The Fullmetal Alchemist Live-Action Movie Could Easily Be a Blessing or a Dumpster Fire

Featured Image Credit: FMA Wikia via a promotional poster from the 2003 television series

Recently, Crunchyroll News announced that a live-action movie of the hit anime/manga series Fullmetal Alchemist, “is currently in development with plans for a 2017 release.” For a Fullmetal Alchemist fan, this is attention grabbing news. However, it is far too soon to tell whether it is good or bad news.

The Fullmetal Alchemist series is one of the most popular and well known story lines in anime/manga right now. Many consider it an instant classic. That means that a lot of expectations are riding on this movie. Fans will expect the characters who play Ed and Al, the show’s two main characters, to accurately convey the essence of the brothers from the anime/manga that they have come to love. The same goes for the rest of the cast as well given that it’s not just the boys who have dynamic and memorable personalities.

In addition to the challenges that the actors will face, the special effects team will bear the responsibility of bringing alchemy to the live-action world in a smooth and realistic way. According to the Crunchyroll News article, “The production will make heavy use of CGI to recreate the fantastic elements of the comic.” In the case of the 2009 hit movie Avatar, we saw a generally positive response to the elegant use of CGI to create beautiful fantastic elements. Similarly, the CGI in the live-action adaption of Avatar: The Last Airbender was well received but the movie as a whole was not. So even with great CGI the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie isn’t in the clear.  

On the darker side of the force, we also have CGI to thank for bringing Jar-Jar Binks to the world. Personally, I found Jar Jar Binks to be an enjoyable comic relief. But I understand why so many people thought he was the most annoying character in a movie ever, regardless of whether or not he’s really a sith mastermind. Star Wars conspiracy theories aside, the point is that CGI can be quite the wildcard at times and we don’t know what that means for the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie.

Lastly, there are the different storylines to consider when it comes to the Fullmetal Alchemist anime. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is regarded as the more popular storyline. However, who knows whether or not this is the storyline that the live-action movie will follow? Will it pick up where the last movie, The Sacred Star of Milos, left off? Or will it forge its own timeline? With all of these questions up in the air, we have no chance but to step back, take a deep breath, and brace ourselves for the best, the worst, or some strange place in between.

How do you feel about the announce of the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action trailer? Are you excited for its release? Worried about its potential failure? Angry that it’s even being attempted? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Ian Lepkowsky

Ian is a passionate writer searching for personal transformation through unconditional self expression. He's also a philosopher, artist, and creator that's interested in video games and food and stuff.

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