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UPDATE: First Look at the Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Movie is Here

Edward Elric with Alphonse head from Fullmetal Alchemist anime

The brief thirty-second teaser for the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie offers a glimpse of Edward.

It’s been quiet on the Fullmetal front the past half year or so, but suddenly, much to our surprise, the first teaser for the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie has arrived. It’s brief, and as with most teasers, it doesn’t provide more than a couple of glimpses of the action.

Honestly, my favorite shot from the trailer is opening one, followed by the overhead shot of the transmutation circle in the room. I think they’re doing a great job on the look of the movie.

Based off this first look, I’m upgrading my interest levels and starting to become interested in the adaptation. It’ll be fascinating to see how this movie fairs versus Paramount’s American-based adaptation of the Ghost in the Shell series.

After weathering a barrage of initial whitewashing accusations once it was revealed Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead, followed by “it won’t live up to the anime,” followed by a regular stream of both, the Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation has continued forward, managing to slowly win some fans with the cryptic teasers it released back in August. And now, the first full trailer is here. And though it still manages to maintain some of the mystery, we’re finally getting a few answers [Click here to read more…]

Original Post 4-13-16: Fans of the Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Rejoice!

It’s been almost six years since the end of one of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime and manga series, arguably one of the most popular and recognized series ever. And what do you do when something is popular and makes you money?  Why, you continue it, of course. So it’s no surprise that it was recently announced that they were moving forward with a live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie in Japan. The two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric will continue their quest for the philosopher’s stone, only this time on the big screen.

The movie is set to be helmed by director Fumihiko Sori (Ichi, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker), and Ryosuke Yamada (famous for his role in Assassination Classroom, as well as being a member of Hey! Say! JUMP, a Japanese idol group) will star in the movie as Edward. The movie is set to start shooting this summer in Italy and will be heavily relying on the use of CGI.

What is Fullmetal Alchemist About?

For the uninitiated, Fullmetal Alchemist is set in a world where alchemy is real, and part of the way of life. When they were young, the Elric brothers lost their mother, and attempted to revive her using a forbidden aspect of alchemy. During the attempt, Alphonse loses his body, and Edward bonds it to a suit of armor. Edward loses an arm and leg as well, and must used machined prosthetic replacements.

In an attempt to return Alphonse to his body and set things right, the brothers set off on a journey to find the mythical Philospher’s stone, the ultimate power amplifier in Alchemy.

And, based on what we’re hearing about the live action movie, it appears the movie will follow the same basic plot of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime, and will not be a sequel. Which is too bad.  I mean, after the manga series, two different TV anime series (the original, and Brotherhood), a pair of animated films (Conqueror of Shamballa and Sacred Star of Milos), and at least a couple of video games that made it here, it’d be nice to see another original story, instead of looping back to the beginning.

So, how about it?  Is this something you’re excited for?

Artwork by: AAgito

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