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...
It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer...
Baccano and FMA take place in similar times and have a lot of action.
The truth is that the main reason for this recommendation is one theme that appears in both series. I can't tell you what it is though since it can be considered a big spoiler.
Alchemy leads to joys and sorrows in Baccano and FMA, the main difference being that Baccano tells the story of many different characters, while FMA focuses on the Elric brothers. I'm not saying FMA doesn't have its violence, but Baccano's violence is much more gratuitous, and although Baccano has a few comedians (Isaac and Miria in particular), FMA is more lighthearted and humorous.
Although the feel of the two shows is very different--FMA is definitely shounen, while Baccano! is a little more complex and cerebral, particularly with the atypical way it tells its story--there's a lot of elements in the show that makes these series very similar. Both series are set in a similar time period (although FMA is a fictional world, it still feels very much like the early half of the 20th century), feature plots revolving around people tinkering with alchemy, and have a mix of action, drama and comedy. It should be noted that Baccano! is much more violent than FMA, so if you're a Fullmetal Alchemist fan be sure that you can handle the content first, but there's a lot of similar elements in both of these great series that means fans of one will have a high chance of liking the other.
Baccano! and Fullmetal Alchemist center around something supernatural that makes the characters more powerful than normal humans, in some way. That power helps carry the characters through the story with humor and seriousness laced in.
Each character has their own quarks and personality, and some are shared from one series to another (Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist and Chane Laforet from Baccano!, for example). Just because you loved one doesn't mean you'll love the other, but the other is worth a look.
Both of these animes have subplots about the dangers of alchemy, the dangers of being greedy, and the dangers of being on trains. There are elements of comedy in both anime, though drama and action take presidence. Both anime are also set in a similar time era.
In world where flesh-eating monsters roam the streets, only one organization has the means to save civilization from annihilation: Red Shield, a specially-organized unit designed to fight these monsters, and the only weapon that can destroy them: Saya. Awakened from a 30-year sleep, Saya is thrust into a modern world which she has no memories of, and is troubled by a past filled only with bloodshed and sadness. With the undying love and support of her family and friends, she struggles to gain the strength to move forward and regain the pieces of her shattered memories.
Thematically, Blood+ and Fullmetal Alchemist don't have much in common, but I think they're of similar quality and share some aspects. They both run about the same length and might appear as typical action shows from afar but really focus on story and character over the next new villain. They aren't tangibly that similar, but I think if you really like one you'll probably like the other.
Both Blood+ and Full Metal Alchemist have nothing to do with each other on the surface. Yet after taking a deeper look, all of the components for success are the same: there's a strong storyline, a lot of character development as they uncover more of the truth, and the supporting figures who interact with the main character.
Both Blood+ and FMA are a bit dark, have a little bit of gore, and lots of action and fighting. Only in Blood+ the main person fights with a sword instead of with spells and powers. Also Blood+ is about vampires and FMA isn't, but I think that the feeling you get with both anime is the same. I really recommend them; if you liked one, you'll like the other.
Both FullMetal Alchemist and Blood+ delve into the dark points of human (or non-human) nature, and both feature intense battles, mostly of a good versus evil nature. Although, often the character thought of as "bad" or "evil" is later revealed to have more facets to their character than that.
Blood+ initially seems to be a dark and bloody tale, but quickly expands to more than that (relationships, maturation, world-saving, the works), while FMA seems to work in slightly the other direction, though neither sinks into utterly depressing territory-- hope persists in both.
The same adult themes are there, and the way they try to scientifically address the ideas they are presenting, FMA, alchemy, Blood+, a species resembling vampires, is done in the same spirit. If you enjoyed learning more about Alchemy in FMA you'll also enjoy learning about chiroptera, as it's represented in Blood+. Be forewarned though, if you enjoyed the chibi humor in FMA there is none to be had in Blood+.
Rin Okumura is a seemingly ordinary boy living at the Southern Cross Boys' Monastery. One day, however, Rin encounters a boy who has been possessed by a demon. Amidst the struggle, he not only awakens latent powers sealed within him, but also learns that he is the son of Satan! No longer able to stay under the protection of the church and with his very existence straddling the line between human and demon, Rin decides to fight against his parentage and joins the True Cross Order as an exorcist. Now, the teen must attend the True Cross Academy and begin special exorcist training alongside his new comrades all while keeping his identity a secret; but can the son of Satan really become a true exorcist?
Fullmetal Alchemist and Blue Exorcist both have to brothers that are working together to either to fix there bodys (FMA) or to become an exorcist (Blue Exorist)
Both shows take a good look at brotherly bonding to meet their goals. They are both surrounded by people they grow to love and respect along with evil foes that need to be taken down. If you enjoy characters with a strong will to do what needs to be done look no further than these 2 titles.
These series each mix together action, adventure, comedy, the supernatural and a brotherly bond. If you enjoyed one series for any of these reasons, it's worth checking out the other.
If you like shounen anime with humor, interesting powers, and a bit more dakness than usual, either Fullmetal Alchemist and Blue Exorcist should be a good fit for you. As an added bonus, both shows follow a pair of brothers whose relationship gets strained by the situations they're thrust into.
Both of these series are about brotherly bonding to save the world. With shounen tendencies, subplots about secret organizations, and some pretty wicked adversaries, these anime have a similar feel. The protagonists are also known to have mood swings and be pretty mischievous.
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?!
It's hard to explain the number of similarities between Fullmetal Alchemist and Fairy Tail! Chances are, if you enjoyed the interactions between characters in one show, you'll be able to find a match in the other. In fact, it almost seems like Fairy Tail and Fullmetal Alchemist are the same group of people in parallel worlds. Magic and alchemy. The military and the guilds. Powers that can be used to help or twisted to really harm people. Rivals, attraction, hotheads, humor...
Trust me. If you love one, you should really enjoy the other. :D
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)
Fairy Tail is a very different anime from Fullmetal Alchemist but its the same style of battles, powers, bad people, funny moments drama and such. I think that if you are a Fullmetal Alchemist big fan you should love Fairy Tail.
both Fairy Tail and Full metal Alchemist have the same effects for Magic and Alchemy. this makes it that both feel very simalar
With their father serving overseas in the Navy towards the end of the World War 2, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are living as normally as they can. One day during a firebomb raid on the city their mother suffers fatal wounds and the two siblings' lives are turned upside down as they go to live with a relative. After suffering the cruel treatment of their aunt, who makes it clear that their very presence is a nuisance, Seita and Setsuko decide to leave and go to live in an abandoned bomb shelter. With no one else to rely on, Seita and Setsuko try their hardest to live from day to day. Though when food becomes ever more scarce and no one is willing to sell what little provisions they have, life for the pair is increasingly difficult. Then when Setsuko falls ill, Seita begins to realize just how fragile life is...
Although they have very little in common, both Grave of the Fireflies and Fullmetal Alchemist have a handful of similarities. Both have amazing animation, and beautiful music resonating in the background of a very serious story; the stories focus mainly on the plights of the characters and deal with everything the protagonist has and will go through just to protect their younger sibling. If you liked one of these heart-wrenchers, you should definitely try out the other.
Beautiful animation combined with a sad story. The protagonists have both to deal with their problems on their own, which is often somewhat sad and you're sometimes about to stop watching, especially in Grave of the Fireflies!
They both are about to siblings tring to get by in a war that has taken away friends or loved one. Though one is doing something about it.
Bouth anime have to do with siblings trying to survive together in a world where they have lost there parents and bouth have morels about the horer and the cost of war and what it means to be humen