japan.

- As an interesting side note, those of you who have pre-ordered this issue of YoungGanGan magazine through Amazon.com, etc., and therefore was able to obtain the issue, consider your self very lucky, because, as it turned out, the magazine has been sold out as soon as it came out in Japan, and there is no more stock left, and many of FMA manga fans in Japan have not had a chance to read the final chapter of FMA yet! Hence, the publisher has decided to REPRINT the final chapter of FMA manga on the upcoming September issue of YoungGanGan magazine (comes out on Aug. 12, 2010) in it's entirety!! Those of you who have missed the chance to pre-order July issue of YoungGanGan magazine with FMA manga chapter 108, don't miss this chance!! ^^

On the TV front, FMA:Brotherhood anime, the newest FMA anime series that is based on FMA manga storyline, will have the broadcasting of the series final episode, episode 64 this Sunday July 4, 5:00 PM in Japan, and for North American viewers we are expecting to be able to view the official English subbed version of the episode on Funimation site by next Thursday, July 8, 2010, and similar viewing options with varying schedules for viewers in other parts of the world (where possible) as well.

Therefore, in honor of the author of FMA manga, our board is declaring the month of July 2010 to be our "Hiromu Arakawa Appreciation Month" and holding "Thank-you Hiromu Arakawa" fanart contest, "Send Thank-you letters to Arakawa-sensei, the start of "Re-reading of FMA all over again!" sessions, and other varying events, and starting a new project to update and shore up FMA content of our board! Hope you can join us in celebrating the conclusion of these wonderful series, and expressing our appreciations for this amazing author of FMA manga series!



Arakawa Appreciation Fanart Contest!

In honor of the conclusion of long lasted FMA manga series (over 9 years!) our FMA Image Gallery (affectionally known as the Gallery by many users) and FMA Fanart forum are jointly hosting FullMetal Fan Art Contest during the month of July! And if you enter the Special "Thank-you FMA/Hiromu Arakawa!" category of this contest, upon the conclusion of our contest, our board will send all, yes, all of the eligible fanart entries submitted to the Special "Thank-you FMA/Hiromu Arakawa!" category of the contest will be sent to Hiromu Arakawa!!
Additionally, there may be some additional surprise prizes (small FMA merchandises) for 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize winners in this category!!
The contest will be open for the month of July. Please check the contest details, and send your entries to us!!



Send thank-you letters/fanarts to Hiromu Arakawa!

Have you enjoyed reading FMA manga chapters month after month? Would you like sending thank-you letters to Arakawa-sense and tell her how much you enjoyed the series? Well, here is your chance!! We will even translate your English thank-you letters to Japanese!!
Or, you can send your English letters, as is, or you can even send your own FMA fanart depicting your "thank you" to Arakawa-sensei!!
Please send the submissions to our project email address, or post the translation request of your English thank-you letters into Japanese on Thank-you FMA/Hiromu Arakawa Letters" Translation Request Thread then send the translated letters to or project email address, and then let our volunteers take care of the rest! We will bundle the letters and fanarts and send them to Arakawa-sensei, c/o YoungGanGan magazine in Japan!!
For operation details, please check Operation "thank-you Letters To FMA/Hiromu Arakawa" Projrct!, and post your translation request of your English Thank-you letters on Thank-you FMA/Hiromu Arakawa Letters" Translation Request Thread!!



FMA manga, Re-read it from the beginning!

Starting Sunday, July 11, 2010, Our FMA manga forum will host the communal weekly Re-reading of FMA manga chapters starting with the reading of chapter 1 and chapter 2 during the week of July 11, and proceed to read average of 2 chapters each week. If you are like most of us who had joined our chapter discussions in later chapters and would love to do the same for the earlier chapters, or watched FMA:Brotherhood/FMA-1 anime and would like to start reading FMA manga now (don't worry, we'll have "future-spoiler-content-protected" discussion threads for first time readers also ^^) or simply anyone who would like to re-visit FMA manga all over again, we'd love to have you for our "Re-reading of FMA" sessions!!
For more information and the reading schedule, please check our "Re-reading of FMA managa" project thread. smile.gif



Join discussions for the Series Final episode of FMA:Brotherhood anime!

FMA:Brotherhood anime series will have the broadcasting of the Series Final Epiose, episode 64 this Sunday July 4, 5:00 PM in Japan, and for North American viewers we are expecting to be able to view the official English subbed version of the episode on Funimation site by next Thursday, July 8, 2010, and similar viewing options with varying schedules for viewers in other parts of the world (where possible) as well, and our FMA:Brotherhood anime forum is gearing up with various discussion threads for the airing of final episode!
If you would like to post your predictions/wish list for the Final episode, please join us on The Series Final Episode Content Speculation (or Your Wish List) Thread (For those who had read FMA chapter 108) and then join our talk back discussion on FMA:B Final episode discussion thread (to be opened July 3, 2010) as the episode gets aired in Japan, and as the episode gets distributed to the various viewing media!!
We are planning to have additional discussion threads where you can discuss various aspects of this series upon the conclusion of the series, and hope you can join our discussions in our FMA:Brotherhood anime forum!!



Let us hear your thoughts on the Conclusion of FMA manga series!

Yes, after 9 years of monthly publications of the new chapters, FMA manga has concluded it's series last month. Have you read the final chapter yet? If you are one of those fortunate FMA fans who were able to read the final chapter already, then we'd love to hear your opinions on the final chapter, or on the series, or your thoughts and reflections upon the conclusion of the series, your words to Arakawa-sensei or to the FMA fandome, or just about anything you'd like to express on the conclusion of FMA manga series! We have opened up various discussion thread for this Special occasion (9 years in making!) in our FMA Manga forum (and some various locations around the forums) and we'd love to have your opinions and discussions there! Please join us in FMA Manga Final chapter content discussion thread, Your thought on how the series storyline has concluded, FMA is over?! O_o Your reflections & thoughts on FMA Manga series being concluded, Series Ending discussion thread for Royai fans, Series Ending discussion thread for EdWin fans, Series Ending discussion thread for AlMay fans, and more!
(Warning! All these threads are geared for those FMA fans who had already read the final chapter of FMA manga, and full of chapter 108 Spoilers!!)



Operation: FMA Info Shrine project!

Is your school over? Nothing to do for this summer/winter (depending on where you are ^^)?? Or, love to see the FMA info on our board being updated, and would like to help us? Then, please sign up to be one of the volunteer team members for our Operation: FMA Info Shrine project and help us improve all FMA info on our board!! You can bring in your own sub-project ideas, and you can work on your own schedule! Your sub-project can be small or big. For example, do you have a collection of pics of transmutation circles used in FMA anime? Then please share with us! Or, are you interested in VAs in FMA:Brotherhood anime? Then, find out who they are, and share the info with us, and our members can benefit from these info!
As we know, FMA-1 has concluded some years ago, and some of the sites which we previously relied on for some of these info are vanishing fast! And we want to gather the information before all such info for FMA-1, FMA:B, FMA manga start vanishing!
If you appreciated watching FMA and/or reading FMA and have some free time to spare for our board, please sign up to be the volunteer team member for our Operation FMA Info Shrine Project! smile.gif


Hope you can join us for those events & projects on our board during our "Hiromu Arakawa Appreciation Month!! biggrin.gif
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Extra, extra!!! (ETA: July 24, 2010)

News Flash!!!

Our board is giving away 1 copy of July 2010 issue (came out on June 11, 2010 in Japan) of Shounen GanGan magazine with FMA manga series final chapter (chapter 108)!!!!

Yes, the one and only, the issue with the final chapter of FMA manga!! This issue had been sold out so fast on the day it came out in Japan that not only it is no longer available from the publisher, many Japanese FMA fans who wanted to purchase this issue haven't had the chance to do so!! (Hence, the publisher is reprinting the entire chapter 108 again on the next month's issue of Shounen GanGan magazine, but this one is the one and only the original printing of the FMA manga final chapter, and we are even giving away, along with the magazine, the original bonus gift, the FMA manga series completion memorial digital clock also!!

This issue is HUGE! More than 1000 pages, with FMA final chapter alone covering 100 plus pages!!
I know some of you, even the one who normally do not order GanGan and prefer owing volume books wanted this particular issue of GanGan mag with the final chapter of FMA manga, even though don't speak/read any Japanese!! ^^

So... here is your chance to own this copy of GanGan mag with the final chapter of FMA!!!
(the following is the pic of the actual copy to be given away, except the face of "memorial clock" is kept "mystery" ^^)


Disclosure: Please note that the copy is already opened and hence in "previously owned" state, but please rest assured that it is in very good condition. ^^

And yes, we are giving away the original bonus gift, the "FMA manga series completion memorial digital clock" along with this copy!!

Please read on to find out what you need to do to win this prize!!! biggrin.gif



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We are announcing the contest prizes for the "Thank you, Arakawa!" Fanart contest!!!

Up till now, the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes for our "Thank you, Arakawa!" Fanart contest (jointly hosted by the FMA Image Gallery and the Fanart forum of our board) have been a mystery, but no more!! We are unveiling the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes for the contest!!

Here are the prizes:

1st prize: 1 copy of Shounen GanGan magazine with the series final chapter of FMA manga (Yes, THE final chapter of FMA!!) along with the original bonus gift, "the series completion memorial digital clock."

2nd prize: FMA pencil case that was a bonus gift for the July issue of Shounen GanGan magazine.

3rd prize: Fullmetal Alchemist wrist band and FMA budge set that was a bonus gift for the November issue of Shounen GanGan magazine.


Here is what you need to do for the chance to win one of these prizes!!

1. Go and read July 2010 Arawaka Appreciation Fan Art Contest details.

2. Create your original fanart showing your "thank you" to FMA, or it's author, Hiromu Arakawa.
If you'd like, you can use any FMA characters from any FMA series (FMA-1, FMA:Brotherhood, FMA manga) for your fanart, as well as your depiction of Arakawa-cow figure.

3. Your fanart MUST directly show your thank-you to FMA and/or Arakawa-sensei.

4. However, no spoiler content for the FMA chapter 108 is allowed (it's because we'll have the board wide public poll as part of the judging of the winners for the contest, while many of FMA fans, including those in Japan, have not had a chance to read the final chapter of FMA manga. ^^) If you are not sure whether your fanart would be considered as "chapter 108 spoiler," then please send PM to Tombow and ask. ^^

5. Enter the contest, by posting your entry on July 2010 Arawaka Appreciation Fan Art Contest thread, and also upload the image to July 2010 Arakawa Appreciation Fanart Contest section of our Gallery by Saturday, July 31, 2010, 11:59 PM (on your time zone)[/color]


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Are you interested? Good, then get started!!
You have only 1 week to come up with your "thank you, FMA/Arakawa!" Fanart!! biggrin.gif



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Flamez_Freak
And according to me , august 2010 should be tombow and co appreciation month . For all the hard work you've been puttin in . You deserve it . .
Tombow
Thank you, Flamez_Freak for your kind words! happy.gif

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