The “Hagaren Fan Event” announced on Monday that Fullmetal Alchemist manga creator Hiromu Arakawa is drawing a “special-edition comic” that people who attend theatrical screenings of the live-action film in Japan will receive. The work will be the first new manga that Arakawa has drawn for the franchise in seven years.
The “Hagaren Fan Event” was part of a promotional world tour for the upcoming film, and the film’s staff previously revealed that the event would have a “surprise” announcement. Anime Expo was the first stop on the promotional tour on July 3. The next stop on the tour was Paris’ Japan Expo on July 7, with Sori and lead actress Tsubasa Honda (Winry Rockbell in the film) attending. The crew then headed back to Japan to participate in the “Hagaren Fan Event” on July 12, coinciding with the anniversary of the manga’s serialization, where they again revealed new footage and the film’s character visuals. The actors from the film, as well as anime voice actresses Romi Park (Edward Elric) and Rie Kugimiya (Alphonse Elric) were in attendance.