Friday, July 10, 2009

Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

Munich 1923. Two years have passed since Edward Elric's sacrifice ripped him out of his world and into ours, separating him from his younger brother, Alphonse. In that time, Ed's continued research into rocketry has allied him with Alphonse Heiderich, a fellow researcher who oddly resembles Ed's brother. Progress has been slow, however, Ed has become discouraged. But when he saves a quiet Gypsy girl with the power to read minds, Ed is quickly pulled into a plot by the Thule Society and the burgeoning Nazi Party that could drag both worlds into a terrible war. Back in his own world, Al has been unlocking new secrets of alchemy and gaining incredible powers, all in the hopes of finding Ed. You're unable to use alchemy in the real world so they wait for someone from the Alchemy to perform a transmutation circle that will be some kind of gateway between each worlds. And when that happens it'll be a battle to the finish. The fate of both worlds are in the hands of the Elric Bros. This movie features a lot of familiar characters from the series, including alter egos in the real world. Those who like the TV series might like this movie. It has action, suspense, and it tries to tie up all the loose ends that were left off in the last episode. What I really didn't understand was why in the mother of fuck would they add Germany and Hitler??
That is the stories biggest fault. Adding WWII and Hitler... WHY ?? The series was not perfect but at least it was making sense..well, kind of...and didn't need Hitler. It didn't even need Germany. The animation and voice acting were great, but with an idiotic plot, dull setting (most of the movie takes place in dull WWII Earth rather than the Alchemy world), and disappointing ending (Ed is useless for the rest of his days in a world with no alchemy). Decent shit turned into a bad movie. Nothing new here, moving on.

Graphics 8/10
Sound 7/10
Storyline 7.5/10
Characters 7/10
Overall 7.5/10

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