I started reading books and I fell in love with words. And I still do. You know you read books- that’s why I don’t like the Kindle and stuff, I like to underline it and mess it all up. So I started to do that and I just love words and I love the voices that you know, different writers had, different characters had. x
AUGUST J MOVIE [8/10/2017] - Making of the Movie: Fullmetal Alchemist (1 of 3) ~On-set Report~
Fullmetal Alchemist, the highly anticipated movie that has gathered the attention of fans since its announcement. In this issue we have prepared a behind-the-scenes report, a detailed on-set interview with the lead Ryosuke Yamada and Director Fumihiko Sori, as well as an interview [with Executive Producer Kazuya Hamana]!
The popular manga by Hiromu Arakawa Fullmetal Alchemist (FMA for short) was serialized in the Monthly Shonen GanGan magazine from 2001 until 2010. It’s a legendary manga that is compiled into 27 volumes and that, as a series, has sold over 70 million copies worldwide. It is a work that as of now has two separate anime adaptations, has earned an overwhelming amount of support from young people, and is finally receiving a much awaited live action film adaptation.
The brothers Ed and Al are the protagonists of the story. When they’re young, the two of them lose their beloved mother and, unable to come to terms with her death, commit alchemy’s ultimate taboo: human transmutation. But the brothers’ attempt fails. They aren’t able to resurrect their mother and in accordance with the basic principle of alchemy, Equivalent Exchange, Ed loses his left leg and Al his entire body as the price. However, Ed also loses his right arm in exchange for Al’s soul, which he binds to a suit of armor nearby. ….Several years after that, Ed is a State Alchemist with the second name of “Fullmetal Alchemist” and steel prosthetics attached to his body, and Al is clad in a suit of armor. The two of them embark on a journey to restore their bodies… this is the story of the manga.
The director at the helm of this film adaptation project is the same one who worked on the CGI of Titanic (1997) under Director James Cameron and who also raised the level of CGI in Japanese Film with Ping Pong which opened in 2002, Fumihiko Sori. Playing the protagonist Ed is the star of the Assasination Classroom movies (2015, 2016) who has exhibited great physical ability, and will show us a delicate drama in The Miracles of Namiya General Store opening this soon, Ryosuke Yamada. Ed and Al’s childhood friend and automail engineer, Winry, is played by movie and drama actress, Tsubasa Honda, who is also a huge fan of the original manga. Watching over the brothers strictly and kindly is the “Flame Alchemist” Colonel Mustang, played by Dean Fujioka. And, standing in the way of the Elric brothers are the Homunculi (artificially created humans), with Lust being played by Yasuko Matsuyuki. The all-star cast representing Japan includes Yo Oizumi, Ryuta Sato, Renbutsu Misako, and Kanata Hongo.
Ryosuke Yamada is Ed brought to life
We took a field trip to the movie’s film location in the Toho Studio last year in August. The film crew passed the middle stage of production right after the end of filming in Italy and focused on filming within a set [in a studio]. Since the announcement of the film adaptation, there have been many mixed feelings and passionate reactions for and against the movie by fans, but after entering the studio, the world found there was certainly the FMA one. With wide eyes, we stood in the middle of a room that looked like the night in a set that recreated a street made of old brick. The manga itself also takes place in a 19th century European inspired setting, and from just the set alone, one could feel the immense faithfulness to the manga. What was being filmed on one part of the set was a scene with the Homunculus Envy, played by Kanata Hongo. The details of the scene can’t be revealed here, but it was a portion of the filming of the climactic scene. Up until now, Hongo has splendidly played fan approved characters in live action film adaptations of popular manga such as GANTZ (2011) and Attack on Titan (2015). From first glance on-set, [we could see] Envy’s troubling wildness was completely personified. After filming this scene, it was a wrap for Hongo. The staff thanked him with applause.
Next, we witnessed the scene where Ed, Colonel Mustang, and Lust fight. The first thing that caught our eye was, as expected, Ryosuke Yamada playing Ed. His figure was dressed in a red coat with black clothes underneath, braided golden hair, and sharp eyes - it was as if the Ed we know had jumped out from the manga. Across from Ed was Colonel Mustang, played by Dean Fujioka. Dean was clad in the blue military uniform identical to the manga. The extreme detail used by the staff to create the costume is by no means ordinary, but it is apparent. When filming began, it was a scene where Mustang, sustaining an abdomen injury, holds out his hand with a strained face intending to start a blaze.
In the manga, Mustang’s second name is ‘Flame Alchemist.’ A transmutation circle is drawn on his white gloves and with a snap of his fingers, a powerful blaze can be created to attack with. However, in this scene, Mustang has sustained a lot of damage and in the agony, he can barely lift up his blood covered hand… Confronting them is the Homunculus Lust. The scene actually being filmed at the time, was just before Lust is about to make a seemingly severe attack and Ed uses alchemy to uplift the ground and create a massive wall like structure to defend himself.
Treasure expressing the emotion of living human beings
After that it was on to the next cut and filming continued favorably. It was a scene where Ed hides behind the wall he transmuted as an explosion emerges from the flames of Colonel Mustang, and while the enemy takes a peek, [Ed] grasps the end of his glove, pulling it back into place.
Ed’s form makes one think of his gesture from the cover of volume 1, it’s a habit he does all the time. When Yamada does that expression so naturally, he seems to completely become one with Ed. On top of that, while on-set, one could tell from the top of his coat that Yamada’s arms and torso were bigger. And yet, it was surprising [to see that Yamada’s] movements were keen and nimble, characteristic of Ed. In hand-to-hand combat it’ll be exciting to see what kind of difficult action scenes we’ll be shown beyond what [Yamada] has already done in previous films he’s starred in.
Furthermore, in this fighting scene, because there’s a heavy use of green screen, it’s essential to have detailed communication between the director and cast members. In other words, the actual transmutations and flames aren’t seen while filming. On-set, when there’s a break between scenes, Director Sori and Yamada can be seen exchanging short conversation, seemingly harmonizing, mentally and physically, with each other. We would definitely like you to check and see for yourself how the fight between Ed, Mustang, and Lust ends, including Al’s role [in it] once the film is completed.
After the trip around the set had ended, Director Sori told us what he treasured the most about filming this movie. “The world of FMA is, of course, action, but I think the story is emotional and the sentimental instability is enormous. The manga and the two anime series created so far are already wonderful because there are things that can only be expressed in those mediums, but I personally think that there’s power in expressing the emotion of living human beings through other media.” He also touched on the charm of having brothers being at the center of this human drama.
Only translating Nakamura parts. 1 question per post. NOTE: May contain mistranslation. Read at your own risk. I like to translate close to Japanese meaning so the sentence structure might be weird.
Da Vinci 2017 November issue
Nakamura Yuuichi, Fukuyama Jun and Irino Miyu interview part 3
I: On the other hand, “Osomatsu-san” didn’t get rid of its classic appeal as well.
J: It’s Karamatsu. That “being ignored” thing (LOL).
Y: He’s being ignored in the second season as well~.
M: In the recording recently, Kamiya (Hiroshi)-san and Nakamura-san went in to the same mic (Stood in front of the same mic), isn’t it?
Y: Yes, that rarely happens.
J: Yes yes. It’s always Nakamura-kun, Ono (Daisuke)-kun and I who went in to the same mic, when it’s too messy, I’ll move to the side where Sakurai-san is. Don’t know why, but nobody goes in to the mic where Kamiya-san and Irino-kun is (LOL).
M: That’s why for us, there was always a roomy feel (LOL). But, after Nakamura-san went to stand beside Kamiya-san, Kamiya-san once again genuinely said that, “Nakamura-kun, your voice is so good that it makes it interesting”.
M: Normally he speaks simply with his nice voice and it’s cool, but Karamatsu tries to be cool so it feels seriously “too much” (LOL).
J: Nice voices seriously has persuasiveness.
M: That’s right. Like episode 21’s “Mahjong”.
J: Yes yes. I mean Nakamura-kun, you don’t know any rules of mahjong at all right?
Y: Yes. But I sounded like someone who had a lot of knowledge on it (LOL).
J: And Irino-kun’s loud voices are really amusing. There was also a recording today, when listening to the testing, he had no intention of matching the image (LOL).
M: If I use all my might, it will get misaligned. Can’t catch up to the image at all.
J: But even if I use a loud voice, I totally won’t sound as amusing as Irino-kun did.
Y: Everybody loves Irino-kun’s screams and suffering scenes.
M: Ahh, I’m glad. In episode 18, “Iyami’s counterattack”’s suffering scene was really well liked. During the car race, due to the “Final Dayon” beam, Todomatsu’s screams when he vanished. After that, I also watched it and laughed (LOL).
J: Not only because of the story flow, Irino-kun himself is amusing. Because when being dissolved by the beam, it’s common sense to “Fade Out”, but Irino-kun’s scream did not. In our Seiyuu world, where we repeatedly continued to use the same techniques, Irino-kun totally overthrew it and became his original. From now on, when there’s a “disintegrate by beam scene”, there might be more people using “Irino-kun’s standard”.
M: Eh, is it something that amazing?
J: There are definitely young people who wants to become Seiyuu after watching that. And when they are to be disintegrated by beam, they will use Irino-kun’s method.
M: Now it has become a method (LOL).
J: Yes, “Irino method”.
Extra from 2017 event:
They mentioned this in the event as well. Y, Ono and J always squeeze at the mic on the left, Sakurai is beside them, then Kamiya and lastly M. So J moves to Sakurai’s mic when it’s too squeezy. Endo (Totoko’s Seiyuu) will also squeeze in at that mic as well. There seems to be a reason why nobody wants to squeeze in at the other mics. Kamiya apparently hits the person beside him whenever he couldn’t say his lines properly. So M gets hit since he’s beside him and Kamiya won’t dare to hit Sakurai XD There was also a time when Suzumura (Iyami’s Seiyuu) was on M’s left side and Kamiya on his right, and they both hit him XD