Gekijouban Hagane no Renkinjutsushi - Shambala wo Yukumono

Title:Gekijouban Hagane no Renkinjutsushi - Shambala wo Yukumono
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa
劇場版 鋼の錬金術師 シャンバラを征く者 (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - BONES
R1 License - FUNimation
Munich, Germany, 1923. Two years have passed since Edward Elric-kun was dragged from his own world to ours, leaving behind his country, his friends and his younger brother, Alphonse. Stripped of his alchemical powers, he has been all this time researching rocketry together with Alphonse Heiderich, a young man with a lot of resemblances to his own brother, hoping to one day find a way back home. His efforts so far had proven fruitless, but when he hears that the ↗Thule Society, an occultistic group strongly tied to the Nazi Party, discovered what could be a clue to the location of the legendary, mystical place called "↗Shambala", Edward`s hopes get renewed. Meanwhile, in his own world, Alphonse Elric ventures deeper into the mysteries of alchemy in search for a way to reunite with his older brother.

(Description taken from

[1 movie, ~105-minutes in length, the direct sequel to Fullmetal Alchemist.]
[edit] Animated adaptations of the popular manga series by the same name. See ↗Fullmetal Alchemist for more info.

Original Story: Retelling which more truly follows the manga: Side stories, Parodies and Specials:
Episode Details 
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 10 10 9 8 7 Ggultra2764 [series:1080#1552]
A solid end to Full Metal Alchemist, Conquerer of Shambala takes place mostly in Germany during the first attempted rise of the Nazis in the early 1920s. This made for an interesting difference in environment as I seen Edward living his new life beyond the Gate of Alchemy. Blurring historical accounts of the Nazis with FMA made for an effective plot device as no liberties were taken with the historical details of the time period thus every vital fact of the era is there, which include the increased German resentment of Jews and the historical allegations of the Nazis dabbling into things with the occult. Events in Ed's original world are also explored as we get to see old faces from the show to see how they've been and we get a glimpse of Al's improvements as an alchemist while away from Ed. The movie even has improved animation and visuals to go along with this movie adaptation of the series.

The presence of the Thule Society for this movie to push along the plot, however, is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they go along well with the historical depictions of the Nazi obsession of the occult as the group desire to cross into the world of alchemy to claim its power for the Nazis. However once the group finally does cross over, the plot starts going downhill. The main villian becomes uber-powerful from crossing the Gate going against the rules and methods of alchemy that the TV series had set up, even when such characters like Ed and Izumi went through themselves. This just sets up the usual grand scale final battle typical of movies based on popular anime television shows. Then, the choice of ending for the movie felt bittersweet at best for me.

The Conquerer of Shambala makes for a solid ending to the FMA series if you sat through it to the end. It has some glaring issues thanks to the presence of the Thule Society and choice of ending. But, it shouldn't stop you from enjoying the movie.

Last updated Tuesday, September 30 2008. Created Tuesday, September 30 2008.
Rent 10 10 10 aoneish [series:1080#1615]
it's a great movie, a nice continuation from the ending of the series. with the same complicated plot and desires clashing and alchemy galore. a must for any FMA fan.

the sole thing that's keeping me from making this a buy (i'm still in debate) is


they cheated Winry(Wendy)! i know it's not a romantic series. though it's hinted at, nothing ever really happens except that you feel kinda sorry for her. and the ending...i know it fits in with how he's grown up and all, but...*cries.

Last updated Friday, March 16 2007. Created Friday, March 16 2007.
Watch 8 8 8 7 0 6 Big Fire [series:1080#2441]
ok, this movie bugged the h*@# out of me, how are we going to get full metal alchemist 2 or 3? I dunno about you, but as much as I LOVED the TV series, i hated the movie...yes at least it is an actually different story NOT like Macross Plus the Movie, but yuck...I would rate this lower if i could, but there were a couple of cool parts worth watching so I deal...If you want a conclusion to the story, here it is...but this ending goes down as one of the more dissapointing ones for me...kinda like Evangelion...

Last updated Thursday, February 15 2007. Created Thursday, February 15 2007.
Rent Jan-Chan [series:1080#967]
Yep – This is a very fun watch!! But it does require that the viewer be familiar not only with the original series, but also the ending of the series.

The story trades in the magic world of alchemy for the world of late 1930’s pre-Nazi Germany with brown-shirted storm-troopers and fascist-fanatics pursuing lost mystical lore and legends that they hope will open a portal to another world that they call Shamballa.

While the animation is very good, the story line can be a bit weak, but still, it is a strong continuation of the Full Metal Alchemist story....

Some images from the movie can be found in the Episode Details section

Last updated Saturday, January 23 2010. Created Friday, September 22 2006.
Rent Forbin [series:1080#1573]
It's pretty good. I REALLY didn't like Noah's character.

The villan is a bit cheap. She reminds me of Mara from AMG!TV. She comes through alive but all her men are dead but even though they are dead they still move around?

While I agree with ANB that this should be a buy and is DEFINTELY something you don't want to miss if you like FMA, the main plot was dumb and poorly thought up.

So this is why I only give it a rent. Bringing in super villans who seem to defy all rules is just a lousy plot point, they might as well just used clones.

Last updated Friday, September 22 2006. Created Friday, September 22 2006.
Buy 10 9 9 7 8 AstroNerdBoy [series:1080#436]

One things writers of movies that are sequels to a popular TV series have to contend with is writing to satisfy the fans, yet also make the movie accessable to new viewers. Fortunately, the writers of this movie mangage to pull it off pretty nicely, though knowing the anime series will help.

Of course another party is interested in this dragon and in the gypsy woman named Noah. She has the ability to read people's minds simply by touching them. This other party wants the dragon and any powers it has to obtain their goal, which is the resurrection of Germany as a powerful nation. Meanwhile on the "other side," Ed's brother Al continues his quest to find Ed and return him through the gate. However, this could spell trouble as the gate links both worlds and its re-opening could cause great disaster.

Having the setting for the movie in our world's post WWI Germany works very well. If one knows their history, they know how conditions lead to the rise of Hitler. While obviously the events in the movie are ficticious, working the fiction in to match the historical facts came off nicely. We know that Hitler's first attempt at power failed and this movie gives a good reason why -- a reason dealing with alchemy and magic. ^_^

It was good to see the various surviving cast members from the TV series used in this movie. Some, like Winry's grandma, have limited roles, but are used efficiently. I was also surprised at the homunculus who show up for this movie. One had me trying to remember if they were "dispatched" in the TV series or not. I guess I'll have to re-watch the FUNimation DVDs to refresh my memory.

I've tried to be sparse on giving away story details as I don't want to spoil things. However, I wanted to say that I thought the writers did a pretty good job of making the movie so that noobs could come in and watch it without being totally lost, yet without wasting time on a lot of pointless explanitory exposition on the events that had happened before. Clearly if you've seen the TV series, it is for the best since you'll get many things such as the little cameo at the end of the movie. However, if you haven't seen the series, it won't harm your overall enjoyment of the movie though I'm sure it will make you want to see the TV series to gain the entire backstory.

As expected in a movie, the art and animation are top-notch. I found this to be beautiful to look at, which always helps. The music is pretty good, but nothing that outstanding. It does its job though.

Bottom line: A worthy sequel to the Fullmetal Alchemist TV series. Good story writing, beautiful art and animation, and a license by FUNimation more than make this worth a "Buy."

Last updated Sunday, March 26 2006. Created Sunday, March 26 2006.

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