Fullmetal Alchemist: First Ever Stage Adaptation Announced for 2023

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Credit: Hiromu Arakawa / SQUARE ENIX / Stage "Fullmetal Alchemist" Production Committee

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Credit: Hiromu Arakawa / SQUARE ENIX / Stage "Fullmetal Alchemist" Production Committee

Many popular anime have received stage adaptations over the past years, and now another popular show is getting the stage play treatment. Recently, a Fullmetal Alchemist stage adaptation was announced, and it will begin its limited run in March 2023.

The stage adaptation for this hit shonen anime series was announced just recently, with details and promotional images being shared online by Comic Natalie.

In the report, info about its cast, show dates, and ticket sales were revealed. Though as with most other anime stage adaptations, this production is only confirmed to run in Japan.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: One of the Greatest Anime Series

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Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most popular shonen anime globally, and it is also one of the most acclaimed as the Brotherhood series is still the top-rated anime of all time on MyAnimeList.

Given its popularity, it’s no surprise that it’s the next anime to get the stage play treatment.

In case you’re unfamiliar though, Fullmetal Alchemist began as a manga series by Hiromu Arakawa that was serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan from July 2001 to June 2010.

It received an anime series adaptation of the same name by studio Bones that aired from 2003 to 2004. Though this first anime deviated from the manga’s story halfway through its run.

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In April 2009, another TV anime adaptation began airing. Entitled Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, this anime is a more faithful adaptation of the original manga. It aired until July 2010 and featured 64 episodes in total.

While the series’ story ended there, the franchise continued to get new releases in the form of video games, as well as live-action adaptations.

The first live-action film was released in 2017, and it was followed by two sequels that were released on Netflix.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Stage Play

As for the stage play, the upcoming production is directed and written by Sachiko Ishimaru, with Yohei Isshiki and Ryota Hirono taking turns playing the main character, Edward Elric.

Joining the two stars are Shuto Mashima and Kosei Sakurada as Alphonse, with Rin Okeba as Winry Rockbell. Roy Mustang will also be played by two actors – Jin Aoki and Takuma Wada.

This upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist stage adaptation will begin its run at the Shin-Kabukiza theater in Osaka from March 8-12, 2023.

The production will then run from March 17-26, 2023, at the Nippon Seinen-kan Hall in Tokyo.

Tickets will be available in limited quantities. Fans who want to get a ticket should pre-register at the FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST MOBILE app beginning November 1, 2022, at 12 noon JST.

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