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Fullmetal Alchemist

Alt titles: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi

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Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa Movie 2005 Sequel
Fullmetal Alchemist: Reflections DVD Special 2005 Condensed Version
Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium Collection OVA 2006 Same Franchise Special collection of short OVAs seperate to the main plotline.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood TV 2009 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials DVD Special 2009 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: 4-Koma Theater DVD Special 2009 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Movie 2011 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Fullmetal Alchemist 2001 Original Manga
Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden 2010 TBD
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Prototype 2011 TBD
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Yoshiyuki ITO Character Design
Seiji MIZUSHIMA Director
Michiru OSHIMA Music
Hiromu ARAKAWA Original Manga Creator
Hiro MARUYAMA Producer
Masahiko MINAMI Producer
Ryo OYAMA Producer

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An akuma is a soul which has been brought back to life through sadness and despair with the powers of Millenium Earl. Their mission is to terrorize the earth and all who dwell within it. The Black Order is a group of Exorcists that have sworn to cleanse the souls of the akuma, and collect the substance known as "innocence". This powerful substance can be used as an anti-akuma weapon, and ultimately can help destroy the evil Millenium Earl. Allen Walker is a young Exorcist who has the ability to tell who is human and who is an akuma with the help of his cursed eye. Together with the Black Order, Allen must find all 109 pieces of innocence to protect the world and defeat Earl.

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StrLtR0se

Both D.Gray-man and FMA really draw you in with great character development. You really get to know the characters well. While the main characters from each series are different you'll find a lot of similarities between the supporting characters who provide more comic relief and general silliness than any seriousness.

These two series don't relate as far as plot line but the way the stories are told, the timing of the plot, and the character development really make them feel like a great match.

merchantthief

Both FMA and D. Gray-man have a focus on character development.  During the course of both shows, the characters beliefs are called into question as the character discovers the darker truths to life. Although both shows deal with serious themes, the viewer will be laughing duing almost every episode because of the minor characters. 

Preutz

Do you enjoy watching little kids with weird arms beating up people bigger than themselves? That's not all that connects Ed of Fullmetal Alchemist with D.Grayman's Allen Walker. Both anime are action adventure stories set in a world that more or less resembles the real one but with a twist of steampunk or goth. Fullmetal Alchemist and D.Grayman both feature a young protagonist motivated by a dark past to embark on a quest of epic proportions. Both series have a large cast of unique, idiosyncratic characters, and while the tone of the stories are generally serious in nature (lots of fighting!), they both have their fair share of funny scenes.

Nocturnalgloria

Young heroes whose childhoods are marked by tragic events, their limbs altered to become weapons, fighting to redress an error in their past: these are the main elements that tie Fullmetal Alchemist and D. Gray-man together. Plus, both series draw a world that resembles ours with some crucial differences, deliberately dabbling in anachronisms. Both have a focus on action that does not hinder character development, allowing for doses of humour to lighten up the mood.

azntenniskid

Both FMA and D.Gray-man are about fighting demons, are dark yet comedic, and have characters with special powers. In D.Gray-Man the demons are weaker and come in big waves (there are also a few very strong leaders of course), and in FMA there are a few very strong demons without the big waves of weaker ones.

rogue

I think you will like both D.Gray-man and FMA because both of them have a connection with magic (though different kinds of magic). They are about friendship, a lot of courage, and doing something for the world and the people in it.

Ragnarokin

The similarities between D. Gray Man and Fullmetal Alchemist are incredible. Both are about boys in their teens, ironically both with one non-normal arm that aids them in battle. Each boy practices some sort of magical job (a state alchemist or exorcist).

Both anime follow fairy similar plot constructs, and have idealistic and honorable male leads who can eat like hurricanes. If you liked one there is no way you wouldn't like the other.

mydarkseclusion

D.Gray-man and Fullmetal Alchemist are very similar in many ways. First off, they are both set in a world similar almost exactly like the past version of our own, with just a few fundamental differences (alchemy, akuma, etc.). Their main characters are somewhat similar as well in that they both have really horrible pasts, but try to make their way in the world as best they can anyway. A strong cast of supporting characters also help make these shows what they are (which is excellent).

The only really big difference between these two anime is that D.Gray-man has quite a bit of filler for the first couple dozen episodes, while Fullmetal Alchemist stays on track a bit more. But apart from that, the mood, the setting, and the strength of character and plot in the story is about the same. If you like either one, trying out the other is a good idea.

Deadlystrike6

Both series feature similar protagonists, both young and with mutable physical weapons: Edward Elric's right arm and Allen Walker's left arm both become weapons and utilities on command. Their worlds are very similar, with a strong arcane feel, a mixture of steam technology, and spiritual overtones. Gripping and compelling stories about the lives of people directly affected by the arcane/spiritual permeate both series throughout. I was personally touched by both series and the sacrifices that were made.

Nightmare7

Both action packed, not as much as you see in other animes, but with all the story to make up for it, and with nice animation in both of them...

Of course D.Gray is better cause it is still airing, but FMA got that touch you just can't miss too much. Both with a lot of questions, about the characters and the story altogether, that keeps you watching until the end. So, go for it, they are different, but the mysterious powers and dreams of the characters in both stories sure are similar to make it a rec.

charliechan

Both are about a guy who gains a mystic power, they team up with other with skills to help reach their goals. Both animes ar action packed with parts of comedy too.

cassiesheepgirl

Whilst the stories in these two series differ, both of these series have their similarities. Firstly the main characters of each series are young boys with arms that are very powerful and far from normal. However, on a more important level, both of these series have a similar sort of vibe about them with the mix of humour and action that they display. They have serious plots about them, that are interspersed with humour that will make you not only smile, but also laugh out loud at times. if you liked that mix of humour and action in one, then you are sure to like that mix in the other.

VoyouSan

both series have just seemed to get better with each episode and have a very deep cast of characters that are portrayed very well throughout the story. Great action and a very solid story that really drags you in.

uberrig

It's almost as if there is a formula for it: boy with left arm abnormality? check. Alternate take on end of 19th century to beginning of 20th century? check. 2 shadowy groups with their own agenda's? check. Not to mention hilarious character jokes that run the course of the entire series, fantastic story and character developement, killer music for OP and ED. Yes, if you like D.Gray-Man or FMA you will definately like the other, I promise.

Conjord2

D.Gray-man and FMA both have great character development. While the plot is serious, there is that same element of sillyness on occasion, and its very well done.

There are allot of similarities, such as the two lead rolls both have superhuman arms :). The story is very good, allot of dark pasts and a world much like our own, but altered in a few fundamental ways.

cerulean

If you liked the touch of alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist, you will definitely love D.Gray-man, as it also deals with a strange subject, that is, exorcism. Both series are centered on a character that fights unnatural forces in order to protect the lives of his dear ones, accompanied by his friends/family.

eternalsong

Fantastic anime that is for everyone. If you liked FMA then you will definitely like this one because to some extent, it is like alchemy. Magic and such is not uncommon in this world! Both Edward and Allen will make you laugh. :]

convexity

Two shounen animes D.Gray-Man and Fullmetal Alchemist make one of the most obvious matches. Set in the darkness of the early modern fantasy Europe, each of them feature a young boy in the middle of an epic. As other recommenders point out in earlier entries above, there are many, many similarities even in some of the most meticulous details. In large, each of the stories start out slow; darker details are revealed throughout. As the story progresses both Allen and Eric face many inevitable tragedies that make each of them question one's actions in many terms. The heartbreaking dilemmas reveal themselves to Allen and Eric. Meanwhile, cheerful friends from the organizations always add to comic relief and effective drama along the way.

CrazyOtaku

I really think that if you like d.gray-man, you will also enjoy fullmetal alchemist (or vice versa) because: the protagonists are both 15, they are both "drawn into a war" (for edward elric, he is a part of the military, and for allen walker he is an exorcist in the war against the millenium earl) both series focus on developement of the protagonists' characters, and both edward and allen has had a gruesome past. Also, in both series there is also a lot of action, plus ed and allen both have "weird" arms.

Kiichigo

The main characters are so alike that it's scary. Both are vertically impared (meaning they're short, which they don't like to be told) and they are extremely gluttounous and both have a 'curse'.

In both animes a lot of exciting things happen, and many battles are fought.

MalteseFalcon

The similarities between D.Gray-man and Full Metal Alchemist are fairly obvious. Both contain a young boy who, after the tragic death of a parent, attempt to bring back the dead and pay a price for it. Both end up joining a special group and using their special abilities as an act of penance, while searching for an item that has world altering significance.

D.Gray-man and Fullmetal Alchemist are full of action, character development and slowly developing but in depth storylines. If you enjoyed one, you should try watching the other.

chii

Both FMA and DGM are dark yet funny tales of searching for something that will make the main characters lives easier and help those around them. The character development in both anime is amazing and will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. The only downside between the 2 is that DGM as a little bit of filler instead of a continuous adventure. If you liked one check out the other.

NinjaPirate101

If you had liked DGM or FMA, you will love the other! There are many similarities. The main person, are guys, around teenage, and they both have an arm the help them out in all situations. In both of the anime you get a feeling of you need more, because you actually get carried away, wanting to watch episode after episode. They are both long series too, so you get to really understand each character.

Elinut

D.Gray-Man and FMA is very similiar to each other, they will give you the same, comedy, action, fantasy, they are very alike.

In the first episodes of D.Gray-man you might think it´s really boring, but if you keep on watch a couple of episodes, you will definatly like it, D.Gray-man is a really intresting anime, wich you will hopefully like! :) 

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Chelsae

Both of these anime, particularly at the start, seem very similar. They are both about a short main character, with a weird arm who ends up beating a load of people up and being really powerful. As well as this, the comic relief when I watching D.Gray-Man really reminded me of Fma.

At any rate, if you watched one and liked the storyline, you should definitely watch the other.

Anathemus

At first I had my doubts about the similarities between these two series, at first glance I really didn't see much of a similar thing apart from the powerful arm that both main character have, but once I've started watching D.Gray-man more seriously I finally realized how close they are, especially in terms of the artwork and the way the episodes develop (D.Gray-Man with plenty more fillers than FMA), but pretty much has been said by the other users above me so I'm just adding my thumbs up as well.

Comfortcakcak

Yeah, i am just adding my support. They are very similar, and different enough in lead characters and story-line to make it worth watching both.

Deer50

Both main characters try to bring someone back to life with big consequences. Both main characters have a different arm than normal. Dark atmoshphere but can have some little funny moments.

lizchan42

At first, both series seem very different from each other, but once you start watching each one seriously, you see a lot of similarities between the two. Aside from both having a vertically challenged teenage male protagonist who's a big eater and has an arm that can be used as a weapon, the relationship between Ed and Mustang is very similar to that of Allen and Kanda. Also, both anime were produced by Studio BONES, so the artwork is very similar. If you liked one, you'll certainly like the other.

Beatte

Both DGM and FMA action takes time in XIX century. The main characters are young boys (which like to eat a lot and are not so tall :) There're also other similarities (not based on character's behaviour or design) but both series have something 'magical/mysterious' what makes them interesting.

The action, characters, animation, music and the plot (of course) are really a strong point in these series.

wildtygra221

I love both of these series!! Each have wonderful worlds and characters that not only develop, but are unique. The adventures and trials that Allen and the Elric Brothers face made me cheer them on. I highly recommend seeing both of these series when you have the spare time. There are quite a bit of episodes for each (about 50+ for each, also depending on which FMA you see), but are definitely worth it!

imapanda

They both have good action and story lines, great characters, comic relief, and everything else in a good anime. The main characters have sad back stories-tragic even, but they're still optimistic. They're very similar in base components, even though the stories are pretty much nothing alike. They're both great in many ways

Allismon

The themes are very different but both animes give the same feeling. Great storyline which makes you want to watch more but also silly moments that make you laugh. Also both main characters have difficult pasts but a goal that keeps them going on.

Fragroey

I agree with the fact that  this anime  from the caracter develepment, down to the  way  they do the  comedic relif are  very similiar. Even thou Fullmetal Alchemist has more of it that D.Grayman.

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Bleach

Bleach

Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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Izmo
Superpower fighting - check. A larger-than-life story that slowly unfolds - check. Well made characters - check. Some exciting drama - check. ...with a dash of comedy - check. In the end this recommendation was quite a no-brainer...
yuujin

Although the time and place of Bleach and FMA are different, the tension remains somehow similar. Both parties fight to survive and in both series there are plenty of jokes, even in difficult situations. There are more tragic episodes in FMA, but maybe if Bleach would have only 26 episodes it would seem quite sad too.

haruka

If you like action with tons of comedy crammed in (angst is also included during intense scenes) then you'll love both Bleach and Full Metal Alchemist.

azntenniskid

Bleach and FMA both have a lot of action. Bleach has a bit more comedy but I still think they'll give you the same feeling. Also, Fullmetal Alchemist is a bit darker, but they both have sad and funny moments. =P

icejamez

Both FMA and Bleach are shounen anime and are very popular. They are filled with an interesting plot, unique characters, and a good mix of action, comedy, and plot. If you liked one of them, and are looking for something new to watch, check out the other one.

Ragnarokin

Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime about two brothers on a journey toward redemption that leads to so much more. This is an intricate action adventure anime on par with Bleach. If you like one's plot and narrative and action, then the other is the anime for you.

rinnei

Both Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach are both great series to watch if you enjoy out-of this-world kind of anime. Both anime have really cool fighting scenes. The styles of fighting differ but the fighting scenes are cool, unique and not to mention entertaining. Both anime are also funny and not too serious.

Rizu

Bleach and FullMetal Alchemist are both action-packed shounen featuring a spunky male lead who combats evil and in general plays the hero, in one form of the other, all the while sporting a fairly combative (and emotionally defensive) attitude. While they put up a tough front, both have a sensitive side, and are very caring and willing to defend the weak-- fight for justice.

Bleach is more well-defined as the typical good vs. evil cliche, while FMA has a good deal more gray areas, and often exhibits the darker side of humanity in a more effective way. Still, both have many light moments and character distortion/chibification, resulting in a pleasant mix of serious moments, combat, and hilarity (and oft-times actually witty humor, as well). I'd definately recommend viewers of one to try the other.

Meepers

Both of the animes' character's are unforgettable, their stories are very funny and yet still action-packed. not to mention the character's try their hardest to keep moving forward, even if there's a giant boulder in their way.

Nightmare7

Well.. Both have a lot of characters to develop, though FMA takes the focus on fewer characters than Bleach, but both are as action packed as you'll love if you watch one of them. The story is a lot more imersive in FMA, but Bleach takes a lot more focus into fight after all, but never forgets about the characters and everything that leads to all the fighting, and that's what makes it much more like FMA. And that's it.

charliechan

Both are about a guy who gains a mystic power, they team up with other with skills to help reach their goals. Both animes ar action packed with parts of comedy too.

faeven

Both Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach center around strong male leads who fight to defend their friends and what they believe in. Also, both stories have elements akin to a parallel universe: the home of the Shinigami in Bleach, and the Elric brothers' own home, which adds a magical element to both series without totally diverging from reality. The action is intense, but both series also through in some humorous moments to lighten things up. Finally, neither shows are episodic, making them powerfully addictive. which means you'll want to watch both through one episode after another in order to find resolution.

Chaoswitch

Protecting of friends and other loved ones after a tragic loss of another. These two shows fit well within one another. Alot of fighting is involved and some hurtful losses. And hints of romance.

fizrox

How far will you go for those closest to you? These two series give you the answer, as well as lots of great fun and enjoyment while following these stories full of heart moving emotions, good-evil battles, unexpected changes of action and humorous situations.

Howlingwar

Not that fma has around the same storyline as bleach. But one simalarinty isthat something they were born into(ed has alchemy and ichigo could see spirits) has set them on a journey to help someone or get something back.

LLORAtheLLAMA

Both of these animes come with action and comedy.

Besides a well-balanced action/comedy story, the main characters have a sense of strong determination to do what they believe is right. Though it sometimes gets them in a giant mess.

The main guys are not alone, of course. They have people that support and love them which drives them both farther to achieve their goal.

Vejhed

Action, drama, comedy, angst, supernatural elements, bad guys that just won't go away... Yup, all here! FMA and Bleach have many, many similarities.

The plots in each are larger than one would give them credit for in the beginning. As the plots slowly unfold the viewer finds themselves with many 'wow' moments. The battles are intense and manage to hold the viewers' attention.

I also find the main characters to be somewhat alike in the fact that they each strive to do what they belive is right and beat themselves up when things go wrong. They fight for their friends and family above all else. To me, each of the main characters has a bit of a superhero personality in that they believe they can save everyone and will try. When they set their mind to something there's no way to stop them.

Definitely, if you like one you'll like the other.

MoonLightTaiga

Both Full metal alchemist and Bleach share alot of action... also Both Have Very Funny moments and dramatic moments.    Only thing is Bleach Is ongoing And Fma is a completed season ...... If you liked Full metal alchemist then Im sure You will Like Bleach as well.. :)

SaruChan

Both animes take place in an alternate universe, shaking things up a bit for the audience. Though Alchemy and Soul Reaper abilities are very different, they have that same element of fantasy that gives those watching ideas to create something for themselves. Both ALSO have implied romance; I say implied because it's never made clear through the duration of either of the series as to who has feelings for who when it comes to the romance between main characters. Again, it gives the audience a chance to let their minds wander and decide for themselves. :D

hamletsmage

Both of these anime revolve around a powerful, young protagonist that has grand-scale adventures with a group of individuals with extraordinary abilities. Each anime has its own scientific principles that differ from reality. There is also a combination of comedy, action, and teen angst in both anime.

Anudevil13

Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach have many concepts in common.

Both series offer main character which are insanely powerful, and have their Beloved Mother dead,which brings major changes to their life and personality.

There is lot of action in both series with Fights closer to fantasy.

Both have abundant Villanious characters , who must harm main char and their friends and in the end Eradicated from face of earth.

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Chrono Crusade

Chrono Crusade

It is the early 1920s, and New York City has a problem of evil proportions – demons. With devil worshipping on the rise, foul spirits and monsters have begun to surface, causing fear and panic in their wake. Combating this threat is the Magdalene Order – a group of religious officials charged with exorcising the evil that is spreading throughout the city. Rosette Christopher is a young nun who takes on missions alongside her contracted partner – a young demon named Chrono. Now it is up to this unlikely pair to wield God’s power – and plenty of holy bullets – to destroy the menace in front of them and confront the demons of their past.

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CodeWordChobits
If your looking for a laugh that'll still invoke emotion and thought then either of these will do the job nicely. They are both filled with all kinds of slap-stick antics, but when the time comes they buckle down and get to the point. Both of them end on rather thought provoking and serious twists, that will leave you thinking for quite some time.
Venth
Similar to FMA in that a pair of siblings deal with a haunted past in the present. Equal amounts of action and drama in both.
Tomte
Same style of anime, simmilar settings, and both have an occult streak to them (more or less). My personal choise of these two is Chrno Crusade, but be sure to check out both u won't miss out on two great series.
sothis
Chrno Crusade definitely feels a lot like Full Metal Alchemist. Not only do both have the same kind of animation and coloring, but there is a good balance of comedy and seriousness in both.. with likeable characters. It's hard to say why these two seem so much alike, but I think you'd agree.
jmulderscully

Like Fullmetal Alchemist, Chrono Crusade really derives its power and meaning from the relationships between the characters. These anime might be different "genres" but both portray a difficult journey for two main characters. And, in each case, it is their determination to help/guide the other when they are in times of need that makes watching their journey so much more rewarding.

caitlin

Both have similar themes of family and the love between friends and family, they take place in a similar time frame (although one in an alternate world), and they have similar moods. The protagonists of both series are searching for a family member, and are filled with the desire to help them - they are willing to do anything for the one who means so much to them. Both series can also have a rather dark mood at times, but they are both also filled with lighthearted moments. Both can tug at your heart - maybe even bring you to tears - and are almost guaranteed to make you laugh!

ChronoCrusade

Both shows have an awesome story, great music, and unforgettable characters and endings. Both are very Recommended and are a MUST SEE! I just think you'd like one if you liked the other.

Tyrinari

If you can stomach the religious undertones in FMA, then you can handle the ones in Chrno Crusade. It may not be as long, and a bit more bouncing boob-ridden, but you can easily fall in love with the characters.

ermeyers

If you liked the old fashon feel to Full Metal then you will love Chrono Chrusade. It has the same old feeling to it that Full Metal does. Bonus: it takes place in old Brooklyn. Hell yeah, New York! Lol. Anyway, both of these series have really well developed characters. I mean, they're so developed you would believe that they are real. Oh, just watch it!

Hybryda

Both FMA and Chrono Crusade look very similar (the animation, the colors, etc.) and the plots are alike in some ways; both deal with things such as fools of the past and the desire to want to help a sibling.

In some ways (and in my opinion) a few of the characters share similarities as well, such as Al and Chrono with their kindness, and Rosette and Ed with making a fuss.

bvincent

Chrono Crusade and FMA are set in the same time peroid, apart from Chrono Crusade being set in the real world. Both are about the strong connections between siblings, are drawn in the same style, and have mystical creatures and unconventional ways of fighting them.

Chrono Crusade, although shorter, crams more than enough into the 24 episodes to keep you going, with only one episode really straying away from the storyline. The end is better in Chrono Crusade, and really got to me just like the one in FMA.

azntenniskid

Both anime are a bit dark (Chrono Crusade is darker than FMA) and are about fighting demons. Only in Chrono Crusade they fight with guns, and in Fullmetal Alchemist they fight with special powers.

YannickR

Both anime have a similar feel to it.I can't really say what it is,but you'll definitly understand it when you watch the other.

saiyamar

Both of these anime have a relatively dark theme behind them but not without some humour involved.

The theme of the protaganist wanting to save a member of their family at any cost is used in both of these. The at ANY cost is rather important in them both too as neither protagonist wishes to take life at any point if it can be avoided. They both have issues of religion in them, although Chrono Crusade is so much stronger based in that aspect than FMA is.

It is rather certain that if you liked one, the other will be a great watch for you.

Niw

While I have to admit I much preferred Chrono Crusade over FMA, these two somehow feel overall the same.

The core of the fights resemble each other, both using a sort of 'practical magic'. Furthermore, both series bring in a duo of main characters who share a strong and sincere emotional bond that is parsed very thoroughly in the series, making the characters feel very realistic, as well as dear to the viewer.

And even if the direct similarities don't convince you, I still recommend checking out the other if you already liked one, just to see for yourself whether you'll find the atmosphere of these two as greatly similar as I did.

love4Sora

Both series have so much tragedy in them, all so they can make things right and the way they should be again. But at times, they can just sit back and have a little fun. Others they would feel as if God gave up on them.

Busou Renkin

Busou Renkin

Some things in life are so bad that you'd like to pretend they're just a dream. Unfortunately for Kazuki, trying to save a strange girl from being brutally killed by monsters (and ending up dying instead) is an unfortunate reality. Out of pity, the girl replaces Kazuki's heart with an alchemy-based artifact known as Kakugane, so that he may live on. With this strange device, Kazuki gains the power of Busou Renkin -- Arms Alchemy; a power that will come in handy when monsters (and worse) begin to plague his town! Kazuki soon meets the girl from his “dream” (named Tokiko) in reality, and she tells Kazuki to get on with his life; but with his sister and friends in danger, that might not be possible. Besides, if Kazuki gives up the chance to show off just how manly he can be, how can he hope to win the heart of the alluring older-sister-like Tokiko?!

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RaptorClaw

Both anime are about alchemy and man-made creatures that hurt mankind in their quest to attain humanity. These series feature alchemical warriors and weapons, and their fight against all sorts of evil. Fullmetal Alchemist is slow-paced and complex, while Busou Renkin keeps it on the side of simplicity and humour, but the stories complement each other, and should not be missed.

vick01

Both Busou Renkin and FMA deal with the element of a science called alchemy, and focus around the main characters fighting against those who abuse or misuse alchemy for their own gain. Each of these series portrays it in a different way but they have similar story lines. If you watch one you will want to watch the other.

akamarugirl

Busou Renkin is like a hardcore Fullmetal Alchemist; both refer to a philosopher's stone and alchemy. There is a romantic touch to Busou Renkin, but it does not take away from the action; and Fullmetal Alchemist has more of a brotherly interaction to it. Check it out and decide for yourself just how good it is!

azntenniskid

FMA and Busou Renkin are both a bit dark and comedic, have characters with special powers, and have some kind of mutants (homunculi) as enemies. In Busou Renkin there is some more comedy than in Fullmetal Alchemist but there are very serious parts too, so they both kind of have everything. =P

Weeqay

Both series are about alchemy but each is unique in the way it portrays the idea of such a mystic thing. If you liked Fullmetal Alchemist, you will surely like Busou Renkin and vice versa.

kamitenshi

Busou Renkin has alchemy as well, but doesn't have as much drama. It also has the homunculus you loved in FMA.

GosoxJ

The main points tying Busou Renkin and Fullmetal Alchemist together would have to be the presence of alchemy, the Philosopher's Stone, and homunculi. Alchemy exists in both series as a means of fighting, but has additional uses in FMA. While alchemy is used through Kakugane to create a unique weapon derived from the user in Busou Renkin it's used to modify objects and the world around you as both indirect and direct ways of fighting in FMA. The Philosopher's Stone is present in both series, but to vastly different ends. In FMA Ed and Al fight to acquire the Philosopher's Stone, while in Busou Renkin Kazuki fights to be rid of it. Homunculi make an appearance in both series, but the homunculi in FMA are highly significant and manipulate the plot from behind the scenes while in Busou Renkin their presence diminishes as the show moves forward. Overall Busou Renkin moves at a much faster pace then FMA but has less character and plot depth. Both shows feature great action, good humor, and great animation. On their own both FMA and Busou Renkin are easily recommendable to anyone, but if you enjoyed either FMA or Busou Renkin you'll almost certainly enjoy the other as well.

TheGiftedMonkey

Both have different takes on a world with alchemy and hommunculi. Busou Renkin where humans are trying to become hommunculi, and Fullmetal Alchemist where they are trying to become human. Breathtaking stories with awesome characters.

EcthelionGenesis

FullMetal Alchemist and Busou Renkin...

Both series have paralells beyond the obvious themes of Alchemy, Homonculous, the Philosopher's stone etc.

For example, they both deal with circumstances where atrocities inadvertently committed in the past come back to present a plot which unravels around the main characters... The Ishbal War in FMA, and the Black Kakuganes (and Victor I) in Busou Renkin.

There is a certain amount of emotional and character development of the characters in Busou Renkin, but FMA beats it (more or less, the characters develop much more towards the end of the series in B.R.) in this respect.

Overall, both anime are very well worth watching, and very enjoyable, but a warning: initially I was put off by the large differences of Alchemic law in the two universes of the Anime.

Alchemy doesn't work quite the same way in the different anime series, but if you watch past the beginning few episodes (and expect it to be different), you get used to it and can clearly see how it works. Refreshingly so - I enjoyed seeing it progress.

Sasukefanx12

FullMetal Alchemist and Buso Renkin are alot a like in alot of ways. Say you were a big fan of the Homunculi in FullMetal Alchemist, you'd also like Buso Renkin because just like in FullMetal Alchemist there are evil Homunculi trying to deter the main characters from their goal. There's also a huge alchemy influence in both of them and the main characters in both anime are all alchemists. Also, say you liked Ed's "To protect those I care for attitude" Kazuki in Buso Renkin has the same type of ideals. Both my friend and I who watched FullMetal Alchemist first, love Buso Renkin and I'm sure you will too!

AkumaSama

Both series have to do with alchemy and fighting to save the world from destruction cause by a person with suprior powers than any human or monster. They both have comedy and a little romance. The main characters  have the same personalities. which is never give up. So if you like one of these series you'd like the other one.

stingreis

In each of these anime's there are human created monsters that must be defeated using the magick and power of a team of people, though the purpose the team has are different, the battles are interesting to watch in both situations.

Through fighting monstors such as homonculi, the plot progresses and the team learns more about their true objective... all in all, these anime's are surely similar enough to reccomend to each other. Thus, if you enjoyed watching one of these anime's you are sure to enjoy the other.

VeSteN

The predominant similarity between these two animes is blatantly obvious; they both revolve around alchemy! That alone should impel you to watch the other if you've watched one; however, if it's not then I'll explain why you, the viewer, would adore both.

In both stories the main characters (Elric brothers in FMA and the "Bravo Team" in Busou Renkin) fight against evil organizations who've conjured various methods of wreaking havoc on the world. The villians in both stories also each have their own unique powers, the Homunculi have their names derived from their specific power (Gluttony has an insatiable appetite, Wrath is a bloodthirsty warmonger, etc.) while the members of the L.X.E (main antagonists of BR) each have their own "Arms Alchemy" (essentially a talisman made from alchemy that has a unique power) as do the protagonists. Each talisman is able to manifest itself into an "alchemical weapon," hence the name "Arms Alchemy." Each weapon is different and can only have one wielder at any specific time. All-in-all BR makes up to be a fine series that can cure your boredom.

If you enjoyed one you'd enjoy the other. FMA tended to lean towards the "drawn-out" and "slow-paced" genre while in the process giving detailed character development which made you "feel for the characters" that much more, giving some of the moments in the anime a more powerful effect. BR, on the other hand,  is much more fast paced and exciting, but doesn't give the viewer enough time to become emotionally attached to the characters as in FMA;however, this drawback is minimal as the plot behind BR is much more story-driven.

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Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven

Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!

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Yenya
Eureka seveN and FMA are both from studio Bones. These two series are quite similar in style - animation, interesting storyline - FMA has a bit less romance and more action, Eureka has much wider number of developed characters. They are different in genre, though (FMA is fantasy-style, Eureka is Sci-Fi).
MonkeyZerg

Both Eureka 7 and Fullmetal Alchemist have deep and involving stories of epic scale. You will learn of their worlds (one sci-fi, the other fantasy), the politics, the peoples, the histories, and the struggles: all from young eyes. If you liked Fullmetal Alchemist's absorbing tales and world spanning intrigues, then you'll love Eureka 7's sci-fi counterpart.

freakzilla

Both Eureka 7 and FMA have a similar plot: a group of people plan on finding out the truth behind a mystery, and will follow through on their goal to the end. Once they begin investigating though, it's quickly apparent that things go way deeper than they first imagined.

If you want another adventurous and mysterious story that is kept lively due to its action scenes, check these out.

ZuruZora

"There is more than what you see on the surface" appears to be a recurring theme in both anime. Both Eureka Seven and Full Metal Alchemist have a huge dynamic cast of characters that seem similar if you compare them. You think you'll be going one way in these anime, but then it will twist and turn until you don't know what to expect. You'll hear "Don't beg for things, do it yourself" in Eureka Seven, and "Something cannot be gained without giving something in return" in Full Metal Alchemist very often. These quotes tie together well, and it generates a solid feel of what these two are like. Many emotional and heartbreaking moments lie in wait in both adventures, so you can't go wrong with either.

Michichan

Renton and Ed have similar personalities and fans of Fulmetal Alchemist will enjoy Renton's adventures in Eureka Seven

Nightmare7

Both series are about telling the truth of not only the world but all of the characters who will end up having an important role in all of the story, each one of them with a deep story and deep relationships. Apart from both being produced by Bones Studio, Eureka Seven is less action packed than FMA, but tells alot more about all of the characters. There\'s 2 different relationships to be honest. Two brothers fighting for the sake of each other (in FMA) and a boy and a girl doing everything they can to stay together, as they discover the truth about themselves. So, both stories keeps you watching and interested, and both have similiar and a nice flow when it comes to animation, though Eureka Seven is a bit more inovative in that way. That\'s pretty much all of it, watch both, you\'ll love them all the way to the end.

Amaya1

Eureka Seven is a fantastic anime made by the same studio as FMA. The character development draws you into the series, and the story develops strongly from a small scale events into a grand scheme. I'd highly recommend either shows as essential viewing.

Oehr

While Fullmetal Alchemist isn't much about love, the stories are quite similar: The protagonists try to find the truth of a mystery. If you enjoyed one, I'm sure you'll enjoy the other one too!

LLORAtheLLAMA

Besides them both coming from an amazing studio (Bones), they are both amazing stories of adventure filled with drama and mystery. Eureka 7 and FMA may seem like long series (and they kinda are) but their loveable characters, the hardships they go through to figure out the truth, their sad times, their happy times, are enough to make your watching worth-while.

If you've watched one of these and not the other, you better at least make sure the other is on your want to watch list! 

eaper

Each of these series have a major plot that is later completely consumed and embeded into a new one. If you liked a lot of smaller stories slowly coming together into a larger one, the mix of humor, comedy, and drama, or the coming of age tale in either of these stories, be sure to checkout the other.

hamletsmage

Both protagonists are young boys that start out on a journey to discover something and get swept up in some major drama. They are surrounded by interesting, often powerful individuals. Both anime include a bit of the supernatural, and the animation styles are similar because both are produced by Bones. 

discospider

Both of these shows are quite different and similar at the same time. While FMA is a fantasy, Eureka Seven is a sci-fi that focuses more on romance. However, they both have a similar sense of humour and similar protagonists. Both feature a child with his share of family problems who goes out into the world. Ultimately on quests to protect those they love while finding out that the world is much crueller than they thought. I did like Fullmetal alchemist more and thought it was a bit more coherent in the story line and featured more adult themes. 

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