After the 2017 Fullmetal Alchemist live-action release, fans are finally getting a sequel. Pic credit: Square Enix

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Vengeance of Scar will be released in Japan on May 20, 2022, and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Last Transmutation will be released on June 24, 2022. The first live-action Fullmetal movie was released in 2017 and can be seen on Netflix.

I’m impressed that we’re getting the last parts of the trilogy in the same year, but I’m also nervous about it. I understand that adjustments due to different circumstances differ from the outside.

But I’ve yet to find a live-action adaptation that I like. However, I don’t hate the trailers for the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist movies.

If you’re new to the FMA fandom, welcome. The plot between the animes, manga and movies is fun and gives us a mix of fundamental world topics with a short and angry protag.

But there are crucial differences between Fullmetal Alchemist, which came out in 2003, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, in 2009. The live-action films follow Brotherhood, which in turn follows the manga.

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New original art by the creator of Full Metal Alchemist. Pic credit: Warner Bros Entertainment

What can we expect from the latest version of Fullmetal Alchemist?

I like both animes, and I’ve read most of the manga. The story centers on Edward Elric and his younger brother, Alphonse Elric, who try to return their bodies to normal after trying to use alchemy to bring their mother back to life.

FMA only followed the manga for the first four volumes because the manga was still in progress and Studio Bones was not pressured to stick to the manga. But that’s one of FMA’s strengths and gives fans a taste of certain scenes, characters, and arcs.

Like how Edward first met Scar. Scar is an anti-hero and has been given the upper hand by the army and the Homunculi.

In FMA, Edward temporarily resigned from the military and did not have his official watch. This resulted in saving his life, as Scar’s preliminary mission is to kill all the state alchemists.

In the manga and Brotherhood, Edward is terrified of Scar, and Scar uses this to destroy Ed’s automail arm and leg and partially destroy Alphonse’s armored body. This scene is just one of many that fans are arguing about.

FMA is an excellent anime and worth watching, but certain characters don’t exist/have different personalities/origins, and the final villain is different! I’ve only come across one other series with two anime adaptations, and both are great!

If you like gory vampire anime, you should check out Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate. Hellsing Ultimate is the one that follows the manga and is the latest version.

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Which Full Metal Is Best?

Fans will argue about this forever, and I’m not going to add fuel to that fire. So instead I want to give you some advice.

Brotherhood becomes a live action adaptation because of it after the manga. So of course there’s nothing wrong with that, and both animes are made by Studio Bones.

The first episode of every anime is different and Brotherhood gives us a hint that not all is well. The fact that they did this is both a nod to those of us who watch FMA and a welcome to new fans.

My love for FMA is why I watched Brotherhood and read the manga. And I’ll be looking at them both side by side anytime.

Both animes have their own movies that extend the lore beautifully, and I can’t recommend them enough! However, if you live action moviesthen Brotherhood or the manga is for you.

The only thing I don’t recommend is watching one version halfway through and switching to the other. FMA’s slight differences in the beginning pay off in the final episodes for dramatic effect.

An effect you don’t get confused by in Brotherhood. I refuse to spoil the endings for you, but if you like Envy, you’ll definitely want to check it out.


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