VIZ Media has today announced their plans to breath new life into the FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST manga series with the May 8 drop of their FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: FULLMETAL EDITION limited-edition release. Dubbed as a “Fully remastered collection edition” of the original FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST manga, fans can expect a number of new and exciting additions that’ll hopefully make this the go-to copy of the manga for many.
Easily one of the most recognizable names within the realm of Japanese pop culture to foreign audiences, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST originally began serialization in 2001 and would go on to be adapted into anime format just two years later. This new limited-edition hardcover release of the manga features a number of newly-colored pages and behind-the-scenes sketches from series creator Hiromu Arakawa. The first release will consist of one-and-a-half volumes from the original series, with each release coming out quarterly until completion.
VIZ Media describes the release:
In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Their journey to restore their bodies through the power of the Philosopher’s Stone begins here. Fully remastered with an updated translation and completely fresh lettering, the FULLMETAL EDITION is presented with color pages on large-trim archival-quality paper.
Set to release in North America on May 8, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: FULLMETAL EDITION will be priced at $19.99 USD/$26.99 CAD. Further information on the release can be found via VIZ Media’s official website.