Fullmetal Alchemist anime’s director takes a shot at the live-action movie, also criticizes Live-action Gintama
Well, it looks like not everyone is excited for the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie, and one of them is anime director, Seiji Mizushima, who directed the Fullmetal Alchemist anime adaptation. In a round table discussion with Hiroshi Kanemaru (Popin Q) and Tomoki Misawa (Urawa no Usagi-chan) during the Meat Festival Tokyo 2017, the anime director criticized the live-action movie version of the anime he directed. He said “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors.”
He added that “If you asked me whether I think the cast could pull it off, I’d say that no, they can’t.” Mizushima then elaborated “It’s hard for actors to capture the look and feel of the original manga.” He also took a swipe at the recent live-action Gintama movie, which stars Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata. He said that “Gintama just looked stupid”. He also said that the live-action Terraformars movie was also pretty bad, and the other two with him in the round table discussion agreed.
They also agreed on one thing, and that is “2D is freer than live action, You can express more with it.” However, he didn’t totally criticized the live-action movie itself. He even said he was rooting for it. Mizushima admitted he does recognize its potential, and then also admitted that he’s “interested in seeing how the 3DCG shown in the trailer looks in the film itself, and also in seeing how the film handles the story of Hiromu Arakawa’s original manga.” Along with Kanemaru and Misawa, the anime industry giants also “approve of how live-action films have been broadening the appeal of anime and manga for the mainstream public.”
The movie is based on the hit manga by Hiromu Arakawa, and it will follow Edward Elric, played by Ryousuke Yamada, and his brother Alphonse. It also stars Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, while Dean Fujioka plays Roy Mustang. As for Alphonse, he will be a completely CGI character. The film is directed by live-action Ping Pong film director, Fumihiko Sori, and was previously filmed in Italy.
And when the movie premieres on December 1, several participating movie theaters will be distributing a special Fullmetal Alchemist manga written and illustrated by FMA and Silver Spoon creator, Hiromi Arakawa!
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