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.
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!
Both of these Bones studio animes have a mixture of science and fantasy in their structure. The protagonists are young men with skilled allies against a government bent on destruction. Both Ed and Renton show a determination to help the ones they love, no matter the cost to themselves.
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.
The stories in these anime are extrememly in depth. they may not make sense at first, but keep watching if you arnt already mesmerized. Everything wraps up and furthermore there is a nice amount of action. The secrets are not thrown in your face right away, they take time and struggle to discover.
Both have many different characters, the characters are their own, meaning there are no identity crossovers. These are two animes that buckle up and bring a damn good story to life, something that too many animes nowadays lack.
Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.
These shounen animes have the same basic premis. A group of young specially skilled heroes in search of adventure and to defeat the evil that threatens the greater good around them. Great battles and comedy hijinks accompany them on there journeys. Whilst the theme changes slightly with each anime the engaging story, great characters, exciting fights and comedy are ever present.
Both animes have a world in which the characters can use powers. Brotherhood has Alchemy and Naruto has Jitsu's. Both animes also has a lot of action and a large cast of characters.
If you like Brotherhood, chances are you will love Naruto.
Both shows had a large cast of characters that develope really well. Naruto uses ninja arts and Fullmetal uses Alchemy. The fight scenes are very similar, the hero is losing the battle but finds strength through their friends to come back and win. The only complaint i could possibly have that sets them apart is that Naruto does not have quite the impact that fullmetal has. I watched the dub version, even though i was told not to, so it could just be the dubbed but it seemed to hold back, whereas fullmetal would hit you really hard with things like a man who combined his daughter and dog into a monster. If you liked Naruto you will love Fullmetal and if you liked Fullmetal, you will either love Naruto or dislike it depending on what you liked in Fullmetal.
Akiyuki lives on post-war Sentan Island, always rushing between the demands of his separated parents and his friends at school. But his carefree days come abruptly to an end when his school bus suffers an explosion, the first attack to plunge Sentan back into war. Akiyuki lives to find himself turned into a Xam'd, a mysterious creature, by the suspected cause of the explosion. Engulfed by Xam'd, Akiyuki is eventually saved by a red-haired girl, Nakiami, only to find himself torn away from those he loves. Now he must work to control and understand the creature within him, all while searching for his family and friends in a world steeped in the secrets and chaos of war.
The two shows share alot in common visually and both shows heavily focus a military thats conducting human experiments in turning humans into weapons.
Tone wise, the shows are very similar as well. Both of have a similar blend of drama/tragedy and really try to tug at your heart strings the whole time. FullMetal Alchemist has more action, while Xamd has more feel good moments.
Both of these shows have excellent characterization with a serious plot liberally spiced with slightly goofy humor. While FMA has better storytelling and overall plot than Xam'd, I think that Xam'd has even better characters and its action scenes can give FMA a run for its money. Xam'd is slower paced than FMA, but can be just as intense. Both are incredibly well-done.
As others have stated both series feature a story setting in which the miltary has a huge impact on the people and the main characters. Both stories feature characters who have to decided wether to join the military or go against them. Both stories feature amazing animation quality, a steam punk setting, and great supporting characters.
Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?
You don't have to watch FMA to understand FMA:B, FMA:B is completely true to the manga while FMA was true to the manga till a point of divergence due to the manga being unfinished. Anyway, if you have watched FMA and you don't want to waste time, ep 14 is where FMA and FMA:B diverge.After that point, I started to notice a lot of similarities between Berserk and FMA:B. I think if you enjoyed the darker aspects of FMA:B, you'll enjoy Berserk, and if you enjoyed Berserk, you'll be entertained by (at the very least), the latter half of this series.
Well, they both have very well developed characters along with a one hell of a story line. Even if you haven't seen Berserk you should watch FMA Brotherhood.
Actually both Berserk and FMA Brotherhood are stand alone shows that don't require you to have seen one to watch the other.
Only one warning to those would-be Berserk watchers - this anime is not for the faint hearted.
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?!
If you liked FMA: Brotherhood, you might also like Busou Renkin. Though storyline is not as good as in FMA, you might still find this enjoyable.
If you have watched Bleach then you probably will get some déjà vu moments when watching this series. Like saving a girl from monster, getting involved even more than you're asked and so on.
Hopefully you will enjoy this one.
Although often thought of as a cheap rip off of FMA (translation: Arms Alchemy), the alchemy used in this anime is very different and is in no way a copy of FMA. Although this anime runs though things a little fast sometimes, it still gives you lots of character development and action to entertain.