Following its theatrical run in Japan late last year, streaming giant Netflix has announced a February 19th U.S. release for the live-action adaptation of the iconic anime and manga franchise “Fullmetal Alchemist”.
The story follows two brothers, Alphonse and Edward, whose mother passed away when they were children and they live in a world where alchemy exists. Their attempts to bring back their mother doesn’t work out – leading them on a quest to obtain the Philosopher’s Stone and repair the damage they’ve done.
The film is NOT a Netflix Original, as was done with the U.S. adaptation of “Death Note,” simply a worldwide release of a Japanese theatrical property – not unlike the animated “Godzilla” film last year which recently hit Netflix.
Fullmetal Alchemist (Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師 Hepburn: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, lit. “Alchemist of Steel”) is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the publisher later collected the individual chapters into twenty-seven tankōbon volumes. The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are searching for the philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.
The manga was published and localized in English by Viz Media in North America, Madman Entertainment in Australasia, and Chuang Yi in Singapore. Yen Press also has the rights for the digital release of the volumes in North America due to the series being a Square Enix title. It has been adapted into two anime television series, two animated films—all animated by Bones studio—and light novels. Funimation dubbed the television series, films and video games. The series has generated original video animations, video games, supplementary books, a collectible card game, and a variety of action figures and other merchandise. A live action film based on the series was also released in 2017.