Thursday, September 5, 2013

Anime Film Review: Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa was directed by Seiji Mizushima and was released to Japanese theaters on July 23, 2005. It was featured in American cinemas for a short time, and FUNimation Entertainment, who holds the North American license for the film, has released it on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The film takes place two years after the end of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series. Edward is in the parallel world (which is Earth) in the year 1923, and he no longer can use his alchemy. He is living in Munich, Germany, during the time period between World War I and World War II. Edward is researching rocketry with Alfons Heiderich, in the hopes of being able to use rocketry to return to his own world.

Edward rescues a gypsy woman named Noah after she has been purchased. It turns out Noah has an ability to read a person's mind by simply touching them. A group called the Thule Society wants to use her to open a passageway to a place called Shamballa to get power and weapons to help Adolf Hitler take over the German government. Edward also helps Fritz Lang find a dragon, which ends up being another form of the Homunculus Envy. The dragon is taken by the Thule Society to help create a portal to Edward's world.
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