Netflix is officially bringing us the live-action adaptation of ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’! The early trailers for the film have looked great, but we all know that live takes on anime have been met with mixed responses over the years. However, past the trailer, the movie has been mostly well-received in Japan which helps give it the benefit of the doubt.
The movie is set to be a Netflix Original title and fans who have been waiting to check it only have to get to February 19th, 2018, before the streaming service adds it to its catalog.
Last year Anime NYC hosted the film on the big screen after the Tokyo International Film Festival but for those of us who didn’t have a chance to see it, now we finally can! At this time, there are no announcements which have been made that we’ll see this get a limited or wide-release in theaters.
The anime and manga are pure inspirations here, and we’ll see the film based off of the source material initially created by Hiromu Arakawa. The original run was collected in 27 volumes and released through Viz Media and spawned two different anime series. The first was a 51-episode run in 2003 while the second, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ dropped in 2009 and was much closer to the source material.
If you’re not familiar with the story, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ follows the Elric Brothers who initially learned alchemy in order to bring their mother back to the land of the living. Things go wrong and Alphonse ends up losing his body with his soul becomes imbued into armor. The duo are pursuing the philosopher’s stone to try and restore themselves to how they used to be.
Are you looking forward to finally being able to see ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ in the comfort of your house? Do you think that the live-action take on the movie will work as well as the anime or manga have previously? Share your thoughts below!