Fullmetal Alchemist: The Vengeance of Scar will be released on May 20, 2022 in Japan and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Last Transmutation will follow on June 24, 2022. The first live-action Fullmetal film was released in 2017 and is available to watch on Netflix.
I’m impressed that we’re getting the final parts of the trilogy in the same year, but I’m also nervous. I understand that adjustments will have differences due to various external circumstances.
But I haven’t found a live-action adaptation that I like yet. I don’t hate the trailers for the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist movies though.
If you’re new to the FMA fandom, welcome. Between animes, manga and movies, the plot is fun and offers us a mix of basic world themes with a short and angry protag.
But there are key differences between Fullmetal Alchemist, which came out in 2003, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, 2009. The live-action movies follow Brotherhood, which in turn follows the manga.
What can we expect from the latest version of Fullmetal Alchemist?
I love both animes and have read most of the manga. The story follows Edward Elric and his younger brother, Alphonse Elric, as they attempt to restore their bodies to normal after attempting to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.
FMA only followed the manga for the first four volumes because the manga was still ongoing and Studio Bones was not pressured to stick with the manga. But that’s one of FMA’s strengths, giving fans a “what-if” taste of certain scenes, characters, and arcs.
Like how Edward met Scar for the first time. Scar is an antihero and has defeated the military and the homunculi.
In the FMA, Edward temporarily retired from the military and had no official watch. This eventually saved his life as Scar’s introductory mission is to kill all of the government alchemists.
In the manga and Brotherhood, Edward is afraid of Scar, and Scar takes advantage of this to destroy Ed’s automail arm and leg, partially destroying Alphonse’s armor body. This scene is just one of many that fans are arguing about.
FMA is an excellent anime and worth watching, but certain characters don’t exist/have different personalities/origins and the final villain is different! I’ve only watched one other series with two anime adaptations, and both are awesome!
If you like bloody vampire anime, you should check out Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate. Hellsing Ultimate follows the manga and is the latest version.
Which Fullmetal is the best?
Fans will argue about this forever, and I’m not going to add fuel to that fire. Instead I want to give you some advice.
Brotherhood is getting a live-action adaptation as it follows the manga. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, and both animes were made by Studio Bones.
Every anime’s first episode is different, and Brotherhood gives us a hint that all is not well. The fact that they did is both a nod to those of us who watch FMA and a welcome to new fans.
My love for FMA is the reason I watched Brotherhood and read the manga. And I will see both side by side at any time.
Both animes have their own movies that expand on the lore beautifully and I can’t recommend them enough! However, if you want to understand that Live Action Moviesthen Brotherhood or the Manga is for you.
The only thing I don’t recommend is half-watching one version and switching to the other. FMA’s slight differences in the beginning pay off to dramatic effect in the final episodes.
An effect you don’t get in Brotherhood and you get confused by it. I refuse to spoil the ending for you, but if you love Envy you should check it out.