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Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist The Conqueror Of Shamballa

The Movie of based of the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime continues from the end of that series and wraps up some of the anime's loose ends. The plot for the movie gives away plot details of that series' ending, if you haven't watched the show, know that spoilers for the series show up frequently in the tropes below.


The Conqueror of Shamballa contains movie-exclusive examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternate History/Alternate Universe: The world of Amestris apparently serves as one for our world, and the film's ending suggests that this might have happened only due to Ed and Al's involvement.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The movie sort-of sweetens the series' ending while pulling off a Bittersweet Ending of its own: Al regains his memories and reunites with Ed, the brothers choose to strand themselves on Earth to keep the Gate sealed forever, and Winry gets left behind in Amestris.
  • Book Ends: After a Batman Cold Open, the film begins properly with a shot of Edward in our world, hitchhiking on a cart full of familiar characters. The film ends the same way, though with Alphonse and Noah joining Ed.
  • Ghostapo: The Thule Society is a nod to mystic Nazi hijinks, though it's more of a precursor given the time period.
  • Historical Hilarity: Fritz Lang shows up in The Movie and acts as a genial comic relief mentor to Ed. He correctly guesses that Ed is not a native of Earth and discusses the subject of parallel words with him at one point, wondering what his otherworldly double would be like. Ed gives him a sideways look but doesn't let on his counterpart is a genocidal war criminal dictator: King Bradley aka Pride. Makes sense, given that Lang was Jewish and his counterpart is basically the alternate universe version of Adolf Hitler.
  • I Choose to Stay
  • Identical Stranger:
    • The Earth versions of several Amestristan characters: Fritz Lang (King Bradley), Maes and Gracia Hughes, Alfons Heidrich (Alphonse Elric), Noa (Rose) and the two gypsies driving the truck that pick Ed and Al up at the end of the movie (Scar and Lust).
    • Heidrich's coworkers are human versions of Greed's chimeras, and one of them bears a strong resemblance to Yoki.
  • In the Past, Everyone Will Be Famous: Ed ends up accidentally meeting legendary director Fritz Lang, who serves as a minor character in the story, as opposed to a cameo.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: If The Movie and Kids OVA are anything to go by, it's implied that either the Elric brothers eventually had their experiences made into a movie in our world or their story inspired Arakawa to make the franchise in the first place. Alfons in the movie even lampshades it by suggesting to Ed that he become a novelist.
  • Mister Exposition: Fritz Lang
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Everyone in the scenes set on Earth speaks without an accent, even though these scenes take place in the Weimar Republic. You can likely justify this trope, in that having the cast speak with German accents might distract from the plot (and that you could write it off as a case of Translation Convention).
  • Piggybacking on Hitler: The Nazis and Thule Society seem to be piggybacking on each other. The former see their Thule comrades' plans to open Shambhala/Amestris as a key in forging their thousand-year Reich while the latter generally considers them a grand distraction preventing the outside world from interfering with their scheme.
  • Real Is Brown/Deliberately Monochrome: The Earth scenes look much more muted with a more realistic filter in contrast to the decidedly more vibrant Amestris.
  • Save Both Worlds: From both the Thule Society and Nazis.
  • Shown Their Work: Conqueror of Shamballa contains a fairly accurate portrayal of the political climate in 1920s Germany. Although it made some obvious deviations from the actual history, they clearly intended to do so. The filmmakers based scenes in Munich on photos taken from the city itself, and firearms used in those same scenes were models available (more or less) in 1923.
  • Weimar Republic: The Movie has a good chunk of its setting in early 1920s Germany (specifically, Munich in 1923). Over the course of the film, the Beer Hall Putsch even takes place.

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