Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Review

Fullmetal Alchemist – The Sacred Star of Milos is an animated move adapted from the manga and the “second anime movie“ from the Full Metal Alchemist series. It’s based after the evens of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Basically the Elric brothers find themselves in conundrum. After they have a brief altercation with an escaped convict named Melvin Voyager. Capable of using ice and lightning from alchemy from circles drawn from blood from his hand, they learn from Roy Mustang that Voyager escaped with only six months remaining on his sentence.

They decided to head towards Table City to investigate further. While on the train the brothers are further accosted by a Chimera and a terrorist group called Black Bats. The brothers meet Julia Crichton, a 16-year-old girl that was arrested, then rescued by Melvin and the Black Bats. Confusion ensues, Julia turns out to be a Milosian in search of a way to save her people. The power she seeks is the “Sanguine Star”, Ed and Al quickly realize that she’s referring to a philosopher stone. Set on preventing blood shed that will likely result, they decided to help.

Overall, I loved the movie, the story itself while enjoyable wasn’t particularly interesting. Most of these anime movies are not really meant to be anything more that a fun outing for familiar characters to fight new villains you’ll never see again. The animation was without a doubt is spectacular, and with connection to thrilling action sequences is really what makes the movie shine. If there’s any downside to this movie is the fact that popular characters like Col. Mustang, Hawkeye and Armstrong were absent for most of the film even though they do appear briefly in the movie. Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos can be skipped. It’s fun enough to anyone that loves anime, but not really essential viewing for fans of the series.

Director Kazuya Murata, Script Yuichi Shinpo, Running Time 1h 50m Box Office $7,579,282, Screenplay Yuichi Shinbo, Cinematography Yoshiyuki Takei


Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES (60 – 51)

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES (60 – 51)

60 – Alphonse vs Kimblee and Pride

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The Combatants:

  1. Alphonse –  one of the main characters of the Full Metal Alchemist series.
  2. Kimblee –  the “Crimson Alchemist, is a former State Alchemist.
  3. Pride – was the first Homunculus .

Location: Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Episode 52

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The Battle:

With the aid of a “philosopher stone”, Al takes on both Kimblee and Pride. It’s a quick battle but one that shows Al fearlessness and in skills with alchemy. Al uses a smoke screen to cover his movements, and he an Kimblee engage in close combat. Kimblee uses his explosive alchemy, while Al counters by using the earth as a shield. Al simultaneously battles Pride, who uses his shadows to cut at Al. Al manages to dodge Kimblee’s assault by riding on earth shaped like a dragon. He then attempts to trap Pride in a dome, but fails an is pierced by his shadows. Al, however uses a flash bang to remove all the shadows finally trapping Pride. Kimblee frees him, but Al is saved by Heinkel.

59 – Yae Shinatsuhiko vs Robbers

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The Combatants:

  1. Yae Shinatsuhiko –  is the Land Goddess and a protector of Sakurashin Town.
  2. 3 masked robbers

Location: Yozakura Quartet OVA 01

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The Battle:

This was a short and dominated battle by Yae. She comes upon three masked robbers they steal anything. Dressed in a nun outfit and a teddy bear head she seems strange.  Armed with a sword the first robber greets her by attempting to hit her with a one of his tools. She side steps while hooking his tool onto her sword, she swings it while hitting the others. They fall to the ground, but recover a shoots her teddy bear head with a bullet destroying it. The first robber then knock it of her head and steps on it. They tie her up, but she angrly beat them up knock one into a garbage can. The other shoots at her, but she parries it with her sword. She crushes the ground with lighting then flings a car at the robber. He passes out ending the confrontation.

58 – Goku and Vegeta vs Kid Buu

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The Combatants:

  1. Goku – the main protagonist of the DBZ series.
  2. Vegeta – main rival to Goku, prince of the saiyans.
  3. Kid Buu –  is the original form of Buu.

Location: DBZ Episodes (279 – 286)

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The Battle:

Kid Buu goes searching the universe for Goku and Vegeta. He them on the “Sacred World of the Kais” .  Kid Buu quickly engages in a battle with “Super Saiyan 2” Goku. Goku seems to have the upper hand, but Kid Buu is fighting to his full capacity. He powers up, in response Goku transforms into “Super Saiyan 3” they fight evenly. Kid Buu, has greater endurance, wins over Goku, because he runs out of power. Vegeta becomes “Super Saiyan 2” to distract Kid Buu so Goku can finish him with spirit bomb. 

57 – Mugen and Jin vs Kariya

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The Combatants:

  1. Mugen – main protagonist of the Samurai Champloo series.
  2. Jin – second main protagonist of the Samurai Champloo series.
  3. Kariya – elite samurai  known as the “Divine Hand”.

Location: Samurai Champloo Episodes 25 and 26.

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The Battle:

Mugen as brash as ever attacks first with his unpredictable fighting style. Kariya’s quick hands puts Mugen on the defensive. He effortlessly counters every move from Mugen, he comments that Mugen needs to use his intellect more. Mugen ignores him and is quickly dispatched into the sea. Next up is Jin, they battle on the pier. Mugen attempt to join the fray but he proves to be a distraction. Kariya appears to defeat Jin on the pier as the latter fall into the sea. Jin survives and challenges Kariya on a cliff. He uses a final attack that leaves himself open for attack, but manages to killing his opponent.

56 – Sachiel vs Shinji

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The Combatants:

  1. Sachiel – the Third Angel of the Evangelion series.
  2. Shinji – the pilot of Eva unit 01, main protagonist.

Location:  Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (Movie)

The Battle:

Shinji and Eva-01 are launched to the surface to face Sachiel. However, due to Shinji’s inexperience as Eva pilot he has difficulty moving, and falls. Sachiel takes advantage a grabs the Eva by the head, then it breaks it arm.  Sachiel shoots an “energy lance” into Eva-01’s head causing Shinji pain. However, Eva-01 goes into “berserker” mode, jumping on Sachiel but is rebuffed. Eva-01 is stopped by Sachiel’s A.T. Field. The Eva regenerated its arm and deploy’s it own A.T. Field. Sachiel used another blast but it does nothing. Eva- 01  grabs both of the Angel’s arms and breaks them. The Eva takes a piece of bone from Sachiel’s  and starts to crack its core. Sachiel self destructs, but Eva -01 is unscathed.

55 – Gaara vs Rock Lee

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The Combatants:

  1. Gaara – Kazekage of the Sand Village.
  2. Rock Lee – He is a shinobi of Konoha and a member of Team Guy.

Location: Naruto Episode (48 – 51)

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The Battle:

Rock Lee is pitted against Gaara in the preliminary rounds.  Lee is helpless against Gaara’s ” ultimate defense “.  Lee removes his heavy leg weights that results in his speed increasing tremendously. Lee makes his first attempts with his “Front Lotus”. Gaara used a sand decoy a evaded any damage. Lee, is injured by his lotus technique. Lee  opens the “Second Gate”, a heal the damage he sustained.  He opens both the “Third and Fourth Gates”, changing color and increasing his speed beyond natural humans. Lee opens the Fifth Gate, and uses the “Reverse Lotus”. Gaara survived this  because he softened his fall with his sand. He then proceeds to crush Lee’s arm and leg. Gaara attempts to kill Lee, but Guy protects him.

54 – Ash vs Gary

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The Combatants:

  1. Ash Ketchum – The main protagonist in the Pokemon series.
  2. Gary Oak – Ashes main rival in the Pokemon series.

Location: Pokemon Johto League Episode 269

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The Battle:

Ash begins with his Tauros and Gary uses his Nidoqueen. Nidoqueen begins with “rock smash”, while Tauros counters with “horn attack” but is KO’ed with “Hyperbeam”. Ash uses Heracross as Gary recalls his Nidoqueen. He uses Magmar and releases a flamethrower, Heracross dodges and counters with a “fury swipes”. Margar fires a “Fire blast” at Heracross, which in turn uses his wings to blow the flames away. Heracross uses his “Megahorn” to defeat Magmar.

Gary’s Blastoise is next up and it handles Heracross with a powerful “Hydro Pump”. Ash sends out Muk. Blastoise uses Skull Bash, but it doesn’t do damage.  Muk uses sludge bomb, Gary counters by having Blastoise use rapid spin. Blastoise attempts to “send Muk flying” by using rapid spin but fails to budge it. Muk attempts to smother Blastoise, but it escapes with “Hydro Pump”. Ash recalls Muk, and sends out Bayleaf hoping the type advantage will work. Blastoise uses “Hydro Pump”, Bayleaf dodges by using it’s vine whip to propel itself into the air. Bayleaf, uses “Razor Leaf” but is countered by “rapid spin”.

Bayleaf uses “body slam” but is caught by “bite”, tossed and knocked out. Both Gary and Ash switch Pokemon, Gary with Arcanine and Ash with Snorlax. Arcanine uses Take Down , Snorlax responds with Body Slam. Arcanine dodges, but traps Snorlax with Fire Spin. Snorlax then uses Hyper Beam knocking Arcanine out. Nidoqueen returns using Double Kick, then a Hyper Beam. Snorlax ducks the attack and uses Ice Punchwinning the encounter. Gary’s Scizor is up next, Snorlax quickly defeated with a Metal Claw. Muk is sent  back out, Muk is unfazed by Quick Attack. Scizor uses swift to KO Muk.

Ash is down to his last Pokemon, Ash sends out Charizard. Scizor uses Steel Wing, and Charizard response with Flamethrower. Charizard uses a super-effective Flamethrower to the face. Gary, sends Golem out. Golem quickly uses Magnitude, that shocks Charizard. Charizard attempts to use Seismic Toss, but Golem is too heavy.  Charizard uses Dragon Rage, which KO’s Golem. Gary and Ash are now even and down to their final Pokemon Charizard’s and Blastoise.

Charizard opens using Flamethrower, but it is deflected by Rapid Spin. However, Charizard is hit in face with a Hydro Pump. Blastoise, has the type advantage. Ash commands Charizard to” burn the field” .  Blastoise tries to cool the field with Hydro Pump, but steam emerges. Charizard uses Seismic Toss slamming Blastoise to the ground. When the smoke clears both Pokemon are still standing, but Blastoise faints. Ash defeats his rival moving on to the next round.

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53 – Byakuya vs Tsukishama

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The Combatants:

  1. Byakuya –  Captain of the 6th Division in the Gotei 13.
  2. Tsukishama – is a Fullbringer .

Location: Bleach Chapters (468 – 472)

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The Battle:

Byakuya says “he is lucky he is the one fighting him”, as “Ichigo is too lenient and he cannot imagine Ichigo killing Tsukishima”. Byakuya, calls Tsukishima a coward for his fighting style. Tsukishima, “inserts” his presence into the ground, creating a trap that Byakuya triggers. Tsukishima, also inserts himself into Byakuya’s Zanpakuto learning all of his techniques. He learns that Byakuya’s Zanpakuto has a ” Hurtless Area”, and plans to exploit it.

Tsukishima, manages to slices Byakuya’s blade in half but he still uses his Bankai. Byakuya, is able to predict where Tsukishima will strike. He moves so close to Byakuya, that he can’t use use his blades without injuring himself. Byakuya grabs some of his blades from senbonzakura and throws them through Tsukishima. Byakuya is pleased with the battle as ” enjoyed fighting in the situation”, as Tsukishima collapses.

52 – Neji vs Kidomaru

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The Combatant:

  1. Neji – member of the Hyuga clan of Konoha
  2. Kidomaru – member of the sound five.

Location:  Naruto Chapters (193 – 198)

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The Battle:

Neji is the only one capable of defeating Kidomaru as his “gentle fist”, is naturally built to counter his webs.  Kidomaru is able to cleverly deduce Neji’s defense and able to determine that he has a blind spot. He summons a large spider that releases small spiders. This forces Neji to use his “Eight Trigrams One Hundred Twenty-Eight Palms”.

Neji was severely wounded by Kidomaru’s long range arrows. He dodges another arrow but can’t muster the energy to do it again. This time he takes advantage of the string attached to the arrow, and channels chakra through it damaging Kidomaru’s insides. Neji delievers a final strike into forehead of Kidomaru with gentle fist, killing him.

51 – Shamshel vs Shinji

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The Combatants:

  1. Shamshel – the fourth angel of Evangelion series
  2. Shinji – the main protagonist of the Evangelion series.

Location: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

The Battle:

Shinji shoots Shamshel with a Pallet Rifle, but the A.T. Field blocks it. Shamshel then strikes with whips, doing so Shinji destroys the “palette rifle”.  The Angel destroys the buildings with its whips. Unit-01’s “umbilical cable” causing the Eva’s battery to countdown. Shinji begins to panic, and Eva-01 is flung into the air. As the Eva reaches it’s final minute Shinji charges down the mountain toward Shamshel, it peirces Eva-01 with its tentacles. Shinji, in turn stabs it core with a knife. Shinji , apply’s pressure as the clock run’s down and finally kills the angel as the runs out of power.

My Top 100 Favorite Anime and Manga Battles (90 – 85)

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My Top 100 Favorite Anime and Manga Battles (90 – 85)

90 – Naruto (Four tails) vs Oorochimaru

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The Combatants:

  1. Naruto – is the title character of the of the Naruto series, and the bijuu with the Nine tails fox.
  2. Oorochimaru – is one of the main antagonist in the Naruto series, and a member of the legendary Sannin.

The Location:

Naruto Chapters (290 – 296)

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The Battle:

Naruto, consumed by his anger transforms into his four-tailed form, and attacks Orochimaru. His powers are destructive and he destroys the landscape. Most of Orochimaru’s attacks are useless against Naruto, but he is capable of remaining on even terms with Naruto. Orochimaru strikes Naruto with his “Sword of Kusanagi”, but the sword fails to do damage.

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89 – Colonel Mustang vs Envy

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The Combatants:

  1. Colonel Mustang – known as the “Flame Alchemist”, he’s also a state alchemist.
  2. Envy – a Homunculus who can shape-shifting.

The Location:

Full Metal Alchemist Chapter (93 -95)

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The Battle:

Mustang encounters Envy, who reveals that he was Hughes killer. Seeking revenge for the killing of Hughes, Mustang goes berserk. He’s completely without mercy as he burns Envy’s tongue. Envy transforms into a grotesque monster, Mustang responses by setting Envy’s eye fluid aflame. Envy realizing Mustang could easily kill him, flees. Envy attempts to confuse Mustang by transforms into Hughes, however Mustang isn’t fooled. Envy fails to make any headway as Mustang is to good.

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Mustang mercilessly burns Envy. Envy try’s to trick Riza , but Envy falls for a trap she sets. She is able to damage him with her guns, but Envy gets the advantage. When Envy is about to kill her, Mustang furiously attacks him. He burns Envy to the point where Envy reverts back to a smaller parasitic form.  Riza and Edward manage to stop Mustang from killing Envy. Envy doesn’t comprehend humanity’s ability to have compassion, he starts crying and commits suicide.

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88 – Monkey D. Luffy vs Blueno

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The Combatants:

  1. Monkey D. Luffy – The main protagonist and Captain of the Strawhat pirates.
  2. Blueno –  was an assassin of CP9.

Location:

One Piece Chapter (383 – 385)

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The Battle:

Unlike their previous fight, Luffy is more prepared to handle Blueno’s techniques. Luffy also reveals his new technique, “Gear Second”. Luffy basically demolishes Blueno after this, preventing him from getting any advantage. Luffy hits him with a devastating “Jet Bazooka”, which Blueno decides use his strongest “Tekkai Gou” to block it. Luffy is prepared to reveal his “Gear Third technique”, but it’s not necessary.

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87 – Kamin, Simon vs Viral

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The Combatants:

  1. Kamin – the founder of Team Gurren.
  2. Simon – is the central protagonist of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  3. Viral – one of the four “Beastman”, he’s a shark type.

Location:

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann  Episode 3 (Who Do You Think You Are, Having Two Faces)

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The Battle:

Through out he beast war arc Kamina, Simon and Viral, battle many times. While hunting for food, he encounters Kamina. He attacks Kamina with a cleaver. Viral is in an advantage position in the beginning of the fight. He manages to get several shallow cuts on Kamina. Simon and Yoko interfere in the battle, forcing Viral to use his Gunman (Enki). He defeats Simon and Kamina, but retreats. He returns the following day, having a rematch with Kamina and Simon.  This was the first time that Gurren-Lagann entered battle. Kamina and Simon succeed in defeating Viral, who vowed vengeance. 

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86 – Dai – Gurren vs Gunmen force

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The Combatants:

  1. Dai – Gurren
  2. Gunmen Force

Location:

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann  Episode 8 (Later, Buddy)

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The Battle:

Kamina takes his newly formed “Team Dai-Gurren”, into battle against Thymilph. Kamina to capture the enemies moving fortresses. The mission was successful, however Kamina was injured. Thymilph stabbed him through the chest, then shoots him with a beam.  Kamina and Simon form Gurren Lagann and defeats Thymilph with their new move “Giga Drill Break.” Sadly, Kamina dies telling Simon before doing so “Don’t believe in the Kamina who you believe in. Don’t believe in the Simon that I believe in. Believe in the Simon who believes in himself.”

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85 – Mugen vs Sara

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The Combatants:

  1. Mugen – one of the main characters of the Samurai Champloo series.
  2. Sara – is a blind musician, and assassin.

Location:

Samurai Champloo Episode 20 (Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 1) & Episode 21 (Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 2)

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The Battle:

Mugen and Sara fight twice in the series. They fight first by the river, she slashes Mugen across the chest. Before she can finish him off , Fuu intervenes. Sara meets Mugen again nearly defeating him a second time, however using advice from Jin he does better. She intentionally allows herself to be hit by Mugen, due to being distraught of her sons death. Sara’s fighting ability considering she is blind is impressive. She seems to be one of the strongest warriors in Samurai Champloo. She can sense her opponents attacks and respond accordingly.

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Fullmetal Alchemist – The Sacred Star of Milos

Fullmetal Alchemist – The Sacred Star of Milos

Directed by: Kazuya Murata

Produced by: Masahiko Minami

Written by: Yuichi Shinbo

Based on: Hiromu Arakawa

Released on: July 2, 2011

Run Time: 110min

Box Office: (Japan) $7million

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Fullmetal Alchemist – The Sacred Star of Milos is an animated move adapted from the manga and the “second anime“. It’s the second film based of the series. Basically the Elric brothers find themselves in conundrum. After they have a brief altercation with an escaped convict named Melvin Voyager the brothers pursue him. Heading towards “Table City” the brothers are further accosted by a “Chimera” and a terrorist group called “Black Bats”. The brothers meet  Julia Crichton, a 16-year-old girl that was arrested then rescued by Melvin and the Black Bats. Confusion ensues, Julia turns out to be a Milosian in search of a way to save her people. The power she seeks is the “Sanguine Star”, Ed and Al quickly realize that she’s referring to a philosopher stone. Set on preventing blood shed the decided to help. Overall I loved the movie, the story itself while interesting wasn’t partially epic. However, that’s not always necessary. The animation was without a doubt spectacular. If there’s any downside it’s the fact Col. Mustang, Hawkeye and Armstrong were absent even though they had appeared briefly in the movie.

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For more information:

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (info)

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