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Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is the second movie in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise. Unlike the first movie, which acted as an epilogue for the 2003 series, this is a standalone side story.

The story sees Ed and Al head to Table City, a military-occupied city surround but a circular crevasse called "The Valley", to capture a criminal who escaped prison. En route to the city, the train is attacked simultaneously by werewolves and people in flying suits, all of whom seem to after a young girl. During the scuffle, Al is knocked into The Valley with the girl.

One thing leads to another and the brothers find themselves caught in-between a civil war between the people of Table City and resistance fighters within the Valley looking to reclaim it. As is always the case, things are not as they appear.

Released in Japan in 2011. Gained a Funimation dub in September 2012.

The movie has the following tropes

  • Action Girl: Julia
  • Ambition Is Evil: Atlas, the man posing as Ashleigh, needs the rebels if he wants the Sanguine Star/Philosophers Stone. To this end, he manipulates Julia, the rebellion, and even Ed and Al into getting him where he needs to be in Table City order to create the stone.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Julia loses her left leg in the final battle, but it's nothing an automail replacement can't fix.
  • Art Shift: While taking place in the Brotherhood continuity, the character designs were altered for this film and are closer to their counterparts from the 2003 series.
  • Anti-Villain: The real Ashleigh Crichton was actually trying to protect Julia, but used his Chimera troops to attack the people of the Valley in order to due so. He also engages in actions that, while intended to protect his sister, are morally ambiguous.
  • The Atoner: See Walking the Earth.
  • Big Bad: Atlas
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Atlas is an almost literal male example.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ed, Al and Julia manage to stop Atlas and Ashleigh and save the city. But at the cost of one of Julia's legs though she doesn't seem to mind. May also count as a case of Earn Your Happy Ending.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to Julia a lot.
  • Cain and Abel: Julia and Ashleigh become this temporarily near the end of movie.
  • Canon Foreigner: Julia, Ashleigh, and Atlas. As well as most of the minor characters. Lampshaded in a meta sense by the setting itself, with each of these characters either coming from or having been stationed there.
  • Cast as a Mask: Used and averted with different characters. Atlas' much deeper voice is a clue about his real identity, and the contrast is obvious since the opening scenes are so close together. Ashleigh plays it straight.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The earrings.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Before the film is over Atlas literally betrays every single character he's come across as part of his plan.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Though Al is shown to have lots of ashy burns on his body, the entirety of the final sequence is still an absolutely massive offender. Characters come within inches of all sorts of lava and fire and explosions and nothing worse happens.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Atlas who impersonates Ashleigh to get close to Julia and find the sacred stone. Subverted as the person he thought he killed was Not Quite Dead.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: Julia and the rebels get called out several times by Ed and Al for knowing and accepting the cost of creating a Sanguine Star. However, once Julia obtains the Star, she uses it to save the Valley and Ashleigh's life. Also, a subversion, because Julia does lose a leg in exchange for saving Ashleigh and Ed tells her he understands her reasons for using the star even if he still doesn't entirely agree with them.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Towards the end of the movie, Julia uses the Sanguine Star to try to kill Atlas out of revenge for all his manipulations.
  • Determinator: The real Ashleigh to nearly ridiculous extents.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Raul/Alan is so loyal to Atlas that he never considers the possibility that Atlas will kill him once the Star's within their reach.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Atlas eventually killed by the real Ashleigh to which the final boss role goes to him.
  • Evil All Along: Atlas is shown to be this during The Reveal.
  • Enemy Mine: The Elrics, Julia, the Black Bats, and Ashleigh are all forced to work together to stop one of the Chimaeras that enters the Milosian base.
  • Final Boss: The real Ashleigh.
  • Foreshadowing / Call Forward: Table City's purpose as a citywide human transmutation circle foreshadows the Elrics' discovery that their homeland of Amestris is essentially a nationwide transmutation circle.
    • During the fight with the chimera in the tunnel, Ashleigh covertly glances at Milosian freedom fighter Alan. It looks like he's signaling him to provide a distraction. It's really an early sign that the two already know each other and are working together.
  • Freudian Excuse: The real Ashleigh wished to wipeout the Valley and conquer Table City because he wanted revenge for his and Julia's parent's forced exile, which led to their murder and his disfigurement.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Especially when the more common spelling of "Ashley" is used.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After his face is restored, the real Ashleigh appears to realize his mistakes and re-assumes his fake identity, to help his sister and their people in the hardships to come from behind the scenes.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The real Ashleigh became dangerously close to turning out as bad as Atlas in order to achieve his revenge, nearly destroying a country to do it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Julia does this in order to save her brother by opening the gate. Losing a leg in the process.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: the real Ashleigh tells Julia something like this when he explains why he didn't reveal himself to her before.
  • Interquel: The film is set partway through Brotherhood. Fan consensus places the story's events between episodes 20 and 21.
  • Kill 'em All: The rea; Ashleigh intends to do this to the Milosians as revenge for how their family was treated.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Ashleigh's wolf chimeras were to protect Julia and to watch over her, that didn't go very well.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Herschel, though it's complicated.
  • Not So Different: Like Ed, Julia loses one of her limbs trying to save her sibling.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different
  • Tear Off Your Face: What Atlas did to Ashleigh and grafted it onto his own face.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Julia's eyes turn red after she eats the Star.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: Julia, though it's more of a deep strawberry blonde.
  • The Reveal: Colonel Herschel, the man in mask, is the real Ashleigh. The man we were led to believe all movie was Ashleigh, was in fact a man by the name of Atlas, once the bodyguard for Julia's family who betrayed them all in order to obtain the Star aka Philosophers Stone.
  • Save the Villain: Despite nearly destroying Milos, Julia can't bear to kill her brother and goes on to both save him and restore his face.
  • Shipper on Deck: Al seems to have a crush on Julia. Ed responds by leaving them alone together, complete with an out of nowhere "go get 'em tiger" buttslap.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang
  • Supporting Protagonist: Ed and Al serve in this position for the film. While still the main characters, the movie makes it clear from the beginning that this is Julia's story - we're just seeing it through the brothers' eyes.
  • You Bastard: Julia calls Atlas this just before she attempts to attack him. Later, in a less literal example, Ed calls Ashleigh out for the hateful man he's become to the point of disbelieving that a guy like him could honestly be Julia's brother because of it.
  • Your Head A Splode: Atlas's fate, courtesy of Ashleigh.
  • You Killed My Family: Atlas killed Julia's parents and tried to Kill and Replace her brother. When she discovered the truth, she was not amused.

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