Anime Expo 2017: Fullmetal Alchemist Live-Action Film Panel + Q&A

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Hiromu Arakawa‘s Fullmetal Alchemist franchise remains one of, if not the most popular anime series in the last 15 years alongside Death Note and Shōnen Jump staples. The last anime film, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos wrapped in 2011 but unlike many hits that simply become hallmarks of a particular season or year, Fullmetal Alchemist maintains a dedicated fanbase. One only had to look around the packed Main Events hall of Anime Expo on Monday to see that.

The crowd couldn’t contain its excitement from the moment Edward Elric actor and Hey! Say! JUMP idol Ryosuke Yamada walked on stage in a bright red leather jacket. Yamada is short in a stature, a fact he acknowledged as something that worked to his advantage when it came to landing the role of Ed. He also shared that the two have more than height in common.

“People often think that I’m shy, but actually I’m very outgoing,” he said with a knowing grin. Yamada pushed himself to achieve the demanding physicality for the role. He did 100% of his own stunts whether it was leaping