PopLurker would like to thank Viz Media for proving a review copy of The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist.
The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist is a thick, stunning, hardcover book newly released by Viz Media. It spans all of the manga art, covers, and promotional artwork from 2001-2017. The book is smartly laid out according to year and is extremely organized. The manga artist, Hiromu Arakawa even included a page dedicated to the materials they use when creating the gorgeous illustrations.
The layout team should be enormously proud of themselves; this book is seriously stunning. They made really smart decisions on which illustrations should be double, because the integrity of all of the art is maintained. Meaning, the image is never cut or spliced because of the binding or the spine.
The Complete Art of Full Metal Alchemist has a price tag that’s more than fair. Its MSRP is $34.99, which is just bonkers amazing. I remember when we were importing anime and manga artbooks from Japan and their price tags were about $80, at the very least. Sure, now you can find artbooks at conventions from classic 90s anime, but the truth is, you can’t be sure whether or not they’re bootlegs. And while this might not matter to some people who just want to see the art, would you rather pay $30 to a legitimate publisher, or $30 for a bootleg?
I vote team publisher.
If you’re a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist and want a stunning collection of the manga art, this book is a beautiful treat. It is a straight forward artbook, not a coffee table book or anthology collection. This book is visual, which is great! It would make a perfect addition to any artbook collection, or for a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist. If Viz chooses to release an anime art anthology, I’m sure it would be well received as well.
I give The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist 5/5 iron fists.