Going gaga: our top five cutest anime babies

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They’re loveable, supremely snuggable, and the sweetest reminder of all the unconditional adoration we took for granted back when we were gurgling cherubs. But here’s to all the shameless, vicarious spoiling we’ll be foisting on our own precious bundle very soon. With our daughter on the way in two months’ time, the perfect chibi features […]

Live-action Fullmetal Alchemist director explains all-Japanese casting

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Confusion swirled over the casting choices made for director Fumihiko Sori’s live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film. Despite shooting taking place in Italy, and the fact the manga’s story encompasses a European ensemble led by brothers Ed and Alphonse Elric, it was decided that the cast for the film would be entirely Japanese. Sori recently stepped in to explain his […]

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist – Collector’s Edition Part 2

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In Fullmetal Alchemist we have the immutable law of the alchemical arts, the fundamental architecture of the universe – equivalent exchange. The second half of the series transmutes the first, subverting the binary beliefs of the Elric brothers. As the duo inch closer to returning their bodies back to normal, quick fire revelations unstitch almost […]

Poem: Equivalent exchange

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  The sketched circle drawn at the intersection of science and mysticism; an alter set for cruelest nature and laid with blasphemous intent. The human condition, its hidden riddles, broken into each chemical constituent. The most complex equation made simple – the universe is laughing. Palms charged on the circle’s surface, a lay on of […]

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist – Collector’s Edition Part 1

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Fullmetal Alchemist is such a ubiquitous presence that near any anime fan is familiar with the premise. Two upstart alchemists perform the forbidden act of human transmutation to revive their mother. It goes wildly wrong, one brother losing a leg, and the other his entire body. In desperation, the older sibling sacrifices his arm to […]

Live-action Fullmetal Alchemist’s Ed snapped on set in costume

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Three photos from the set of the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film have been posted  by the Italian newspaper La Nazione. While two of them simply show the beautiful backdrop of Volterra, the Italian town where the film’s now shooting, another catches Ryosuke Yamada in costume as Edward Elric. Filming began in early June, and is planned to wrap […]

Director of live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film reveals more character and production details

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Fumihiko Sori, whose live-action film of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga is due to begin filming in a matter of days, has unveiled more details about his latest directorial project to the Japanese entertainment website Oricon. For one, he revealed that the film will not be in two parts, as with past live-action adaptations such as Attack on Titan or Chihayafuru, but rather the […]

Live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie adds to cast before filming begins

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Warner Brothers today made their official announcement that a live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist is in the works, with a view to a Japanese premiere in winter 2017. There was already word by late March that the film was being made, starring the live-action Assassination Classroom‘s Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric. But then his friends and enemies started joining in, […]