Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa

Type: Fullmetal Finale

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Synopsis: Those goddamn Nazis are at it again. Not satisfying with ruining Germany, a secret occult society plan to invade the land of Amestris. It’s up to the Elric brothers, both separated at the end of the original series, to stop them. It’s a good old fashion Nazi ass-kicking, only with super science, parallel worlds, a hot gypsy, and a 13 year old boy who once spent his formative years in a giant suit of armor.

Pros: I love parallel world stories. So it was fun to see Edward Elric meet and interact with alternate versions of people he knew. I kinda wish the whole movie had played around with that more, but the main plot itself if very interesting. Much like in the original series, science is being used to further military goals. Only this time, the story is set in post-WWI Germany at the beginnings of the Nazi uprisings (not a fun place to be). Edward basically has to stop the Nazi’s from entering his world. It was also cool to see where the characters of the original series ended up, thanks to a two year time skip. The ending of the film may not satisfy everyone, but at least it provided a better sense of closure than the last episode of the main series.

Cons: Being a finale to Fullmetal Alchemist, the film requires you to have watched the original series. You will feel lost and confuse otherwise. This movie is very much the story of Edward Elric, so a lot of characters, including Alphonse, lose screen time. I wish we had seen more of Alphose’s growth outside of just his alchemy. The main antagonist is also pretty weak, and her motives seems flimsy at best. And like I stated above, the ending might bother some fans. (P.S. Winry really gets the short end of the stick here)

What it?: A good finally for Fullmetal Alchemist

MVP: Edward Elric

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Fullmetal Alchemist, alternate reality or not

Best Moment: Seeing the Elric Brothers use Alchemy together

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