JManga, the digital manga outlet organized by the 39 prominent publishers of the Digital Comic Association, has begun offering a collection of Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa's autobiographical Hyakusho Kizoku (Noble Farmer). The 2008 series, one volume of which has been collected in Japan, relates the story of the manga author's work as a farmer in Hokkaido.
As in the Fullmetal Alchemist bonus material, in Hyakusho Kizoku, Arakawa draws herself as a cow.
Farming is evidently a subject that still interests the author in that Silver Spoon, her currently running best-selling follow-up to FMA, concerns a boy who enrolls at an agriculture school because it has a dormitory and offers a chance to get away from his family.
Hyakusho Kizoku Vol.1
Created by Hiromu Arakawa
If they have no water, then let them drink milk." Before becoming a manga author, Hiromu Arakawa was a farmer for seven years in Hokkaido. She raised cows, grew vegetables, feared bears and got jerked around by squirrels! She worked all year long from morning to night without any breaks--and it was tough! If you read this manga, you'll understand. Farmers are cool!! The author of Fullmetal Alchemist presents her life of blood, sweat and laughter in comic form!!