This VIZ Media version is a simple hard covered book that reads from right to left, just like how you would read a manga. It features original illustrations from Hiromu Arakawa.
This art pieces are from the manga series instead of the TV series. The collection starts from 2001 to 2003. At the end of the book are character designs for the PS2 game Hagane no Renkinjutshi: Tobenai Tenshi (Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel).
There are lots of full page illustrations, most of which look like chapter splash pages except they are coloured in traditional media. There's no description for the characters, or for that fact, description for anything. However, there are some short captions at the bottom of each page as the artist reflects on the panel. This book is all about art.
This is the manga art book. Fans of the anime might want to get the anime art book instead.
By the way, I've never read the manga. But the anime is one of my all time favourite.
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