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Fullmetal Alchemist Creator Hiromu Arakawa Comments on Final Live-Action Film

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Transmutation closes out the live-action adaptations of Hiromu Arakawa’s series when it hits theaters in Japan today, and the original author had a bunch of thoughts to share on the final results. In addition to praising the work of actor Ryosuke Yamada, Arakawa noted other key players and said that the “whole film was full of highlights.”

Here’s what Arakawa had to say:

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 villainous Kokoro-kun was really good (laugh). Olivier-san, who made her 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!

The comments were featured in the fifth episode of Fullmetal Alchemist PERFECT GUIDE, which you can see below, complete with Edward Elric actor Ryosuke Yamada’s narration. 

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