If you are wary of live-action anime films, you are not alone. Hollywood has done its best to vilify any attempt to bring anime into real life, and Japan has committed its fair share of sins as well. But, when it comes to Fullmetal Alchemist, fans are saying everything is alright.
In fact, everything is going more than good if the first reactions to the live-action movie have anything to say.
Anime Expo 2017 is well-underway in Los Angeles, and the event hosted the lead actor and director of Fullmetal Alchemist. The film, which is set to debut in December, revealed its first footage to fans. Security at the much-anticipated panel has kept any footage from leaking, but fans are freaking out over how good the movie looks.
You can read up on the anime fandom’s reaction to Fullmetal Alchemist below. If you are curious as to what Anime Expo was able to show fans, one lucky attendee got to write-up a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist clip. Tumblr user @Lieutenantriza had the following to say about the footage:
“Most of the footage from the first trailer is from the Loire arc and specifically from Ed’s final fight with Cornello including that shot of Al that was going around. Also apparently Roy is going to be in the Loire arc bc?? Reasons????? And he really dramatically sets the fake philosopher’s stone on fire.
Also when Roy picks up the stone we see his gloves and that’s the first shot of him and I started cheering but I was the ONLY one no one else cheered until we panned to his face it was embarrassing . Winry is going to be brunette (and I think she’s the only blonde character not dying their hair that we saw???) and had the CUTEST DRESS YOU’VE EVER SEEN in this one shot honestly she’s SO CUTE. More footage of Nina and Alexander than my heart needed.
WHEN AL WAS PLAYING WITH NINA HE DID THIS SILLY WALKY THING IN HIS GIANT ARMOR AND IT WAS THE CUTEST THING IVE EVER SEEN MY HEART EXPLODED. There was a shot of Lust confronting Hughes before his death and everyone screamed. REALLY COOL footage of Roy using Flame Alchemy and sending a ton of flames against a backdrop of fire. There was a confusing shot of someone before that who looked a lot like Envy running and being completely caught on fire so I’m not sure if they’re changing things around or????
Riza walked up in front of a bunch of soldiers and kneeled down with them and got ready to shoot and everyone was screaming I almost cried SHE LOOKED SO GOOD it was A Lot. Ed pulls off his automail at one point it looked intense as hell. That’s all I can think of right now asdfghjkl it looks so good guys I’m so excited”
If there is one thing in this world that Edward Elric deserves, it is a good live-action remake. The State Alchemist and his brother have been through so much, so please - give them a break!
Judging by this reaction, Fullmetal Alchemist will nod to the franchise's most important characters. There is no word yet on whether the live-action franchise will lend itself more to Arakawa's manga or anime series - but everything will be fine so long as Roy Mustang is there.
When Fullmetal Alchemist hits theaters, Alphonse Elric will not be played by conventional means. The character will be brought to life via CGI, and it seems Japan leveled up its animation game just for this movie.
I saw footage for the Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie, and it looks amazing!— Kenny Lam (@KennyLam89) July 3, 2017
If Fullmetal Alchemist is half as good as fans are saying, it will be 200% better than Ghost in the Shell and 9000% better than Dragonball Evolution. This is the kind of reaction that gives otakus everywhere hope.
You can read Viz Media’s synopsis for Fullmetal Alchemist below:
In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies...the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
If you are not familiar with Fullmetal Alchemist, then you have plenty of time to watch the anime before its live-action film arrives. The series follows brothers Edward and Alphonse after their mother tragically passes. They attempt to use alchemy to resurrect her, but the attempt takes Edward’s arm and leg - and it takes Alphonse’s entire body. Determined to get their bodies restored, Edward and Alphonse try to become State Alchemists so they can find the location of a powerful item known as the Philosopher’s Stone. But their journey ultimately leads them into a seedy world of government corruption and mass genocide.
This year, fans of the shonen series will be able to see more of the Elric Brothers than they have for some time. In December, Warner Bros. Japan will release the first live-action adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist.
Fullmetal Alchemist will debut in Japan on December 1.