It’s the early ’20s in Bavaria, Germany, and Edward Elric is out for a drive with his colleague in the science of rocketry, Alphonse. The latter bears a striking resemblance to the Edward’s brother of the same name, the brother who, in another world, lost his life when he and Edward (who lost an arm and a leg) overstepped their limits in the arcane science of alchemy. Edward, once the fabled Fullmetal Alchemist, has found himself in our reality, stripped of his powers and the presence of his beloved brother (or at least, his brother’s soul, consigned to a suit of armour). He wants nothing more than to return home and find his sibling. But when he and the Alphonse of our world crash their car in an argument, and a truckload of Gypsy women give them a ride, they’re quickly drawn into a complex and dangerous web of violence, secrecy and evil schemes that could have terrible implications for both worlds. After all, the dreaded Nazis are on the rise in Germany, and their diabolical plans, involving forbidden science, dark mysticism and Aryan supremacy, can only lead to the most dire consequences!
Picking up where the TV series left off, Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror Of Shambala further expands the grand scope of this popular anime universe. The key to its success is that it offers something for everyone. Those who crave quality anime will delight at the exquisite technical rendering and exciting action. For those who want heart and soul at the centre of their eye candy, the film’s dramatic and emotional components deliver. And for those fascinated by more rarified interests – the complicated yet pivotal history of pre-war Germany, the intricate analog technology celebrated in the steampunk subgenre of science fiction, and the dark fusion of science and mysticism that lurked at the heart of Hitler’s Nazi nightmare - Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror Of Shambala presents a veritable banquet of satisfying images, ideas and narrative threads.
Director: Seiji Mizushima
Screenplay: Shou Aikawa
Cast: Rie Kugimiya, Romi Paku, Hidekatsu Shibata, Kazuko Katou, Kenji Utsumi, Masane Tsukayama, Megumi Toyoguchi, Michiko Neya, Miyuu Sawai, Shun Oguri, Toru Ohkawa
Producers: Seiji Takeda