October 19, 2017

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The Fullmetal Alchemist Exhibition

The Fullmetal Alchemist exhibition is being held at Tokyo Dome City Gallery AaMo from September 16th, 2017 to October 29th. The Fullmetal Alchemist is a popular comic series that depicts the adventure of Edward and his younger brother, Alphonse in the fantasy world where alchemy is possible. The young brothers were left to fend for themselves as their parents were deceased. Edward tried to resurrect their mother by using alchemy, which ends as a failure. Due to the failure of the experiment, Ed loses his left leg and Alphonse loses his entire body, but his soul remains.

The Fullmetal Alchemist was authored and drawn by a female author, Hiromu Arakawa. She is often mistakenly believed among fans as male because Hiromu is a male name in Japan. While publication was ongoing, the author experienced a pregnancy, and this led her to write the comic with the hope that her child would read the comic one day.  

Since the Japanese title, 鋼の錬金術師 is pronounced hagane no renkin jutsushi, the comic is commonly called Haga Ren among Japanese fans. The comic was published in a comic magazine called Monthly Shonen Gan Gan from August 2001 to July 2010.  The 27 volumes of graphic novels were published. The comic became very popular among Japanese fans soon after the publication and adapted into animation twice in 2003 and 2009. The comic was translated into many languages and the total amount of copies sold all over the world reached 70,000,000.

The live action movie of Haga Ren is due to be released in Japan on December 1st, 2017, and this exhibition was held to commemorate the film adaptation. The movie is distributed by Warner Brothers. A member of the boy band, Heisei Jump, Ryosuke Yamada plays Edward. An actress and model, Tsubasa Honda plays Winry. Dean Fujioka plays Ron Mustang. Homunculus is played by actress Yasuko Matsuyuki. Alfonse is played by Atomu Mizuishi.

The Opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm.

The admission fee is 1500 yen for adults and college students. 1300 yen for high school and junior high school students.

The exhibition will  move from Tokyo and be held in Osaka from November 3rd to November 30th, 2017.

Official Website of the exhibition http://www.mbs.jp/hagarenten/english/

Official Website of the Movie http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/hagarenmovie/index.html

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