Are you so otaku that you can spend entire weekends binge watching the Elric brothers kick homunculi ass? If so, then you’re in for a transmutational treat. The original artwork behind the hit manga and anime franchise Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa is finally getting the official recognition as fine art that it deserves. Her hand-drawn illustrations from the series will be showcased at the Tokyo Dome City Gallery AaMo in Japan from September 16 until October 29.
The show should be quite the nerdy affair. Over 100 of Arakawa’s drawings from storyboards will be on display alongside costumes and other props from the making of the live-action adaptation of her celebrated creation. We can only hope this geeky exhibit eventually makes it stateside. To assuage our envy of all the fans that will get to see it later this year, we rounded up some of best Full Metal Alchemist tattoos that we could find.
Nothing illustrates the extreme fandom behind Arakawa’s epic tale about the importance of brotherhood than all of the Full Metal Alchemist tattoos that people have gotten since the series debut way back in 2001. Numerous individuals have acquired body art of the heroes (Edward and Alphonse), depictions of the twisted souls that they battle, and even the blood runes with which alchemists manipulate the elements.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Tokyo while the show opens, make sure to drop by and see the illustrations that started the sensation that is Full Metal Alchemist. Also, if you’ve got a tattoo of the Elric bros or a homunculus, make sure to share it with us at #FullMetalAlchemist