Fullmetal Alchemist Creator’s New Manga Releases In English

Fullmetal Alchemist’s Hiromu Arakawa will see his new series, now titled Daemons of the Shadow Realm, receive an official English translation.

Square-Enix has announced that the latest manga from Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa, Yomi no Tsugaiwill receive an English paperback release scheduled for Spring 2023 and will be officially available in English starting July 25, 2022.

The series, which will use the English title Shadow Realm Demonsbegan serialization in Square-Enix Monthly Shonen Gangan in December 2021. The story follows twins Asa and Yuru, a boy and girl who are born just before and after dawn, encountering a prophecy that poses a grave threat to their village and possibly the world. The first chapter brings a major twist to the seemingly historical setting, placing the twins on opposite sides of a conflict. He managed to distinguish himself from Fullmetal Alchemistwith its mystical story and Asian setting, though both works share major themes like family and loyalty.


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Whereas Shadow Realm Demons contains only eight chapters, it apparently proved popular enough at that time to already be worth translating. The first Collected Chapters volume was released in Japan in June and will also receive this English paperback version next April, through Square-Enix’s manga and book publishing division. Advertised alongside other works as a Deny automata novel and a Final Fantasy picture book, Square-Enix seems to have the intention of strengthening its editorial presence in the United States. The company also launched its own manga reading app “Manga Up!” in English, which will contain digital versions of this series and other manga from Square-Enix in Japan, including classics that were first released under other publishers like Fullmetal Alchemist himself. While this new platform may be a little inconvenient for some fans, the end result is more competition in the English manga industry, which should lead to more series being officially translated.

Although it is still at the beginning of its history, Shadow Realm Demons has already managed to paint a complex world of crazy spirit monsters and the people who control them, for better or for worse. These creatures are also well defined with personalities, even when they cannot speak, creating a unique relationship between each wielder and their monster. Unlike other similar series, these creatures can sometimes even be made to obey a new master, and it is quite possible to have several of them under the control of a single person. The monster designs are quite unique, although a few resemble some of the more monstrous creatures in Fullmetal Alchemist. It’s no wonder the English title of the series decided to focus on these creatures and their strange abilities.

Fans who want to jump into the series can go ahead and jump in digitally through Manga Up! website, which offers the first two chapters for free, or its corresponding app, which has translations up to chapter six. Although it is not yet clear how the new chapters of Fullmetal Alchemist from designer Hiromu Arakawa Shadow Realm Demons will release, hopefully it will catch up with the Japanese release and match its monthly schedule with simultaneous releases in both languages.

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Sources: Anime News Network (1, 2)

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