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.
In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.
If you liked the atmosphere, tone and level/style of realism in either Last Exile or Pumpkin Scissors and want more of the same, then you are bound to like the other. Their stories and characters are different but both use the darkness of war as a backdrop for the plot e.g. their respective settings are based on Western historic war periods. Neither goes overboard with the paranormal/sci-fi bits, but rather uses them to enhance the overall effect of the action sequences.
Pumpkin Scissors, another work of the same studio, bears a lot of resemblance to Last Exile in style and graphics. More importantly though, both offer a look into the society of a technically fictional, but realistic world.
Comparing them, Pumpkin Scissors is more realistic and focused on the characters. Last Exile offers better computer graphics, has an epic style, and is generally more focused on action with a good amount of air combat. But, the similarity of the style and originality makes Last Exile quite interesting for largely the same reasons as PS.
Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?
Both plots revolve around the rich oppressing the poor, and the poor rising up against them. But more importantly, both anime have a central female character who is strong, brave and skilled as a military officer. Both Alice and Lady Oscar are stuck in the middle, their roots being firmly with the nobility but their sympathies being with the poor. Whilst Rose of Versailles is actually set during the French Revolution, Pumpkin Scissors is an imaginary land based on the WWII era. However, the themes in both link very well.
Both Pumpkin Scissors and Rose of Versailles deal with war-torn countries, and a strong female protagonist who's familial ties may be with the nobility, but their sympathies are with the injustice-laden lower classes. Both characters are stuck in the middle of the conflict, and when the poor and numerous rise up against the rich and powerful, they'll find that no matter which group they side with, they're someone's enemy.
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?
In Berserk, a huge young man wages war on everyone to better himself. In Pumpkin Scissors, a huge young man tries to forget the war and dedicates himself to everyone else's happiness. These are the stories of ambition and betrayal, and of heroes who try to change the world. Different in setting, gore, and characters, the humour of Pumpkin Scissors complements the dark feeling of Berserk. In my opinion, although anything but a perfect match, these anime go well together.
An organization known to the dark side of the world as Chronos claims to desire world peace, employing the top thirteen assassins in the world known as 'Erasers.' They each have a weapon customized to fit their style, all made out of orichalcum ore, the strongest material available on Earth. Number 13, Train Heartnet (codenamed Black Cat) is the most famous and revered of the thirteen Chronos numbers, but in the light of a tragic event he has come to question his path in life. Together with Sven Vollfied, a struggling bounty hunter and a living weapon named Eve, Train takes up a job as a bounty hunter - all the while running from the other Erasers and Creed Diskenth, a crazed man whom wants him to join the Apostles of the Stars, a group made to destroy Chronos.
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.
Both animes are set in an alternate World War 2 era time period. Pumpkin Scissors tends to be more episodic while FMA has a nice chain of events bringing together all the episodes. However, the atmosphere in both animes is very similar, the characters unique, the story interesting, and the fights worth watching.