Anime fans never expected there to be a day when Fullmetal Alchemist got a live-action movie, but it is on the horizon. Hiromu Arakawa’s classic shonen title will come to life this December in its first live-action romp. And, now, a new trailer has been released which pays homage to Fullmetal Alchemist’s roots.
Over on Youtube, Warner Bros. Japan shared a compilation trailer for the Fullmetal Alchemist film. The video, which can be seen above, starts off by thumbing through the franchise’s manga and anime roots. The series debuted back in August 2001 under Monthly Shonen Gangan, and Arakawa continued the manga up until June 2010. To date, Fullmetal Alchemist has sold over 65 million volumes around the world, and its anime has been well received as well.
Fullmetal Alchemist received its first anime series back in 2003 before an updated, canon-compliant show was released in 2009. The anime also houses two feature films, and its impending live-action feature will be the first of its kind within the franchise.
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.