New ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ movie due in July; fan fest in May

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Mirosu no Seinaru Hoshi” (The Sacred Star of Milos), the first animated feature film in the “Fullmetal Alchemist” series in six years, is due in theaters nationwide on July 2, with advance tickets already put on sale.

But before that, an event for fans called “Fullmetal Alchemist Festival 2011” is happening May 22 at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Gymnasium.

The main voice actors from the animated TV series, musicians who played the theme songs and others will take the stage in an exciting lineup that gives fans a great opportunity to look back on the history of the “Fullmetal Alchemist” series.

Advanced tickets for the event cost 7,200 yen ($86), including tax. They will be distributed via lottery. All seats are reserved.
The film was revealed last summer in a surprise announcement just as the final episode of “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” TV series was aired.

The series and film are based on the immensely popular manga series of the same title by Hiromu Arakawa. Published by Square Enix Co., the title has more than 50 million copies in print.

Previously released were the original “Fullmetal Alchemist” TV series (2003-2004), “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie–Conqueror of Shamballa” (July 2005) and the TV series “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” (April 2009-July 2010).

The latest film is not a sequel. It will feature a whole new story built around the main characters, written by Yuichi Shinpo, known for “Whiteout” and many other novels. It is produced by Bones Inc., an animation studio known for its high quality animated adaptations.

The director is Kazuya Murata, who worked on the “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” animated TV series.

Kenichi Konishi (“Tokyo Godfathers”) heads up character design and is chief animation supervisor.

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