Fullmetal Alchemist Manga To End In Two Months

By Ishaan . May 8, 2010 . 9:37am


The Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa — and by extension, its anime incarnation, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood — is set to reach a conclusion in two months.


The scoop comes courtesy of a productive individual on Livejournal who has been following the Twitter feed of Yasuhiro Irie, director of Brotherhood. In one of his tweets, Irie revealed:


“We’ve received Hagane’s original manga up to the final chapter in storyboard form, and using that as the source, we are making the scripts and storyboards. Arakawa-san has a powerful way of working. We’re stupefied by the amount of material in the final chapter. Whether crying or laughing, there’s only two months left.”


And so, we approach the end of an era. Fullmetal Alchemist has been in production since 2001. Bones’ original anime series did its fair bit to popularize anime amongst people that may not have taken to it otherwise.

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  • BrotherCavil

    So I’m guessing the manga and anime will both have a simultaneous end? That’s pretty new.

    • Edit: Belay that. Both will be ending in June. If you can consider that a simultaneous end then fair enough.

  • CrimsonFlamesX

    Happy Birthday Hiromu! Our Birthdays are on the same day : D

    Back on topic; I can’t wait to see how FMA ends.

  • Aoshi00

    Thank god, it’s been serialized for way too long.. I’m still buying a new issue whenever it comes out (now it’s like vol. 24..), but I haven’t read it since vol 14 or something, I haven’t even unsealed my copies lol.. Not sure if everyone knew alrdy, I had no idea Arakawa Hiromu was a woman until like a year ago, not by her name anyway or the way she draws. Draw something else, sometimes things overstay their welcome, like Inuyasha ending at vol. 56.. You want to see an author work on something new instead of just one single never ending series you know.. well, I guess she did draw that Chinese martial art thing on the side w/ the anime/game tie-in, which I also got two volumes for, but I don’t like her art style anymore..

    • BK0000

      I wouldn’t say it’s been too long. There’s almost no filler in the series. There really wasn’t any way to end it sooner. It’s ending where it should end.

    • Vino (Tim N)

      I’d say really give it a read, its way more interesting then most Shonen series. Bleach at the beginning was great, but its dragging on now for no bloody reason.
      And ending a series around volume 30 isn’t long at all. Look at One Piece and Naruto, those things are monsters.

      • Aoshi00

        Maybe I didn’t like the two anime series too much so I never really got into the manga. I know Naruto is long, it is the Dragonball of this generation, I read its first chapter when it started in the Jpn Shounen Jump in college and now I’m 30 it’s not even funny and I intend to see it thru the end. I watched Dragonball when I was 6 and right now I’m still watching DB Kai every Sunday lol.. that’s how much I like DB, I grew up w/ it.

        I realize the number of volumes for FMA is not that many, but the duration of its serialization is. The classic Rurouni Kenshin ended at Vol. 28 and it only ran weekly for 5 & 1/2 years. So for a series than runs for 10 yrs or more I felt it’s very long. Naruto at vol. 50ish and DB ended at vol. 42 both ran for around 10 yrs.

        Bleach definitely has run unnecessarily long. I remember some of my favorite series only ran for several years like Slam Dunk (31 vol.) and Yu Yu Hakusho (19 vol), etc

        I’ll definitely try to get to the FMA manga backlog. I used to read all the new manga tankoubon right away (I buy about 5-6 per month), but now w/ not much time (I can at best make time for games, and have pretty much given up on manga/anime now) they go straight to the shelves :(… Even Bakuman, I got all 7 volumes now, and I only read volume 1, I really dislike Obata Takeshi’s new art.. used to like his Hikaru no Go and Death Note drawings so much..

        • Asura

          I don’t get your logic whatsoever.

          There is a difference between a series just sucking or loosing its charm (Bleach for the former, Naruto post-Zabuza arc for the latter), but then there’s a long-lasting amazing series like OP or FMA.

          Not to mention FMA is monthly, so about half the content of weekly shounen comes out. In other words, FMA for 10 years is Jump manga for 10 years.

          Also, Bakuman is bad because of its plot, not because of its “art” (I can’t even call manga that anymore honestly… none of it has the impact of actual art any longer [well, it’s rare]).

  • BK0000

    Chapter 107 confirmed it too.


    Farewell, Fullmetal Alchemist.
    In June, 2010, the unforgettable conclusion is coming,
    and we will become the witness to this ending…!!

    What will be the fate of Elric brothers?! Are they going to recover everything they have lost?!

    Coming next month, YoungGanGan July issue and the final chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist!!

    It’s going to be insane. Chapter 107 is 80 pages long and the final chapter is going to be 150 pages.

    • 150 pgs??? Gan Gan’s gonna be pretty large that month…

      But I feel like it’s ending at an appropriate time, the pacing of the story feels right. *sigh* I know it’s ending properly, but I sorta grew up on Fullmetal Alchemist. It was one of my all time favorite series in middle school, and now that I’m in college..

    • Woah woah woah. Where’d that information come from? Is Chapter 107 already out?

  • I’ve held off reading it for a while, because the last time I stormed through manga and kept having to wait for new issues to continue. I can’t keep doing that, I’m too impatient XD

  • holyPaladin

    Good and sad that FMA gonna end.
    Not like some manga which never end…

    It’s one of the best manga out there~

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