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Wars leech the life out of a country in so many ways. They consume lives and resources at an incredible rate, but what is worst is the way they eat away at hope. The Empire, which has survived the years of war, now finds itself with a new conflict to resolve: with the exception of the noble families that managed to hold their wealth during the struggle, its populace is made up of starving citizens and war-damaged soldiers. Section III of the army of the Empire was created to deal with this ongoing problem; however, their progress was been slow on all fronts. The citizens fear and distrust them due to their experiences with other soldiers, the nobles have no use for them, and the other branches of the military mock them for the ineffectual nature. LT. Alice L. Malvin of Section III Pumpkin Scissors won't be defeated, though, even if her newest recruit does have something unusual about him.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Pumpkin Scissors 2002 Original Manga
Name Role
Chizuko KUSAKABE Character Design
Katsuhito AKIYAMA Director
Ko OTANI Music
Ryoutarou IWANAGA Original Manga Creator
Yoko KAWAHARA Producer

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Pumpkin Scissors VivisQueen 7.5/10 Apr 4, 2008

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Pumpkin Scissors angelsreviews 8/10 Aug 6, 2013
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Fullmetal Alchemist

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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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Ironcluboni

Both FMA and Pumpkin Scissors have the same atmosphere: an atmosphere of hope that refuses to be extinguished even in a war-torn country. These anime also focus on anther similar aspect: the fact that in war horrors and atrocities are committed on both sides. Lastly both anime are set in the same time period as if to remind us to never forget the horrors of the second world war.

RaptorClaw

The first thing that came to mind when watching Pumpkin Scissors was Fullmetal Alchemist, and its bitter image of war and destruction. If you were fascinated by the depiction of corruption and rotten bureaucracy, combined with the mysterious, altered hero trying to save everyone, you will love FMA. In it, war has a secondary role, and modern warfare subsides to the magical power of alchemy; but the ranks of alchemic soldiers and their leaders are the same as in Pumpkin Scissors.

JAhU

Fullmetal Alchemist has a very similar setting to Pumpkin Scissors, as well as a similar plot. If you like a post-war setting, military organizations or a non black and white world, you should give Pumpkin Scissors and FMA a try.

kmull

This is one of those "gut feeling" type recommendations, especially since as I watched PS, I felt like it could be a side story within FMA. I think the similarities between the characters really helped give the two series a similar tone. Corporal Oland (PS) and Alphonse (FMA) were the splitting image of each other: large enough to kill without a thought, but selfless and caring of their companions; likewise, Edward (FMA) and Lt. Malvin (PS) are both stubborn to the bone and eager to prove their worth.

chii

While pumpkin Scissors is mostly all episodic and FMA has a continuous story, the feel of these 2 are very similar. The character design and worlds feel the same and both have their funny moments surrounded by a dark tale. If you liked one check out the other.

neutrino

The main character in both tales are rather similar in style and personality.  They both try and work within the system to enact the change they want to see in the world.  They are both a part of something that's hated by commoners, but they try and work against that to fufill their purpose.

MarcusChristoper

very similar art work and conflicts, but pumpkin scissors was cut short leaving pretty much every main story line open before it was even fully developed. Pumpkin scissors offered a lot of potential with a lot less magic-type story. very unfortunate but very good.

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Toshokan Sensou

Toshokan Sensou

The government has passed the Media Betterment Act, establishing a military police force to stop the spread of "negative influences harmful to society;" and in response, libraries have organized their own military units to protect freedom of expression. After being saved by a Library Defense Force agent in a bookstore, Kasahara is inspired to enlist in the Library Defense Force. Although she proves quite athletic and capable, she must endure the harsh but meaningful training of her instructor and superior officer, Doujou. As she learns how to be a good soldier, she participates in LDF operations, helping protect literary freedom for everyone.

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Eriksson

Toshokan Sensou has the same feel as Pumpkin Scissors in the way that both have a female officers that want to be a hero. Not to mention the military atmosphere! If you like Military animes these are both recomended!

TotallyLovable

Whoever is keen on breathtaking gun fights and the army, may be interestied in watching Pumpkin Scissors where the lead male character is constantly fighting tanks and which is more intriguing, he always wins. On the other hand, Toshokan Sensou's plot is set in the future, where in spite of the advanced technology, gun fights are also a common thing and are no different of those presented by Pumkin Scissors. In both anime, the main characters - Oland in PS and Aihara in TS, try to be a part of a team, despite the obstacles that stand in their way.

JAhU

If you like militaristic anime, then you should definitely watch Pumpkin Scissors and Toshokan Sensou. I don't know what else to say, hmm... the main pairs of those series have reversed hight proportions. In PS we have short girl and huge guy, while in TS we have tall girl and shorter guy. The story of TS makes less sense than the story of PS, but its complete, while PS ends halfway through. If you get confused with all the stuff I mentioned, then just stick to the first sentence (its the whole essence of this recommendation).

absolute

Toshokan Sensou and Pumpkin Scissors have a similar taste. They both deal with a "war life" but in a light way. In both series the main characters are naively good and they want to change the world through their job (involving war).

I think that even if one is about tank-war (Pumpkins Scissors) and the other is about a strange book-war (Toshokan Sensou) they share a common point of vies about war and characters who find themselves in it.

scizorg45

In both series, the main character will defend her morals through almost every means necessary. They also focus a whole lot on teamwork.

If you liked one, you'll probably like the other.

Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles

The Nation of Gallia has always remained neutral in conflicts and has only gone to war to defend itself. However, as war flares between the East Europan Imperial Alliance and the Atlantic Federation, Gallia is soon targeted for its abundance of ragnite ore, a versatile and hugely valuable material. The Civilian Militia is soon called into action, and Welkin Gunther - son of a legendary war hero - is named leader of Squad 7. Under his command are the headstrong and practical Alicia Melchiott; the sharp-tongued Brigitte Stark; the grizzled veteran, Largo Potter; and Welkin's adopted sister Isara, whose Darcsen heritage means she faces prejudice, even from members of her own squad. With the rest of Squad 7 and the mighty tank Edelweiss, they must do their best to defend Gallia.

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themasteroffools

Valkyria chronicles and pumpkin scissors are two show with different stories but with basically the same layout. They're both set in a psuedo-early 1900's war time era with strong female protagonists, a unique supporting male and a odd assortment of characters in a troop. 

Though they bot focus on two entirely different themes (and valkyria chronicles is a bit mor immature) you'd probably like one if you liked the other.

Nakamura2828

Both Valkyria Chronicles feature a motly band of a military unit lead by a strong male/female pair.  Both offer action, comedy releif, and social commentary on the effects of war.

JAhU

Both anime are militaristicly themed and both take place in worlds based on the first half of 20 century. Valkyria Chronicles and Pumpkin Scissors are different in style. Still, if you're into militaristic anime you should check those two.

RedCrossRobbery

Valkyria Chronicles and Pumpkin Scissors are incredibly similar titles; Each title has enough innovation to make both different. Strong female characters will capture your heart as mismatched romances, and cute comedic relief melts it. If you watch one, you should definitely watch the other.

suhej

Both animes shares similiar theme - young military group lead by strange but excellent commander matures through adventures. Technology level in both animes also quite similiar and both animes are very enjoyable :)

Allison and Lillia

Allison and Lillia

It is the year 3287, and the countries of Roxche and Soux-Beil have been feuding for one hundred and thirty years. In the country of Roxche, the young air force pilot Allison has just reunited with her childhood friend Wil; and together, they are about to embark on a grand adventure. Whether it's ending the war between the countries with the help of a legendary treasure, traveling into hostile territory, or helping restore a princess's right to the throne, Allison and Wil will complete their missions with kindness and honor.

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sothis

While Pumpkin Scissors isn't identical to Allison and Lillia in plot, both have a very similar idea: members of a military travel from place to place after the end of a war, trying to fix the problems they encounter along the way. Though there is a bit of comedy to be found in both, the drama and occasional action take the forefront. If you liked one, definitely give the other a try.

JAhU

Both anime are militaristic themed and have similar setting based on interwar period. If you like those as much as I do, you should definitely watch them.

chii

Both shows are a military slice of life story where the characters travel across the land fixing problems along the way. There's plenty of heartache and tender moments that look at the seriousness of war but both also add in some comedy as well. try one if you liked the other.

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Claymore

Claymore

In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?

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When thinking about Claymore, one thing that strangely comes to mind is the Pumpkin Scissors series, though it is at first glance dissimilar. PS is set in a post-WWI world they are hopelessly trying to restore, while Claymore is featured in a dark and low fantasy world, sliding down to the abyss. In their tone, they are often opposite; PS carrying optimism and trying to be funny at times, while Claymore stays serious, only darkening towards the end. But the main characters share a common archetype: having deep-set ideals, which are worn out by the far imperfect worlds they live in; having sacrificed the greatest gifts their lives have given them, to fight as they can for what ideals they have left. Both characters have little success - nowhere as little in PS as in Claymore - but, perhaps in each other's worlds, their lives would be similar.

Both series develop their characters slowly, but realistically - well, if slow self-destruction in Claymore can be called development. So, while keeping in mind the darker tone and more violence of Claymore versus the comparative naiveness of PS, both series would be worth a glance if you have enjoyed the dramatic parts of one.

neutrino

Both are about a society in turmoil, and those who would try to protect those who can't protect themselves.  They also both involve secret, unexplained organizations who manipulate their members and politics towards their own purposes--even going so far as human alteration.

stridewolf14

If you want an anime thats alot more bloodier then Pumpkin Scissors but still has the same feelings then i reamend claymore and the ending in claymore is so much better.

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