Since we still have only a handful of people outside of Japan who had watched this movie, and as such the reviews written in English are hard to come by... I'm going to post the review I found on the net that are written in English. Hoping that this may be helpful. ^^FullMetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos ReviewBy Tara Christofes (a.k.a. Shigeruhiko) who lives in Japan
Missed Otakon? Don’t Worry…============a capslockian review of FMA: The Sacred Star of MilosBy a blogger who watched the World premier of English subbed Sacred Star of Milos movie at 2011 OTAKON that was held at Baltimore, MD, U.S. July 30 & July 31.
Last month, in theaters across Japan, the latest Full Metal Alchemist movie was released. As the last run of the anime was very enjoyable, I had high hopes for this film. The trailers promised us a movie that happens during the actual run of the manga storyline, as opposed to after the events featured in the comic. There was at least one Chimera that we knew of, and the final trailer shown on the FMA website showed us even more. It also promised us an exciting train battle.
I assure you, fellow FMA fans, The Sacred Star of Milos does not disappoint.
The story starts out by introducing us to a family escaping some rebelling people. While things look good for the Crichton family, the people they are leaving behind are not so lucky. From the start of the movie, we are reminded that FMA is not a gentle series, and that fighting and rebellion are brutal. We then see the Crichton family a few years later, well off and safe, before their children see their parents brutally murdered in their study. Julia passes out, leaving her brother to fight off the intruder.
As the trailers have shown, years later Julia tried to sneak illegally into Amestris, only to be escorted back to a prison in Table City. The Elric brothers are brought into this sphere of intrigue after Melvin Voyager breaks out of prison, leaving one and only clue behind: an article in the paper about her arrest. The boys then head to Milos and Table City to investigate.
While the plot of the movie feels quite a bit like an oversimplified version of the oppression of the Ishvalians from the manga, that is the film’s only downfall. There are also twists here, both expected and unexpected. Additionally, the original movie characters are actually very enjoyable and not over the top. While at the end of the movie Julia and one of the antagonists do attain some pretty amazing alchemy-related powers, they are not unbelievable and are well explained in the context of FMA. While others may disagree, I feel that if something could be made in Amestris, it could be recreated in Table City and Milos as well. This was the only flaw in the movie that I really could see.
The movie also gave us a brief glimpse of FMA’s regular cast as well. While the brothers are the focus of the movie, Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye play minor roles. They also travel to Table City with Winry at one point in the movie, and arrive in time for a very spectacular final fight. For all you Armstrong fans out there, be advised that he does make a brief but awesome appearance that you will happily enjoy.
Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos was a great movie. I am very pleased to report that everyone I know who has seen it has enjoyed it. The fight scenes hold nothing back, there are deaths and sacrifices that are surprising and noble, and there are original characters that you will like, something that you do not often see in an anime movie. If you are a fan of the FMA manga or the anime, go and watch this. It was great. Thank you, Arakawa-sensei, for an excellent film.
We got to see the new FMA movie, The Sacred Star of Milos
, at Otakon! It was beyond cool to see it in such a huge room with so many other fans. Here follows some general thoughts/highlights for those of you who are interested - nothing specifically spoilery (lol I don’t talk about the plot or anything at all har har) but obviously don’t read if you don’t want to know!
- Right off the bat, let me just say that getting to see Ed and Al bro around and do anything was so great. People were laughing and cheering at basically everything they did. Even in a filleresque random movie, they are flawless as always… big surprise.
- THERE WAS A TRAIN FIGHT. Very nostalgic!
- There is a lot of going on about semi-complicated historical conflicts, and exploitation of this valley of people, and evil armies of powerhungry nations being evil, and blah blah blah, which is all good stuff but… obviously FMA has already done an amazing job of dealing with those themes, so it didn’t quite have the same effect. Meanwhile everyone watching is just like YEAHHH WE GET THAT THEY’RE OPPRESSED, PLZ CUT BACK TO EDWARD ELRIC’S FLY COAT SWOOSHING IN THE BREEZE.
- There is a fake Yoki
, EVERYONE LOL’D. Just when you think it can’t get any more pathetic than Yoki… A YOKI WHO ISN’T EVEN YOKI SHOWS UP.
- Regarding poster art drama: Roy’s eyes aren’t even blue, at least as far as I could tell. lulz.
- This movie is BLOODY. Like… Tim-Burton-Sweeney-Todd levels of blood spurting everywhere. It was pretty disgusting… but pretty hardcore… but mostly gross.
- There were sorta like chimera werewolves… to be honest they looked really dumb and it was lolarious
- Al is a ladies’ man. Accuracy.
- I personally did not feel like I cared overly about/connected with the main movie character, Julia (I meaaan even really minor characters in canon will always have so much more impact.) However, she was not a horrendous mary sue filler princess or anything. Which I was afraid of. So it was all right.
- …Well. She was kinda a mary sue filler princess in some ways. IT WAS STILL ALL RIGHT
- ROY DID NOT DO ANYTHING
IN THIS MOVIE. Seriously, he firesnapped maybe once, and it was just to heal someone’s wound in a decidedly non-dramatic manner.
LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE’S NOT ONLY USELESS IN THE RAIN….
- Similarly, Riza didn’t get to do much
, but she did have at least one moment of badass
, at which everyone cheered. (I never thought I would get to experience a room of hundreds of people cheering for Riza Hawkeye kicking ass. IT WAS AWESOME.)
- Also, let it be noted that it is worth watching this movie because Roy and Riza are in the same room/train compartment/country in some scenes
, you guys. They don’t even sit directly across from each other on the train because that would be too fucking steamy goddamn
- oh yeah and ED AND WINRY SOAR THROUGH THE AIR TOGETHER…
LITERALLY. It’s adorable
IN CONCLUSION, this movie is pretty random overall, and nothing approaching the levels of emotion and epicness that Brotherhood/the manga or the old anime have achieved. But for anyone who loves FMA with a passion, it will still be really enjoyable to see for the little moments.