Topics of the week:
Jul. 6, Tue. 23:30 - 0:00 (UTC) etc.
Main Feature: "FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD"
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a phenomenally successful manga by Hiroshi Arakawa, which was serialised in Monthly Shōnen Gangan from 2001 to 2009. The manga was also offered in a series of books, selling 42 million copies. The ensuing anime series has been aired in more than thirty countries. Our reporter Sei follows the work on the long-awaited final episode of the anime series that will be aired in early July.
This segment looks at the arduous task of reproducing the worldview and plot of the original manga series into anime, and factors that artists should bear in mind. We look this anime series which can be relished along with the original manga.
Schedule are as follows:
NHK WORLD TV
Tue. 23:30 - 00:00
03:30 - 04:00
07:30 - 08:00
11:30 - 12:00
15:30 - 16:00
19:30 - 20:00
- Some of the clips that were shown were of the English dub.
- There was a street interview asking fans what they thought of FMA.
- "Very original, there wasn't anything like that [about alchemy] before"
- "Political...also enjoyed by adults"
- The voice-over introduced FMA as having "hard-core fans all over the world", "the first anime to go HD" (really?)
- The expert of the week was Masahiro Suzuki, a manga editor.
- Asked why it's popular, he says it "has a suberb storyline" and "despite being complex, it's not difficult to understand if you read it in order". It's "fantasy fiction but very realistic".
- "I don't think many manga have a well-crafted view of a particular theme [as FMA]".
- Sei, the reporter, visited the Bones studio. He says the studio is very clean!
- There are 50 staff working on each episode, and the anime is divided into 5-6 stories where staffed are grouped accordingly.
- Irie was interviewed as well! He was working on a storyboard. (He looked like a little boy, haha. Must be that hairstyle.)
- "Despite being [both] successful, the manga and anime don't weigh down each other"
- One memorable scene for him was in episode 26, where Ed opens the gate and saw Al's body, and says 'I'll be back'. He says they were only able to animate/alter it that way because the production staff were required to know the manga really well.
- Aniplex's Hideki Goto on the worldwide concurrent broadcast: "[Overseas fans] didn't want to miss out on what the Japanese fans were getting" (so true!)
- "I hope this worldwide broadcast will become more common" (can't remember if it's the hosts or the manga editor who says this).
- As mentioned below, Arakawa's name was wrong and she was referred to as "he".