Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei-Naru Hoshi

Title:Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei-Naru Hoshi
Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos
鋼の錬金術師 嘆きの丘(ミロス)の聖なる星
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Notables: Animation - BONES
R1 License - FUNimation
After a mysterious prisoner with only a few weeks left on his sentence breaks out of prison in Central City, the Elric brothers attempt to track him down. The search leads them to Table City in the southwestern country of Creta, where Alphonse rescues a young alchemist named Julia from the very man they are trying to capture. In the thick of the fight, they literally tumble into Julia's home turf, the slums of Milos Valley, and are embroiled in the grassroots rebellion of her people.
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110-minute animated film released on July 2, 2011.
Animated by Bones.
[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:
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 8 9 7 6 7 Ggultra2764 [series:2988#1552]
Sacred Star of Milos was made in mind as a final cash-in for Bones to milk off their rebooted adaptation of FMA via Brotherhood. As a stand-alone film, Milos is a decent anime-only storyline with Ed and Al having to tend to a complicated conflict occurring in a valley town with hostilities between nations, with a pair of alchemist siblings involved with those living in Milos Valley fighting to reclaim their homeland. There is enough time within the movie to flesh out details on this conflict and the two major movie exclusive characters where you can grow to care for the conflict that takes place. Unfortunately, the quality of the film's second half does take somewhat of a hit when more cliched storytelling elements come into play with the motives concerning one major character which play out no differently from the power-hungry military leaders of Amestris seen in Brotherhood and some rather convenient plot twists over events that occur. Beyond Ed and Al, the majority of characters who are in the FMA canon are mostly worthless in their existence within this movie as they only exist to fill screen time. Plus with it existing only as an anime-exclusive film, the events in this don't significantly affect anything with in FMA's actual plot continuity and doesn't really add anything new to the series.

Visually, the film is a bit of a mixed bag. The scenic shots conveyed have a good amount of detail to them and are nicely drawn, doing well to show the differing living conditions between those within Table City and those within Milos Valley. The animation is also a step up from the Brotherhood anime as it features CG rendering at points with train shots and some of the piping used for alchemy during action scenes which are quite fluid, have no noticeable shortcuts and have their engaging points such as Ed fighting on top of a train with a chimera and some of the later heated conflicts that break out resulting in destruction throughout Table City. On the other end of the spectrum, character designs aren't much different in their level of detail and color shading from the TV anime, and their quality tends to degrade at points either during distant shots or whenever scenes get rather heavy on action.

Overall, Milos is a decent entry in the FMA anime franchise despite it not contributing anything new to the FMA mythos. Despite its second half somewhat suffering in quality, its rather complicated plot between factions and the development with Julia's character is still an engaging one to see throughout the movie's run.

Last updated Sunday, December 14 2014. Created Sunday, December 14 2014.

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