Anime director Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist / Expelled From Paradise) participated in a roundtable discussion at Nikufes Tokyo 2017 to talk about anime’s increasing mainstream appeal in Japan.
Nifufes is a yearly nationwide meat festival that has been incorporating anisongs and anime collaborations. Mizushima credits live-action movie adaptations of anime and manga for broadening the appeal of the medium, but he had some criticism for the trend.
When asked about the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist movie, Mizushima answered, “If you asked me whether the cast I think the cast could pull it off, I’d say no, they can’t.” One of his main critical points was the decision to only cast Japanese actors.
Mizushima continued, “It’s hard for actors to capture the look and feel of the original manga. 2D is freer than live action…you can express more with it.”
Fullmetal Alchemist wasn’t the only adaptation for face Mizushima’s ire. He ridiculed Gintama for looking stupid and hated Terra Formars for being “a bad adaptation of a great manga.”
It wasn’t all negativity. While Mizushima said he would be sticking with anime productions, he reaffirmed the audience that he was rooting for the Fullmetal Alchemist movie. In particular, he was interested in seeing how the CGI effects hold up and how the movie adapts Hiromu Arakawa‘s 27 volume story.