There is a new Full Metal Alchemist movie, and the Megaplex Theatres in Salt Lake and Art House Cinema in Ogden are part of the limited North American release. What is Full Metal Alchemist and why should you see it? And why is Salt Lake magazine posting on an anime film (not our usual schtick)? First a little background:

Full Metal Alchemist started as a Japanese manga series that started in 2001 and ended in June 2010. It was adapted into a TV animation series of 51 episodes that aired from 2003 to 2004 that was later followed by the film Full Metal Alchemist: The Conqueror Of Shamballa that premiered in Japan in 2005 that wrapped up the anime series.

The story follows the Elric brothers; Ed and Alphonse (Al) who live in a world where Alchemy is the more advanced scientific technique. The main story line follows Ed and Al who want to restore their bodies after a  failed attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy.

The original manga and anime series is Ed and Al's search for the Philosophers' Stone which they believe will repair their bodies. The popularity of the manga and first anime spawned a second series in 2009 called Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network.

Why is this important?

Because the new film Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos doesn't follow the end of the first anime series, or the last film The Conqueror of Shamballa, instead it is a side story that takes place during Ed and Al's search for the Philosophers Stone, and Al's soul is still bound to a suit of armor... and it's awesome.

If you have never seen either anime series, the first movie, or read the manga, you are fine.

This movie is a great stand-alone movie and does a great job of explaining what is going on. For fans of the series this movie is a great side addition to both of the anime series but ties in well with the second series Full Metal Alchemist:Brotherhood. For the English release the English Voice cast is the same as in both series.

The official website is fullmetalalchemist.com and official facebook page is facebook.com/FullmetalAlchemistMovie2

Here's where to see it:

Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

Ogden Release | 1/19/2012 (Thu) 2 weeks Art House Cinema 502 http://www.ahc502.com 158 Historic 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401

Salt Lake City Release | 1/20/2012 (Fri) 1 day only. Megaplex Theatres http://www.megaplextheatres.com Megaplex 14 at Legacy Crossing 1075 West Legacy Crossing Blvd, Centerville, UT 84014 Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons 9335 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070 Megaplex 20 at the District 11400 South Bangerter Highway, South Jordan, UT 84095

Eleven Arts and Funimation are bringing the feature length followup film Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos to over 100 movie theaters across North America. This film was released in Japan on July 2, 2011. Director- Kazuya Murata, Original Comics-Hiroma Arakawa, Script-Yuichi Shinpo, Character Design/Animation Director-Kenichi Konishi, Music-Tarou Iwashirou, Animation Production-Bones.