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Monday, July 18, 2005

Fullmetal Alchemist Video Game Impression

'Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel' was the debut of the Elric brothers on the PS2 over here in the US and soon we will get to play 'Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir' Seeing FMA 2 in action was nice, and I did get some play time with it. Having read the manga and seen the anime it's great to sit and play as one of my new favorite anime characters, Edward Elric, the Full Metal Alchemist. I was very excited to see so much FMA at Comic-con from every angle including toys, statues, games, a tcg and DVD's. Sadly I did not see any cos-players, but why would you need them with a giant Al statue.

FMA was everywhere and I was everywhere that FMA was. It all begins with the manga published by Viz, read a preview here. You really get to know the character on a level that games and anime cannot relay, and Viz is uppping the ante with the release of 'Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand' part of a new fiction line by Viz. The anime takes the story a step further, with minor changes, and gives voice and life to the series as you get to hear for the first time what Ed and Al sound like and see their alchemy in action. By this point you've read the manga, seen the anime and now your ready to take control of the characters you've grown to love in the Square Enix released games.

This flow is very normal for an anime licenced product moving from manga to anime to video game. Add to this the new TGC (trading card game) coming out all the action figures and toys and you just get immersed in a land similar to our own, but oh so different. The coverage was amazing and I'm telling you from what I've seen this propery is only going to get hotter and hotter. Keep an eye out for it, and if you have a chance pick up the anime or manga then try out the game.

2 comments:

  1. Looking Good! Keep it up!

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  2. Heh, Full Metal Alchemist has been getting a lot of publicity. It's not hard to see why, considering it keeps you on the edge, showing that anything can happen at anytime, like the death of the beloved Hughes. It is emotionally charged, but you're right, even the anime and the game can't convey the feeling in whole. The manga does the best job. I have a feeling that FMA will achieve a popularity almost like InuYasha's, but it will be short-lived, but remembered by true-blooded otakus, considering there are less episodes... Anyone who has suffered a loss can understand Ed and Al, no wonder it's so popular.

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