01-22-2012 12:29 PM
So who has seen it???
I saw it last night, and while it was certainly better than CoS, there were some moments when I raised my eyebrow and wondered WTF... Ididn't understand the wolf chimaeras at all. Where did they come from? Why did that Ashley guy feel it was neccesary to track Julia with them? I understood the resistance group, but why were they bats? And evidently border control is so tight in their world that no Cretan has ever been to Amestris and then on to Xing, because that was totally alkahestry Julia and Ashley were using. Ashley even did the Scar HEAD ASPLODE! super power with his hand.
I didn't think Julia was a Mary Sue, and I'm glad she wasn't all over Ed's **noel**. But the last scene where Al was stammering about how pretty she was made me furious (but that's because I'm an Al/Mei shipper and it had nothing to do with the fact that realistically he prolly should have little awkward girl crushes at his age despite being housed in the armor).
Armstong's 5 second appearance was AWESOME. Should have been more of him in there. Braeda's 5 second appearance made me squee too.
The animation was ALL OVER THE PLACE. There was CGI (landscapes, the train sequences), more traditional cell painting (like Brotherhood), and then some hand drawn stuff that was like OLD SCHOOL animation, reminding me of an older early 80's cartoon or something (mostly in the action sequences).
My favorite part: Yoki-looking Amestrian officer decides he's gonna shoot Roy in the back, but when he cocks the rifle, it alerts Riza and she pulls her gun and dead-eye's him in the shoulder. The audience in the theater cheered at that point XD
Long post is long.
01-22-2012 12:32 PM
also: wtf was it that Julia did? She lost her leg, but Ashley wasn't even dead when she did whatever it was she did... and they both had two perfectly good philosopher's stones they could have used as payment... It's weird.......
01-22-2012 05:02 PM
01-23-2012 02:12 AM
and why did the ashley imposter look JUST LIKE Haji from Blood+??? It was disconcerning... made me keep thinking Crispin Freeman should have been voicing him.
01-23-2012 07:16 PM - edited 01-23-2012 07:23 PM
The kind of strange thing about this movie (for me anyway) was that it really didn't pander to returning fans at all. There's not a single instance of someone referring to Ed's height, there's no slapstick humor or familiar witty banter between characters, etc. It felt really different from the previous FMA incarnations. Ed and Al are more like supporting characters here, they don't develop at all over the course of the film.
Obviously the intent was to make it more accessible to newcomers and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but you still need some familiarity with the source material to follow all the alchemy talk, and the film provides only minimal backstory for the Elrics (if I had never seen FMA before I'd probably be wondering what the heck they were doing in the military, what a state alchemist was, wtf are chimeras, etc), so it sort of fails as a totally standalone work. Then on the other hand, certain story developments are extremely predictable for FMA veterans. It was pretty easy to guess what the "sacred star" would end up being, not to mention the significance of a circular city with carefully placed towers.
The inconsistent art was a little odd too. The actual animation looked great throughout (the scene near the beginning with Julia escaping and getting chased was especially well-done), but sometimes the characters looked really flat and MS-paint-like.
TL;DR: I was entertained by this film, but it had some issues and doesn't really know who its target audence is.
01-23-2012 07:22 PM
I agree. Ed wasn't even a big part of the story until the end it seemed. It was like they were forcing these new characters into this sort of familiar universe. And I truly missed the comedic side of the story as well.
01-24-2012 10:19 PM
01-25-2012 04:20 AM
01-25-2012 12:24 PM
I would consider watching it again, just for the background on Creta/Amestris diplomacy which would play out in fan fic. And the story wasn't horrendous and unbelievable like CoS, it just had some wtf moments. I'd definitely recommend it, just don't expect Brotherhood's animation style.
02-13-2012 10:59 PM
02-18-2012 07:05 PM
08-06-2012 03:24 PM
For me, I though the movie was seriously pointless?.. Like they already got their bodies back, in brotherhood, why make a new movie about them trying to find their bodies again?... Why didn't they make a new movie with them with their new bodies, and see al at xing, and stuff?.. Or why even make a new movie and confused people?.. Like IM confused, what's the story even related too? Oh and did u guys watch it in dub or sub?
08-07-2012 09:14 PM
It's a spin-off side-story, it doesn't really fit into the original story's timeline and wasn't written by the original creators. It's just kind of an extra thing tacked on that neither adds to nor conflicts with the main story.
The point was to make money.
08-11-2012 05:05 PM
01-03-2013 10:27 PM
Meh. I thought it was ok. Better than that hot mess Shambala. Funny thing is I forgot all about this ever even coming out until I randomly saw it at Best Buy. But as others have said it really didn't do much for me. It wasn't even really good as a side story. Like with most anime series movies they do something new... This was mostly just a mismash of things they have already done before. Even the fake brother character reminded me of a mix between Kimblee, that Ice Alchemist and a few other characters.
It also did seem to drag a bit. It is supposed to be 90 minutes but it felt like I had been watching for over 2 hours.
01-06-2013 08:05 AM
My main complain that I had with this movie was Mustang's fight.
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