News from Japan
A Fullmetal Alchemist-themed attraction will be introduced at Universal Studios Japan (Osaka), and is scheduled to be opened in late March, 2005. This attraction, based on the television series, 鋼の錬金術師 (Fullmetal Alchemist), will feature a building modelled after the anime's (not specified which) with a mini-theater inside. This theater will have a seating capacity of 200 people, and will show a short, original movie. This attraction targets families.
As an anime-based attraction, this is a first for Universal Studios Japan (that has, up until now, only based their attractions on overseas films or television series). There have been many doubts about the success of this new project; the theme park is, up until now, short of families as patrons. As a result. it was concluded that trying to introduce an attraction that doesn't have the 'Hollywood' label on it would be impossible to most of the theme park's patrons. Even then, Universal Studio Japan is taking a bold leap by trying their luck on a popular home-grown animation this time round.
Source: Nikkei Net
Update (10th December 2004):
The attraction will be open from the 19th of March 2005, till the 8th of May 2005.