The first trailer for the live action film version of the beloved anime Fullmetal Alchemist has been unleashed on the internet, and it is glorious!
The short clip (seen below) shows a few interspersed scenes which demonstrate the scope of the world in which the anime is set. So far, the movie seems to be turning out to be true to the material on which it was based, down to the color of the hair to the European-inspired architecture and 18th Century costumes.
But, most of all, fans of the manga and the anime should be thrilled at drawn transmutation circles, transforming items into something new, which is one of the hallmarks of the series and a very important factor within the fantasy universe.
Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in the fictional country of Amestris, wherein alchemy is the foremost science. Its practitioners, the Alchemists, have the ability to create anything using the transmutation circles that they would usually draw on the ground. But there is a catch: they have to offer up something of equal value, and they are forbidden from using gold or humans.
The story, meanwhile, centers on two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Eric, who live in a small rural town with their parents. When their mother died of a plague, they attempted to use alchemy to resurrect her, but, of course, humans can't be used, so the ritual backfires and Edward's leg and Alphonse's entire body is destroyed. But Edward, then, sacrifices his right arm to bind his brother's soul to a suit of armor, keeping him alive in the process.
We see this in the trailer, as the blond-haired Edward leans his head on the new armor body of his brother and promises him that they will retrieve their bodies.
And this is their main quest. In order to achieve this, the brother have to find the Philosopher's Stone.
This is a Japanese production through Warner Bros and, of course, features an all Japanese cast, unlike its anime adaptation Hollywood counterparts that have been whitewashed. The bad news is that it will only debut in Japan next winter, but, fingers crossed!, it finds a good distributor and we get an international release.