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Fullmetal Alchemist is a world-renowned manga with two television anime, a movie, and an upcoming live-action film adaptation under its belt. Following the adventures of a boy whose brother has been turned into a giant suit of armor after an alchemical accident, this manga is now being celebrated at a gallery in Tokyo filled with art and immersion.

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Kanata Hongō and Tsubasa Honda, who play Envy and Winry in the live-action film, as well as comedian Teruyuki Tsuchida, cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the gallery.


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The entrance to the “Hagane no Renkinjutsushi-ten” (Fullmetal Alchemist Exhibit) is decorated with scrolls with illustrations of the characters of the manga. Following the entrance area is a room with a screen, voice clips from Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya as their characters Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, and other visual effects. This room recreates the beginning of the story when Edward botches the alchemical ceremony to bring his mother back to life.


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Even the signs for the restroom and the “keep out” signs are stylized to look like they’re from the Fullmetal Alchemist universe.


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The gallery is filled with color illustrations and original manga pages from creator Hiromu Arakawa. The walls are also covered in images from the manga. While walking around the exhibit, visitors can pay an extra fee of 600 yen (about USD $5) to be supplied with an audio guide device that is chock full of audio guidance tracks recorded by the Japanese voice actresses who play Ed and Al.


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This wall has a projection of Pride with changing text.


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The final battle from the manga is recreated in this hallway.


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In Hiromu Arakawa’s room, a golden statue of the manga creator sits smack dab in the middle. A monitor on the wall shows the creator drawing, while an original letter for the exhibit is displayed on the wall.


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Original sketches from both the 2003 and Brotherhood anime as well as character design sheets are on display in the anime area.


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The purple witch on the right was the winner of a contest for elementary, middle, and high school students to draw what kind of alchemist they would want to be given the chance. The winner—a second-year student in middle school—wanted the ability to change all the scores on her tests into perfect 100s. The winner’s illustration was redrawn by original creator Hiromu Arakawa (seen left).


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More entries from the contest, including a high school student who wishes she could control art supplies (seen far left).


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The gift shop has a large collection of goodies, including official Fullmetal Alchemist gloves and an art book for the exhibit.

The exhibit will run from September 16 to October 29 at the Gallery AaMo within the Tokyo Dome City venue in Tokyo. It will also run at the Osaka Nanko ATC Museum in Osaka from November 3 to 28. Pre-sale tickets purchased online cost 1,300 yen (about USD $12) for college students and adults, 1,000 yen (about USD $9) for middle and high school students, and 800 yen (about USD $7) for elementary school students and younger. Tickets purchased the day of will cost 200 yen (about USD $2) more. Visitors will receive one of seven bookmarks at for free as an entry bonus. The design of the bookmark will change depending on the day of the week.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the reboot of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime that is more faithful to the manga, is available streaming on Crunchyroll. The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film will premiere in Japan on December 1.

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