Originally released late last year in Japan, the live-action adaptation of the grim sci-fi tale, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ will be available to stream at the start of next week.
In a past interview Director, Fumihiko Sori promised to keep the story as close to the original manga as possible while noting the limitations of the adaptation, “Since the original story consists of 27 volumes, I cut it down in to two hours, but we will stay faithful to the manga. I can’t tell you much details yet, but I think that you can guess what will be the main story based from the cast that was already announced. Since I’m a big fan of the original myself, I don’t plan to change the setting, the world view, and make a different story, so please don’t worry about that. Of course we will have the philosopher’s stone coming out.” The cast mentioned in his statement hints that this abbreviated story will only focus on three of the seven sins; Lust, Envy, and Gluttony.
In an effort to revive their mother Edward and Alphonse Elric attempt human transmutation, a banned technique among alchemist. Following the attempt, the brothers suffer the dire consequences of equivalent exchange, leading to the loss of Edward’s leg and Alphonse’s soul to be separated from his dematerialized body. In a fit of desperation, Ed sacrifices his right arm, mending his younger brother’s soul to a nearby set of medieval armor. The story picks up with Edward now donning a new prosthetic arm, begrudgingly serving in a government position as State Alchemist where he’s nicknamed “Fullmetal Alchemist.” Utilizing Ed’s State Alchemist clearance, the brothers search for the philosophers stone, a legendary limitless source of power, which they believe is the key to repairing their tarnished bodies.
Don’t forget to watch the live-action version of Fullmetal Alchemist when it hits Netflix’s streaming service on February 19!