Full Metal Alchemist is back, after seven years the popular franchise is making a resurgence with the live-action film, and apparently new manga. A new trailer for the upcoming film has been released and showed off all the classic FMA favorites. The new trailer gave fans their first-look at iconic characters like Roy Mustang, Winry Rock Bell, Maes Hughes, and the Homunculi. Villains like Lust and Envy were given a spotlight, and Gluttony also made an appearance. The trio were shown using their strange alchemy skills, and their CGI highlights look surprisingly good for a Japanese anime adaptation. With the upcoming movie it looks like the original creator behind the franchise is making a comeback to manga.
For the first time in seven years, Hiromu Arakawa has announced that she will be returning to Fullmetal Alchemist. There will be a new Special Edition Manga written after by the original creator herself. The new book is going to be given to all attendees who see the new live-action film adaptation, which is set to open in Japan on December 1st.
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.