News from Japan:
Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambala
A special trailer (interviews with the producer and director, plus Ed's Japanese voice actress) has been put up on the official Fullmetal Alchemist movie website. Please take note that this trailer will only be avaliable for download from there until the 10th of February. This trailer was shown at the recent Fullmetal Alchemist Festival.
Instructions: Click on either button of the two buttons under the bunch of yellow text to copy the URL, and replace the 'MMS' section of the URL with 'http' in your brower's address bar. The video is TOTALLY in Japanese, but I've translated the interviews (which contain eyebrow-raising content...) below.
Topright : Paku Romi (Edward Elric's Japanese voice actress)
Bottom Left : Director, Mizushima
Bottom Right : Producer, Minami
Rough outline of the video (with translations):
--- Short clip with sequences from throughout the TV anime series with lines from various episodes. ----
--- Short interviews with the movie's director, producer and Ed's voice actress (Paku Romi). ---
Tell us about the movie?
Paku Romi : "I know absolutely NOTHING about the contents of it..."
Producer Minami: "I can't tell you anything..."
Director Mizushima: *Laughs*
What's the movie's story about?
Director Mizushima: "Well from the TV animation series, comes the movie..." <-- ??????
Producer Minami: "Hmmm... Ed and Al go in search for something..."
Paku Romi: "What kind of adults do they (the characters) become...."
Director Mizushima: "What kind of experiences they (probably the Elric brothers) go through, and what they make of it all. It'll probably go all in accordance together with what happens in the animation series."
What is Shambala?
Producer Minami: "The Conqueror of Shambala...
Paku Romi: "Wasn't it Janbara or something...? That I was told by Minami-san..."
Producer Minami: "So... what is Shambala..."
Paku Romi: "Shambala is paradise."
Director Mizushima: "Shambala means paradise"
Producer Minami: "Think of it as something like the Philosopher's Stone..."
Director Mizushima: "Since it's the title of the movie... it's got a pretty deep meaning to it"
Producer Minami: "Does it actually exist? You'll have to see for yourself..."
What's the theme of the movie
Producer Minami: "Simple, pure love"
Paku Romi: "Al has some love-love scenes"
Director Mizushima: "A chance meeting and paradise..?" <-- ???????
Producer Minami: "And it's not with Ed..."
Paku Romi: "Of course, I think it's the brotherly love between Ed and Al.... right..???"
Producer Minami: "... unfortunately...." <-- I really don't know WHAT to make of what he said here... -_-;
Any lines from the movie with strong impressions?
Producer Minami: *Flips through book* "Give me a moment..."
Director Mizushima: *Flips through same book* "Where was that..."
Producer Minami: " 'WHO ARE YOU CALLING SMALL?!' " <-- note: This line was in Osaka accent. Why, I have NO idea...
Director Mizushima: " 'I am who I am, here right now.' " <-- from the use of words, I'm guessing this is Al's line...
Producer Minami: "That's it."
How is production coming along?
Producer Minami: "We've finished writing the screenplay, and are proceeding on with the storyboarding and animation from now."
Director Mizushima: "We were told not to storyboard the movie, thinking of it as a movie....
Producer Minami: "Ed's dubber will be changed, so we're holding auditions right now." <-- At the event, the whole stadium was filled with "WHAT?!" yells, including mine when we heard this.
Paku Romi: "Of course I'm going for that audition, if it were real..."
- JOKES ASIDE - <-- ARGH the producer was just kidding us on Ed's voice being different... *PHEW*
Producer Minami: "We will be finishing production in summer so everyone will be able to hear Paku Romi's (Edward Elric's voice actress) voice. (Voice-recordings will be completed in June)
Director Mizushima: "We're not actually that into production just yet... everyone's still waiting for the storyboarding to be done. Our work has yet to begun...."
Producer Minami: "Where the animation series left off was a tense cliffhanger. We're aiming to create something better than what (fans) expect. Even work(ed) hard through January to make sure of that."
Director Mizushima: "We're quite excited about getting down to the actual production.."
How do (you) feel about the movie?
Paku Romi: "It looks like its shaping up to be a really production. No matter what the story, I'll work my hardest to bring Ed(ward) alive again!
Producer Minami: "We plan to work through January so we can start production as soon as possible; to create something we can call 'good'. <-- Note: this interview was done in December 2004
Director Mizushima: "Almost all the staff involved in the animation series are doing the movie too. We want to create a anime/ movie that'll make be able to make the viewers feel 'pain'. We'll work hard to make it good, so do come down to theaters to support us~<-- Don't understand what he means with the 'pain' part...
--- 2nd trailer clip ---
Official Movie website (Jpn) >> (link)
T_T Paku Romi is still voicing Ed. Thank the lord.
Translation is tiring. x_x