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Sanrio Unveils Fullmetal Alchemist Collaboration Merch Debuting This Fall

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The Sanrio Expo, which showcases Sanrio's new merchandise, revealed the designs for its collaboration with Fullmetal Alchemist on Friday. Actor Shinji Uchiyama, who plays Gluttony in the upcoming live-action film inspired by Hiromu Arakawa's manga, appeared at the event.

The collaboration is using five design variations. The variations are Sanrio-style cute and super-deformed designs; character-focused "pea-sized runt," "lovable stew," "lovable apple pie," and "incompetent on rainy days" designs; a simple "fate line" design showcasing characters' bonds; a "vintage card" design inspired by old cards and labels; and a "picture book" design.

The unveiled merchandise includes bags, plushes, keychains, and a variety of other items. The Fullmetal Alchemist Exhibition, which will run in Tokyo and Osaka from September to November, will offer the goods in advance. Tokyo Character Street's Ichiban Plaza inside Tokyo Station will also offer the items at a limited shop in November. The retail stores Kiddy Land and Tokyu Hands will then begin selling the collaboration goods in December.

The live-action film will open in Japan on December 1.

Fumihiko Sori (live-action Ping Pong) is directing the film. On adapting the source material, Sori said, "I want to create a style that follows the original manga as much as possible. The cast is entirely Japanese, but the cultural background is Europe. However, it's a style that doesn't represent a specific race or country." Regarding the faithfulness of the adaptation, which has characters of non-Japanese ethnicity, the director said, "There will never be a scene in which a character says something that would identify him/her as Japanese."

The film tells the story in one complete film. Ed is being aged up to 20 years old; he was originally 15 in the manga. Alphonse will be rendered in full CG.

Original manga creator Hiromu Arakawa is drawing a "special-edition comic" that people who attend theatrical screenings in Japan will receive.

Source: Comic Natalie


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