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FMA 20th Anniversary Event Start Time - Hiromu Arakawa New Manga Leak, Predictions

By Iyane Agossah

July 12, 2021

Shonen Gangan announced Fullmetal Alchemist is having a 20th anniversary event on July 12, which will feature new announcements and a talk show with the seiyuu of Edward and Alphonse – a new manga by FMA author Hiromu Arakawa is also in the works.

Shonen Gangan is one of the magazines owned by Gangan, Square Enix‘ manga publishing arm. The magazine is released every 12th of the month, and that’s also when this event is happening.

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Fullmetal Alchemist 20th anniversary event – Start time (Update)

The FMA 20th anniversary event will be happening on July 12 at 7 AM EST. It’s happening in less than two hours as I’m writing this. Click here for a table with other time zones, and click here for a countdown.

Where to watch the event, guests list

An official hashtag was also shared on Twitter: #ハガレン20周年 / Hagaren20thAnniversary. Hagaren being the abbreviation of the Japanese name of FMA, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi. An official page was also opened. Right now it’s in teaser mode and only states “coming soon”.

The event will feature the seiyuu of Edward and Alphonse Elric: Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya. The event’s MC will be MC goat Chiaki Matsuzawa, which you should know from Atlus’ streams most notably. She was also on the latest Tales of Arise stream. It’ll be held on YouTube:

FMA new project coming at the event?

As far as I know there is no guarantee a new “project” will be announced. The Japanese press release for the FMA 20th anniversary states the event will look back on the Fullmetal Alchemist series, and “unveil some brand new information”.

The most likely scenario is that a broad “Fullmetal Alchemist 20th anniversary project” will be announced, with new events, goods, collabs, and perhaps some anime project down the line. But I personally doubt we’ll see any concrete anime project being detailed at the event.

The Shonen Gangan Twitter is also counting down to the event:

New manga by FMA mangaka Hiromu Arakawa

A new manga by Hiromu Arakawa is teased in this month’s issue of Shonen Gangan. While the magazine releases the 12th, the teaser page was leaked beforehand and shared on Korean site Ruliweb. The magazine also already officially confirmed that this month’s issue has special news that fans of Hiromu Arakawa wouldn’t want to miss. So the leak is real.

The visual feature Japan-like aesthetics. What seems to be the protagonist looks to be an androgynous boy using bows to fight. In the background, you can also spot two beastmen. Which seems to indicate this will be a manga series with a Japan x fantasy setting. Note that the series has no title revealed yet.

We’ll be sure to tell you what happens at the FMA event so stay tuned on DualShockers. You can also reach out to me on Twitter @A_iyane07 to chat about anime and stuff, like how the original FMA anime before Brotherhood was actually good too.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He plays Genshin Impact for the story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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