Another two weeks and another new FMA commercial, this time with a lot of scenes from probably the first episode or episodes, including shots of Winry. It also featured the ending song 「嘘」 (Uso) by the group SID which sounds decent, but it’s hard to really tell with just a 15 second clip. I think this commercial may be a bit overshadowed though by the news that much of the cast for this new series is changing from the old one. Ed and Al will still be Paku Romi and Kugimiya Rie, but most of the rest of the cast is different, including the voice actors for Winry (now Takamoto Megumi), Mustang (now Miki Shinichirou), and even Lust (now Inoue Kikuko). Should be interesting to see how that works out.


  1. screw the others, i want my Mustang back :\
    Well to be honest, i’m not fully disappointed yet not cheerful…new Mustang, i mean Shin-ichiro Miki is;

    * Urahara from Bleach
    * Bak from D.Gray-Man

    and some more character voices, but the most important one is….


    i wonder how this will turn out.

    “Roy Mustang, Cheridum Gundam, sniping targets!”

  2. Romi Paku as Edward Elric
    Rie Kugimiya as Alphonse Elric
    Megumi Takamoto (Chao Rinshen in Negima) as Winry Rockbell (previously Megumi Toyoguchi, Mimiru in .hack//SIGN)
    Shinichiro Miki (Lockon Stratos/Neil Dylandy in Gundam 00) as Roy Mustang (previously Toru Okawa, Saito in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
    Fumiko Orikasa (Shirley Fenette in Code Geass) as Riza Hawkeye (previously Michiko Neya, Talho in Eureka Seven)
    Kenji Utsumi as Alex Louis Armstrong
    Keiji Fujiwara as Maes Hughes
    Yuji Ueda (Zolf J. Kimbley in the first Fullmetal Alchemist series) as Jean Havoc (previously Yasunori Matsumoto, Alejandro Corner in Gundam 00)
    Kenji Hamada (Harry MacDowel [teen] in Gungrave) as Valto Falman (previously Tekhiro Murozo, Katou in Baki the Grappler)
    Kaori Nazuka (Nunnally Lamperouge in Code Geass) as Maria Ross (previously Mitsuki Saiga, Rossiu in Gurren Lagann)
    Hidekatsu Shibata as Fuhrer King Bradley
    Kenta Miyake (Tsume in Wolf’s Rain) as Scar (previously Ryotaro Okiayu, Trieze Kushrenada in Gundam Wing)
    Kikuko Inoue (Aina Sahlin in Gundam: 08th MS Team) as Lust (previously Yuuko Satou, Yoh Asakura in Shaman King)
    Tetsu Shiratori (Kain Fuery in the first Fullmetal Alchemist series) as Gluttony (previously Yasuhiro Takato, Artemis in Sailor Moon)
    Minami Takayama (Dilandau Albatau in Vision of Escaflowne) as Envy (previously Mayumi Yamaguchi, Gachagiri in Denno Coil)
    Hiroyuki Yoshino (Allelujah Haptism in Gundam 00) as Kimbley (previously Yui Ueda)
    Kouchi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop) as Isaac (a new character?)

  3. The manga is more action packed, characters tend to be more powerful, and the final villain is different.

    Also theirs a lot more recurring characters than the anime, for example their are characters from the nation of Xing, and there are characters from the Fort Briggs.

    Charred Knight
  4. i’m excited! i don’t want to make any judgements so early on what with the plot/VA/art changes, but i’m curious to see what will happen. why is april so far away? 🙁

  5. “Kikuko Inoue (Aina Sahlin in Gundam: 08th MS Team) as Lust (previously Yuuko Satou, Yoh Asakura in Shaman King)”

    I’ll be looking forward to this. She’ll be able to pull off the crazy of my favorite Lust scene in the manga.

    The plot of the anime and the manga diverged immediately after the first anime’s Greed Arc. Essentially, like Charred Knight said, the manga does have more action, there’s different characters, different villians, etc. Whether or not the plot is better in the manga or in the anime is subjective. At the very least, I found the character development in the manga superior, due to the fact that it actually expands on more than just Ed and Al. Expect a lot of supporting characters to be developed in this season, especially Winry and Riza.

  6. I don’t know, I was rewatching episode 25 of the first anime version and there were already major changes there. There is no Juliet Douglas in the manga but she was already there as of that point in the series. Hell, Lior wasn’t even a desert city nor were the residents of a different race from the rest of Amestris, the changes were there since the very first episode.

    I think those that say that they didn’t really diverge until later need to go back and rewatch the anime and reread the manga. As far as the manga goes little details later come back to be major elements. The year in Ed’s pocket watch isn’t even the same!

  7. Personally, I think the first anime series is stronger thematically, with its emphasis on brotherhood and fixing one’s mistakes. But the manga has a more fleshed out world. So I’m about equal on both of them, loving them both. I don’t think I’ll like the new series more than the first, but I don’t think I’ll like it less. It’ll probably be equal!

    Not sure about this Isaac character, though, but Arakawa designed him herself, and he’s voiced by Kouchi Yamadera, so I have confidence in his existence.

    I can’t wait for the new chapter to come out and see what fate awaits Kimbley.

  8. @MizAb
    Oh dude sucks for Edward. He has to grow all over again. His height was given to him then taken right back.

    Haha, especially since now in the manga, he is finally taller than Winry. What a joke xD.

  9. @Len

    Well, plot wise, they were essentially the same up until Greed’s arc, because if I remember correctly, Greed’s arc is where the main antagonist for the anime was finally revealed. But you’re right that some details (including some crucial ones!) were very, very different from the get-go in order to set up to that point in the anime.

  10. Kenta Miyake (Tsume in Wolf’s Rain) as Scar (previously Ryotaro Okiayu, Trieze Kushrenada in Gundam Wing)

    Ok this is the one I don’t like the most. Though Mustang changing also sucks.

  11. Cool, I can’t wait. And my favourite character, Roy Mustang will get another voice actor… Shinichiro Miki… *dies* I just LOVE his voice… but I can’t imagine it to Roy… I’m really curious, how it will sound… O.o

    And… yay for manga! XD I hope the story will be more like it.

  12. The original anime is what got me into Fullmetal, but the manga is the true Fullmetal to me. Glad to see some of the original genius behind the story coming to screen.
    That guy towards the end was the guy on the train with the metal arm, right?

  13. If it is a retelling of the series then new voices probably will be fine. I’m sure some will freak out, but they will get used to it. It’s like when Tsubasa Chronicle was announced. Everyone was upset they couldn’t get the original actors for already animated CLAMP characters. But it was an alternate-universe so it was OKay.
    But yeah..Belldandy as Lust?! But she did prove she could play a good evil character in MacrossFrontier.


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