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3.0 out of 5 stars Fullmetal, but not, May 14, 2012
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This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Blu-ray)
I love Fullmetal Alchemist. This, however, I did not. The art was sketchy (nothing like the lovely art in the brotherhood anime), but I could have lived with that (sketchy art happens sometimes when they make Anime movies). What I couldn't live with were all the inconsistencies.

There may be 'spoilers' in my following reasons, I tried to keep it general so you wouldn't guess all the happenings, but I don't know if I succeeded. So read at your own risk. (Spoilers for either the movie or for the Brotherhood Anime).

For instance: Philosophers Stone: apparently swallowing it causes you to "lose your soul" and get glowing eyes and crazy hair, and yet, in Brotherhood, Kimbley is constantly swallowing his rock and there are no outward signs of change, the only difference is in his alchemy. (Plus you don't NEED to swallow the stone to use it)
Second: Gate of Truth, they kept on talking about how he wants the philosopher's stone to open the Gate of Truth. Umm... You don't need to have the stone to do that (Ed and Al, Izumi, Hoenheim, and even Roy all access the Gate of Truth without the stone, in fact, the homunculi need people who've already opened their Gate to create their country-wide stone)
Third: Automail - a character loses their leg, and two minutes later they're walking around with crutches and an automail leg. Um what? Surgery talks longer than that, not to mention the person in question would be laid up in bed for a while after surgery. Automail takes years to adjust to! Ed was unusual and he did it in a year.

So yeah, all the little inconsistencies drove me insane, along with silly little add-ins that really weren't needed for either the movie or for the Fullmetal plotline.

So in all, something I'd rent, but not buy.
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Initial post: Jun 5, 2012 3:12:00 PM PDT
Gromer says:
totally 110% agree.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 8:47:16 AM PDT
I was also dissapointed with these inconsistencies and felt the plot line was way too predictable/repeatative. I have no complaints about the art style though.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 10:11:24 PM PDT
Steven Suave says:
nah, that stone was diffrent than the Philosophers stone. it was a sanguine star witch pretty much is a type of a Philosophers stone. diffrent transmutation circle and the abilities was to make the user when swallowing it control lava. they were using diffrent alchemy all together so the Philosophers stone or the sanguine star is diffrent as well. the Philosophers stone in the country of ametris required a bigger transmutation circle and granted the user immortality from adding everyone sacrificed maxed out years they could of lived to the user as well as all there life force strength granting the user with so much power if the amount of people sacrificed was many that it would make the user almost a god. however the sanguine star used a diffrent circle, and granted just the control of lava as well as a small amount of distruction power. reason why they keep talking about the gate of truth like that is because if you sacraficed the stone by offering it to the gate of truth it will allow you to see it all!!! unlike how ed and al and mustang and izumi did, they sacrificed a part of there body to see a glimpse inside and bring back a failed transmutation. thats why ed was in the gate and say wait let me see more and they said sorry your sacrifice was too small. witch is why he wanted to stone to give it in return for his brothers body and his arm. when he found out the truth of the stone tho he said forget it. but when julia brought her brother back, she used the stone and her leg and his stone. showing that that stone is not as powerful as the other one. wat she wanted to do was used the stone to control lava and push ametris out of their land and creta then sacrifice the stone to see the truth. as for the automail idk she was on crutches? idk

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 7:54:58 AM PDT
Charles says:
I agree. I really hated it. I noticed when Major Armstrong was first in the film, his head was too small! Talk about poor drawing; I noticed his head was too small in the first nanosecond. What's even worse is he didn't even stay but for a few seconds. Mustang was barely in the movie. We had all these characters to draw from, but all they pulled from was Ed and Al...which are great characters, but them interacting with fully developed characters more would've been so much better. The plot was pretty bad. I'm not even certain when you're supposed to watch this...before Brotherhood, during Brotherhood, or after Brotherhood. If I had my pick, I'd say none. I'd like to scratch this movie from my memory, so it doesn't tarnish the first FMA movie, which was perfectly spectacular.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 9:41:09 PM PDT
I too found some of the inconsistencies infuriating.

****Spoiler Warning****

Perhaps the biggest issue that I have with most anime movies including this one is the fact that they don't really fit into the anime timeline correctly, and they tend to ignore many major details of the series.

Dragonball Z: Lord Slug, is probably the worst of all the animes movies in this respect. Aside from the fact that it was an awful movie, I still can't figure out when it takes place. The knowledge of the Namekian people, the presence of King Kai, Gohan's age, and the fact that Goku is able to walk again (b/c of the Vegeta battle) hints that this takes place after he arrives on Namek. The power levels, the techniques used, and ,once again, Gohan's age all indicate that this takes place before Goku returns to Earth in the Trunks saga - BUT THE MOVIE CENTERS AROUND GOKU ON EARTH!!!! Then there is the "Super Saiyan transformation", which looks completely different from any of the Super Saiyan forms seen in the rest of the series.

With Tenchi Muyo: the Daughter of Darkness, we're not even sure which anime series the movie is meant to accompany. Kiyone Makibi is present in the movie which would lead us to believe that the movie is meant continue the Tenchi Universe (or possibly Tenchi in Tokyo) series, but she never meets Tenchi in the OVA series. The problem? Tenchi uses the Light Hawk Wings in the movie, an ability that is only ever mentioned in the OVA series.

The point I am trying to make is this: anime movies tend have several plot inconsistencies with the original shows. I don't know why. The writers don't seem to care as much about this stuff as we do, which is a shame.
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