Review: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST THE MOVIE: CONQUEROR OF SHAMBALLA


Edward Electric, an alchemist from a different world, races to prevent an evil society to bring chaos and war to his homeland.

For some of you, adding FMA might feel like a franchise that might not be the most obvious choice for a week like Shonen Jump. The reason I chose the franchise is this. Fullmetal Alchemist is a franchise that I think deserves more credit. Yes, it is quite popular, but not in the same league as Dragon Ball, Naruto or One Piece. If I had the time, I would have reviewed one of the animes (and yes reviews of both will come in due time). So instead, you get a review of one of the movies set in the original anime adaptation.

I can say it right out of the gate that I enjoyed this movie. It’s a Batman: Mask of the Phantasm-type of movie if you will. The animation is gorgeous. The voice acting (in this case a dub) is great. The story felt like I saw a well-written episode of the show stretched out to feature length. But this is also the movie's major weakness.

Unlike Mask of the Phantasm, a movie that you could watch without seeing the animated show, I can’t say the same about this movie. You might enjoy it if you walk in fresh, but it’s pretty clear that it’s intended for its already targeted audience. It also brings up more questions than the movie answers.

In the end, I did enjoy this movie, and I do recommend it. Just watch the original show first.

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