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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to a great series, September 14, 2006
This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa (DVD)
Similar to End of Evangelion, this film is essentially the conclusion to the 51-episode anime show that caught on big with audiences stateside. While it's not a fair comparison, that was my first thought that came to mind, especially since like EoE, Conqueror doesn't end with an "all questions answered" ending. While it's definately cool to see your favorite characters in a fuller context, there's some things that aren't dealt with, mainly with characters, that I wish they concluded. In case you haven't seen the series, I am going to spoil it so consider yourself warned.

At the end of the series, 4 Homunculi had been killed with one being sent through the Gate. Al had been restored to his body with his memory wiped out and Ed was in our world circa the 1920's in Munich, Germany. In this film, Ed rescues a gypsy named Noah who has mind-reading abilities. It also turns out she's being hunted by the Thule Society who wants to reach the world "Shamballa". Back in the series world, Al actually turned out to be a pretty powerful alchemist and has been trying to find Ed while dealing with a new villain.

One of the things that's always fun while watching these movies is seeing one of the old characters show up. I don't want to spoil it but some of them are like "hey! that's him/her!". But like certain movies that have the same back and forth structure, you start to get intrigued by the appearance of characters in one world then you jump back to someone else. It's only a minor nitpick so it isn't as important. But it is great to see the characters again.

Now where I guess the disappointment comes in is the handling of certain characters. There's obviously some romances that are suggested such as Mustang/Hawkeye, Ed and Winry(and even at one point Ed and Rose), Scar and Lust and you'd at least like to see some acknowledgement of one of them actually happen. And the conclusion of the film suggests there will be a sequel since there's obviously stuff that can be resolved. I haven't read a single manga of the show, not that we have it available here anyway, so I have no clue what happens at the end.

It's highly recommended that you watch the series as everything from transmutation circles to Homunculi will be completely lost. Sure you'll understand the basics but all the small details will be completely lost. The film's great so it's not that big of a problem but still, it's a big investment to watch the film so set some time to watch all 51 episodes then come here.
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Initial post: Sep 21, 2006 12:32:35 AM PDT
Actually the anime's storyline diverges WILDLY from the original manga storyline at about the time that the homunculus, Greed, appears. Dante, Lyra and Archer do not exist in the manga and the homunculus Wrath doesn't exist in the way that the anime portrays him. As a matter of fact, Fuehrer Bradley is Wrath in the manga. So, if you check out the manga, you'll actually get a completely different storyline than the anime...Check it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 4:30:22 AM PST
if you want a proper animation of the actual manga storyline, then watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The first animated series, as Jonathan above said, takes a right turn and totally goes off in another direction than the manga, often changing important characters and plot (like who actually killed Winry's parents...kinda major, imo).

I think the first series has its worth and of course, fans of FMA want as much FMA as possible but if you want the story as told by the creator (and also to see what actually happens to the characters in the future) then watch FMA: Brotherhood before this movie.
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