Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Director Criticizes The Live-Action Movie's All-Japanese Cast

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The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie cast is all-Japanese, even if the characters are not. The anime’s director says this was “a bad idea.”


While speaking at a recent stage show in Tokyo, Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima is quoted by ANN as saying, “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors.”

Continuing, Mizushima added, “If you asked me whether I think the cast could pull it off, I’d say that no, they can’t.” He also said, “It’s hard for actors to capture the look and feel of the original manga.”

He didn’t have kind words for the recent live-action Gintama adaptation, saying that it “just looked stupid.”

That doesn’t mean Mizushima hopes the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie will fail. On the contrary, while he mentioned the merits of anime adaptations, he did say he was “rooting” for the Fullmetal Alchemist movie. Bad ideas and all, I guess.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


They should just stop with the live action movies. Copying art into a different form of art just doesn’t work, or if it does it is a one in a thousand chance lucky break. Why can’t we leave certain films and anime as such entities as they are and not ruin sagas with forced sequels and different forms of adaptations. All that time, money and work force could be used to create something new and innovative which could be the next big thing. Producers and entertainment companies should take bigger risks and not rely on the fame of something which is already a master piece as it is and trying to adapt it into an other form of art. The end result almost always is just a “cheap” copy of the original which will disappoint the fans.

Also compressing a 4-8 hour story (length of an anime season) into a 1,5-2 hour movie is bound to fuck things up.