Hiromu Arakawa has recently been going in and out of hiatuses for her manga, Silver Spoon and The Heroic Legend of Arslan. However, the legendary mangaka is going back to work, and this time, for the series which she made a name for herself. That’s right folks, Hiromu Arakawa is going back to her roots to do a new Fullmetal Alchemist manga! This is all to help promote the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film.

The new manga takes a look at the time when the Elric brothers started their journey. Officially titled “Fullmetal Alchemist 0,” selected Japanese theatres will be handing out copies of it to moviegoers. Specifically, they will be handing them out to people who see the live-action adaptation.

They will begin its distribution on 1st December, which is when the film premieres in Japan. However, these manga also have limited stocks, and will only be available until supplies last.

The film stars Ryosuke Yamada as the one and only Fullmetal Alchemist himself, Edward Elric. It will premiere on 1st December, and will also star:

  • Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell
  • Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang
  • Ryuuta Satou as Captain Maes Hughes
  • Yo Oizumi as Major Shou Tucker
  • Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust
  • Kanata Hongou as Envy
  • Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
  • Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye
  • Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes
  • Jun Kunimura as Doctor Marco
  • Fumiyo Kohinata as General Hakuro
  • Natsuna as Maria Ross
  • Kenjiro Ishimaru as Father Cornello

In an earlier interview, Director Fumihiko Sori revealed that unlike live-action film adaptations of popular manga titles like Rurouni Kenshin, Attack on Titan, and Chihayafuru, they will be telling the story of the Elric brothers in only one stand-alone film. This movie also promises to stay loyal to the source, so one might wonder how they will fit all of that story material in one feature-length film.