While it seemed like something that would never happen, anime fans continue to inch closer to the day that Fullmetal Alchemist becomes a live-action movie. The classic shonen from Hiromu Arakawa is set to come to life, debuting in Japan on December 1, and the cast members are giving fans some hope that it will be a great adaptation.
"It made me think, once again, that Fullmetal Alchemist is something that can definitely be enjoyed as a child, but then can be enjoyed again after becoming an adult," Honda said. "The brotherly love is wonderful, and all of the characters, even the enemies, have fascinating sides to them and things that I love about them."
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. The duo 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, they try to become State Alchemists so they can find the location of a powerful item known as the Philosopher’s Stone. Their journey ultimately leads them into a seedy world of government corruption and mass genocide.
Fullmetal Alchemist received its first anime series in 2003 before an updated, canon-compliant show, was released in 2009.
Rie Kugimiya voices Alphonse in the anime and said that what she has seen of the film has been encouraging.
"When you see the footage, it looks incredibly real," she said. "I thought it was probably very difficult to film, but I think that it's become something that makes you keenly feel the love and effort that went into it, so I'm thankful.
"It made me feel nostalgic as well, starting with the scene with the train, because the scene where all of the greenery is suddenly extending outwards is just like [in the anime]."
In addition to Honda, the film will star Ryōsuke Yamada as Edward and Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang. Ed is being aged up to 20 years old as he was originally 15 in the manga. While Alphonse will be rendered in full CG.
The original manga creator, Hiromu Arakawa, is drawing a 'special-edition comic' that people who attend theatrical screenings in Japan will receive.
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