Bad news for Fullmetal Alchemist fans as we’ve gotten word very close to the removal date that the 2017 live-action movie which carries Netflix Original branding is set to leave Netflix globally on January 27th, 2022.
The movie was first released in Japan December 1, 2017. It finally made its way to Netflix with the Netflix Original branding, on February 19, 2018. Now, having streamed on Netflix for almost four years, the movie is scheduled to expire on January 27th with your last day to watch being January 26th (this is very short notice – apologies!).
Square Enix Japan and Warner Brothers Japan co-produced the film, which they sold to Netflix. Both the Japanese original audio and English dubs were included in the movie. Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke reprised their roles from the anime as Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell.
The 2017 flick sets to faithfully adapt the manga by telling the story of “Two alchemist brothers go on a quest for the Philosopher’s Stone after an attempt to revive their dead mother goes horribly wrong.”
Reviews weren’t kind to Fullmetal Alchemist back in 2017 with it carrying a 5.2 on IMDb and an equally unimpressive 48 on Metacritic.
IGN was amongst the most forgiving of the reviewers saying “there are flaws galore in this live-action movie version, you get a sense that the director has a real love for the original source material” adding “it’s worth a watch.”
Unlike most Netflix removals where we get around a month of notice, we’ve only had a few days where a removal date has been showing on the Fullmetal Alchemist movie. It is possible that Netflix tried to renew the movie, but failed. This strange situation could be a sign of Netflix's intentions.
It’s been a rough start to 2022 for Fullmetal Alchemist fans. In January 2022, Fullmetal Alchemist's flagship series as well as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood were both removed from the service. However, rights to the anime are subject to change so we may not see it disappear forever.
Brotherhood is now available only on Netflix Japan, while Fullmetal Alchemist's first season can be still found in France and Belgium.
We are unsure of the Warner Brothers Japan connection but we will keep you posted.
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