FMA "MiloStar" Story-line/Time-line/Plot discussions (Any post that contains actual movie spoiler --> please post in SPOILER ZONE forum), Please do NOT post any posts with movie spoilers on this thread!
The first page scan in hilary's post above says the time period of the movie is when Al is already able to perform alchemy without the alchemy circle, and Roy and the gang are still in Central.
- From part of interview with the director of the new FMA movie... He said they wanted to make a story for some place Ed and Al have never visited before, and make them meet some new people there, and then asked the writer, Mr. Shinpo who is also famous for his mystery novels, to write the story for this movie.
The latest info, (although we could already guess it ^^) is that according to the wording on recent Yahoo.jp news (the news was actually about the Japanese volume books of FMA manga being expected to surpass the total sales volume of 5,000,000 copies with the release of Japanese volume book 27 on Nov. 22) this has been announced to be an ANIMATION motion picture. ...yes, I know that's nothing new, but this is the first time I see that news media clearly saying this one will be an animation motion picture. ^^
And, since I'm making a new post, let me put my latest predictions/wild guess for the movie: XD
(Note: The following are my predictions/wild guess only, and there probably would be no truth to it. )
...There will be promo pic, poster, etc. for the new movie on Jan issue of Shounen GanGan, with increasing promo in coming months.
...The movie will open either July 2011 (first premier in June in Tokyo) or in Dec. 2011.
...In the movie, Ed & Al are still somewhere in the middle of FMA manga story-line, and the story in the movie is not directly related to the main FMAmanga story-line, but some side "event" such as in FMA Game "Prince of Dawn," with bad guys that are independent of the main FMA manga storyline, and of course Ed, Al, & Mustang's gang will eventually take care of the bad guys.
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There we have our timeline. *does quick reasearch* So the action is happening between chapters (circa) 31 (End of Greed's arc) and 52 (Gluttony's arc). I don't know if they thought about fitting in into timeline, but there aren't too many loose places to fill...
I think Al's ability to do alchemy will be just a plothole we'll have to live with, because I don't see how this movie can fit in anywhere.
This movie can't take place directly after Greed's arc. Ed busts up his automail, prompting him to go visit Winry in Rush Valley. Ed doesn't even learn about Al's handclapping until Rush Valley.
It's unlikely that this movie takes place directly after the fling with Ling in Rush Valley, because Ling and Winry accompany Ed straight from Rush Valley to Central. It's possible that the movie is a big side-trip along the way, though that would be kind of random.
This movie can't take place during the Maria Ross arc, for obvious reasons. Like Ed being separated from Al.
This movie can't take place immediately after that arc either. Scar arrives in Central before Mustang changes out of his hospital clothes.
This movie can't take place after the confrontation with Scar, because they capture Gluttony on the same day.
I'm nitpicking. But unlike other anime films that conflict with continuity, the makers of this film had the entire manga story available to them. I'm less lenient on this sort of thing because, if this does end up being a plot hole, it could have easily been avoided.