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30 January 2006 @ 10:24 am
 
sailormac and I are fans of the Sailor Moon musicals, in that we enjoy the insanely goofy life-action SM musicals that come out of Japan. Where else can you see supervillains who look like rhinestone salarymen, leather jackets of evil, and inexplicable acrobatics? They are deeply fun as they are incredibly bizarre, goofy, and take liberties with the storyline and characters in an amusing way.

Discussing odd FMA post-anime media, we began asking "What if FMA was made into a musical?" Basic this idea on the experiences with other Japanese anime musicals, we came up with these lists:



WARNING: Slight spoilers

THE CHARACTERS:

  • Ed would be played up more as Al couldn't do much, and an audience won't buy a singing suit of armor.
  • Al's outfit would probably be plastic and shiny fabric.
  • Roy would get a lot of stage time, and probably be a mentor figure. Furey, Havoc, and company would be backup.
  • Winry would become a Vauge Love Interest. She'd get a lame number about it, and nothing more would be said.
  • Riza would get one number during an action sequence, but she'd probably do well in it.
  • Scar would take the role of Ambiguous Possible Hero to Ed and Roy. This is the same as in the series, but with the addition that he gets to sing. If Scar actually needs musical numbers is another question.
  • There'd be no Izumi, Psiren, or anything else remotely beyond the versus-the-Homonculi plot.
  • Hughes would be there for comedy, talking about his cute daughter.
  • Lots of characters would appear just as backup/scenery.


THE MUSIC:

  • There'd be an attempt to do a lot of angsty emo songs. This will not work well.
  • Havoc and company would get a wacky comedy relief number about being in Mustang's shadow. This would be the highlight of the show.
  • Ed and Roy would get an "anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better" type number resulting in them being buddies. This would then result in all interesting conflict draining from the rest of the musical.
  • Hughes would get one song about his daughter. Then he'd die to advance the plot and show it's serious. His death would end Act 1.
  • Act 2 would open with a big musical number about avenging Hughes, whom we're apparently supposed to miss after his comedy number.
  • The Homonculi would get a group musical number on how bad they were. It wouldn't quite make the point, because Envy doing a 3-part harmony just really isn't badass.
  • Torch Singer Lust. Enough said.
  • Greed would rap. This could possibly be the coolest sequence, or cause anuyreisms.
  • Hoenheim and Dante would get a duet about their past failed love, then she'd put the smack down on him.


THE EFFECTS:

  • The effects would be terrible. Most of Roy's effects would be a Magicians flash generator. Ed would clap his hands together and pointless fireworks would go off.
  • Lights would be used to project alchemy arrays on the sets to make things look cool. It might work, but I wouldn't count on it.


Thoughts?
 
 
theydontloveyou on January 30th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
LMFAO.

i don't see emo angsty, but i do see sad ballads. :)
giapetgiapet on January 30th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I could see Hughes going through the same thing he does in the anime (albeit with less complicated exposition). And then Ed would sing a fabulous song abut it.

Heh, watch me attempt not to spoil things ;P
All aboard the failbus!: Roy's not God!iverin on January 30th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
...is it sad that I was lamenting the lack of FMAmyu the other day? ;;
Dragon Scholardragonscholar on January 30th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Yes. Yes it is.

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Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!: Fuck yeahjiah on January 30th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
XD This is awesome. I watched the Prince of Tennis musical and... hooman. No words. They used a stage light as a tennis ball. High tech, yo.
Dragon Scholardragonscholar on January 30th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
The Seramyu musicals are really an experience too. My usual reaction to them is roughly "They put a lot of effort into (X), why couldn't they make (Y) better?"
Meg: Python: Ex-Parrot!megkips on January 30th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
The Dante and Hoho thing just had me thinking of "The Song That Goes Like This" from Spamalot.

Now to get that mental image out of my head.
Dragon Scholardragonscholar on January 30th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
"Let's not go to Central. It's such a silly place."
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『おどる火の風』  || 斬馬参tomato_uchiha on January 30th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
xD twould be amusing
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C-chanbox_of_doom on February 1st, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
LOL YES!

...only Hughes really isn't "just a boy" ^^;
LySs: Get your groove on Sousuke!sennyo_megami on January 30th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
lol Ed could start the show singing Bratja
The Homunculi singing could be something like "Be Prepared" from the Lion King or "Poor Unfortunete Souls" from The Little Mermaid XD
purplemewit: roy glovepurplemewit on January 30th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh gawd... so who's Ed from the hyenas?

Oh! and Roy leading his military folk in "Be a Man" from Mulan XDDDD
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purplemewitpurplemewit on January 30th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to really put some effort into masterminding concepts for costumes for a nonexistant FMA musical.

Like, Ed's coat would be lame', with the flamel put on with Sequins, the Military folk's outfits would be satin, with silver lame trim, The Homunuculus would be in satin, and Envy's (who would be played by a girl) hair would sparkle, as would the Ouroborous tattoos.

Armstrong wouldn't go anywhere without a pink spollight on him.
Look for me with the sun bright sparrow ##: { EdxEnvy; witty }violent_aki on January 30th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
.....

I seriously want to write this now. :D
Teresalady_jynjr on January 30th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
BRILLIANT! -starts scribbling frantically-
white_locketwhite_locket on January 30th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
XD
....Not much else to say!
氷: ban kaicurucar on January 30th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
LOL, sounds JUST like the BLEACH musical XP

And EVERYTHING would have glitter! XD
Cola: bankaiekoko on January 31st, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Fuck, there's a bleach musical?! D:<
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eurogabbyeurogabby on January 30th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
OMG.... *cracks up laughing* All the songs would be so emo... and everyone would be sissies.

Like they are in the anime.

Only Armstrong would be badass.

I think Ed and Winry would get a bittersweet duet, and then Winry would watch Ed fade into the painted sunset. And they would write Rose as a ditz, like she is. At least she had the brains to GO AWAY in the manga...
Ipityipitydaf00l on January 30th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
XD You know...I just recently started watching Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon which reminds me of Power Rangers on crack.....but I love this idea. *snerk*

Even if I would be laughing throughout the entire thing, but it sounds like it would be great to watch.