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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Alt titles: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)

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The foundation of alchemy is based on the law of equivalent exchange; you cannot produce something from nothing. As such, alchemy is bound by one taboo - human transmutation. Four years ago two young brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, broke this taboo when they tried to resurrect their dead mother. During the process Al's body disintegrated and Ed lost his leg. In a desperate attempt to prevent his brother from disappearing completely, Ed sacrificed one of his arms so he could affix Al's soul to a suit of armor. When his missing limbs are replaced by auto mail parts, Ed bears the name of the Fullmetal Alchemist - the youngest ever State Alchemist and dog of the military. Now, alongside his brother, Ed uses his status within the military to attempt to find any way that he can return their bodies back to their original state.

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Fullmetal Alchemist TV 2003 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa Movie 2005 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist: Reflections DVD Special 2005 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium Collection OVA 2006 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials DVD Special 2009 Side Story Bonus episodes released on the DVDs.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: 4-Koma Theater DVD Special 2009 Omake Omake released on the DVDs
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Movie 2011 TBD

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Fullmetal Alchemist 2001 Original Manga
Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden 2010 TBD
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Prototype 2011 TBD
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Hiroki KANNO Character Design
Yasuhiro IRIE Director
Akira SENJU Music
Hiromu ARAKAWA Original Manga Creator
Hiro MARUYAMA Producer
Ryo OYAMA Producer
Noboyuki KURASHIGE Producer
Noritomo YONAI Producer

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Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

Lucy is a seventeen-year-old mage with the power to summon stellar spirits, but what she really wants to do is join a guild - and not just any guild. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously reckless and outrageous group of magic users who are likely to be drunk or destroying buildings and towns in the process of completing a job! While in town one day Lucy meets a perpetually-seasick boy named Natsu who, through a series of events, reveals to her that he's none other than the fire-eating mage Salamander of Fairy Tail! Lucy is finally able to join Fairy Tail and quickly begins to take on odd jobs with Natsu and his gang for fame and profit. Along with her fiery friend, Happy the flying cat, Natsu's archrival Gray and their overseer the invincible and beautiful Erza, Lucy sets forth for epic adventures that leave an epic amount of destruction in their wake. After all, destroying a city or five doesn't matter as long as they get the job done... right?!

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Huge strech I know but both series take place in worlds ruled by magic and the peapole who contoroll that magics lifes. Bouth also have simmiler fight scens and very simmiler animation and art styles.


Both series are similar in many ways:

-They are in nice fantsy world,

-Both are about some kind of special people with uncommon abilities fighting for sake of their faction (Alchemists for military, mages for guilds).

-In both friends and trust are important

-Fights are similar sometimes

-In both abilities are based on magic circles (less in Fairy Tail but still)

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These two have a lot similarities. Magic <> Alchemy. Both Ed and Lucy faces the fact Magic/Alchemy can also be used to do bad things. If you liked Brotherhood or Fairy Tail you'll most certainly like the other one aswell.


Both series involve the usage of magic (either in the form of Alchemy or otherwise). Brotherhood is the more serious and methodical of the two; whereas, fairy tail is more whimsical and comical.


Both Fullmetal and Fairy Tail are similar in the sense that they both take place in a world where people have magical abilities.  Fairy Tail is more of a fun entertaining anime and Fullmetal is more dark and intense, but they have similar elements.


The story for both are highly intriguing making you want to watch more and more while also delivering great comedy and un-canny plot twists


The anime's themselves are not similar, but the world and setting they take place in is very much so. In the world of Fairy Tail, magic is used as a commodity and only exists within 10% of the population. In the other world, alchemy can be performed by anyone, but only a fraction of the population has the drive and intelligence to understand it. Each also sport an alternate reality that is the opposite of their respective worlds.


Both of them from the first episode made me fall in love with them. The plot is just epic. The sound is great,once I heared it, it got stuck in my head. The animation is similar. 


Loved them both. They are a bit different in syles but they were a must watch amine that once you are hooked you simply can not stop watching.


There is nothing similar about the series at all Fairy tail is awful fanservice garbage that cannot make a good plot or have decent villains. Every damn arc the same thing happens its really repititive and its actually an insult that anyone would compare this garbage to outstanding series like FMA brotherhood.

People shouldn't outright lie in their recommendations just because they like this series a lot. FMA has a serious plot that makes sense and Alchemy is a mixture of science and magic while Fairy tail has a lot of mini arcs where good guys win thanks to plot hole.


There are a lot of differences between the two, there are also a few similarities. They both fight for what they love and believe in, although Fullmetal Alchemist is a little more serious, where Fairy Tail is more fun and easy-going. 


Honestly, I think both of these are amazing anime/manga's to say the least. While FMA:B has a good amount of blood, violence and humor, it's also one of the darker anime's I've seen. If you want a more light hearted version of it, I would reccomend Fairy Tail. It doesn't have the extra blood, genocide, war and serious issues like FMA:B does.

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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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Both series have limits in terms of how characters can use their abilities. In order to use something, you must also give something back in return.

In Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, it's the concept of Equivalent Exchange.

In Darker than Black, a contracter can only use his or her power if they pay up a fee, which could range from anything strange like eating cigarettes to setting up patterns with pebbles.


Both Animes have to do with people who have individual powers. In Fullmetal Alchemist, each alchemist has a trademark that they use to complete their goals, while Darker Than Black's contractors have specific powers that they can use. Both shows also deal with giving something up in exchange for power. Fullmetal Alchemist uses the philosophy of "Equivalent Exchange" meaning that in order to obtain something, something of equal value must be given up first. Darker than Black's contractors have to pay a specific price everytime they use their power. There are quite a few similarities between the two, Darker Than Black has less comic relief than Fullmetal Alchemist, and the story is not as easy to follow, but I highly reccomend it to anyone who enjoyed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Darker than Black and FMA Brotherhood both focus on the same rule: Equilvanent Exchange. Both series really focus on this as the basis for their abilities. In order to give there must be equal take, and for some the price is very high. FMA: Brotherhood and Darker than Black both feature amazing fights, deep characters, and a very fantastic setting. Both are quite epic stories.


I actually watched Darker Than Black on a whim because it was recommended if you also liked Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  I was not disappointed.

Both series have characters with amazing powers, each different from the others.  These powers are not limitless.  In FMA, you have the law of equivalent exchange.  In DTB, you have the payments the contractors must make after using their powers

Also, the stories of both series are engrossing and well executed.  You will not find boring filler episodes that do not move the plot forward.

If you liked either one of these series, you're almost guaranteed to like the other.


In both animes the story is amazing. The characters are very differential and nicely done. The graphic is beautiful and they are the animes, that you want to rewatch.


Both animes have a darker quality to them and have individuals with their own special powers. FMA: Brotherhood is definitely more funny, but both have awesome, powerful main characters.


I THINK THAT ITS A REALLY GOOD ANIME. my mom who hates and cant stand anime or vilence loved is very very much and watch every Fullmetal Alchemist that was created and then some. so yeah it perfection in the making


I would say that This one is a great one to watch because like Fullmetal, there is a great story.  Like Eureka 7 and Fullmetal, this is the fine work of BONES.  They never fail me, and this one is no different.  Dont watch the second season of this, because they ruined it.  As far as everything else goes though, this is a good one to watch, animation, story, characters, action, just enough comedy, depth, depth depth.  This will keep you intruiged right up until the very end.


FMA and DtB (KnK) share the same emotional stories full of self-discovery punctuated by heart-pumping, adrenaline-injecting action. Great watches on both parts.

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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There's a lot of similarities to be found in Code Geass and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood when it comes to the strong feeling of brotherhood shared between the main characters.

They also have to deal with the strong military forces present in their world, the Britannian Empire in Code Geass and the State Military in Fullmetal.


Two Anime like a Game of Chess

Do you enjoy the suspense of a dramatic plot that barely ever slows down? Do you like characters outsmarting eachother on regular basis? Like wicked plot-twists and heavy quality drama? Like the word EPIC? These two gems have it both...

While FMA Brotherhood has an alternative 1900 setting with alchemy as a form of magic, Code Geass has a future scenario with Mechas being the weapon of choice.

In their core, both share complex, original characters and both series main appeal is the suspense-filled plot, that's a lot about strategy and epic battles. They also share philosophical themes: world revolutions, thirst for power, immortality and sacrifices.


Code Geass and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are two animes that combine epic action with a thrilling plot. Both explore mature themes like human experimentation, genocide, and immortality. They each take place in a country ruled by a tyrannical regime, and the plot in both focuses on political intrigue and has an endless variety of surprising twists and turns.


I recommend watching this as they both hold very detailed and well written stories. Both of the anime suggested have a sibling that is looking for a way to help the other brother/sister, because of this they both sacrifice something important.


Both the series feature some huge action packed scenes, The unwavering will of Main characters to reach there ultimate goal no matter how much they have to suffer. They wont budge even if they are treated like thrash in society.

Both series feature some unbelievable powers ,like geass in Codegeass and Philosphers stone in FMA and both series have a awesome storyline.Both have some God like Entities. And the power of Immortality

Highly recomended to watch other one , if u liked any of two.



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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While the focus of both of these shows is somwhat different, both have a similar tone. If you liked the mix of comedy with action in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, then it may be worth checking out D. Gray-man as it shares that same sort of mix.


D.Gray-man has a fairly similar feel to FMA: Brotherhood.  The main characters have many similarities, which make them easier to relate to and keep in memory.  Both have fun action filled episodes along the way of a great story line to keep you entertained as well.


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.


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.


Allen Walker in D. Gray Man is in a very similar setting: orphan child who finds a family in a military environment.

The values are similar in these two series: friendship, loyalty, honor, fighting.

The adventures are more episodic in Allen's case. But the characters are very different: Ed is a very straightforward person: his mystery is elaborated in details right in the first episode, his motives are clear and unchanging, and he is kind of selfish. He is very impulsive and very loving.

Allen is on the other hand distant from other people, but he is lovable, too. He is different in one very important quality: self-sacrifice. He is not that famous or popular like Ed, but he gains more friends than him.

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Soul Eater

Soul Eater

In a bizarre fantasy world, students known as meisters are trained at the illustrious Shinigami Weapon Meister University; but the tools they wield are no ordinary weapons! Each meister is paired with a human-like being who can transform into a weapon at will; and after defeating a pre-kishin - a human whose soul has darkened - the weapon eats the soul within it. A meister's ultimate goal is to collect ninety-nine pre-kishin souls and one of a witch so that his or her partner will become an all-powerful Death Scythe. Maka and her partner Soul Eater; Assassin Black Star and his partner Demon Blade Tsubaki; and Shinigami's son Death the Kid and his partners the Demon Twin Pistol Thompson Sisters each vie for their ultimate goal, but plenty of challenges and adventures lie in their way!

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Both very good Shonen Anime with a mix of comedy, and action. While FMAB has the superior story. They both have great laughs that don't take away from the serious plot.


Similar like Bleach/Naruto. Funny, Shounen, partners. Good plots, stories, friends. Both fantasy. Not to mention they're in the same magazine and crossed over in the front pages many times


While both seem to take a different path on how they do it, Soul Eater and FMA:B both have a simular sense fo humor and both touch into a serious story. Though FMA:B is a little more serious and realistic than Soul Eater, while Soul Eater tends to be more on the comical side of the spectrum it still has many dramtic parts.

In other words, If you liked one, you should at least try the other.


Soul Eater and FMA:B have epic fight scenes. Haha. But Soul Eater is more like comic relief, whereas FMA:B is a bit thought-provoking and serious. Still, there are many funny moments in both animes. I personally enjoyed Soul Eater and FMA:B very much.


Both FMA: Brotherhood and Soul Eater are setted in fantasy worlds, have good action scenes and will make you laugh in many moments, but I have to say that FMA: Brotherhood has a way better storyline than Soul Eater. But if you liked one, it's really hard don't like the other ^^

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