Of course, nothing gets long-time-hardcore-fans’ blood boiling like a poorly done live-action adaptation. Whether or not that’ll be the case with the yet-to-be-released Fullmetal Alchemist remains to be seen, but at the very least existing fans can look forward to a brand-new installment of the manga. Arakawa herself is penning the new chapter, but it won’t be published in manga anthology Monthly Shonen Gangan, the series’ traditional home. Instead, it’ll be given away for free to ticket buyers for the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist.
Warner Brothers, the film’s distributor, announced the new manga installment.
However, the exact specifics of how to get your hands on the new manga are yet to be laid out, but such movie tie-in goodies in Japan usually go to those who pre-purchase tickets. The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist premiers on December 1, so ticket pre-sales are still a few months away, but for skeptics who don’t think the story can be pulled off in non-illustrated form, at least they can take heart by thinking of the ticket purchase as paying for the new manga chapter, and the movie as the associated freebie instead.
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