Netflix have really gone to town with their anime offering recently, sporting a version of Devilman Crybaby as well as releasing their own spin on Godzilla.
Having held the streaming rights for the anime of Fullmetal Alchemist they’re now delving back into the world of big-screen adaptations and are getting set to release a live-action feature of the Elric brothers’ adventures.
There may be shrieks and screams coming from fans of the popular manga/anime series, but while Netflix got super hands-on with Death Note (hailed by fans of the anime and manga as a complete flop) it hasn’t had that much involvement with Fullmetal.
Namely, while its being released in the UK under the Netflix name the film actually surfaced first in Japan in 2017, helmed by Oxybot, Square Enix Company, and Warner Brothers.
So far, so good, you could say.
The film sticks fairly faithfully to many aspects of the anime. Ed and Al Elric are the main protagonists, and they’re aided by Winry – who helps to keep Ed’s prosthetics working.
Another pleasing aspect is the level of CGI that’s been put into creating Al, magical effects, and the homunculus that populate the anime and manga.
In fact, when the film was released last year at the Tokyo Film Festival both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety gave it positive(ish) reviews.
In fact, in the latter, Richard Kuipers notes that ‘production design and costumes are on the money’.
Sounds pretty promising, right?
However, a closer look at the films rating on IMDB hints at their being a number of displeasing things about the film, with it only garnering a 4.5 star rating – that said, it’s based on 153.
Again hold this up against the 53,860 votes that pushed Death Note to a 4.6 and maybe there’s hope yet.
It’s also worth noting that subtitles will be needed for those viewers not fluent in Japanese.
Fans in the UK will be available to stream and download Fullmetal Alchemist on the service from February 19.
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