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5 Anime Like "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" (2009)

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Anime Similar to 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'

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 mutilated.

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. Believe me, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is no ordinary shounen/action/adventure anime! 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 five titles similar to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Don’t hold your breath now because you’re in for a thrilling ride!

  1. Fate/Zero
  2. Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  3. Hunter X Hunter
  4. Code Geass
  5. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic


1. "Fate/Zero"

“What do you desire?”

Is it power? Is it fortune? Or is it more anime to watch?

Well, the Holy Grail has heard your wish because one of the anime you’re looking for here. It is none other than—Fate/Zero!

In Fate/Zero, there exists a Holy Grail that can grant any wish. Due to its existence, three Holy Grail Wars have transpired in the past. Unfortunately, all three wars yielded no clear victor. What was borne instead was pure suffering, tragedy, and misery.

Now comes the fourth Holy Grail War! They say it’s going to be different from the past three wars. 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?

With action and fight scenes surpassing that of many other titles, Fate/Zero remains to be one of the shows that can literally put you on the edge of your seat. This is the reason why I’m comparing it with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It is jam-packed with action, and it possesses a twist of darkness. Moreover, its storyline in general—with all its dialogues—is quite a masterwork! Watch it and you will never regret a single second of it.

Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)

2. "Nanatsu no Taizai" ("The Seven Deadly Sins")

Seven Deadly Sins? Isn’t that the name of the group of villains from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? Well, it sure is! You are definitely not mistaken. But then again, we’re only talking about similitudes here. Having said that, let’s talk about Nanatsu no Taizai and how it matches up with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood!

Nanatsu no Taizai tells the tale of how the most dangerous criminal group in the entire continent—the Seven Deadly Sins—came to be the last remaining hope of the world.

Something terrible is pulling the strings from the shadow, and what it is doing is certainly evil and harmful. Hence, 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 in the first place? What were their sins? One thing is for sure—the world has no choice but to seek their help!

Just like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Nanatsu no Taizai is an adventure/shounen anime series. As a matter of fact, it has an even grander adventure than the former! Its action sequences are also to die for! Everything is so good there’s just no helping but to crave for more. Last but not the least, we have its ‘larger than life’ plot. There seems to be something hidden in the dark that’s just waiting to surprise everyone. Well, that’s for you to find out!

Hunter X Hunter

Hunter X Hunter

3. "Hunter X Hunter"

If you’re looking for a show that is actually quite ingenious yet still is superbly exciting, then Hunter X Hunter is the answer.

Hunter X Hunter tells the tale of the epic adventure of Gon Freecs and friends. At age 12, Gon sets out to become a hunter. As to why, it’s because he wants to search for his father who’s apparently a legendary hunter himself.

Gon eagerly wants to learn why being a hunter is more important to his father than personally raising him up. Thus, Gon partakes in one of the most dangerous yet most prestigious examinations in the world—the Hunter Licensure Examination!

Similar to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Hunter X Hunter isn’t about venting pure energy and blasting power around aimlessly. It’s about letting the elements of tactic and strategy flow around the action and wrap it in brilliance. That’s what makes this show special. And have I told you anything about its story yet? Well, for that, you just have to find out yourself!

Code Geass

Code Geass

4. "Code Geass"

Considering the fact that Code Geass is a monumental masterpiece in each and every one of its aspects, it’s to no surprise that it would be on this list.

Code Geass follows the world-shaking narrative of the exiled prince of Britannia, Lelouch Lamperouge. It all begins with Lelouch getting caught in the clash between the terrorists and the government. On that day, Lelouch meets the mysterious C.C. who then grants him the power called Geass. Thenceforth, everything changes abruptly!

Lelouch now has the power of absolute obedience. One look and anyone will obey him without question. It is the beginning. It is the genesis. With a power that is so tremendous it could even change the world for good, Lelouch starts his conquest of fulfilling his deepest desires.

There’s not only plenty of action in Code Geass, there’s also a lot of mind-blowing scenes. Actually, the whole of it is mind-twisting! With the conspiracies, the mind games, and the schemes going around, Code Geass is an anime that you should watch if you’re a fan of Fullmetal Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Actually, even if you’re not fan of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, you should watch this! I guarantee that you would enjoy it to a very high degree.

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

5. "Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic"

From alchemy, let’s now proceed to pure magic. Wait, hold my staff for a moment because I’m about to drop a title that’s so magical and whimsical it’ll dazzle you to no end. The anime I’m talking about is none other than—Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic!

Throughout the world, mysterious labyrinths called “Dungeons” have proliferated like weeds. It is said that when one conquers a 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, a mysterious boy by the name of Aladdin appears! He is no ordinary being. He is a magi that possesses vast knowledge and power. As such, he comes with a responsibility—the responsibility of choosing virtuous kings and safeguarding the flow of fate.

Equilibrium and balance—these are what both the worlds of Fullmetal Alchemist: 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 is 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 between the two. But most important of all, I recommend Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic for you to watch because it is utterly marvelous and rattling!

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