Fullmetal Alchemist: The Final Alchemy (2022)

dir. Fumihiko Sori

The Final Alchemy, in a way, achieves something absolutely spectacular. Because Fullmetal Alchemist already had very bad CGI. The Revenge of Scar continued that tradition and boasted similarly terrible CGI. But despite the bar already being so low it’s being melted by the Earth’s core, The Final Alchemy impressively manages to contain even worse CGI than its predecessors. It’s sort of stunning, just how unrealistic the Homunculi and monsters look. The visuals do serve to distract from the simultaneously confusing and insipid storytelling, though, which somehow manages to take the epic complexity of the manga and anime and turn it into dull, paint-by-numbers box-ticking: “This happens, then this happens, then this happens.” By the story’s climax there is absolutely no reason to care about a single character, and therefore there’s no reason to care about anything which happens to them. The only good thing about The Final Alchemy is the relief that it is, in fact, the final one.

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