Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Future of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Just when I thought FMA Brotherhood is going to last far longer than the original anime, given that it surpassed the number of episodes, I learned the manga which it is based on is ending in June.
Alphonse and Edward Elric
A tweet by the director of the Brotherhood, Yasuhiro Irie, states:
鋼の原作漫画は最終回までネームでいただき、それを元にシナリオ、コンテ作業。荒川さんのパワフルな仕事ぶり。最終回の物量に驚愕。泣いても笑ってもあと2ヵ月。
It says that the final chapter of the manga was already delivered to the anime production and script development is under way. Further, there's only two months left. Sadly that means the anime will end as well. 

On one hand I'd like to see it end with a perfect finale. On the other hand I am wishing that this 'Amestris arc' is just part of a bigger story. There are other stories needed to be told: the country of Xing and Drachma, the future of Amestris without Father, among others. A 'filler arc-hater,' I can't believe that this time I am hoping the anime staff will write their own story as there are no manga counterparts to base it on anyway.