Over the last six months, Ashirogi Muto’s 4-koma FullMetal Panty & Stocking of the Rebellion: You Can (Not) Believe This put them consistently in the top five of Shounen Jump’s rankings.
Their shocking and outrageous humor, apparent disregard for boundaries, and general departure from their previous works got readers from all age groups talking. Additionally, the liberal use of shameless cameos and crossover work, such as the Chuck x Otter love arc, Briefs briefly joining the cast of Bleach, and the dramatic deaths of Scanty and Kneesocks in a well-received arc of Crow, caused their popularity to surge even more.
However, for our heroic mangaka, none of it meant anything – not the rave reviews, not the avalanche of fan letters, not the offers of further crossovers opportunities with increasingly high-profile colleagues. No. All of it was worthless if they couldn’t get their series turned into an anime, allowing Moritaka Mashiro and Miho Azuki to finally get together (for the love of God!).
We find Ashirogi Muto in their studio.
The PRE-FINALE manga chapter!!!…
The alchemic rite has gone awry, and the readers twisted themselves and each other speculating on how the story is going to end. After a few more months of excruciating withdrawal from their favorite JUMP manga, news of the film’s release date arrived with much hype and fanfare.
Leading up to the release date, our mangaka heroes see the culmination of all their work for the first time…
This fanfic is the most fun collaborative experience I’ve ever had. The person responsible for the 4-koma illustrations is my BROSIS (she’s a sis, but she’s totally my BRO) Kiriska of the Opinion Prone blog, who did major contributions to the script as well (but any part of this that sucks is entirely my own). Here’s her potfolio, etc.