Anime Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

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Well, it looks like I am getting back into the hang of things here. Yesterday, I went out and purchased a new DVD. I had heard about its existence way before it was released where I lived and was kind of interested in seeing the movie. Today, I will be reviewing that movie, which is called Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.

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It is festival time for Amestris and Edward is sleeping away next to a pile of books. However, the peacefulness of the night is broken, when the windows of the place Ed and Al are located shatter. Ed notices that the lights outside are not festival lights and checks it out, only run into a fugitive who has broken out of prison. The Elric brothers try to contain him, but he escapes. Later, Ed and Al board a train, in order to invesigate the alchemy used by the fugitive. While there, they get wrapped up in the search for the philosopher's stone, as well as the tension between rebels and their two oppressors.

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I enjoyed the movie. The pace was nice and easy to follow. I also liked how Ed showed compassion towards the person he had taken hostage after getting down into the valley, because his country was one of the oppressors of the people. I also enjoyed that, like the Ishbalans, the people recognized that Ed and Al were different. Normally, nobody would want to welcome outsiders. The movie was action-packed, just the way fans of the FMA franchise like it. The pacing was good and Ed showed compassion like he normally does, setting himself apart from the rest of his country. The amount of action will not disappoint fans of FMA.

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As much as I liked the movie, I cannot ignore its flaws. First, the story does not seem very unique or engaging. Yes, it is hard to come across a new idea, but one would think that with how good of a job Bones did with both Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, the latter of which was truer to the source, that we would have at least an engaging story. Instead, we get a story where we cannot even understand the people that Ed and Al are trying to help, while they investigate the people's alchemy. At least in both FMA and FMAB, we can sympathize with the Isbalans, but I certainly did not feel anything for the people of Milos. The other thing that was not good was that we could not sympathize with Ed and Al's past in this movie. Now, there is a rarely, if ever, a movie that is part of an anime/manga franchise that will flesh out the franchise's main characters, since movies are targeted at those familiar with a franchise, not newcomers, but that does not excuse the fact that both old and newcomers to franchises need to be able to sympathize with at least the main characters. It all just felt like a weak version of Edward confronting Cornello in the original FMA anime, where he empathizes to Rose why he lost his limbs and Al lost his body, which was also stronger than the portrayal of the same incident in FMAB. The other thing I have complaints about happens in the end, but as I do not want to spoil it, I will not say anything.

While I enjoyed it and will most likely watch this again, I cannot get over the fact that this movie is an overall disappointment to the franchise due to the weak story and not being able to sympathize with any of the characters. For fans of Fullmetal Alchemist, I recommend staying away from this movie, since Bones has certainly disappointed us. I would recommend everyone else to do the same, as this does not portray all that is great about FMA.

What is your opinion of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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