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...
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!
Soul Eater and FMA are two shounen animes that have a lot of action and a good pacing. In terms of the story I think that FMA does a better job but Soul Eater' story is mostly well done too. I also found that both of these have in a way similar humor and a mix of both funny and serious characters.
Overall I would say that FMA has more dramatic story but despite this difference they have a similar feel to them.
Both series have good humor, a lot of action, funny/loveable characters and great animation (not to mention, Studio Bones produced both of them). If you liked one of these two, you'll defenitely enjoy the other one.
Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.
It might seem like a strange pairing at first, but Fullmetal Alchemist and Spice and Wolf both include a nostalgic world, someone with powers that others don't understand, and problems with the prejudices of others. While Spice and Wolf isn't as action-packed, it reminded me of Fullmetal Alchemist at a calmer pace, and there's something about the way that Ed and Holo smile that lets you know that things are about to get a little crazy.
Fullmetal Alchemist and Spice and Wolf don't seem all that similar at first glance. After taking a closer look though, you'll find that they actually do share a few qualities. Both series follow two main characters as they set off on a journey to reach some sort of goal. For Edward and Alphonse, it is restoring their bodies back to normal. For Holo and Lawrence, their goal is to reach the village of Yoitsu. Each series is heavily character driven and features a variety of fun situations more or less having to do with the main plot. If you enjoy one, you will most likely come to enjoy the other as well.
In a world of science, sorcery is rediscovered and rapidly adopted in all areas of industry – but at a high price: an invisible pollution is spreading out across the world. Those who do not take proper precautions become infected, lose their sanity, and become demons. The Sorcery Administration Bureau, along with their Tactical Sorcerers, monitor magic uses and respond to any demonic outbreaks that occur. In this world, Ray Otto is a rogue tactical sorcerer who hunts down demons with reckless abandon. Given that he always gets the job done, the administration generally lets his activities slide. Together with the mysterious girl Kapel Theta, Ray risks his life and humanity to destroy demonkind... when the price is right.
Straight Jacket and Full Metal Alchemist are similar in the way these anime represent magic with alchemy symbols and the mix between new technologies and ancient magic, used to fight monsters created by misuse of the magic skills. Straight Jacket is much darker than FMA but both anime really give a similar feeling.
Fullmetal Alchemist and Strait Jacket both follow men who use a power that can be extremely dangerous, both to others and themselves. Sorcery and alchemy come at a high cost, but Ray Otto and Edward Elric still choose to use them, despite the risks involved, because they've found something worth fighting for. If you enjoy watching characters who live with death and danger looming behind them, you'll probably enjoy these shows.
Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.
Call it a gut feeling, but I think that fans of either Twelve Kingdoms or FMA will also love the other. They are both fantasy adventures set in a rich and expansive alternate world, with own culture and different countries. Wars of the past and tension of the present are themes present in both shows, and they combine politics with action in a way that is both interesting and exciting (although the focus in FMA is more towards the action, while politics is more important in Twelve Kingdoms). Enjoyed either of these shows for having both an interesting story and setting, and awe-inspiring moments, then do not miss out on the other!
In both series, the characters travel a fantasy world - FMA is more focused on action but also has some conspiracy/thriller elements in it, which is the same for The Twelve Kingdoms. The Twelve Kingdoms unfortunately does not have that much action scenes - there are a lot of battles and fights in the story, but they are mostly only implied, not shown in full length.
The characters are very well designed in both series.
The Twelve Kingdoms also has a very slow start in my opinion, so don't stop watching if you don't enjoy it after the first few episodes, it gets a lot better. Don't worry if you don't get the story in every detail when you first watch it, because there are a lot of recollection episodes.
In a post-apocalyptic future, Abel Nightroad does occasional dangerous work for the Vatican, to whom he is extremely loyal. While the apocalyptic war has long been over, humanity is still entrenched in a shadow war against the vampires. Lady Catherine, the leader of his operations group "AX," seeks to prevent a renewed full-scale conflict, but there are many forces on both sides bent towards war. As Abel and the rest of AX try to stop this, he encounters a young girl who will be the key to humanity's survival or demise. Now, Abel must not only fight for humanity, but also try to face his regrettable past...
Both Trinity Blood and Fullmetal Alchemist are an interesting blend of modern technology and arcane arts. They both address the power struggle between government and religion, and highlight the evils of racism. The main characters in both animes journey to fulfill their desires, and neither of them are quite what they appear on the surface. Their enemies are mysterious groups whose motives are slowly revealed throughout each series.
If you enjoyed either Trnity Blood or Full Metal Alchemist, you might enjoy checking out the other next. Both are stories where a lead protagonist seeks personal redemption while battly mysterious forces allied against him. In Trinity Blood, Father Abel Nightroad must face his personal demons and regrets for his past actions against humanity to destroy the leader of the nefarious Rosen Kreuz organization which is out to destroy all of humanity in a bid to destroy then remake the world. In FMA, Edward Elric must deal with his past failures in alchemy in order to restore his body (he lost an arm and a leg) and that of his brother (who lost his entire physical body and whose being currently resides in a suit of armor) while battling the mysterious homunculi who oppose him each step of the way.
In both anime, the heroes are constrained to work within the parameters of the political forces of which they are a part. Father Abel works as a member of the AX special forces team of the Vatican, while Ed Elric works as a State Alchemist.
If you enjoy watching a lead character overcoming overwhelming challenges from mysterious and powerful outside forces, check out each of these anime