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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The only problem is that, even with the release date in Japan, it will take quite a while for it to be put up on the net and translated, so, I'm figuring we'll only be able to lay hands on this movie, at least, by the end of this year, early 2012.
And I truly doubt they'll make any sort of epilogue or "post-manga" (and I'm actually enormously glad they won't), thing in this movie, even if its just a bit, since Arakawa hasn't made any epilogues to FMA aside from what we already have and that's way too little to actually make a plot out of.
As Arakawa herself has said in an interview sometime ago: (Warning! Series Final Spoiler ahead!! --->) "FMA finishes with the end of the Fullmetal Alchemist". if they were to make anything else... it wouldn't be Fullmetal Alchemist, it would be something else. And it would be missing the whole point of the manga of "not needing Alchemy" and about "having a self-learning journey to become self-sufficient".
The manga has wrapped all up pretty nicely already and messing it up is more likely to screw it up than to actually add to it. It would be like saying "This is the end" and then adding "Not quite". Especially since it's not Arakawa who's writting this script, so it would be "finishing someone else's work".
I guess the tops we may be able to find is a sort of reference to it, as some people already stated, as if "the older Ed/Al" told an old story, cause it wouldn't interfere with any of the manga's ending.
I think it's extremely unlikely they would actually change the manga's end and I'm glad it is. One of the things I like most about Arakawa is that she's capable of detaching herself from her work and making it "for the story" and not "for herself" or to "merely please the avid fans". In a world where most things are 'endless' and 'pointless' and just of the sake of being 'news', it's quite refreshing to have someone who's not into making "Endless sagas" and one of the best possibilities of Anime and Manga is that of a different sort of view and approach to animation, including the idea of a story with a Beginning, a Middle and a End and, more that, a purpose and "getting somewhere".
So, yeah, I'm curious about what happens next and about many things that have been left open by the manga, but I'm ok with being curious, cause there will always "something else" to clarify and to talk about and something will always have to be left out. That's the opportunity cost we have to pay (or would it be the "equivalent exchange"? lol).
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