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Netflix’s primary domain may be English-based works of art, but there’s a new film taking the site off its feet. Fullmetal Alchemist The Revenge of Scar is the sequel to the previous Fullmetal Alchemist live-action adaptation and is ranked #3 in the Non-English films category on Netflix. Japanese titled Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Fukushūsha Scar has garnered over 8.31 million hours viewed during the week of August 22-28.

The aging drift of streaming services has left its crevices in the new cinema-going world. Where flix and chill is the new norm, Netflix’s anime originals have taken quite a spot. The earlier fans who enjoyed the comfort of anime through telecasted mediums can now enjoy a streaming base filled with a variety of series, shows, and films. Fullmetal Alchemist live adaptation solidly adapts from the manga written by Hiromu Arakawa which was adapted into two anime series and is a worldwide sensation.

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scar facing the Elric brothers

More on Fullmetal Alchemist Live-Action – The Revenge of Scar

  • The film started streaming starting August 20. The film already ranked #4 by the end of that week. Mind you, the film within one day gathered over 5.82 million hours viewed.
  • This Fullmetal Alchemist movie is, however, the first in a two-edition film series. The film finds its conclusion in its sequel second part named Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Saigo no Rensei. (Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Chapter – The Final Alchemy).
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screengrab from Netflix

The First Fullmetal Alchemist live-action Film

Fullmetal Alchemist Revenge of Scar is actually the first part of a two-part sequel to the 2017 film Fullmetal Alchemist.

Fullmetal Alchemist (titled Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) is a 2017 film directed by Japanese Academy Award winner Fumihiko Sori. It stars Ryosuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda and Dean Fujioka. Fans may know Ryosuke Yamada for his portrayal of Nagisa Shiota in the live-action adaptation of Assassination Classroom Manga that came out in 2015. The 2015 film earned him an Academy Award for Most Promising Newcomer in the year 2016.

The Storyline of The Fullmetal Alchemist live-action Adaptations

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courtesy: IMDB
  • The first film adapted the source material to an attractive tilt. Edward and Alphonse Elric who lost their mother due to illness try their hands at human transmutation in an attempt to bring her back.
  • Yet what is brought back is a zombie-like corpse and what is lost is an arm and Alphonse’s entire body. The law of equivalent exchange dictates for everything something of equivalent value must be given.
  • Edward then sets up to be the state alchemist, to earn ways of reviving his brother’s body. The film introduces Roy Mustang, along with a great line-up of original characters as support and also the adversary homunculus.
  • The first live-action ends with Edward finding the philosopher’s stone which he uses to meet Alphonse’s body and promises to find a way back to him without the expanse of the stone. 

Theatrical Run Of Revenge of Scar live-action

Fullmetal Alchemist’s live-action flick had its theatrical run in Japan on May 20. The film earned about 96,503,050 yen in its first three days and was #9 for the opening weekend. The sequel, Fullmetal Alchemist Final Alchemy released on June 24 and confronts the story’s final sequence. This Fullmetal Alchemist film incorporates the war criminal Scar’s confrontation with the Elric brothers.

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snap courtesy: Netflix

Fullmetal Alchemist Live-Action Second Part: Final Alchemy Netflix Release Date

Revenge of Scars leaves the story for its second part – Fullmetal Alchemist Final Chapter: Final Alchemy. Titled Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Saigo no Rensei, the film will be streaming on Netflix starting September 24.

Revenge of Scar and Final Alchemy features the following cast –


Ryosuke Yamada – Edward Elric
Tsubasa Honda – Winry Rockbell
Dean Fujioka – Roy Mustang
Misako Renbutsu – Riza Hokuai
Ryuta Sato – Maes Hughes
Kanata Hongo – Envy
Shinji Uchiyama – Gluttony
Mackenyu Arata – Scar
Seiyo Uchino – Van Hohenheim / father
Hiroshi Tachi – King Bradley
Keisuke Watanabe – Ling Yao
Yuina Kuroshima – Lan Fan
Toshio Kakei – Fu
Koji Yamamoto – Alex Louis Armstrong
Chiaki Kuriyama – Olivier Mira Armstrong
Yuki Yamada – Solf J. Kimblee
Yukie Nakama – Trisha Elric
Jun Fubuki – Pinako Rockbell
Naohito Fujiki – Yuri Rockbell
Kaoru Okunuki – Sara Rockbell
Kokoro Terada – Selim
Ron Monroe – May Chang
Haruhi Ryoga – Izumi Curtis


Fullmetal Alchemist live-action is no small feat of story work. It’s a work of fiction that has been ranked no 1 in one of the world’s largest anime and manga databases, myanimelist. To remain uncontested no 1 must mean there’s a huge following, even larger than that of Attack on Titan or Death Note, that sees to it that their ranked 1 retains its status quo. The recent frenzy for live-action adaptations has become wide and spread. With such changing tides, anime fans prepare themselves for an upsurge of more live-action films.

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Rhytham is a Philosophy graduate who founded a state-level organization that promotes anime and Japanese culture in his home state in India. He is also an ardent writer, poet, musician, vocalist, graphic designer, and photoshop artist. He has worked on multiple state and national level conventions. Other than anime, catch him watching western series that really have in themselves the solidity to catch his attention.