News & info on FMA "Sacred Star of Milos" movie on official JP site & around the web (Compiled "Movie Guide" on the first post..updated on Aug. 8, 2011) Please DO NOT post spoiler movie storyline here, If post contains movie spoiler discussions please post on SPOILER ZONE
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*** Guide to the new 2011 FMA Movie,Fullmetal Alchemist The Sacred Star of Milos
Japanese title:鋼の錬金術師 嘆きの丘(ミロス)の聖なる星 (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Mirosu no Sei-Naru Hoshi)
English title:Fullmetal Alchemist The Sacred Star of Milos
Rating: This movie is rated (映倫区分) "G" (general audience, all ages admitted) in Japan. Although, the movie is quite "bloody" and contains some gruesome scenes and scenes depicting some cruelty. It rated NC16 for blood spamming in Singapore. We do not know the movie rating (where it's applicable) in other countries, including U.S. yet.
Japan: One-time Premier special showing was held on June 29, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The nation-wide theater release was on July 2, 2011 with original Japanese version.
France: The theater release date for France is still unknown, but 400 lucky FMA fans in Paris were able to watch French subbed version in Paris on July 2, 2011, the same day the movie was released nation-wide in Japan!!
Original FMA Characters: Large roles: (Click on the icons for larger images) Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric
Minor roles: (Click on the icons for larger images) Winry Rockbell, Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye, Alex Louis Armstrong
The movie has a very few FMA characters... only Ed & Al in larger roles, plus Winry, Riza, and Roy in limited roles, and we see Alex in a very brief scene. There is no "FMA manga/Brotherhood anime"-only characters in the movie, nor any reference to these characters in the movie. Most of the story in the movie centers around the movie-only character, Julia, but there are plenty of action scenes with Ed, and Al, and action scenes in the movie are very, VERY dynamic.
New, movie-only characters: Large roles: (Click on the icons for larger images) Julia Chrichton Info from the official site, translated by Tombowhere:
"To bring back the country, we need great power." (Note: There is no explanation for the quote, but assume this is Julia's words.) A 16 years old girl who was born in the area used to be called "Milos," situated in West part of Amestris, between Amestris and Creta. She carries a sad past, of her parents being murdered when she was young. (um...like Bambi xP) Has a strong wish to re-establish her home country of Milos, and works as a core member of a resistance organization called "Black Bat." While in Table City for a secret mission for "Black Bat" she was caught by Amestris army, and held in the facility for illegal aliens, but she manages to escape, helped by the group members from "Black Bat" and Al.
Melvin Voyager (Click on the icons for larger images) Info from the official site, translated by Tombowhere:
"You, ... you have put your hands into God's territory, haven't you?" (Note: There is no explanation on this quote, but assuming this is Melvin's quote, and guessing that this is his words to Ed when he runs into Ed and saw his automail, and possibly Al's condition.) A jail-bird serving the 5 year sentence for robbery at the Central prison in Amestris. (26 years old). His parole was coming up in two months, but something triggered him to attempt to escape from the prison. During the incident (his escape from the prison) he run into Ed and Al. Ed and Al found that he's also a very skilled alchemsit, and the Alchemy he used during the escape from the prison was something they haven't seen before. After shaking off Amestris army, he heads straight to Table City in Milos. Interested in his powerful alchemy, Ed and Al decide to head to Table City after him.
Other movie-only characters:(shown only some of them here. There are other characters, but you have to see the movie for those ^^) (Click on the icons for larger images) From Left to Right: Wolf Chimera, Miranda, Alan, Tony
Story-line Time period & Relation to FMA anime/manga series: The time of this story is set sometime during the period for FMA manga chapter 45, or around FMA:Brotherhood anime episode 20. ...Al is already able to perform alchemy without the alchemy circle, and Ed & Al, Roy & his gang are still in Central, and this was shortly after Roy and Havoc had a big "encounter" with Lust. (i.e. this is NOT post-series-final FMA:Brotherhood/manga series movie.)
HOWEVER, except the brief moment of reference to certain element in Brotherhood anime/FMA manga, the movie is pretty much "stand-alone" story (although the story is very much within FMA universe, with the use of Alchemy, etc.), and the movie is produced to be enjoyed by ALL FMA fans, including FMA fans who have watched FMA-1 only. (Although, there are some things that are "similar" to what we see in Brotherhood anime/FMA manga, though not completely same/or called with some different name, so the Brotherhood/manga fans may notice the similarity, and these could become discussion points for Brotherhood/manga fans after watching the movie, but FMA-1 fans may not notice. ^^)
Place/Story Location: In the far Western region of Amestris, border of Amestris and Creta lies an area that was used to be the land for the now-lost nation of Milos, and in the center of the area stands a place now called Table City, so named by Amestris after it's occupation. MilosMap.png ( 46.76K )
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There are 3 informational (anime) videos that provide us with enough info about this region that will help understand the movie's storyline, and we highly recommend checking these videos (or screencaps and translations). Scroll down toward the bottom of this post for the links.
Original story:Hiromu Arakawa Except providing the original design of some of the movie only characters, Hiromu Arakawa was said to have stayed away from any involvement in the anime production.
Screenplay:Yuichi Shinbo The writer of the screenplay of this movie is also known as the author of several Japanese mystery novels (although he has written screenplays for other movie/anime movie also) and the story of the movie very much has a mystery novel "touch" with twists and turns.
Director:Kazuya Murata Character Design & Chief Animation Director:Kenichi Konishi Unit Director:Shingo Natsume Animation Director:Kiyotaka Oshiyama The above four were the main core of the anime production of the movie who decided on character expressions and moves, etc. Two main staff, director Kazuya Murata and character design/chief animation director Kenichi Konishi worked together in Studio Ghibli, and hence the movie may reminds you of other Ghibli movies.
Music:Taro Iwashiro He is a veteran composer for many movies and epic TV series.
Character Design: Pre-production, original character designs (settei), including the design for Julia were sent by Hiromu Arakawa. The final charcter designs in the movie are neither FMA-1 anime nor FMA:Brotherhood anime. For example, Ed has lemon-Yellow colored eyes in the movie. XD And, in general, characters have proportionally longer legs than the counterparts in FMA-1 or FMA:Brotherhood (except Al who has "hefty" looking armor and smaller head). Also, often the ending of hairs are drawn uniquely rounded. EdAlRoundHair.png ( 119.94K )
Number of downloads: 24
Japanese VAs for the original FMA characters are same as the cast of FMA:Brotherhood anime. And, unlike some other Japanese anime that often use pop singers, etc. for main roles, real professional actors/voice actors are used for movie-only characters (except the cast of "Black Mayonnaise" Japanese comedian pair for two very minor roles with one line each) so the Japanese VA casts in this movie are generally good and done professional jobs.
Top raw (from left to right): (They are all short, 15seocnds?) - Audience reactions - Comments from some of the music artists who have done OP/ED for FMA series (L'Arc~en~Ciel, miwa, YUI, NICO Touches the Walls, Sukima Switch, Lil'B, Chemistry, Scandal, Shoko Nakagawa) - Announcement of bonus gift for the theater audience, FMA Volume 11 & 1/2 Second raw (from left to right): - Selected scenes from the beginning part of the movie, 4 minutes long, including action scenes atop the running train.) - Trailer #3 (trailer that came out 3rd, 90 seconds) - Trailer #3 (trailer that came out 3rd, 30 seconds) Third raw (from left to right): - Trailer #2 (trailer that came out 2nd, 60 seconds) - Trailer #2 (trailer that came out 2nd, 30 seconds) - Trailer #1 (trailer that came out 1st) After finish watching one trailer, click on the Red Circle at top right corner of the page to get back to the trailer's home page.
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Movie Introductionon official site (written mostly for people who have not watched/read FMA anime or manga series.) JpIntropage.png ( 690.17K )
Number of downloads: 11
The translation of the "Introduction" page content on the official site, courtesy of Amber1003 on her Deviantart journal, link posted by Kasumistyhere (Note: Amver1003's English translation has some "unique" style ^^)
Finally, the forbidden story of bond is told.
It ended in June 2010 and the accumulated total of series was over 50 million copies, "Fullmetal Alchemist" drawn by Arakawa Hiromu. Elric brothers who committed a taboo, the original manga which depicted their pitiless journey and the whereabouts of their soul on on a magnificent scale called forth an echo. Also, TV animation which was aired in accordance with the ending of manga is still fresh in our minds. That "Fullmetal Alchemist" appears on a screen in summer 2011 again. The director, Kazuya Murata (The series of "CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion") and character designer and chief key animation supervisor, Kenichi Konishi ("Tokyo Godfathers") are received as the new staff, in addition, the movie brings in Yuichi Shinpo who is the novelist and known for "Whiteout" etc as the screenwriter. Studio Bones engages in creation of anime as well as previous series, and "Fullmetal Alchemist The sacred star on Wailing Hill (Miros)" will be delivered with the scale just like the movie. Edward Elric and his young brother, Alphonse - they were still on the middle of journey with being tossed about by fateful waves... The story of bond which is finally told rises the curtain here now.
From beginning to the end, the movie is filled with one action after another! And, along with these action scenes, the powerful and dynamic main storyline advances tightly and superbly, that is sure to deliver everyone a rich movie-going experience! Yes, I tell you, I really enjoyed these numerous action scenes that are taking advantage of the unique geographical formations of Milos that allowed the action movements to leap in every which way! I had a fine time!
Note: Our board staff strongly recommend NOT to read movie story spoilers (except the info shown here) for this movie. We understand that can be said for any movie viewing, but we strongly believe that it is especially paramount for the complete viewing experience for this particular movie. However, those who are curious, reviews with mild spoilers (covered with spoiler covers) written in English by those who had already watched the movie are available here.
On the other hand, we strongly recommend reviewing the following movie "bonus" material BEFORE watching the movie: FMA manga Chapter 45.5 by Hiromu Arakawa (It is on FMA Volume 11.5, available only at the movie theaters in Japan) FMA mini comic by Hiromu Arakawa that "bridges" FMA Chapter 45.5 and the FMA miloStar movie Three "Teach Us! Instructor Roy!!" videos on official JP site of the movie
We have translated all these materials. Please see below for more details, links to review the material and the translations:
Special additional videos on the movie's official JP site that show additional information for the far Western region of Amestris. The movie's storyline is based on the complicated history of the region with 3-way power struggle among Creta, Milos, and Amestris. This is partially explained in the beginning part of the movie in the form of dialogue between characters, but because the dialogue is spoken fast many audiences seem to fail to catch these explanations fully. Therefore... is it highly recommended to view these three videos (or screencap & translations as linked below) PRIOR TO watching the movie
We can watch these videos on the "special" page on the official movie website. The videos as shown on the website (from left to right) cover "History", "Culture" and "Power". Overall, with these videos we can get essential information regarding these aspects of Milos.
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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. finally. and judging from, er, Ed's appearance I guess we can safely say it's a midquel.
Did I understand correctly that there'll also be a trailer?
FMA's entry on TV Tropes' Better Than It Sounds page:
Military specialist searches for a magic rock recipe to get his brother out of a can. In one version of the story, the rock is their father, in the other version the rock is us. Or: Children see a Thing Man Was Not Meant To Know, run around country looking for another one.
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^ Thank you so much, Riza Ayano for bringing the info!! Also, thank you, Amber for the news! ^^
This is the Gyao site that will show the 31 seconds movie promo starting Nov. 15, 2010. (And, yap, only people in Japan can view the promo vid. T.T)
According to the site, Japanese title of the movie is "鋼の錬金術師 嘆きの丘（ミロス）の聖なる星"
tentatively, I'm translating it as..... "Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of the Sorrow Mountain (Milos)"
(I assume the Sorrow Mountain= Milos here. ^^) ...I see Amber is wondering about the spelling of "ミロス" also, and tentatively I'm going with the English spelling of "Milos," as in "Venus of Milos." And, "嘆き" can be translated as "sorrow" or "grief," or it can be " walling" as translated by Amber also. Just because the title starts with lots of "s" sound in "Sacred Star," I'm choosing "sorrow" here. XD And, "丘" is usually correctly translated as "hill," but I think in one past episode of Brotherhood it was once translated as "mountain," and just because IMO "Sorrow Mountain" seems to sound better than "Sorrow Hill" I'm using "mountain." xD As I said, this is a tentative title, and we have to wait for the official translation. ^^
Ed in promo pic looks little different from Ed in both anime series. Anyway, from the title and from Ed in promo pic, assuming this will be a midquel.
So far that's the only information there is on that site.
Finally we have some info about the movie! The title sounds interesting, and the image is different from the previous artworks. We'll see more in the trailer, hopefully someone from Japan will share it with us. ^^
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So that's what the movie is supposed to look like... To me, it's like a panel from a Spiderman comic book. I don't know if that is only a rough picture and the movie will look different. Gues we'll have to wait till the trailer. But the title sounds promising. I do hope we get Hughes but I guess it's no use to hope for that to happen.
Is there any info about the voice actors? Will Romi Paku return to her role?
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lol, yeah, that's a little weird, both title and picture, but I'm glad we have something about the movie! Also, may I remind you all that the first teasers for FMA:Brotherhood weren't all that great, everyone was complaining about Roy's looks, and some other little things with all the other characters... and, afterall, it got better. I guess those promos just aren't their strong point, eh? ^^
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Ah, finally. Well, it looks like a filler/midquel, considering Ed and Al's forms. Even though it's that, since it's full-length, I'm hoping it'll be promising! And I'm wishing really, really hard that Arakawa-sensei had SOMEthing to do with this.
I hope it has Xingese characters...I want more Ling!
Ed DOES look kinda different...he looks like the Ed in the manga more I wonder if it'll have a new animation style?
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Okay...I was a bit excited about this movie thing, but after seeing the title and that weird-looking poster thingy...meh, I dunno. Not to rain on anyone's parade or anything, but it sounds really, really weird...and I'm not thrilled that it's filler. I was hoping we'd get a post-Promised Day adventure. =/ But I'm not going to make any firm judgments on it until we get more info, obviously. It's not fair to cut it down before at least giving it a chance.
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Just to let you know people, I was just watching Star Driver broadcast on TBS and after the preview for next episode there was the a short promo featuring FMA movie. I can confirm from ....ty keyhole Ed with red coat, some weird winged fellows, and slightly different art , I guess that pic from a few hour ago wasnt that wrong. Stay alert to video sharing webs if it is uploaded.
EDIT: Managed to get screencap from StarDriver's 2ch thread: