I watched the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie in Japan

Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi) is one of my favourite manga series at the true-to-story Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood might just be my favourite anime series. I live in Japan now and all my previous movie outings have been to see western movies; however the FMA fan in me sprung to see the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie on opening night.

Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie: Two alchemist brothers go on a quest for the Philosopher’s Stone after an attempt to revive their dead mother goes horribly wrong.

Forbidden Alchemy

My Japanese language ability is still quite crappy, but I approached this film primarily as a fun 2 hour Japanese lesson. I already understood the story so I should at least be able to follow the plot. The film opens with the definitive story-point of the FMA series; the Elric brothers trying to revive their dead mother with alchemy. I honestly believe these opening scenes were the best part of the movie and it at least showed great respect for the source material.

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As the movie goes on though it got less and less interesting with clichΓ© scenes, underwhelming villains and straight up comedic special effects in some scenes. The movie is definitely worth the price of admission at the theater or a later release or viewing opportunity. It’s not the best but far from the worst manga/anime movie adaptation to come in recent memory. Please watch it.

Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie LOOT!

I also scored some merchandise while at the theatre. A special manga that was free with the movie ticket and I ponied up 1200 yen for a sweet Hagane no renkinjutsushi metal teacup that called to me from across the foyer. I see myself going to more movies in Japan as my quest to learn Japanese continues.

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