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01 July 2005 @ 01:43 pm
Rough translation I whipped up in half an hour for http://www.itmedia.co.jp/games/articles/0506/30/news036.html
Kudos to light_hohenheim for the link.

I've translated all of the text, but it's been a while since I practiced Japanese so there might be some errors/parts left out. Feel free to correct me.

I'm also not sure if Noboru-san's last name is Kaiten or not... :shrugs: I think it is... XD

Parantheses are my thoughts. :P

'Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambara' is about to be released! We've interviewed the playwriter, Kaiten Noboru.

There's only a month left until the release of 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambara'. The television anime series that ended last year was extremely popular, and the movie, which is a sequel to it, is also attracting equal interest. We've asked a few questions to Kaiten Noboru, who wrote the scripts for both the anime and the movie.

Ed, who got sent to the 'Real World' where we are living in the last episode of the anime. He arrives at Munchen of 1923. Ed, who cannot use alchemy anymore, searches for a way to get back to his world in many different ways. Also, he meets a young man named Alphonse Heiderich, who bears a striking resemblance to Al. With his help, Ed strives to get back to his home using the power of rocket technology. However, there are no promising results, and he becomes restless. Before the despairing Ed appears an unexpected path: those who seek the fabled 'Shambara'.

First caption: Ed, researching ways to return to the 'World of Alchemy'. But he finds no good results, and he's spending his days in despair.

Second caption: On the other hand, Al is learning alchemy again, from the start. He's searching for a way to meet his brother again.

Question 1: When did you start making the movie?
Kaiten: We were tossing around the idea of a movie around the end of Series 1 (Melissa/Kesenai Tsumi). But we actually started making it around the end of the animation. 9 months have passed since the end of the anime and the movie, so you might feel that it's a very long time, but to us, we felt very short on time.

Question 2: Why did you think of continuing the anime in the movie? (as opposed to taking a path like the Naruto movies)
Kaiten: We had no plans for making episodes that took place during the anime timeline. The TV series was so 'complete' that we didn't want to make any new episodes for Ed. So in some sense, the thought of making a continuation is natural.

Question 3: What situations will Al and Ed be in in the movie?
Kaiten: Two years have passed since Ed entered the 'Real World'. In that time he's been searching for ways to return home, but every way ends in a dead end, and he's starting to give up. On the other hand, Al has learned alchemy again, and he's become a better alchemist than Ed was. (This boggles me mind.)

Al, who firmly believes that his brother is alive somewhere, is searching for ways to meet Ed again. In that sense, the two people's emotions are different(?!). An event occurs in Ed's world (the Real World) and the story starts to move quickly after that.

Question 4: What was your objective in making the movie?
Kaiten: My objective in this movie was to make not a simple 'continuation of the TV anime series', but a 'stand alone movie that can be enjoyed as just a movie'. In that sense, not all of the popular characters in the anime will have important roles(nuuuu); I mostly focused on two people: Ed and Al. This story of two brothers striving to meet again is, in my opinion, enjoyable even if you haven't watched the anime.

But, for the fans of the anime, we've prepared memorable scenes for popular characters such as Roy. Making a work that both fans and first-timers will like is hard, but I think it's going to be alright.

Third caption: We can expect the appearance of popular characters such as Roy, Riza and Armstrong. See how they've changed in the two years since we last saw them!

Question 5: There are some characters in the 'Real World' who look just like certain people in the 'World of Alchemy'...?
Kaiten: We're emphasizing the point that these two worlds are in fact parallel worlds by having similar characters. In Munchen there's a man who looks just like a grown-up Al, and also someone who looks like Hughes, who is undoubtedly dead. We want to express how even knowing that Munchen is part of a parallel world, seeing his grown up little brother and a dead man makes Ed think, "This place is not the real world".

Fourth caption: The 'Real World' features people who closely resemble those we know... One of them is someone who looks like Hughes!

Question 6: What was the hardest part of making this movie?
Kaiten: What we tried to preserve the most was 1923 Munchen and the people living in it. We wanted to portray it not from our present point of view, but from the point of view of the people of that time. So, I looked through all the DVDs from that time that I had at home, and portrayed it as closely as possible to the views of that time.

Question 7: Finally, a message to the eagerly waiting fans.
Kaiten: Movies are unlike games that you can enjoy for days, or artifacts that have profound impacts. But, if you think about the time required to get ready, leave, and see the movie, almost half a day goes by. However, I believe that movies are a form of entertainment completely worthy of the effort that goes into viewing them. I believe that 'Fullmetal Alchemist : Conqueror of Shambara' is just right in that sense (as a movie). I hope you view it at a theater.

Dunno about you, but I'm dying to see it. :laughs:
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Mari: Ed's God - sky_darkkaitou_marina on June 30th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
Dear Story-person:

If you were trying to preserve 1923 Munich as it was, WHY is an actual historical figure who was originally male NOW FEMALE?

Other than that, rock, bring it on, let's do this thang!
kungfusenseikungfusensei on June 30th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
Which actual historical figure are you referring to?
Marikaitou_marina on June 30th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
Dietrich Eckhart-(1868-1923)-Poet, journalist, and mentor of the young Hitler. Known for his anti-Semitic views, best expressed in his weekly paper Auf gut Deutsch (In plain German), Eckart served asan important catalyst of the rising Nazi Party, which he supported financially. He was also the first editor-in-chief of the Völkischer Beobachter, the Nazi Party's official newspaper. Hitler thought so highly of Eckhart that he dedicated Mein Kampf to his memory.

From here: http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/8514/npeople.html

This historical figure is being featured in the movie, but for some inexplicable reason has been turned into a woman. I wouldn't have really minded, since they made Dante (who was an obvious reference to the Dante of the Divine Comedy) into a woman, except for the fact that they just said they were trying to make it as close to 1923 Munich as they could. So, what's up, BONES? Got a reason for me?
Marikaitou_marina on June 30th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
*looks at date* P.S. I'm guessing that character is going to kick the bucket in the movie. *points*
Captain Chrismyuutsuuman on June 30th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
You kidding? The moment I saw the first trailer that barely showed much at all and left everyone saying "WTF?!" towards Armor Al and Ed with Automail, I knew I had to see this movie somehow.

Thanks for the translation and sharin'. :o
fmfangirlfmfangirl on June 30th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
"In that sense, not all of the popular characters in the anime will have important roles"

NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!! *falls off chair* s'not fair!

well...ANYWAY! thans for the translations ^^ and thanx for sharing too! cant forget sharing ^^
kungfusenseikungfusensei on June 30th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
Ehhh? Al is a better alchemist than Ed? I can't believe that. While Ed's been out of practice for 2 years now, true, when he was in Amestris he was 1)a genius/child prodigy and 2)had a heck of a lot of information from when he saw 'the Truth'.
Now, maybe he lost some of that knowledge when he went through the Gate a second time, but still, Al doesn't have any of that (to my knowledge? Haven't actually seen the last 10 episodes)...so, how does he end up a better alchemist? Not to mention he lost four years of studying from the Central/Military alchemy records. How could he gain that back, just by studying on his own?
coffee_insanity on June 30th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Your icon inspires vague feelings of awe and dread. XD

When they say Al is better than Ed, they mean the Ed of before the trip to Germany. As in two years ago, not the Ed now. That's why it boggled my mind.

So either Al is even more of a genius than Ed was, or Izumi knew more than she taught to Ed and Al the first time around. XD

I guess the 'how' bit will be explained in the movie (or not?) but yah, Al at the end of the TV series had no knowledge of alchemy (which is strange, since technically speaking he should remember the teaching he recieved from Izumi, which was before the failed transmutation).
Marikaitou_marina on June 30th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
They never said he had no knowledge of alchemy at the end of the anime, they just said that he'd started studying it again. I don't think he lost all the knowledge of what Izumi taught him before.
Angie: FMA Pyramidlilwhitemage on June 30th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Agreed. They just said that he lost the memory of the years that he was stuck in the tincan, but no mention of having lost any of the knowledge he had BEFOREHAND (learning with Ed when they were little, training under Izumi). He just asked for Izumi to take him and train him some more so that he could get better at alchemy and eventually find his nii-san.
kungfusenseikungfusensei on June 30th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I love this icon. Japanese cosplayers are awesome. =D (And this is my RP account for omg!alchemist, but I'm lazy so I don't sign out. My other account is flameraven.)

Hm. I haven't actually seen the end of the anime (just read too many spoilers) so I can't be sure. But BONES has a lot to explain with this movie. (Including why Al is cosplaying Ed. I need to know.)
Mari: Brothers - gundamnookkaitou_marina on June 30th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
Because Izumi rocks?

Don't forget, Al is also almost an equal (or IS equal) to Ed in terms of intelligence. When they took the State Alchemist exam, Al both passed and COMPLETED the exam. Ed just passed it XD

It seems Al's determination is the key to something important in this movie, as magazine arcticles have mentioned his pure, determined feelings toward getting his brother back have something to do with crossing the two worlds. It was probably important to have Al develop back quickly. Otherwise, the story would just be dragging.
kungfusenseikungfusensei on June 30th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's true. I forgot about Izumi. She did manage to teach them enough alchemy in a month so that they could try human transmutation and survive...imagine what she could do in two years.

Gah. I so need to see the end of the series.
Mari: Brothers - gundamnookkaitou_marina on June 30th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
Ed and Al studied with her for more than a month. They WERE on the island for a month, but after that, they were with her longer. According to the official timeline, it was either for a year or for just a little less than a year.
Angehangiechow on June 30th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
WAAH thank you so much for the translation! *__*
Cynthia: Eh?!csakuras on June 30th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
My objective in this movie was to make not a simple 'continuation of the TV anime series', but a 'stand alone movie that can be enjoyed as just a movie'.

.....I don't know about everyone else, but I think this movie would UTTERLY CONFUSE anyone who's not already at least familiar with the characters and story. I mean...alternate worlds?? Three different versions of one character??? ALCHEMY?
Velvet Macevelvet_mace on July 1st, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for translating!!!!

Al a better alchemist than Ed... well, he DID do better on the alchemy exam -- at a year younger! But how he can beat Ed... that's gonna be tough.
Colleen: Communitywater_alchemist on July 1st, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
Three weeks from tomorrow, peoples. *stares restlessly at ticket tucked safely awake in a book*
桐生ユリナdefade on July 1st, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Hey, if you want a really realistic movie back there, why did you make Dietrich Eckart a woman and name her Dietlinde Eckart?
I'm dying to see the movie.............
*kills a certain TV company*
Sailor Mac: anything -- by chrissyskyiconssailormac on July 1st, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
Well, at least the statements about the focus on Ed and Al and their desire to be together again make the whole thing sound a bit more optimistic than the ominous hints we were getting before.

I do think that if Ed hadn't seen the Truth, Al would have eventually become the better alchemist. I've long suspected Al is the true brains in the family.
Angie: Pwnagelilwhitemage on July 1st, 2005 10:41 am (UTC)
Well... *spoiler-ignore if ya don't wanna see-whistles* >.>;

In the manga Al does eventually remember about seeing the Truth. And suddenly it all adds up in Ed's head:
Angie: Oh noes! :Olilwhitemage on July 1st, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
Granted, of course, we're talking about two seperate stories here (between the manga and the anime) >>;

But still. I agree with the Al being the brains of the family. Edward may be a genius when it comes to alchemy, but Al just seems to be a bit... wiser. And he did kinda COMPLETE the exam, though he didn't go all the way. >.>
Ziggy says I have to go your funeral tomorrow...scico on July 3rd, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
awesome, thanks for translating this! ^_^