One day before the release of Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Transmutation in Japan, Warner Bros. Japan's official YouTube channel posted the fifth episode of "Fullmetal Alchemist PERFECT GUIDE," which includes the latest comments from the original manga author Hiromu Arakawa. The latest episode was narrated by Ryosuke Yamada, a member of Japanese idol group Hey! Say! JUMP who has played the protagonist Edward Elric since the first live-action film released film in 2017.
Arakawa's comments are also posted on the film's official website as below:
It was like riding a roller coaster! There were so many moving scenes connected to each other, and the whole film was full of highlights. The opening of the film started from an unexpected place. As I kept watching, thinking it was interesting, the two hours flew by and I really enjoyed it.
About halfway through the film, Yamada-kun surprised me so much that I forgot his name, Ryosuke Yamada. Everything about him, from his body to his gestures, was just like Ed himself. The climax scene was just perfect. The young Hohenheim's expression as if he had given up on everything and the young father's muscularity were different from Ed's. Yamada-kun's ability to play three roles by himself was truly amazing. It was so faithful to the original manga. I am very grateful for that. Thank him so much for his hard work!
Uchino-san played the key role of Hohenheim and his father in two different roles, and all I can say is that he was just amazing! Kokoro-kun, who played the role of Pride, was also wonderful. The villanious Kokoro-kun was really good (laugh). Olivier-san, who made hers first appearance in the third part, was already great from the very first scene! And all three members of the Xing team were cool again. The climax of the battle between Führer President and Scar, Ed and Father were very powerful, not to mention the action, the combination of CG and music was very powerful.
I had been thinking about what to do with the scene where Al comes back since the beginning of the serialization, so as I watched the live-action version, I remembered many things from when I was working on the original manga story, and I was filled with emotion. I was grinning as I watched the last scene, wondering when he was going to say that line. I was able to see it through with a good feeling!
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『#鋼の錬金術師 完結編 最後の錬成』
— 映画『鋼の錬金術師 完結編』公式 (@hagarenmovie) June 23, 2022
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Avenger Scar, the first part of the two-part live-action film sequel of Hiromu Arakawa's internationally popular fantasy action manga, was released in 349 theaters across Japan on May 20, 2022. It has reportedly made 250 million yen (1.96 million USD) in five weeks since its release, which is 22.5 percent of the total domestic gross of the first live-action film in 2017.
The second and final part, Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Transmutation, which tells the story all the way to the end of the original manga, is released in Japan today on June 24, 2022.
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Sources: Warner Bros. Japan's official YouTube channel, "Fullmetal Alchemist Complete Edition" official website
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