A fan-made mash-up video of Malcolm In The Middle and Fullmetal Alchemist has united the seemingly unrelated worlds of Bryan Cranston and Japanese anime. Before he became Albuquerque's chief purveyor of crystal meth, Cranston spent the early 2000s goofing around alongside Frankie Muniz in the critically acclaimed sitcom about an offbeat family attempting to muddle through everyday life. Centered around Muniz's titular genius, Malcolm In The Middle ran for seven critically acclaimed seasons. In the wake of his success in Breaking Bad, Cranston (who played Malcolm's father) filmed a brief sketch alongside MITM co-star Jane Kaczmarek which jokingly tied the actor's two most famous roles together. Fans of the series will no doubt also remember the classic theme tune, "Boss Of Me" by They Might Be Giants.
Far away from the world of family sitcoms, Fullmetal Alchemist began as a manga series by Hiromu Arakawa and was later adapted into two separate anime series and, more recently, a live-action movie. Like many anime series, Fullmetal Alchemist became known not just for its slick animation and engrossing story but for its epic intro sequences. Anime opening credits tend to have a very distinct feel and format compared to Western alternatives, mixing fast-paced action with artistic imagery, usually set to a rock/pop soundtrack.
Malcolm In The Middle fans would be forgiven for thinking Breaking Bad would be the show's strangest crossover but a software engineer going by the name of Miexriir has managed to combine the most famous opening song from FMA: Brotherhood with footage of Malcolm and the gang up to their usual tricks. Using the song "Again" by Yui, the video adorns MITM footage with distinctly-anime style editing and effects and hits all the typical beats usually seen in anime title sequences such as someone dramatically opening their eyes and slow-motion fighting scenes.
i thought Malcolm in the Middle would be better with an anime opening, so i made one— Michal (@Miexriir) October 14, 2018
This is FullMiddle Malcolmist: pic.twitter.com/gWOw0nBF0l
The video is sure to bring a smile to fans of both anime and Malcolm In The Middle and, somehow, the mash-up manages to capture the spirit of both entities. Bonus points are certainly awarded for the brief appearance of Walter White and also for including the MITM Dance Dance Revolution scene, something that sits alongside the Japanese soundtrack more naturally than would be expected. Miexriir followed the video up by suggesting that her younger self would be disappointed that, as an adult, she spends her free time editing together humorous videos. Thousands of fans online are no doubt glad that she did.
Of course, after this Malcolm In The Middle and Fullmetal Alchemist mash-up, thoughts naturally turn to which other shows could be given the anime-title sequence treatment. The theme from Attack on Titan meets The Walking Dead perhaps? Or the One-Punch Man song over footage from The Punisher. The possibilities are endless.