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Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa


Jackson Newsome

...twists and turns everywhere...

Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: COS is an epilogue, of sorts, to the wildly popular fifty-two episode series of the same name (minus the COS part). Before watching this movie I advise that you watch a few episodes of the show or just look up a summary of the series. It just won't make sense otherwise.

Edward (Ed) and Alphonse (Al) Elric are the two protagonists of the film. Set two years after the series' last episode, Ed is dragged from his world into 1923 Munich, Germany. This alternate world features many things that seem very familiar to Ed. For one, he studies rocketry with Alfons Heiderich, who resembles his brother left behind in the other world. Shortly after the opening credits, he saves a Gypsy woman which leads to events that open up a path back to his home world. He not only finds joy, but also a conspiracy that threatens both entities.

As far as anime (short for animation) goes, you can't get a more complex storyline than this. There are twists and turns everywhere and the voice-acting is top notch. It can be confusing (even for those of us that have seen the series), but it can be overlooked.

My Rating = Three Stars

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