6 Anime Like Full Metal Alchemist [Updated Recommendations]

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Full Metal Alchemist took us on a journey along with Elric and his brother Alphonse, where they worked hard to track down the mysterious Philosopher's Stone and explore new territory. Their unique ability to form weaponry through the art of alchemy was very interesting, while at the very same time became their curse through careless experimentation. In spite of the setbacks incurred through their experiences, alchemy became a major point in their lives in order to survive. By joining the military and obtaining useful resources along with clues, the two soon discover that what they've enlisted in isn't just an army, but a dark adventure that awaits them as they seek out the fabled object. This is our updated version of the original six anime like Full Metal Alchemist, so if you'd like to see our previous listing, be sure to check it out below. So with all that being said, let us grab our alchemy kit and create a new Honey's Anime's best six.

Similar Anime to Full Metal Alchemist

1. Busou Renkin

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: October 5, 2006 - March 29, 2007

A tragic event takes place where Kazuki gets killed while trying to save a mysterious girl from a monster, only to wake up the next morning in his dorm believing it to be a dream. He soon discovers however, that it was all a reality as he is attacked by a huge serpent creature along with his sister. The mysterious girl he had saved prior explains to him that these monsters are known as Homunculus, and that because he had been killed, she replaced his heart with a Kakugane Medallion. She further explains that the medallion is a device created by alchemy and that when activated, it takes form based on the user of the Kakugane called “Busou Renkin”. Kazuki forms his own Busou Renkin called the “Sunlight Heart”, a huge lance that he'll now use in order to prevent the Homunculus from destroying mankind.

Alchemy plays such a major role in both anime, where both main characters use their newly discovered powers in order to put an end to the terror lying ahead. The Homunculus play a role in both as well, since they're the primary antagonists of the series, and can only be stopped by the use of alchemy. When death had stood face to face with both characters, they were brought back to life with the magic force of alchemy in order to survive. Elric and Kazuki are extremely devoted characters, who seek out to retain balance in the world around them and to ensure their powers don't go to waste.


2. D.Gray Man

  • Episodes: 103
  • Aired: October 3, 2006 - September 30, 2008

D.Gray Man focuses on the life of Allen Walker, who grew up with a deformed left arm, resulting in his family abandoning him claiming that he's not human. With his dark past behind him, a much darker future awaits him as the evil Millennium Earl plots to destroy the entire existence of humanity with his creation of Akuma. This weapon uses the souls of the dead which are then trapped within it until the use of Innocence, an Anti-Akuma weapon, breaks them free. After spending several years under the teachings of General Cross, Allen enlists in an organization called Black Order in hopes to prevent Earl's evil from spreading, while using his new weapons to bring peace back to the souls that have been tormented.

What is strikingly similar is that the two were initially cursed because they tried to revive someone they loved, and had to come up with solutions on how to cope with their setback. Both Elric and Allen suffered at the cost of losing an arm, but then are blessed with a new one which gives them supreme power. Both must use their newly acquired abilities to put an end to an evil that threatens to inflict pain upon the world, while protecting the ones they care about most. The two enlist in an organization in order to find out more about the threat that draws near, while going through various experiences that help to shape their character along the way. The second season of D.Gray Man is now available to watch, so to know more about Allen and his mission to stop Earl, be sure to check it out.


3. Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: April 17, 2011 - October 2, 2011

The story starts off with Rin, who comes to discover that he's the son of Satan, and that his father wishes that he return to Assiah so they can conquer it together. After being attacked by demons Rin declines the offer, and instead trains to become an exorcist to put a stop to the demon terrors that lie beneath. Ao no Exorcist follows Rin along with the help of his brother Yukio, as they work together to put an end to the catastrophic events taking place, and to defend his territory with everything they've got. It's a tale of companionship, devotion, and betrayal as the two must come face to face with their father and to restore peace to Assiah before it's too late.

The plot of the two anime deviate away from one another, but where they connect is in the partnership of two brothers who strive hard to overcome the obstacles that lie ahead of them. Elric is the older of the two much like Rin, and the two share a very low tolerance for patience. They get hot headed fairly quickly, while Yukio and Alphonse are more level headed and help guide their older siblings along the right path using their sound judgment. The pair fight for a greater goal which is to unify the world around them, while strengthening their bond as brothers.


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4. Arslan Senki

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: April 5, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Arslan Senki's second season just begun so we highly encourage you to tune in after reading this, since a lot more is in store for Arslan and his military contingent. Under the rule of the aggressive king Andragoras III, the once harmonious kingdom of Pars find themselves at war with the neighboring empire, Lusitania. Arslan is the total opposite of his father and sets out to prove his valor on the battlefield for the very first time. However, when Andragoras is betrayed by one of his most trusted officials, the Parsian army is wiped out and the capital city of Ecbatana is conquered. With the army in pieces and the Lusitanians out for his head, Arslan is forced to go on the run. With respected general Daryun as his support, Arslan soon sets off on a turbulent journey in search of allies that will help him take back his home.

One interesting similarity that we'd point out is that both shows were created and written by Hiromu Arakawa. The character artwork share a lot in common, and both main characters are out to reshape the world they live in after witnessing corruption and brutality within their respected kingdoms. Many wars and conflicts have tore many people apart, which guides both characters on a path which isn't paved full of uncertainty. Daryun acts a lot like a bigger brother to Arslan and helps him to stop enemies who threaten Arslan's life, but to also provide strategy on how to become more assertive on the battlefield. The two build a strong bond along with the rest of the team, and overcome many obstacles together to form such an unstoppable force.

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5. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 7, 2012 - March 31, 2013

Coming in at number five is Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic which stars the very curious and adventurous Aladdin who seeks out to discover more about the Djinns that rule over the Labyrinths. Along with his mentor Ugo, a Djinn that Aladdin can summon with his flute, and local merchant Alibaba, they all set out to explore the dungeons that wait for them. This epic adventure follows the trio as they journey throughout many dungeons to seek out more truth behind the work of rare magicians, while coming face to face with their own fates as the world evolves around them.

The wonderful aspects of both anime are that they try to get you involved as much as possible, without disclosing too much information as to the ending. They both lead you in various directions pertaining to government corruption, broken policies, social structure, and history pertaining to their eras. It's always a blast to watch an anime and not only be entertained but be educated all at the same time. Alibaba served as the older brother to Aladdin who always had a thirst for adventure, and Aladdin was there as a provider with the help of Ugo to fend off enemies in desperate times. Both capture the true essence of companionship, where individuals must use their differences in personality in order to reshape the course of their future, and create a wonderful balance that shines brightly all throughout.

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Trailer


6. Pumpkin Scissors

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 3, 2006 - March 18, 2007

The Royal Empire and the Republic of Frost have been in constant war with one another, causing panic within the kingdom and many pleading for their lives. Fortunately a ceasefire had been put in place which allowed a war relief to commence. For both The Royal Empire and Republic to establish a better alliance, the Intelligence Army State Section III, or Pumpkin Scissors was put into place. Many considered the new rule to be a waste of efforts, while others thought it be more of a propaganda for more credibility. What none of these naysayers knew however, was that behind the curtains stood a corrupt corporal with a mysterious past and the intentions of this individual remain unknown. It's now up to Randal to uncover the truth behind this mystery, while fighting to ensure the Pumpkin Scissors remain in tact to restore balance.

Both Full Metal Alchemist and Pumpkin Scissors take place within a military establishment, where corruption hides behind a shadow of deceit and conspiracy. Both main characters must first uncover the truth behind what truly is transpiring, but to also dive deeper into their own pasts in order to seek more definitive answers to solve new problems along their journey. Randal is somewhat careless in his endeavors much like Elric, and so their partners must provide direction using logic to get them out of sticky situations. There's so much action that take place that it's hard to even keep up at times, but the adventures are definitely worth watching.


Closing Statement

Building the right relationships with the people around us are truly what make life such a beautiful thing. When we find the right people to surround ourselves with, they help to shed light on certain areas that perhaps we never knew existed and vice versa. Elric and his brother showed us that you don't really need to be a superhuman or immortal, but more importantly have the heart to strive on despite the circumstances that find their way into our evolving lives. Our list was a tough one to choose, but if you have any other anime that you feel should make the list, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below! And also follow us on twitter for the latest article updates and tweets!

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The Elric brothers gave us a story that seized our imaginations and bent our heart strings along to a tune of both joy and sadness.

With the end of it fans have been left re-watching the show and the movies over and over!
Well I would like to remedy this situation for not just myself, but for the readers too.

Similar Anime to Fullmetal Alchemist

1. Arms Alchemy (Japanese: Busou Renkin)

Kazuki Muto just wanted to save a woman from being attacked; what ended up happening is that by saving this mysterious woman, he died. He wakes up alone as if nothing happened – so while going about his day he was a little surprised when a giant serpent attacked him out of nowhere! Tokiko Tsumura comes to the rescue (the mysterious girl) and explains that she saved him and she’s an alchemist, and the giant serpent was homunculi.

The story itself is very different from Fullmetal; however the underlying theme of it remains close to exact. If you’re looking for a replacement that has a similar theme then you can’t get much similar than this. The comedy isn’t forced, the story is immersive and the character development is incredible – all reasons why you don’t need to miss out on this!

2. Blue Exorcist (Japanese: Ao no Exorcist)

Two worlds coexist right on top of each other, the human world – or Assiah and the demon world Gehenna. Sometimes demons cross over into our world and cause heaps of issues, but that’s not an issue for Exorcists. Rin has an option, he can either become an exorcist or he can go along with the plan his father has set for him, his father Satan.

This anime is a blast to watch and the overall theme resembles FMA in that two brothers end up at the same school fighting demons and having plenty of bonding moments together. If you liked Fullmetal then you’re going to like this choice as well!

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3. Pumpkin Scissors

War has been running rampant lately between the Royal Empire and the Republic of Frost – but finally a ceasefire has been established and war relief can begin. In order to establish better relations the Empire created the Intelligence Army State Section III, or Pumpkin Scissors for short. Whether they’re seen as a waste of resources and time or just some extra propaganda they still want to do whatever they can to help rebuild from the tragic war.

In my opinion the only way this resembles Fullmetal is that they both center on military themes. This being said, there’s something about Pumpkin Scissors that just feels like FMA and it really is an enjoyable watch. There’s plenty of anime where war is just starting out or the main characters are in one; but this is the one of few anime that shows what happens after.


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4. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha

Hei is one of the most powerful psychics to have ever gained his power from Hell’s Gate. Ten years ago Hell’s Gate made its appearance by sealing off part of the city inside of an impenetrable dome. Most agencies want to be rid of the Gate as soon as possible, but Hei works together with his blind partner Rin to unlock the mysteries it has to offer.

The law of equivalent exchange is what I believe made the magic system in FMA as great as it was. Darker than Black follows a very similar law, in order for any psychic to use their abilities they must soon afterward pay a price. That price can range from a wide variety of things but each in its own way resembles an OCD patient. This is a fantastic anime and definitely one worth given a chance!

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5. Straight Jacket

Rayotte Steinberg lives in a society where both magic and science coexist together and is a tactical sorcerist. While humans do have access to magic there are still magics that shouldn’t be meddled in, magics that when misused turn a man into something much darker.

This is an anime to watch if you enjoyed the magical system in Fullmetal, overuse and misuse causing oneself (or in FMA the materials) into some type of monster. It’s not a pain to sit through either with the fights almost guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seats – not to mention the sounds are just as graphic as the visuals. If you want something with more action than FMA this is one to pick up, just don’t let the fact that there are only three episodes push you away!


6. Mawaru Penguindrum

Kanba and Shoma are twins out for a day at the aquarium with their sister Himari when she finally collapses from her terminal illness. Somehow, as if through magic they discover the penguin hat she had gotten them to buy reverses her death! This resurrection comes at a price however; if Himari wants to stay alive permanently she has to work together with her brothers to find a Penguin Drum.

If you’re looking for an anime that resembles the feel of sadness you can get from Fullmetal, this anime would be the best bet. Both shows have their heartwarming moments and also somewhat of sad endings – but both have siblings on a quest to obtain something for another sibling. This is a very immersive show with gorgeous art and a very interesting story. If you’ve got the time, I highly suggest it!


That does it for my list of anime like our beloved Fullmetal Alchemist! If you have any other suggestions or comments feel free to leave them for us in the comments section below and have a great day!

by Nathaniel Loomis

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