This month, Arakawa-sensei has closed the book on Full Metal Alchemist for good with the final chapter of Full Metal Alchemist released in the latest issue (July) of GanGan. I just read the scanlations of the final chapter a while ago from trusty old OneManga and couldn’t be more satisfied with the ending. Although, there is still that feeling of wanting more from the series. All I can say is: some events were unexpected, but, this final chapter will definitely tie a lot of loose ends — and leaving some ends open for the reader’s imagination. I have sat at the edge of my seat, mostly cried, then laughed near the end. It was really a good conclusion, and I’m pretty sure a lot of fellow fans would feel the same. I can’t wait to see what Arakawa-sensei will come up with next.
Moving on to the main point of this post, well, it’s yet another news post, but seeing as there is not much awareness for FMA merchandise, and that I’m still mulling over the end of one of my favorite series for all time… here it is!
At the end of the chapter, there is a full page announcement (as you can see in the above photo) of an upcoming chess set that’s going to be available thru mail-order.
The chess set is based on the cover illustration of FMA chapter 85 which is shown below:
The order form for the chessboard is expected to be in the September issue of GanGan (that is to be released on August 12) and the price is estimated at 9800 yen. There are no release dates announced yet. It’s probably time to contact your favorite middlemen and inquire as to how much this would damage your wallet.
The chess set will include 36 PVC chess pieces that are around 2-4cm tall and a 27 x 27 cm chess board that is made of paper/cardboard.
It’s quite pricey especially since this is supposed to be a Japan Mail-order exclusive, but, as a fan of FMA who doesn’t really have much merchandise from the series, I am seriously considering scrimping up just to get this… then again, I’m also trying to save to complete the CLAMP no Kiseki chess pieces as well. Too many merchandise, too little time to save!
This is one of the times I wish that FMA figures weren’t exclusively made by Kotobukiya. Damn you SQUEENIX! ;~;