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Fullmetal Alchemist

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The first law of alchemy is that "one cannot gain something without giving something of equal value in return" - a rule that two souls dare to cross. When Edward and Alphonse Elric try to revive their dead mother, breaking the taboo of human transmutation in process, Ed loses his right arm and left leg while Al loses his entire body. After the tragedy, an alchemist named Roy Mustang visits them and tells Edward to become a state alchemist to find a way to recover what they have lost. Accompanied by Al, whose soul is now attached to a metal suit of armor, Ed is fitted with auto-mail parts in place of his lost limbs and becomes a state alchemist by the name of "Full Metal Alchemist." Together, they set forth on a journey to find the Philosopher's Stone - the one item that is rumored to have the power to restore them.

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Manga Relations

Manga Name Year Relation Type More Info
Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden 2010 Sequel
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Prototype 2011 TBD

Anime Relations

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Fullmetal Alchemist TV 2003 Anime Adaptation
Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa Movie 2005 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium Collection OVA 2006 Same Franchise
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood TV 2009 Anime Adaptation
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
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Hiromu ARAKAWA Artist
Hiromu ARAKAWA Author

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Fullmetal Alchemist NicoNicoDesu 8.5/10 Jul 13, 2012
Fullmetal Alchemist nasreen10 10/10 May 26, 2012
Fullmetal Alchemist LeilaniXavior 10/10 Dec 26, 2011
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Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

The power to cross over dimensions is one that is deeply coveted -- a lesson that childhood friends Sakura and Syaoran learn the hard way when an unknown enemy attacks an archaeological dig in their country.  As a result, Sakura's memories are scattered to different dimensions, causing her to fall into a deep sleep.  In order to save Sakura's life, she and Syaoran must journey to various worlds in search of her memories, with the help of fellow travelers, Fai and Kurogane.  But finding Sakura's memories won't be easy, and the price for traveling through time and space is high...

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Fullmetal Alchemist and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle are both shounen works with truly amazing plotlines. They are full to the brim with shocking plot twists and suspense. They also seamlessly blend in superb action sequences without sacrificing the plot, as some other shounen works tend to do. If you enjoyed the plot of one, you will probably like the other.


The heroes of these stories fight with everything that they have to restore someone that they love back to their original state. Danger isn't always straightforward, and there's no way Edward or Syaoran to know how close he is to success, but neither of them shows any signs of stopping.


These shonen series are similar for their epic storylines and themes.  The ideas of equivalent exchange to grant a wish and the impossibility of resurrecting the dead even with enormous sacrifices are explored.    

Ed and Al in Fullmetal Alchemist go on a journey from town to town as they search for a way to regain their previous bodies.  In Tsubasa, Syaoran and his band of travelers traverse dimensions to recover the missing feathers/memories of Princess Sakura.  

While Fullmetal Alchemist has heartwarming moments and comic relief punctuating the darkness of the series, Tsubasa takes a different approach.  Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles hints at an overaching conspiracy and major villain throughout the lighthearted first half.  Starting in volume 15/16's Tokyo Revelations arc, the second half of the series becomes wildly different in tone from before, having more violence, tragedy, and plot twists.  

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan after a brutal month-long assault; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, while investigating a crashed military plane, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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Code Geass and Fullmetal Alchemist involve a power struggle between the people and the government that is shifting.  The whole entire back drop of each series revolves around politics and the family connections the main characters have.


FMA and CG:LotR are pretty similar. Both manga (and anime) are deep, dealing with issues regarding political corruption, power struggles, family problems and emotional turmoil. The main characters strive for their own personal goals with unrivaled determination and are very easy to become attached to. Despite the depth of these stories, there are still comedy and romance aspects to each story, ending in a very engaging and enjoyable read (and watch! definitely recommend watching CG:LotR and FMA: Brotherhood anime). I would definitely make time to read and watch these two!



Allen Walker is not your average fifteen-year-old boy - he is an exorcist and a member of the Black Order, an organization charged by the Church with the elimination of Akuma. The Akuma are the minions of The Millenium Earl - an evil demon-like entity intending to cleanse the world by destroying the entire human race in the manner of Noah's great flood. Allen and the other exorcists are special people who are compatible with a substance named Innocence, which allows them to form Anti-Akuma weapons; and as such Exorcists are the only ones capable of fighting the Akuma. Allen and his friends must battle to save humanity from the Akuma and Earl's evil plans.


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Though the subject matter is somewhat different, my reason for making this rec is that both of these series have a very similar tone. They have the same sort of mix of comedy and action alongside a good plotline. Also both Fullmetal Alchemist and D.Gray-Man feel a little darker than most shounen manga, so if you enjoyed one, and like the genre, then definitely check out the other.


Both have strong dark elements, but throw in lots of humor to balance it out. They also both have a very similar cast, with a group of inredibly powerful bad guys who are used for comedic relief when not in intense fights, an easily angered and self-justified young teenager for a protagonist, etc. They work the same; the plot mechanics are similar and even the fights are reminiscent of each other.



When high school student Ageha Yoshina finds a red calling card in an isolated, ringing pay phone, he believes he's merely stumbled upon the game 'Psyren', a curious urban legend. He initially intends to trade information about Psyren to the world's foremost fortune teller for a famous reward, but after his childhood friend Sakurako – who happened to possess one of the cards – disappears, Ageha rushes into the game's dangerous world to find him. Now trapped in a post-apocalyptic landscape and pursued by Psyren's deranged inhabitants, Ageha must fight to survive and unravel this world's mystery before the game takes his life.

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Both series are about guys who gain powerful, magic-like abilities, and fight against some very powerful, demon-like enemies. Additionally, both are very in-depth adventures, involving action, peril, and mysteries.


Psyren and Fullmetal Alchemist have very different/distinct plots, but I still found them very similar in the way the characters and the story develops. Both Universes, while being completely different are very well crafted, therefore very believable and you always get EPIC feel when reading both of these masterpieces. Both of these titles belong in the leet section of Manga.



Ichigo Kurosaki is an average high school boy with a not-so-average ability to see spirits - something that hadn't affected his life much until a strange woman entered his room one day. Named Kuchiki Rukia, she's a shinigami who was sent from the spirit world to destroy a hollow - a dead-soul-turned-monster; and much to her surprise, Ichigo can see her. When the hollow suddenly attacks his family, Rukia intervenes and is injured in the process, leaving Ichigo to fight it himself. But when Rukia lends him her shinigami powers - which is forbidden - he inadvertently drains them away and has no way to return them. Now, Ichigo is a full-fledged shinigami who must juggle his studies with his newfound duty of fighting hollows; but having gained his powers through forbidden means, the spirit world isn't going to leave Ichigo alone. Ichigo and Rukia must keep their situation a secret from the other shinigami, or the consequences could be dire.

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Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach have many concepts in common.

Both series offer main character which are insanely powerful, and have their Beloved Mother dead,which brings major changes to their life and personality.

There is lot of action in both series with Fights closer to fantasy.

Both have abundant Villanious characters , who must harm main char and their friends and in the end Eradicated from face of earth.Like bleach, FMA offers supernatural elements to some extent - like Homunclus,Philosphers Stones and Immortality.Both manga have Good art, with FMA slightly better and same case with story where FMA is one of the best