Hiromu Arakawa (荒川 弘Arakawa Hiromu?, born May 8, 1973) is a Japanese manga artist from Hokkaidō. She is best known for the manga Fullmetal Alchemist, which became a hit both domestically and internationally, and was later adapted into two anime television series.
She often portrays herself as a bespectacled cow. Her given name is Hiromi (弘美?), the first character being written identically to her male pen name, Hiromu.
Arakawa was born and raised on a dairy farm with three elder sisters and a younger brother. Arakawa thought about being a manga artist ”since [she] was little” and during her school years, she would often draw on textbooks. After graduating high school, she took oil painting classes once a month for seven years while working on her family’s farm. During this time, she also created dōjinshi manga with her friends and drew yonkoma for a magazine.
Arakawa moved to Tokyo in the summer of 1999, and started her career in the manga industry as an assistant to Hiroyuki Etō, author of Mahōjin Guru Guru. Her own career began with the publication of Stray Dog in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan in 1999. Stray Dog won the ninth 21st Century “Shōnen Gangan” Award. She published one chapter of Shanghai Yōmakikai in Monthly Shōnen Gangan in 2000. In July 2001, Arakawa published the first chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist in Monthly Shōnen Gangan. The series spanned 108 chapters, with the last one published in July 2010, and the series was collected in twenty-seven volumes. When the studio Bones adapted it into an anime series, Arakawa aided them in developing it. However, she later let them work alone in the making of the script so that both manga and anime would have different endings, and to develop the manga further. The series won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2004. When the second anime adaptation was reaching its ending, Arakawa showed director Yasuhiro Irie her plans for the manga’s ending, making both end in near dates.
She is currently living in Tokyo and has published three more works, Raiden 18, Sōten no Kōmori, and Hero Tales. Arakawa has collaborated with the creation of Hero Tales with Studio Flag under the name of Huang Jin Zhou. In the anime adaptation of the series, Arakawa was responsible for the character designs. She has also drawn the cover from the Japanese edition of the novel The Demon’s Lexicon authored by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Page 3 "…Soul. I think you’re who I want to be with. But…. I don’t fully understand it, what just happened, but I probably don’t feel about it the same as you do. I still don’t really understand it."
Page 4 "I know. But, if you can accept and allow me to have those sorts of feelings… that means you don’t mind me feeling that way about you, right?"
Page 5 "Then show me." "Alright, one more~" "NOT SO FAST!!" "Whaaa, why? Was it no good just now? (And I thought it was smooth…)” "It’s embarrassing! (That’s all for today!)” "That’s fine for now. (Today was, uh…. Well, that’ll do.)”
This is why I love One Piece— this crew’s absolute need for and utter confidence in each other.
Sanji knows Usopp has lost all faith in his abilities as a fighter and his feeling of belonging with the crew. He’s even resorted to hiding behind the mask of an alter-ego for strength.
And yet, Sanji tells him that it’s okay. There are limits to what a person can do.
Sanji’s no good at precision-based distanced combat. His strength only extends as far as his legs (which granted, are pretty long, but still) and that isn’t enough to help Robin in this situation.
So Sanji, one of the Monster Trio, asks Usopp, not Sogeking, for help, because he is powerless in this scenario. They need Usopp and his long-range sniping abilities to reach Robin. He knows that deep down, Usopp hasn’t lost his abilities as a sniper, hasn’t lost his pride as a pirate. He just needs a little push in the right direction. Because he knows that deep down, Usopp is still the Brave Warrior of the Sea and he will never abandon his nakama.