I'll post here what I posted on my Tumblr!!
There are no spoilers in this review PREPARE YOURSELVESÖ
It was good. Good as I can tell anyways.KEEP IN MIND,
I viewed this movie in Japanese (no subs) and I do not speak much Japanese so the intricate details of the plot are clearly lost on me. However, it was easy to get the gist of what was happening and me and my husband were able to follow along through the entire film.
I will not be posting spoilers, sorry! (I posted a few in the spoiler forum in you are curious!)
What I liked: The animation.
I know there is debate over the new Ďstyleí and what not. I really enjoyed it. Mustang seemed drawn a little off in some parts, but thatís something I can get past. I prefer Edís Ďnormalí golden eyes, but his gradient eyes werenít horrible, they were pretty cool. Overall the animation gets my approval. The music.
I thought the music was awesome. Simple as that. (I also REALLY enjoyed the ending theme that is played throughout the credits)The fight scenes.
They got intense at times but they were really cool! Towards the end they got a little bit graphic but nothing that canít be handled. I loved these scenes though. Iíll throw out the word Ďepicí and let you take it as that The characters.
While I couldnít understand them, it was still much easier to get into these characters and actually enjoy the plot unlike another certain FMA movie I know aboutÖ *Shamballa* These characters actually had substance! Especially the female protagonist, Julia Crichton. Unlike Noa from Shamballa, Julia had a real, fleshed out story and I found myself rooting for her in the end. The plot.
Yes yes, I know. ďBut you couldnít understand what they were saying!Ē
Right, but like I said, I still understood what the general gist of the plot was and I am insanely curious as to all the details that I didnít get because of the language barrier. I canít wait to see it subbed! Anyways, I got the general gist of the plot and it held my interest the entire movie. It was really interesting and (to me) it twisted and turned and just kept getting juicer. This movie feels like it belongs with the FMA collection, unlike (in my opinion) Conqueror of Shamballa. (which I view as a completely separate entity entirely)
Overall I give Sacred Star of Milos a thumbs up! It was a thrill to watch it on the big screen with surround sound AND we got a free booklet with a mini manga and character profiles for all of the new characters when we entered the theater! Yeah, thatís in Japanese too, but still so cool! I posted a pic, hopefully it works.
Hopefully once I see it with subs I donít change my opinion and eat my words! It really seemed like a good movie with great characters and a pretty solid plot. Winry has an appearance as does Mustang, Hawkeye, Armstrong and Breda (very brief for Breda and Armstrong). In that sense, yes itís mostly about Ed and Al with the new characters like Shamballa but this time I felt it worked!
I had VERY
low expectations going into the theater, so maybe thatís why I thought it was so good, but even if you go in with a decent amount of hope I donít think you will be disappointed. I felt like it really delivered. Another small note that may or may not interest anyone. I noticed as we were leaving the theater that the age-range of the audience was pretty varied. There were younger children, people in their twenties(my age-range), and even people that were middle-aged that werenít simply accompanying children but were there for themselves! I thought that was really awesome that so many age groups were accounted for in the audience!
So basically, to sum it up. If you are looking for a continuation of Brotherhood, as it's already been established, this is not it.
Like I said above, it's Ed and Al interacting with new characters in a new setting. Sometimes it's only the new characters and Ed and Al aren't even in the scenes. So you just have to go in KNOWING
that that's how it's going to be and take it for what it is.
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