Fullmetal Alchemist is an upcoming Japanese science fantasy action adventure film directed by Fumihiko Sori, starring Ryosuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda and Dean Fujioka and based on the manga series of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa.It is scheduled for release in Japan by Warner Bros. Pictures on December 1st 2017
The plot takes place at the beginning of the 20th century, in a reality where alchemy (ancient esoteric science that sought the transmutation of matter) is real, extremely developed and respected. The plot features brothers Edward (Ryosuke Yamada) and Alphonse Elric who, after attempting the forbidden technique of human transmutation, suffer the consequences. Alphonse loses his entire body while Edward loses his left leg. Edward then sacrifices his right arm to save his brother’s soul by attaching it to a metal suit of armor. Edward is then given mechanical prosthetics known as “automail” in place of his missing arm and leg. Upon acceptance into the State Alchemists, he is given the nickname “Fullmetal Alchemist”, all while in search for the legendary philosopher’s stone that will repair their bodies.
The first half of the anime’s plot adapts the first seven volumes of the manga, but then the plots severely diverge from each other by the middle of the story, specifically around the time where Roy Mustang’s friend Maes Hughes is murdered by the homunculus Envy in disguise.Dante, a former lover of Hohenheim and mentor to the Elric brothers’ teacher, is the series’ central antagonist. Centuries ago, Hohenheim and Dante perfected methods for making the Philosopher’s Stone and achieved immortality by transferring their souls and intellects into other bodies as they age. Hohenheim was eventually overcome with the guilt of sacrificing lives to make the Stone and left Dante. Although Dante can still jump from body to body with the last stone she and Hohenheim created, she is not willing to risk the rebound of creating one herself. She thus uses the homunculi to encourage Edward and Alphonse, along with other equally desperate Alchemists to create another complete Philosopher’s Stone for her.
When Scar creates the Philosopher’s Stone, at the cost of his life as well as the lives of 7,000 soldiers, he infuses it into Alphonse’s metal body, which leads to Alphonse’s kidnapping.Edward goes and tries to rescue him, but is killed by Envy. Alphonse uses the Philosopher’s Stone to revive his brother but disappears in the process. Dante tries to escape but she is killed when the homunculus Gluttony, whose mind she had earlier destroyed, fails to recognize his master. After being revived, Edward risks his life to bring back his brother and finds himself in a parallel world, while Alphonse recovers his original body. Determined to reunite with Alphonse, Edward becomes involved in rocketry research, intending to use that technology to return to his home world. The story concludes in the film adaptation Conqueror of Shamballa, in which Edward’s search attracts the attention of the Thule Society, which seeks to enter his homeworld—believing it to be Shamballa—to obtain new weapons to help them in World War II. Dietlinde Eckhart, a member of the Thule Society, enters the other world and tries to destroy Amestris. She is defeated by the Elric brothers, who decide to stay in Germany.
- Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric
- Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell
- Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang
- Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye
- Kanata Hongō as Envy
- Jun Kunimura as Tim Marcoh
- Kenjirō Ishimaru as Van Hohenheim
- Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes
- Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
- Natsuna Watanabe as Maria Ross
- Yo Oizumi (special appearance) as Shou Tucker
- Ryuta Sato as Maes Hughes
- Fumiyo Kohinata as General Haruko
- Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust
Edward Elric (Japanese: エドワード・エルリック Hepburn: Edowādo Erurikku), commonly nicknamed Ed (エド Edo), is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa. Edward, titled “Fullmetal Alchemist” (鋼の錬金術師 Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, lit. “Alchemist of Steel”), is the youngest State Alchemist in the history of the fictional country of Amestris. His left leg was divinely severed in a failed attempt to resurrect his dead mother, and then his right arm was taken in exchange for his brother’s soul. His missing limbs have been replaced with sophisticated prosthetics called automail (機械鎧ōtomeiru). He and his younger brother, Alphonse, who lost his entire body and is spiritually bound to a suit of armor, scour the world in search of the Philosopher’s Stone in the hopes of restoring their bodies.
Winry Rockbell (Japanese: ウィンリィ・ロックベル Hepburn: Winryi Rokkuberu) is a fictional character from Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations. Winry is a 15- to 16-year-old mechanicwho often spends time with the central characters, brothers Edward (Ed) and Alphonse Elric (Al), who are childhood friends of hers. Specializing in mechanical repair, specifically prostheses called automail, Winry services Ed’s replacement arm and leg. Originally meant to be introduced in the series’ first chapters due to its lack of female characters, some of Winry’s traits are based on Arakawa’s own life. In the first anime adaptation, Fullmetal Alchemist, Winry is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi in Japanese and by Caitlin Glass in the English version. In the second anime adaptation, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, she is voiced by Megumi Takamoto in Japanese, with Glass reprising the role in English.
Roy Mustang (ロイ・マスタング Roi Masutangu) is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa. He first appears as 29 in the series, born on October 2, 1885. In the series, Mustang is a State Alchemist of Amestris’ State Military as well as the superior of the series’ protagonist, Edward Elric. Mustang holds the title of the “Flame Alchemist” (焔の錬金術師 Honō no Renkinjutsushi) for his ability to create fire with alchemy, and he ambitiously strives to become the next leader of Amestris. Despite his ambition, as the series continues, Mustang decides to overthrow the State Military after his best friend, Maes Hughes, is killed by the homunculi, who are controlling the Military. Therefore, with his most trusted comrades, he resolves to defeat the Military.
First Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye (リザ・ホークアイ Riza Hōkuai) is Roy Mustang’s most trusted and dearest subordinate. She often carries out many of the tasks he is too lazy to do, acts as his personal assistant, and protects him from danger.
In the form of a tattoo on her back, Riza bears the final notes to her father’s work on Flame Alchemy, and his legacy as an alchemist and Mustang’s teacher. After seeing what Mustang was capable of during the Ishbal War with such ability, Riza begs Roy to burn the tattoo, fearing the damage future flame alchemists could cause.Riza is reassigned as King Bradley’s personal assistant to be used as a hostage when Mustang learns the homunculi control the State. When she discovers that King Bradley’s adopted son, Selim, is a homunculus as well, she sends her discovery to Mustang in code as soon as she can. She eventually defects from the military to help Mustang overthrow King Bradley. Arakawa received various questions regarding the future of her relationship with Mustang and commented that, while Hawkeye stays with Mustang, a marriage would not be possible due to military regulations.
Envy (エンヴィー Envī), the Jealous, is a homunculus who can change into any being at will. When not incognito, Envy prefers the form of a young, androgynous teenager. Because of his ability, Envy usually acts as infiltrator for the other homunculi, often assuming another’s identity in order to gain sensitive intel.
In the first anime adaptation, Envy was the first homunculus and the only one with no desire to become human, and served as Dante’s right hand. Unlike in the manga/Brotherhood, this version of Envy is male. Throughout the series, Envy expresses a vendetta against the Elric brothers that is later clarified in his origins: Envy was created in Hohenheim’s attempt to revive the dead son he had with Dante long ago.After learning Hohenheim is still alive and on the opposite side of the Gate, Envy, leaping at the chance to personally kill his father, travels through the gate himself. It is later revealed in Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa that after crossing through the gate, Envy became stuck in the form of a giant serpent.
Tim Marcoh (ティム・マルコー Timu Marukō), formerly the “Crystal Alchemist” (結晶の錬金術師 Kesshō no Renkinjutsushi), was the leading researcher in the military’s Philosopher’s Stone creation project. After sacrificing a number of innocent Ishbalans during the Ishbal Civil War in order to create new stones, he fled the military with some imperfect stone samples. He settled down in a small country town where he uses his stones to heal the sick. He is later found by the Elric brothers, and he directs them to some of the research he left behind in Central to help them in their search for the Philosopher’s Stone.Marcoh is then captured by the homunculi, and is kept locked up deep below Central. While there, he is found by Scar. Seeing Scar as a means to an end, he tells Scar of his involvement in the Ishbalan War in the hopes of being killed in vengeance. Scar instead disfigures Marcoh’s face beyond recognition as a disguise, kidnaps him, and forces him to help in bringing down the homunculi. After Father’s defeat, Marcoh offers to restore Mustang’s eyesight in return of allowing the surviving Ishbalans to return to their homeland with him placed there as a doctor.
Van Hohenheim (ヴァン・ホーエンハイム Van Hōenhaimu) is the father of the Elric brothers with a keen knowledge of alchemy processes. He left them and his wife Trisha several years before the start of the series. It is later revealed that Hohenheim is several centuries old.
Gracia Hughes is the kind-hearted wife of Lt. Colonel Maes Hughes and mother of Elicia Hughes.
Gluttony (グラト二ー Guratonī), the Voracious, typically appears in the company of Lust. He is an obese, simple-minded homunculus whose thoughts rarely stray far from eating. He has powerful jaws and acidic saliva and can and will eat almost anything. He particularly likes eating people, and the only way he can find enjoyment in a battle is if he can eat his opponent afterward.
Denny Brosh and Maria Ross
Sergeant Denny Brosh (デニー・ブロッシュ Denī Burosshu) and Second Lieutenant Maria Ross (マリア・ロス Maria Rosu) are introduced when they are assigned to protect Edward Elric.While Brosh is rather nosy and lazy, Ross is serious with her job. Ross is framed by the homunculi for the death of Maes Hughes.Roy Mustang stages a prison break and then fakes her death, giving her a chance to flee to Xing. Before leaving, she asks that her family and Brosh not be told that she is alive so as to keep the secret from getting out. To repay Mustang for saving her life, Ross later returns to Amestris and helps him wage an assault on Central.In the first anime, Brosh and Ross later appear in the rebellion against King Bradley, saving various characters from execution.
Major Shou Tucker (ショウ・タッカー Shō Takkā), the “Sewing-Life Alchemist” (綴命の錬金術師 Teimei no Renkinjutsushi), is famed for creating a chimera that could talk, but refused to eat and died shortly after its creation. After meeting Tucker, the Elric brothers discover that the talking chimera was actually his wife fused with another animal as they discover it after Tucker fused his daughter, Nina, with his pet dog, Alexander, in order to maintain his position as State Alchemist. Tucker, while held under house arrest for his actions, is killed by Scar soon afterward.
Captain Maes Hughes (マース・ヒューズ Māsu Hyūzu) is an old friend of Roy Mustang. He works in the military’s intelligence division, but spends much of his time using the military phone lines to brag to Mustang about his family. After his daughter, Elicia, is born, he fawns about how cute and talented she is and bombards others with pictures of her when he sees them. Despite his over-the-top comical tendencies, Hughes is a valuable ally to Mustang’s goal of becoming Führer, supplying whatever classified intelligence that may be beneficial. He has also been shown to be a capable fighter, skilled with throwing knives. His general understanding of others’ emotions and desire to help them similarly gains the affection of the Elric brothers and their friend Winry Rockbell, as he always offers advice or hospitality to them when they need it. During one of his attempts to help the Elrics, Hughes learns of the homunculi’s control over the country. However, he is shot and killed by Envy, disguised as Hughes’ wife, Gracia.This leads Mustang to further investigate the truth for himself, in hopes of finding his friend’s killer. His death as described by Arakawa was the moment where “everyone who read it cried” and so she had to apologize to readers and her assistant for such an event
Major General Hakuro is a State Military Officer stationed in the bustling city of New Optain in the Eastern Area of Amestris. Though significantly endowed with military power, he is below Lt. General Grumman in the echelon and, therefore, cannot take action in regards to his open disapproval of Roy Mustang’s speedy rise through the ranks under Grumman’s command. Frustrated and threatened by Colonel Mustang’s notoriety, Hakuro is known to make multiple attempts to bully or belittle the Flame Alchemist, all of which end up fruitless.
Lust (ラスト Rasuto), the Lascivious, the “Ultimate Spear” (最強の矛 Saikyō no Hoko),appears as a shapely woman who acts as envoy for her leader in both iterations, and encourages humans down her desired path. She also serves as the homunculi’s primary assassin, killing those who discover their plans, and also those who had served as the homunculi’s allies but are considered disposable. She can extend her fingers to great lengths, and these fingers are capable of cutting through most substances on Earth.After leading an effort to capture Barry the Chopper, her plans backfire when Roy Mustang infiltrates the homunculi’s secret lair. Mustang repeatedly blasts Lust with flames, ultimately killing her after depleting the power of her Philosopher’s Stone
Alphonse Elric (アルフォンス・エルリック, Arufonsu Erurikku) is the deuteragonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist series. The younger brother of Edward Elric, the Fullmetal Alchemist, Al is also a victim of the failed Human Transmutation experiment in which Ed lost his right arm and left leg. Having had his entire physical being taken away from him in the aftermath of the tragedy, Alphonse exists solely as a soul alchemically bound to a large suit of steel armor. Now, Al travels with his brother in search of a legendary Philosopher’s Stone, an item with the power to restore their bodies to normal.