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Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Director Isn’t a Fan of Live-Action Casting

fullmetal alchemistLast week’s Nikufes (Meat Festival) Tokyo 2017 was host to some anime-related programming, including a panel featuring a roundtable discussion with producers Hiroshi Kanemaru, Tomoki Misawa, and 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima. When the topic came around to the trend of live-action films based on manga and anime, Mizushima had a few criticisms to air.

Mizushima had some choice words for the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist film, particularly in terms of casting. “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors,” he said, adding “If you asked me whether I think the cast could pull it off, I’d say that no, they can’t … It’s hard for actors to capture the look and feel of the original manga.”

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The producers joined in on the discussion, sharing Mizushima’s sentiments and citing Takashi Miike’s maligned Terraformars adaptation as another recent bad adaptation.

As for the Gintama live-action movie, Mizushima’s thoughts were short and sweet: “Gintama just looked stupid.”

Source: Anime News Network