Refusing to lie through his teeth, the director for the Fullmetal Alchemist anime (Seiji Mizushima) has spoken up in regards to the franchise’s imminent live action movie, stating that the cast won’t be able to pull it off and that using a full Japanese cast was a bad idea (which those still mourning the live action Ghost in the Shell movie will no doubt disagree with).

The established director apparently took part in a discussion had at Nikufes Tokyo 2017 (a well known meat-based event) of all places and was accompanied by producers Hiroshi Kanemaru (Popin Q) and Tomoki Misawa (Urawa no Usagi-chan) – the topic that was brought up was the trend of live action anime/manga film adaptations, of which Seiji Mizushima had choice words about.

While Mizushima believes that these adaptations have aided in garnering the medium popularity, he was not fond of them:

“It’s hard for actors to capture the look and feel of the original manga. 2D is freer than live action… you can express more with it.”

When asked about the Fullmetal Alchemist live action film, he stated:

“If you asked me whether I think the cast could pull it off, I’d say that no, they can’t.”

In addition, Mizushima also stated that the Gintama film “looked stupid” and that the Terra Formars one was “a bad adaptation of a great manga”.

The other producers present agreed with Mizushima’s harsh opinions – Mizushima did however reaffirm that he does want to see the Fullmetal Alchemist film succeed, and in particular was curious as to how good the 3D CG would be.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No shit Live Actions in general are a fuckin retarded idea.

    “It’s hard for actors to capture the look and feel of the original manga. 2D is freer than live action… you can express more with it.”

    Actors in general are cringe because they're fuckin acting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If Gintama live action movie is stupid then they do a good job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 19/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If he's talking about a Japanese produced movie, then it can't much be helped. They don't remotely have a big enough pool of good non-Japanese actors to pull from.

    Holywood conversely, has more than enough talented actors of all ethnicities to pick from, but is hamstrung by the fickle nature of the business utterly insisting on a production having "star power" for any funding to ever change hands. It cripples everything. Doesn't help that the directors who seem to get these gigs are all just awful, loving nothing better than to completely misinterpret the plot and core themes, whilst also flipping the main characters personalities 180.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:18 19/09/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Japanese movies suffer from bad acting and screenplay, Hollywood movies suffer from bad directing, screenplay and politcorrectness, with rabid SJWs around every corner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 19/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    Japanese movies suffer from bad acting, bad directing, screenplay, worst effect.
    Hollywood movies suffer from sceenplay and politcorrectness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:45 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pls. HW has their share of bad directors, just look at the GitS one. They also have bad actors and less than stellar special effects, but that's not a very common sight for the high enough budget A-movies.

    Comment by Anonymous

    bad Hollywood directors are better than bad Japanese directors

    bad hollywood actors are better than bad japanese director

    GITS are better than 90% japanese live action

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Deathnote movie? Lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 21/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    japanese movies are shit period

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 22/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It really is amazing how bad Japanese movies are, even if you're only looking at asian cinema.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 19/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hollywood thinks all Asians are the same, so they keep having the wrong Asian countrypeople represent other Asian countrypeople. It's obvious as fuck to anyone who actually knows Asians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    also Japanese thinks all Western are the same

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, not really all same. White and nigger is as different as day and night.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asians play Asians! Oh no!
    Most people don't care if chinks play as nips, or nips play as gooks, whites play as [insert here] etc. as along as they play believable. Or the next steep of this retarded thinking would be that only real elves should play as elves, only aliens should play as aliens, only real wizards should play as wizards, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You talk about the fact that Hollywood has a multitude of good actors of all ethnicity. Can you name me one Japanese born actress that could speak English good enough to play the Major on GITS. So you criticize Hollywood for "White Washing" but the same thing's okay for Japan... SMH Get over yourselves with all this self righteous and hypocritical Bull Shit!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why do they have to be Japanese born? Why not Japanese-American? Karen Fukuhara comes to mind, as does Kimiko Glenn. If for some reason you need Japanese born, then how about Tao Okamoto or Rinko Kikuchi?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 21/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    tiny yellow people

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    He is right, full Japanese cast for the characters that are a mash up of multiple nationalities and only a handful of them being asian is a stupid idea.

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    Comment by Arpaschad
    11:02 28/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmmm... at least this director have the balls to admit if they fuck up and move on...unlike the majority of dickwads in Hollywood who made anime-to-live-action aberrations like Deathnote, Dragonball, Dead or Alive, and to a lesser extent Ghost in the shell...

    only anime adaptation produced by Japanese that is passable in my own opinion is the Ruruoni Kenshin (Samurai X) trilogy...the rest are a hit or a miss...mostly a miss...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 21/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Live actions and anime don't fucking MIX!!!!!

    Two different worlds!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering that Full Metal Alchemist is essentially supposed to be taking place in a European setting, it really shouldn't be an all Japanese cast. Much as Ghost in the Shell should've been a mostly Japanese cast.
    That said, either way, live action of anime is generally a bad idea anyway. Much like game-to-movie adaptations, they tend to suck horribly. From terrible casting and acting to terrible effects and diluted plots, they miss all the things that made their original sources popular.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 22/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking this myself, if Ed is Japanese, the golden haired golden eyed guy, I will eat my hat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's strange is, Japanese films get this idea of it's all bad acting, bad effects, but i've really seen this only
    in manga adaptations, movies like world of kaneko or confessions are really excellent films, it seems like
    anime/manga live action versions simply are just not as easy to be adapted

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 19/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    To say the Japanese are bad actors is a mis statement, it is not that their actors cant act, it is how the Japanese express themselves culturally.

    A lot of the so called overacting which is more accuratley overreacting, which some of them (not all though) do IN REAL LIFE as well, not just in their movie or TV series

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 19/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. And with an all jap cast, that opinion is shutdown or never brought up again unless the director tells them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Says the one who did first anime adaptation of fma. This guy has issues.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 21/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are you a fucking idiot? FMA 2003 is a masterpiece.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I only came here wondering if he's responsible for that garbage fire of the first series that had to be fucking remade it was such shit, lol..

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 21/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Eh, it's better in parts than the manga story. But I guess if you like a powerful monster to be the enemy, that's alright for the early teen demographic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The issue was that Arakawa allowed Studio Bones to work independently from her and specifically requested that it end differently.

    So no, it was actually the writer of the manga that was responsible for the dumpster fire that was the original anime.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ah, so it's gonna be like the live action Attack on Titans movie where most of the cast are asians even though they're supposed to be europeans.

    Sigh. Rurouni Kenshin LA was awesome... come on guys, I still believe you can do it properly...

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's just it, really. Rurouni Kenshin was good because it's within local cultural strength. AoT wasn't because it's obviously traced on their faces let alone their "acting skills" that is cultured in japan and nowhere else and that's an actor's degree for measure really.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "2D is freer than live action… you can express more with it.”
    Yeah, nah. In terms of expression a good actor can pull off being very expressive and manage to showcase a range of emotions you can't find in not animated features. It's HARD, but possible if you have the talent for it. Anyone who's been to a FineArts and seen films there can attest this. Anime is simply the only way the Japanese can express their ideas, stories and characters because they've never had Hollywood money to do all that in live action.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:27 19/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    *most animated features
    Fuck, it's super early and this goddamn auto correct kills me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 20/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    So much of ANY animation is animating of things that no one can do because physics don't allow it.

    Who you have doing th acting doesn't fucking matter unless they're some kind of deity. In which case it still doesn't matter since they would also then be fictional just like all the other deities.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 22/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Animation has to be exaggerated because it can't match the subtle complexity of real facial expressions. Especially in anime because everyone has the same goddamn face. It's 2 different mediums with 2 different strengths.

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