The Funimation dub of the second Fullmetal Alchemist movie premiered at select theaters across the United States during this last week, and some of my friends and I were lucky enough to go see it. Lemme start off by saying, the original Fullmetal Alchemist animated series was my favorite anime of all time. It had the perfect mix of high quality animation, a great soundtrack, interesting characters, a really enthralling story, and just an overall feeling of awesomeness that kept you standing on your toes at the end of every episode.
But anyway, the movie was good. The animation was on par with the original series, if not improved some. The music... nothing too memorable, but I don't recall hearing any misplaced tracks. Since this is a review of the dub, I will also say that Vic Mignogna did an excellent job as Edward Elric, as usual, and the rest of the casting was pretty good as well.
As for the story... here's the tricky part. I thought it was good, but a lot of things probably could have been done a little better. It's about the Elric brothers venturing to a location previously unmentioned in the FMA world and meeting a girl named Julia who lives in an oppressed village that lives in the waste of those who live above them in a large and prosperous city.
In attempt to take back the city that was rightfully theirs, Julia wants to obtain the star of milos, a stone said to have enough power to take out an entire army. Sound familiar FMA fans? Yep. It's the philosopher's stone. So Ed once again has to give his famous lecture on why it's so bad to use something that is created at the cost of human lives. The plot may seem a little convoluted, and it can be at times, but overall I thought it was pretty entertaining. I give Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos an 8/10.
Oh, also Julia had a brother who was pretty important. That's probably worth mentioning.