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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome END to an awesome story, August 27, 2006
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This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa (DVD)
Having just seen the sneak preview screenings of the english language reversioning of Fullmetal Alchemist - Conqueror of Shamballa, I can say without reservation that it is a thrilling and must-see epilogue/ending capping off what is without question one of the greatest masterpieces of anime. However, DO NOT START your exploration of this story with this movie. Some of the things that make this story so great are its character development, story arc, pacing, and unexpected twists of plot. To be properly appreciated, Fullmetal Alchemist MUST be seen in sequence from episode 1 through episode 51, and THEN this movie. If you try to watch this movie before seeing the series, not only will you find it largely incomprehensible, but knowledge of what happens will SPOIL many of the surprises that await in those 51 episodes. Virtually no backstory is provided; viewers are assumed to have seen the series.

All the charm and wonder of the series is here in this film. All the voice actors from the english reversioning of the series were brought back to voice their characters for the movie. The care and attention to detail shown by both the original creators and the reversioners is remarkable to say the least. I only wished it was longer. The epic story of the Fullmetal Alchemist, in its entirety, will stand for decades as a monument to and inspiration for what can be achieved in this medium. This film is the final coda at the end of all its symphonic glory.
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Initial post: Aug 15, 2007 2:09:40 PM PDT
I have to echo this. I went to the US English dubbed premiere of this movie last year and had not seen the series, and I was entirely confused. Since then I have gone back and watched about half the series, and it makes much more sense now, but this is not a movie that stands alone very well.

However, the animation is simply gorgeous, and I would like to see it again when I've finished the series.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 8:10:24 PM PDT
AnimePrincez says:
At first reading your review i was thinking 'of course it's the ending, it's like the 52nd episode but movie length' but then again i ran into fullmetal on cartoon network, and to me it only seems logical that this movie continues. but i guess anime movies like the Inuyasha one's can be watching w/out necessarily watching after the series, they don't have spoilers, they have their own story.
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