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Fullmetal Alchemist
Vol. 3
Original Soundtrack


Composer: Michiru Oshima
Label: Milan Records / Aniplex Inc.
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 13 May 2022

Milan Records releases music from the hugely popular anime franchise Fullmetal Alchemist for the first time ever outside of Japan. Available everywhere now are 11 original soundtracks, including music from both the original Fullmetal Alchemist television series and the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series, as well as soundtracks from the franchise’s two feature-length films, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos...

Once again Michiru Oshima doesn't disappoint on this third and final volume of music from animation studio Bones's 2003 anime series. Of the three album's this is probably the weakest, but for fans of the show, like me, it's still an essential purchase.

The album consists of 27 tracks (1 hr, 12 min, 19 sec) and for those who search out the melancholic, beautiful themes then 'Hope' is the main track of note. Likewise, if you enjoy suspenseful, slow building pieces, then 'Rule' has everything you'll want.

This volume includes the opening and closing songs: 'Rewrite', 'Motherland', 'Undo' and 'I Will'. It also incorporates classical music including Frédéric Chopin's '12 Etudes Op.10: No.3 - Piano Version' and '12 Etudes Op.10: No.3' as well as Ludwig van Beethoven's 'Symphony No.5: Op.67'. It's been a long time since I watched the series, so I can't remember how the classical pieces were used. I'm guessing they were used to show a connection to our history (in so much as characters are listening to these pieces) but if not then it's a disservice to Michiru Oshima that she wasn't asked to write some classical sounding pieces.

While it's a little less memorable than volumes 1 and 2, this is still another beautiful collection of themes from Michiru Oshima.


Darren Rea

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