So we finish off this retrospective of Full Metal Alchemist with the most recent movie to be released in the line, Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. Probably one of the most ‘different’ I guess would be the word to use on the matter, The Sacred Star of Milos expands the universe even further by taking us to the lesser known country that was established in FMA Brotherhood, the country of Creta and the new city known as Table City. While certainly a more downplayed movie as compared to the series as well as the Conqueror of Shamballa, The Sacred Star of Milos is a good albeit quiet movie that expands the universe and sets up the series for further sequels.
After a mysterious man named Ashley escapes from prison with only several weeks left in his sentence, Edward and Alphonse Elric travel to Table City, a border city between Amestris and Creta to get to the bottom of Ashley’s escape. There they find a woman named Julia Crichton as well as an underground para military organization known as the Black Bats. Their goal is to reclaim the country of Milos from Creta and Amestris by using an item known as the Sanguine Star. After hearing the properties of the Star, the Elrics learn that the Star is merely another name for a Philosopher’s Stone. Realizing this the Elrics and Julia return to Table City in search for the stone so that the Miranda, the leader of the Black Bats, Ashley, and from using the stone and its properties.
More Downplayed Movie as Compared to the Source Material
I enjoy the fact that this movie does not have the grandiose feel as the other two series and the other movie. There doesn’t seem to be an entire world on the line or the life of an entire country. We simply have a mad man who is willing to do anything to achieve his ends as well as some good ole political turmoil. I think it is a bonus to the series take a quieter route in the movie as it slows down the series to build itself up for the next big moment.
Expands the Universe and Keeps the Series Active
The one thing that I love about the second series and they just keep giving me more. I was hoping for an expansion of the world. To see more of the politics of Amestris and how this world works and the series still isn’t disappointing me. I know more about Xing, Drachma, and now Milos and Creta that I could ever hope to know when it comes to the original series. The Sacred Star of Milos takes us to apart of Amestris that we did not see in the series before and we get to see more of how Amestris has negatively affected the world while under the reign of Father and centuries of abuse all for the sake of creating a Philosopher’s Stone.
We learn that just because the old regime is out that Amestris hasn’t exactly done a 180. There is still old wounds in other countries and Creta is one of them. You still see Cretan spies and there are para military organizations like the Black Bats opposing them. You see a lot of what political turmoil and war have done to citizens of this world and it is very interesting to watch.
Not to mention thanks to the ending, hinting at a war between Creta, Milos, and Amestris as well as the fact that Ed and Al still do not have their bodies back, the series remains fresh and more ideas can be created to keep milking this cash cow.
Is there Anyway to have a FMA without the Philosopher’s Stone Playing a Factor?
I do grow tired when a series uses the same tropes over and over again. Even though the Philosopher’s Stone plays a major factor in just about everything the Elrics deal in, I still dislike the fact that we see it in just about every form of the show whether series or film. After so long it should come to be a well-known thing that a Philosopher’s Stone is bad news and anyone who is willing to use it is genocidal and insane. This thing requires countless human souls to form and has untold powers that many people can’t seem to control. You would think people would learn to stay away from it. But it seems to be everyone who ever studies alchemy wants the thing and it is up to the Elrics to come in and stop it when someone gets close enough to the thing.
All I’m saying is that this was a good opportunity to expand the world (which they did) and try something just a little bit different with the characters in the universe and instead we get the Philosopher’s Stone again. All I’m saying is I would love to see a few more ancient evils of the world instead of the same one used over and over again.
Overall, Full Metal Alchemist The Sacred Star of Milos is a good movie. It isn’t anything groundbreaking or stunning in the anime genre, but is certainly well made and tells a well-balanced and slightly quieter story within the mythos. The universe is built more because of it and it sets itself up for another movie or another series altogether and I for one cannot wait to see what else Full Metal Alchemist has in store for us past this one.
Final Score 3.5/5
Full Metal Alchemist in Retrospective
The series continues to be one of the most rock solid series in all of Anime. A staple of the genre and mainstream success in tow, Full Metal Alchemist continues to entertain us as well as recruit more people to be Anime fans through strong plot, thought-provoking material, and amazing characters.
Final Score: 4.5/5
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