Catch a glimpse at the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie
Join us to catch up on news on the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie, look at the upcoming Gundam Thunderbolt second season, discuss the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress compilation movies, meet some Extreme Sport Samurai and share a nice Dessert Sushi recipe. Hungry for anime? Itadakimasu!!
Back in May, it was announced by Warner Brothers that a FullMetal Alchemist live-action version of the hit manga and anime series FullMetal Alchemist is in the works and that they plan to let it premiere in the winter of 2017. The Fullmetal Alchemist anime premiered in 2003, followed by the movie Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa in 2005. A second anime series, more closed to the manga Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, premiered in 2009 with a spin-off anime movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, which were released in 2011. Earlier this week the movie’s official website posted a 30-second teaser revealing scenes with Edward (played by Ryosuke Yamada, a member of Japanese idol group Hey! Say! JUMP) and that his little brother, Alphonse, is a CG character.
If you know the anime and manga then you know the story: Through the arcane science of alchemy, two brothers tried to resurrect their dead mother. But something went wrong, and the resurrection failed, extracting a high price from the brothers. Edward Elric lost his entire right arm and part of his left leg and his little brother Alphonse, nearly dies but is plucked from death as Edward desperately fused his brother’s soul to a suit of armour with alchemy before he passed out. Alphonse took his body to their adoptive family, the Rockbells who happens to be prosthetic (called automail in this world) experts, who fitted Edward with automail limbs. They set out on a journey, after recovering and learning more on alchemy at a special academy, to become State Alchemists, which will help Edward to do research as he aims to get their bodies back through alchemical means.
The live-action movie started to shoot early in June in Italy and after three months the movie was finished in Japan on August 26. The movie is directed by Fumihiko Sori (Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker). Sori wanted to create a style that follows the manga as close as possible. The cast may be entirely Japanese but the cultural background is European. We all can’t wait to see if Fumihiko Sori will pull this movie off.
Gundam Thunderbolt is getting a second season, which will premiere next Spring season. The Gundam Thunderbolt anime is based on the manga Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt by Yasuo Ohtagaki. Bandai Visual started streaming a new teaser trailer and the tagline for this season is “The war is not over yet…”
The anime’s first season streamed last December and concluded with the fourth and final episode in April this year. There was a director’s cut edition of the first season in June titled Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky, which included additional scenes.
The anime is set in the same One Year War (UC 0079) which features in the first Mobile Suit Gundam series. It follows the battles between two ace pilots at the “Thunderbolt Sector”, a type of graveyard area in space with numerous wrecks of warships and space colonies.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Remember Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress that premiered in 2016? The anime reunited director Tetsuro Araki and Wit Studio (Attack on Titan), the team also responsible for Attack on Titan. The Script was done by Ichiro Okouchi (creator of Code Geass) while Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross 7) designed the original characters. Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan) composed the music and the anime was a favourite by many while some thought that it is too much like Attack on Titan.
The anime, coined as a ‘steampunk survival action’ series played off in an alternate world on an island country named Hinomoto. In that world, humans are hiding on fortresses called Stations since reanimated dead with hearts of iron called kabana overrun the outside. People can, however, move from Station to Station thanks to steam-powered trains.
The main cast for this anime included Tasuku Hatanaka (Ushio to Tora’) as Ikoma, Sayaka Senbongi (Chronicles of the Going Home Club), Maaya Uchida (Charlotte) as Ayame, Toshiki Masuda (Samurai Flamenco) as Kurusu, Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan) as Takumi, Kanae Oki (Fresh Pretty Cure) as Kajika, Mariya Ise (Hunter × Hunter) as Yukina, Ryota Ohsaka (Snow White with the Red Hair) as Sukari, and Kensuke Satou (Chaika the Coffin Princess) as Kibito.
Earlier this week a teaser trailer started to stream for the compilation movies of the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime and the video feature various action scenes that fanatiks may recognise from the anime series. The first movie will debut on December 31 and the second half on January 7th. It will run for two weeks in Japanese movie theatres.
Extreme Sport Samurai
A samurai is an ancient Japanese warrior that uphold a certain image but a very clever Cup Noodle commercial in Japan gave that image a twist. In a video to advertise their slogan “Crazy makes the future” we see samurai doing tricks on bikes, skis and pogo sticks and it looks super sugoi. The samurai pulls it off with style and if you watch the video you will agree that ‘Extreme Sport Samurai’ are not to be messed with!
Hiroyuki Terada’s Dessert Sushi Roll
Do you love sushi but you are in the mood for dessert? Hiroyuki Terada created a masterpiece, which will make your mouth water. With a few doughnuts, strawberries, a piece of cheesecake, Nutella and some bananas, Hiroyuki created a dessert sushi roll that may just inspire you to try it out yourself. This is a must-see video for the sweet-toothed and the aspiring chefs out there!