Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is a Japanese animated film that is based on the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise. To be more precise, it is set in the Brotherhood anime series and not the original anime. With the Fullmetal Alchemist series being extremely popular and I myself have enjoyed the anime, would this movie, which is the first movie from the Brotherhood series, be the movie that follows the same quality in terms of narrative and animation? Read on to find out!
The basic story is about a family who apparently has researched into the forbidden art of Alchemy which leads to the parents being killed. Julia, the only survivor so far, manages to escape and hides in a valley with the people of Milos, a once-wealthy tribe. Meanwhile, in the Central City, the Elric brothers encounter a criminal who is able to use weird but strong alchemy. They will eventually discover the link between the criminal and Julia, which leads to a deadly bloody secret that has long been told in the legend of Mios. However, will the Elric Brothers be able to contain the dangers that will sacrifice the world for the greed of a few?
First of all, I am quite disappointed with the quality of the animation in this film. It seems that the quality is pretty inconsistent, with some scenes being drawn well and then some being an almost ugly mess. Sometimes, I wonder if there are different animators or directors hired for different scenes as some of these do look quite different. Thankfully, the overall animation is still alright and the action scenes are cool, fast and flashy that fits the series. Some of the alchemy effects are pretty awesome, though they are not as smooth flowing as I expected. Story-wise, it is pretty standard and almost cliche, but it does include some twists and also the deep philosophical aspects that make it so FMA-esque.
Pacing is alright, with the story flowing fast from the beginning with antagonists introduced early on as well. It took a dive in the middle section when the story becomes slower as they try to focus on the character interactions that are not as good. Characters wise, only the Elric Brothers receive the most screen time, with Julia and other characters also being more than one-dimensional and most of them are likable. Antagonists wise are alright, but they are on the weak side, which is unexpected from FMA series where villains are normally pretty complex. Music soundtracks are fitting and generally enjoyable, especially during the opening, fighting scenes and the sad scenes, where the J-Rock and J-Pop tunes just mesh well with the mood and atmosphere.