When it was first announced that film giant Warner Bros. was developing a live-action adaptation of the beloved fantasy sci-fi anime “Fullmetal Alchemist”, there was a collective skepticism among fans on how the project would turn out.
Considering Hollywood’s numerous disasters in the past such as “Dragonball Evolution”,”Speed Racer”, and “Ghost in the Shell”, anime fans nowadays tend to cringe whenever a Hollywood studio is attached to developing a live-action version of a Japanese anime.
American adaptations have been constantly botching the source material while committing controversial casting choices.
It has become apparent that Hollywood studios have been failing to see that the majority of the followers of anime/manga are devoted fans who would prefer them to be as faithful to the source material as possible.
So imagine our surprise when the first full trailer for the movie dropped and it looked so amazingly close to the original award-winning series.
In the trailer, we were shown the non-whitewashed lead characters Edward Elric (Ryosuke Yamada) and his brother Alphonse, all in their “Fullmetal” glory.
Even the film’s villains are made to look as authentic as possible with the recreation of the Homunculi– Lust (Yasuko Matsuyuki), Envy (Kanata Hongō), and Gluttony (Shinji Uchiyama).
Series regulars Roy Mustang (Dean Fujioka), Riza Hawkeye (Misako Renbutsu), Maes Hughes (Ryuta Sato), and Winry Rockbell (Tsubasa Honda) also make their appearances in the short, but undeniably awesome, preview of the film.
Warner Bros.’ version of “Fullmetal Alchemist” is adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa, which tells the story of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who used tried to use alchemy to bring their dead mother back to life. The attempt did not go well and caused Edward to lose an arm and a leg while Alphonse lost his entire body. In order to restore their bodies to their original state, the brothers must go on a quest to retrieve the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
“Fullmetal Alchemist” is scheduled for release in Japan by Warner Bros. Pictures on December 1, 2017.