Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
Following the success of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, a second movie was made for the series. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos serves as an independent, stand-alone movie that takes place sometime early on in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. You don’t need to have seen the show first to enjoy this movie, but it certainly does help if you know the world of Fullmetal Alchemist before you watch it.
The movie starts off with a brief dream sequence along with a flashback that shows background story about two of the characters, Julia and Ashleigh Crichton. The movie then jumps forward to the present in which Edward Elric and his younger brother, Alphonse Elric investigate an explosion that originated from a prison in the city. They encounter an escaping prisoner by the name of Melvin Voyager. Using a mysterious new kind of alchemy, Melvin manages to escape the Elric brothers.
During their investigation, it is discovered that Melvin broke out of prison in order to find a recently captured fugitive by the name of Julia Crichton. Julia is currently being held in custody in Table City. To determine what the connection is between Julia and the unknown form of alchemy that Melvin used, Ed and Al head out to the border of Amestris where Table City is located.
As they near their destination, the train is attacked by wolf chimeras on board the train. Shortly after a terrorist group known as the Black Bats attack the train in an attempt to free civilians that are supposedly being held captive on board. Then Melvin Voyager shows up and attacks all the other groups as well. As they arrive at the city, Melvin manages to get away and helps Julia break free from the prison. This part of the movie can be a bit confusing for viewers as a lot happens really fast and at first it is unclear who is on who’s side and why they are attacking the train. But as the action slows down, answers do come to light.
The plot revolves around an artifact known as the Sanguine Star, better known in Amestris as the Philosopher’s Stone. To fans of the Fullmetal Alchemist series, this plot may seem a bit recycled from the anime series as it also focused around the creation of Philosopher Stones. But Sacred Star of Milos does a good job quickly explaining the dark secret about the creation of a Philsopher’s Stone while including some interesting plot twists as the movie reaches its climax.
Sacred Star of Milos follows the classic formula of the Fullmetal Alchemist series and has many over the top, intense battles featuring impressive feats of acrobatics and landscape altering uses of alchemy. But it never feels like a fight scene is too fast paced or intense to keep up with. The action never feels dull or pointless, and keeps the viewer engaged with the movie. There is even the occasional moment of humor to add some variety to the drama and action.
It may sound like an odd thing to bring up, but the art style of Sacred Star of Milos felt different than the one used in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. While it is clearly the same artistic vision, the coloring and animation seem a bit off at times. Quality of the characters on screen shifts significantly at times and can actually be rather off putting. It is odd how the show looks so much better, and consistently so, then the movie.
Funimation has always done a fantastic job with dubbing Fullmetal Alchemist, and they continue that tradition with Sacred Star of Milos. Even the characters introduced in the movie have decent voices overall, although there were several moments when Julia Crichton’s voice got a bit irritating to listen to and didn’t sound like it fitted the character. Dialogue in the movie was excellent, save for the occasional odd sounding line to help quickly explain the background story of Ed and Al in less than thirty seconds.
Overall, Sacred Star of Milos is a fun movie to watch. It’s entertaining, the action is incredible, and it never felt like the movie was dragging on at any point. While Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood had been over for some time, Sacred Star of Milos feels like an independent story in that world that wraps up neatly without leaving any unanswered questions for the viewer. Fans of Fullmetal Alchemist are in for a treat with this movie, and newcomers have a good place to start if they have yet to see Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. You’ll have fun with Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos either way.