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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...
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 order to bridge the gap between humans and youkai, The Ministry of Spirit Affairs was formed. Military man Kei Agemaki is assigned to the new unit and seems to be the ideal candidate. He’s charming, polite, and a complete gentleman, but there’s just one problem: he’s absolutely terrified of spirits! When he arrives at the new headquarters, Agemaki is partnered up with a cute, yet brash, youkai named Zakuro. Now the unlikely pair must work together to solve the region’s spirit-related problems to help improve relations between humans and youkai, and maybe help Agemaki overcome his crippling fear while they’re at it.
If you look for some romance and cute girls with pointy ears, look no FURther as these shows both have them. Also, they both feature historical settings (medieval european in Spice & Wolf and Meiji era in Zakuro) and have impressive production values. The main difference is that Spice & Wolf is more mature and interesting storywise while Zakuro is basically moe with youkai girls. If you are ok with that, I don't really see why you won't like both of them.
Otome Youkai Zakuro and Spice and Wolf both feature romance and comedy elements, take place in historical settings and have girls with cat-style animal ears in the main roles. Both also feature take a turn for the darker closer to the series finals, featuring more sadness than you would have expected from either one.
Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...
Both these series have that economics feel to them. Though S&W is more of a merchant tale with great drama/comedy, money and business relationships still play a part. C is fairly similar and, though it has a slightly more serious tone at times, it has the same feel to it as S&W in terms of assets and high-stakes decisions.
Economics for the fantasy world in S&W, and Economics in a more modern world for C. If one dosnt hit you, look to the other one. Or if you just like Economics, watch both.
Since he was a child, Kantaro Ichinomiya has had the ability to see demons; but one day, the young Kantaro was told of a goblin so powerful that it could vanquish any foe with ease. Intrigued, his search began. Now, in the present, Kantaro works as an exorcist, banishing demons who have possessed human bodies; yet still he searches – that is, until one day, he touches a mysterious seal and releases the legend itself! His name is Haruka, he's good with the ladies, and he can kick demon butt like no other; but can he help Kantaro raise enough money for his rent?
Spice and Wolf and Tactics feature the relationship between god-like creatures and humans that befriend them. In both cases there is a backdrop of folklore that is established in an historical setting, Medieval Europe in the first place and 19th century Japan in the second. The unique interaction between a human lead and a supernatural creature creates a bond between the two as they must cooperate in order to succeed. Making money also features in both series, being absolutely vital to the plot of Spice and Wolf.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
These two series have a similar pair of protagonists: one is a weird, energetic girl with god-like powers and the other is a straight, no-nonsense guy who deems himself mature and experienced. The gradually developing bond between them is a major subplot of both series. The other is the exploration of their respective worlds, which tend to follow some really obscure laws.