The live action film “Fullmetal Alchemist” which is scheduled to be released on December 1 will take a storyline that is largely different from the anime version. This assurance was obtained from the director, Fumihiko Sori, who confirmed this. This can have a positive impact – but more often it will have a negative impact – for the continuity of the film adaptation.
The incompatibility of anime and live action is still a polemic that is often disputed by anime fans. Moreover, recently Ghost in the Shell fans were surprised by the selection of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi who in the Hollywood version was given the alias Mira Killian. This film received a lot of criticism for presenting the figure of Major Kusanagi, who in the anime and manga versions is an Asian woman, played by Western actress Scarlett Johansson.
Reporting from Crunchyroll, Fumihiko Sori explained this when interviewed at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival. At the premiere of the live action Fullmetal Alchemist , Fumihiko explained that this live action film does not take inspiration from the anime.
“The anime is based on the manga, and this film is not an adaptation of the anime,” said Fumihiko.
“We have to create a new picture. We present new suggestions, and if the audience can accept them, they can continue, becoming the new Fullmetal Alchemist . So we then made the new thing with courage and formed a new team.
The issue of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime adaptation is not something new for fans of the manga. In 2003, the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime adaptation was made by production house Bones. But the anime failed in the market because of the back and forth storyline.
The franchise received a second anime version in 2009 and Bones returns to serve as production house. To avoid repeating the same mistake, Bones translated the manga version of the pages into scenes from the anime and titled the adaptation Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood .
Although the manga version ended in 2010, Hiromu Arakawa as the manga’s writer and illustrator will bring back the series in a newer story. There will be a special manga edition that will be written by Hiromu Arakawa himself. This book is planned to be given to visitors who watch the live action film adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist on December 1 in Japan.