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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos



Heavy violence in convoluted but dazzling anime fantasy.
  • Review Date: January 20, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's main theme seems to be one of banding together to triumph over the odds, as the villagers rise above their oppressors. Some characters choose questionable methods, but the main heroes always try to make sure everyone stays on the right path.

Positive role models

The hero brothers have something of a sad past, and they're forever looking to correct a mistake, but they're firmly on the path of the straight and narrow. They bravely use their abilities to help people, and they constantly question which path is the correct one.


Lots of anime fighting, shooting, stabbing, blood, death, and dying. One character peels off his flesh (which turns out to have been stolen from someone else). Characters vomit blood in one scene. Some of the fights involve alchemy, in which certain elements are changed into other elements (air is turned into steel blades, etc.) Viewers see explosions and fire, as families are driven out of their homes. One small girl witnesses shootings.


A bad guy tears at a woman's clothes to get to a tattoo that's on the side of her waist. Minor flirting.


In the non-dubbed version of the movie, English subtitles include the words "bastard," "crap," and "hell."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is a fairly violent movie that follows an earlier Fullmetal Alchemist movie and the successful Japanese TV series. Expect heavy fantasy violence, including fighting, shooting, and stabbing -- plus gushing blood, death, and dying. A character also tears at a woman's clothes, though not for a sexual purpose. The movie is available in both Japanese and dubbed into English; subtitles in the Japanese version include words like "bastard," "hell," and "crap." Teen fans of this series will be excited, while others are likely to be a little confused by the movie's complicated plot and lack of character introduction.

What's the story?

The Elric brothers, Edward (voiced by Vic Mignogna in the English dubbed version) and Alphonse (Maxey Whitehead), are alchemist heroes, trapped in different bodies after an accident. After a mysterious prisoner breaks out of jail with only a short time left on his sentence, the brothers attempt to solve the puzzle. Their investigation leads them to a beautiful alchemist named Julia (Alexis Tipton), who lost her parents and her brother years earlier. Before long, they find themselves in a valley inhabited by the Milos, a repressed people struggling against exploitation. Julia hopes to lead the Milos in a revolution, and she's even prepared to use the deadly power of the Philosopher's Stone to do it.

Is it any good?


The movie is gorgeously animated and has many powerful images and ideas. Fullmetal Alchemist began as a popular manga series, then became a TV series in Japan, followed by 2005's Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS is the first title in the franchise to be released in U.S. theaters. That's probably exciting for fans, but less so for others, as the new movie does little to bring newcomers up to speed. For example, since Ed and Al's characters have already been established, they aren't very deeply developed here; most of the time is spent on the convoluted plot and supporting characters.

And the plot is really ridiculously complex -- though also sometimes simplistic, as when basic dramatic turns and arcs occur. Its big, outsized themes and end-of-the-world dramatics are fairly familiar to this type of anime. But what little we do get of Ed and Al is enough of a sampler to spur viewers on to find more in the series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does the fact that it's animated lessen the impact of all the blood and killing?

  • Are Ed and Al positive role models? Would you be interested in seeing them in other stories?

  • What's the appeal of anime TV shows and movies? How are they different from other animated movies?


Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 20, 2012
DVD release date:April 24, 2012
Cast:Maaya Sakamoto, Rie Kugimiya, Romi Pak
Director:Kazuya Murata
Studio:Eleven Arts
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byAk1epic May 6, 2012

One of the best anime movie

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byAnimeFan3000 September 10, 2014

[The only reason I rated it low is the plot!] Watch them all! (ex. The sacred star of milos) Part.3

I am a 5 star otaku, I was so excited to watch this movie because the sequel movie to the 2003 FMA was just great. The description said it was a sequel so I thought Ed and Al we're going to meet back together as they parted ways in FMAB, But It Was Not At All Like That! This movie begins talking about a county that was never mentioned in the show and had NOTHING to do with anything in FMAB at all. Their way to make a philosopher stone was flawed in many ways and did not have a SINGEL joke about Ed being short. They are in another country and people INSTANTLY know who Ed is unlike in his Home county. The rest of it is good but the description was flawed and lies. I really don't like being 'That One Hater' but it disappointed me. :'(
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byrazor25 August 29, 2012

FMA: The Sacred Star of Milos soars and impresses

FMA: The Sacred Star of Milos is hands-down one of the most well-made animated films outside of Disney and any Hayao Miyazaki film to date. The movie has an impressive story-line and characters you grow to care for as you reach the end of the film. The violence in the film can be intense at times but it is never down in bad taste, and the language is mild as well, mostly spoken from one of the main characters when he is on screen. The only complaint I can see is that if you or your kids are not familiar with FullMetal Alchemist or the show it is based on, you will have some trouble following and understanding specific details about the characters. Having said that, I highly recommend this film.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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