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FMA Anime Director on Live Action Film: “It Was A Bad Idea”


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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  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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…

    • 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.

  • “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.

    • Nonsense.

      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.

      • 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.