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10 Anime Like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Updated on September 27, 2017
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood | Source

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood narrates the epic tale of two brothers in search of the mythical omnipotent object—the Philosopher’s Stone. In the past, the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, committed the taboo. They tried to bring their dead mother back to life using alchemy. Unfortunately, the act backfired, leaving them both bloodied and missing body parts (in the case of alphonse, his whole body).

And so, to redeem themselves and prevent future tragedies from occurring, the brothers have decided to work as state alchemists. They’re now tracking the Philosopher’s Stone in order to restore their bodies and discover the truth about alchemy and the world. Equilibrium must be kept no matter what—it’s the law of alchemy!

This anime is one of the most popular shows that garnered the awe of countless watchers. It’s no ordinary shounen/action/adventure anime, that’s for sure! It has a thick plot, great art, eye-candy fight scenes, and an intelligent development. No wonder it’s considered epic and one of the best anime in existence.

With everything said, I’m here to share the titles similar to it in many regards. Don’t hold your breaths now because the anime like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are here!

Anime Similar to "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood"

1. Fate/Zero
2. Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)
3. Hunter X Hunter
4. Code Geass
5. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
6. Akame ga Kill!
7. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
8. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
9. Baccano!
10. D.Gray-man

1. Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero | Source

The Story: It is that the Holy Grail can grant any wish. As a result, three Holy Grail Wars have already been conducted in the past. Unfortunately, the previous wars yielded no clear victor. What was borne was pure suffering, tragedy, and misery.

Now comes the fourth Holy Grail War! They say it’s going to be different. But will it really be? With seven participants, each with their own powerful ancient familiars, battling it out for survival, who will win this brutal competition and succeed in getting a wish from the all-powerful Holy Grail?

The Similarity: With action and fight scenes surpassing pretty much a lot from other titles, Fate/Zero remains to be one of the shows that can literally put you on the edge of your seat. And that’s why I’m comparing it to FMA: Brotherhood. It’s action-packed and it possesses a twist of darkness to it. Plus, the dialogues and the storyline in general—it’s quite a masterwork! Watch it and you won’t regret it.

2. Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins) | Source

The Story: Nanatsu no Taizai is the tale of how the most dangerous criminals of the continent—the Seven Deadly Sins—have come to be last hope of the world. Something terrible is pulling the strings from the shadow, and what it’s doing is certainly evil and harmful.

Now, the world is in danger, and the only ones that can save it are the Seven Deadly Sins. But can they really be trusted? Are they really criminals? What were their sins? One thing is for sure—the world has no choice but to seek their help!

The Similarity: Seven Deadly Sins? Doesn’t that sound the villain in FMA: Brotherhood? Well, it does! But that is not the only similitude it has with it. First, Nanatsu no Taizai (translate: The Seven Deadly Sins) is also an adventure/shounen anime series. As a matter of fact, it has an even grander adventure! Its action scenes are also to-die-for! They’re so good you’ll just crave for more. Last but not the least, the story line. There seems to be something hidden in the dark that’s just waiting to surprise everyone!

3. Hunter X Hunter

Hunter X Hunter
Hunter X Hunter | Source

The Story: Hunter X Hunter tells the story of the ginormous adventure of Gon Freecs and friends. At age 12, he sets out to become a hunter. As to why, it’s because he wants to search for his father who’s a legendary hunter himself. Gon eagerly wants to learn why being a hunter is more important to his father than personally raising him up.

And so, Gon partakes in one of the most dangerous yet most rewarding examination of them all—the Hunter Licensure Examination!

The Similarity: If you’re looking for a show that is actually quite intelligent yet still is superbly exciting, then Hunter X Hunter is the answer. Like FMA: Brotherhood, HxH isn’t about dishing out pure energy and power aimlessly. It’s about letting the elements of tactic and strategy flow around the action and wrap it in brilliance. That’s what makes it special. And have I told you about the story? Well, for that, you just gotta find out yourself.

4. Code Geass

Code Geass
Code Geass | Source

The Story: Code Geass follows the momentous story of the exiled prince of Britannia, Lelouch Lamperouge. The beginning of it all was when he got caught in the clash between the terrorists and the government. On that day, Lelouch meets the mysterious C.C. who grants him the power of Geass. Thereafter, everything changes!

Lelouch now has the power of absolute obedience. One look and anyone will obey him without question. It’s the beginning, it’s the genesis. With power so tremendous, Lelouch shall start his conquest towards fulfilling his deepest desires.

The Similarity: Considered as a masterpiece in every aspect, it’s to no surprise that Code Geass would be on this list. There’s not only plenty of action in this series, there’s also a lot of mind-bending scenes. Actually, the whole of it is mind-twisting! With the conspiracies, the mind games, and the schemes going around, Code Geass is one you should watch if you’re a fan of FMA: Brotherhood. Actually, even if you’re not fan of FMA: Brotherhood, watch this!

5. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) | Source

The Story: Rin Okumura is troubled young man who one day is attacked by demons. Turns out, he’s the son of Satan, and he has a plan for him. Shocked and confused, Rin doesn’t succumb to the demons. Instead, he enrolls in a certain school to become what’s the most unexpected for someone like him—an exorcist!

Together with his brother, Yukio, Rin will fight against demons and his own fate in order to exact revenge, discover the other side of the world, and ultimately save everyone.

The Similarity: If we have alchemists for FMA: Brotherhood, then we have exorcists for Ao no Exorcist (translate: Blue Exorcist). And that’s not all! Noticed the word “Brotherhood” in FMA: Brotherhood? Ao no Exorcist is also about brotherhood. It’s the story about how two brothers try to face against tremendous danger, grow strong together, and ultimately save the world. I won’t tell any more details so just watch it and experience it firsthand.

6. Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill!
Akame ga Kill! | Source

The Story: In a world that seemingly sports the visage of peace yet reverberates the harsh sounds of corruption, cruelty, and death, only one method remains to cleanse everything—a rebellion! As of the rebellion, blood must be shed. And the ones to take on the role are the members of the infamous assassin group, Night Raid!

Starting fresh and new, a young man by the name of Tatsumi sets out for the capital to earn money and honor. Unknown to him, the capital isn’t what it seems. So, with a sudden twist of fate, the unexpected tragedy that befell him forced him to change heart. Now, he’s an assassin—an assassin of Night Raid. Together with the other assassin members, Tatsumi shall seek justice and cleanse the world that has been defiled time and time again.

The Similarity: The harsh realities of our world and humanity as a whole—these are what relates both Akame ga Kill! and FMA: Brotherhood. Of course, there’s bound to be some problems with society from time to time. But with both anime, something is clearly lurking in the dark—a being that brings destruction and corruption. Beside those, both shows reveal stimulating showdowns and thought-provoking plot progressions. Mind you, Akame ga Kill! is so tragically good you’ll enjoy every last bit of it.

7. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) | Source

The Story: For hundreds of years, humanity has resided behind the cover of gigantic walls. They are the last remnants of humanity. Outside, man-eating titans are on the loose. So when a few aberrant titans destroys a wall, all hell breaks loose!

Eren Jaeger is a boy who lost his mother and home from the assault of the titans. He survived by retreating to the inner walls. And so, with his survival, his fury grows. He takes a vow—a vow that one day, he’ll eliminate all the titans in the world, once and for all!

The Similarity: Shingeki no Kyojin (translate: Attack on Titan) is here for obvious reasons. You should know if you’ve already watched both. And I’m not just talking about specific thing like the loss of mothers and enlistment to military organizations to further the plot. I’m also talking about how revenge, redemption, and the society as a whole plays a huge part in the stories. Well, both shows are considered epic as proven by their reception and fanbase, so I guess there’s no arguing as to why they’re both alike.

8. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic | Source

The Story: Throughout the world, mysterious labyrinths called “Dungeons” have proliferated like weeds. It is said that when one conquers such labyrinth, tremendous fame, power, and wealth awaits! But is that all there is to it? In actuality, the one who conquers a dungeon, becomes a king—a king that is tasked to guide the world into balance.

In one corner of the world, some mysterious magi by the name of Aladdin appears! He’s no ordinary being. He’s one that possess vast knowledge and power. And as a magi, he comes with a responsibility—the responsibility of choosing kings and safeguarding the flow of fate.

The Similarity: Equilibrium and balance, these are what both the worlds of FMA: Brotherhood and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic are trying to protect. Well, without balance, there is chaos. And with chaos, there is no balance. That how important the concept of equilibrium is. Then, we have the moral issues. And of course, the adventure. In one way or another, there’s bound to be some resemblance. But most important of all, both shows are highly recommended to watch!

9. Baccano!

Baccano! | Source

The Story: Enter the Flying Pussyfoot! It’s a train that will mark a grim date in history. What’s involved? Who’s entangled in the mess? How is everything happening? It’s a gigantic mystery, but everything has an answer. One word: Alchemy!

Join this chaotic trip and unveil the deepest secret that no one has ever unveiled!

The Similarity: So, what’s so similar about FMA: Brotherhood and Baccano!? It’s…drum roll please…alchemy! And yeah, Baccano! also talks about immortality, an all-powerful object, and whatnot! It clearly revolves around alchemy, and it does so in a mysterious and dazzling way. One second you’ll think it’s show made of chaos, then another there’s a conspiracy, and it all suddenly makes sense. Hmmm…things can get quite interesting whenever alchemy is involved.

10. D.Gray-man

D.Gray-man | Source

The Story: The Millenium Earl, the Akuma, the souls of the dead—these things are threatening the peace of the world. It’s a good thing the anti-Akuma weapons—the Innocence—and the exorcists exist! And one of the exorcists is Allen Walker, a boy who can sense the suffering of souls.

Trouble seems to be brewing from the darkness, and the safety of the world is at stake! So, it’s now up to Allen and the other exorcists to stop the Millenium Earl and get down to the bottom of everything with resolution and tenacity.

The Similarity: Aside from the fact that D.Gray-man and FMA: Brotherhood are both action/adventure/shounen anime shows, the huge likeness comes from the main characters. Yes, Edward Elric and Allen Walker are very much the same. They both have unusual arms that stemmed from traumatic past events, they both work for organizations that are trying to save people, and they both don’t like being called short. Oh, and that’s not all—both shows have similar quests and monstrosities to face. So far, I guess that’s it!

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