Otakon to Host 2011 FMA Film Director Kazuya Murata (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
Otakon announced on Friday that it will host director Kazuya Murata and the North American premiere of his summer 2011 film, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, during the July 29-31 event in Baltimore. Otakon will screen the film with English subtitles.
Murata served as the assistant director for both Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion television anime series and he also directed several individual episodes. Before those series, he directed the Makeruna! Makendo video anime and the animated music video TWO-MIX: White Reflection. He contributed as an episode director to such popular anime series as Eureka Seven, Figure 17, Mars Daybreak, Planetes, and Steel Angel Kurumi. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is his directorial debut on a feature film.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos brings together veteran scriptwriter Yuichi Shimpo (Whiteout) and character designer Kenichi Konishi (Tokyo Godfathers) to tell an original story based on Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga. Bones is once again animating the project as it did for the two Fullmetal Alchemist television anime series and the previous anime film. The new film, which reveals an untold chapter about the lost holy land of Milos, just opened in Japan last Saturday.
Murata will appear at Otakon's North American premiere of the film and a Q&A panel afterwards. Funimation announced at Anime Central in May that it licensed the film for North America.
Image © Hiromu Arakawa / HagaRen The Movie 2011
Update: In addition to opening in Japan last Saturday, the film had a screening at Japan Expo in Paris that same day. Thanks, morinomiya.
this article has been modified since it was originally posted; see change history