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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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related anime

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

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Fullmetal Alchemist 2001 Original Manga
Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden 2010 TBD
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Prototype 2011 TBD
Name Role
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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Fullmetal Alchemist sothis 10/10 Oct 25, 2004
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Daughter of Twenty Faces

Daughter of Twenty Faces

Eleven-year-old Chizuko Mikamo is a victim; she is aware that her cruel relatives have been slowly poisoning her, but she can't do anything to escape her fate except starve herself. Luckily for her, the infamous thief, Twenty Faces, has arrived to steal her household's most valuable treasure: Chizuko herself. Alongside Twenty Faces, Ken, Skipper and the rest of the gang, Chizuko travels to exotic lands and strange places in search of valuable treasure. But, as she soon discovers, there's much more to the mysterious Twenty Faces than she could ever have bargained for...


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Not entirely one of those "gut feeling" recommendations, but the reasons behind it are mostly in the spoiler territory. That aside, I found both shows to have a cast of likeable characters that you can't help but care about, several similar themes, and an engrossing mystery in common. If you liked one of these shows, I would suggest you check out the other.


Not being able to fully describe them to avoid spoilers, I can say that DoTF and FMA have certain important plot elements in common that drive the story. Besides this, both shows have a gripping plot with a combination of action, character-development and plot progression, and have a cast of awesome characters. If you enjoyed one of these, definitely check out the other!


Daughter of Twenty Faces is what would happen if the writers for Fullmetal Alchemist tried to write a story using Kino's character (from Kino's Journey).

The previous two recommendations mentioned that the similarities here are mostly spoilers. This isn't quite true: Both shows have an underlying theme of "HAS SCIENCE GONE TOO FAR?" (or ALCHEMY in the case of FMA), specifically in reference to "the war" (often mentioned in both series). The time period and general vibe is about the same, too. 

Daughter of Twenty Faces resembles Fullmetal Alchemist moreso than Kino's Journey

Kurau Phantom Memory

Kurau Phantom Memory

As scientists explore a new form of energy on the moon, an experiment gone awry brings the lead scientist's life crashing to a halt. In a freak accident, his daughter Kurau is engulfed in the energy and becomes the mysterious entity known as Rynax; a pairing that endows her with new superhuman abilities and a new personality. Years later, Kurau is using her unique powers to make a living as a bounty hunter, but the corporation has not given up on this new form of energy and will stop at nothing to find her. Now, Kurau must protect not only herself, but her Rynax "pair" named Christmas, a soul mate more precious to her than life itself. Can Kurau and Christmas find peace for themselves and the Rynax?

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These series both explore the relationships between siblings, even if they have doubts about their true connections. The duo stuggles through hard times and crazy adventures, but show each other unconditional love throughout.


Both Fullmetal Alchemist and Kurau Phantom Memory contain plenty of both drama and action. The main similarity lies in the fact the the drama is centered around the love between two siblings and their commitment to eachother.


Both FMA and Kurau are high on the drama content. Both anime portray a strong bond of love between two siblings. The theme of the siblings not swaying in their loyalties towards each other even in hardships is shown in both the anime.

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Night Head Genesis

Night Head Genesis

It is said that humans fear what is different, and that such fears drive much of human behavior. Naoto and Nayao learned the brutal truth of this statement when they see the looks on their parents’ faces, the day they were sent to an isolated laboratory to live out their youth. Their crime? Possessing inherent psychic abilities. Yet now, the brothers have escaped and are at last free to experience the world, but they soon discover that their prison was also their protection from the outside world. The question is, are their powers more dangerous to themselves, or those around them?

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Both of these series are about two brothers with special powers that need to rely on each other to make their way in the world. Though the worlds they inhabit are very different, the relationships between the brothers are similar.


Both series are about brothers with supernatural powers and very intense fillings fore each other, who must deal not only with monsters or world, but also with their own weaknesses. Action in ‘Fullmetal alchemist' is faster and more spectacular, but both anime have a little melancholic aftertaste.


Both series are serious and rather gloomy at times, as you watch them time passes incredibly fast. They focus on both main characters - brothers. One of them is the strong, intelligent but rather hasty while the other is calm,thoughtfull and rather sensitive. There are many simiarities throughout the whole series. I think that if liked one, the other should be fun to watch too.

Read or Die

Read or Die

Secret agent for the British Libraries, Yomiko Readman, has an infatuation with books. When she purchases one of the books that contain the notes for a plan to purge the world of humanity, Yomiko (along with the help of Ms. Deep and Drake) uses her powers of paper manipulation to stop a group of resurrected men from fulfilling the plan.

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Do you think that Sheska should have been the major character in the FMA series instead of those boring Elric brothers? ;)

If so, you'll love Read or Die, where the main character is very much like Sheska and yet can kick some butt.

If not, you still might like it since ROD has a lot of action, supernatural powers (somehow similar to alchemy from FMA) and a great story (you have to watch also ROD TV for this one though).


Both animes involve close friendships and bizarre plot twists. What Yomiko does with paper is closely related to what Edward can do with Alchemy. It's interesting to see what both characters can do with their special abilities in each situation they get into.


So what do FMA and ROD have in common? Uh, nothing really. But if you liked the one, it's going to be impossible to hate the other.

Seikon no Qwaser

Seikon no Qwaser

At St. Mihailov Academy, strange things are happening. Not only did the dean disappear, leaving his daughter Tomo and adopted daughter Mafuyu alone, but girls in the nearby city are being killed by an unknown foe. However, the blades begin to fly when a Russian boy named Sasha arrives. He is a Qwaser, a person able to manipulate the elements after ingesting Soma, breast milk, and he’s not the only one. Soon Tomo and Mafuyu find themselves in the middle of a battle between two groups of Qwasers whose goal is to protect or steal the Theotokos of Tsarytsin. With more allies and enemies arriving, who will survive the assault?

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Fullmetal Alchemist is similar to Seikon no Qwaser in that they both deal with people controlling elements to do want they want.  Granted in Fullmetal Alchemist none of the ecchi exists that is in Seikon no Qwaser but they both have a lot of action in each.


Fullmetal Alchemist and Seikon no Qwaser involve people controlling different elements with alchemy.  The whole cast of characters essentially run on the same vein.


FMA is Qwaser... minus the ecchi/hentai. Both have rather elaborate plots centering around magic/alchemy, a lot of characters that come in and out of the series, and a lot of action.

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