I kind of like to describe Pumpkin Scissors as FMA without the alchemy. I think it's a really underrated series that should be taken a closer look at. Both series are very enjoyable to watch in my opinion, and they also have very similar military themes. Their worlds are pretty close in terms of technology as well. If you enjoyed watching FMA, then I think you'd enjoy Pumpkin Scissors since it does have a certain charm to it. Although I have to add, the ending for this series might let you down.
Both stories are set in similar time periods and military settings. Both have a lot of silliness in the midst of rather serious military situations.
And frankly, I think Alice and Edward are practically the same person.
When watching either of the series, I get a similar feeling involving the military, comedy, drama, and action all going on at once. The technology level in both series are also similar.
Both series' countries are in a state of war and there are still animosity between various nations. The main character from both series also have similar personalities.
Both series also involves an organization where the main characters gets involved in and the events that they encounter.
I am not the first one to say this, but Pumpkin Scissors is a lot like FMA without the alchemy and more emphasis on military action. The overarching plot also deals with a conspiracy though there are some other adventures thrown in as well. The characters are fairly well developed and one might even see parallels between some FMA characters and those in Scissors. The action sequences are quite eye pleasing much of the time. However, the story lines are ultimately very different and neither series can truly be mistaken for the other.
There is a very similar feel to these two. They are set in a world where guns and swords are found alongside one another. Where the protagonists are both haunted by dark mistakes, deeds and events of their pasts. Hidden corruption are a theme in both.
Valkyria chronicles and pumpkin scissors are two show with different stories but with basically the same layout. They're both set in a psuedo-early 1900's war time era with strong female protagonists, a unique supporting male and a odd assortment of characters in a troop.
Though they bot focus on two entirely different themes (and valkyria chronicles is a bit mor immature) you'd probably like one if you liked the other.
In both series, there's a similar background with a time setting roughly close together around the 20th century.
The female protagonist from both series are strong, independent, and always tries to keep her mind ahead of others. She is also involved with an organization dealing with both foreign and local events. With military experience, the main female protagonist is invaluable for its country's efforts.
Both series also features action, drama, comedy, and some romance (less so in Pumpkin Scissors) between certain characters.
Besides sharing the same genre, both have female protagonists working to the future of their respective roles and accomplishing their missions. Although their plots are entirely different, the two series have a fair share of conflicts and purpose that pertains to their respective stories.
Both have a somewhat earnest and idealistic female as the leading character who tries to change society from within a military run environment. Both also have a relatively smaller close-knit group of characters and both leading females have feelings for guys of an unconventional size.
Whoever is keen on breathtaking gun fights and the army, may be interestied in watching Pumpkin Scissors where the lead male character is constantly fighting tanks and which is more intriguing, he always wins. On the other hand, Toshokan Sensou's plot is set in the future, where in spite of the advanced technology, gun fights are also a common thing and are no different of those presented by Pumkin Scissors. In both anime, the main characters - Oland in PS and Aihara in TS, try to be a part of a team, despite the obstacles that stand in their way.
Both have a main character that is extremely powerful and has seen many fights who joins a group of less experienced people. The main character also seems reluctant to display their powers because of the past and they are trying to change from fighting into existing more peacefully with others.
holy crap this anime is so familar yet so different pumpkin scissors is like in an era of war and underdeveloped guns and chrome shlled regios has a bunch of high tech stuff. yet the characters couldnt be any more alike
Both of these series are set in a post-war era, reminiscent of World War I & II. It shows the struggles of rebuilding after the war, and the horrors of ensuing conflict. In Hellsing and Pumpkin Scissors, Germany becomes a place where professional killers are created. Both Alucard and Oland have a similar way of dealing with violence and war. They both have a mental switch that gets turned on when they are facing danger. Alucard and Oland become crazed killing machines, that surpass the strength of normal humans. Hellsing is darker than Pumpkin Scissors, but they both have the same sort of feeling.
I believe that both of these anime have a similar feel about them in general and both of the main characters in Pumpkin Scissors and Spice and Wolf also contain a similar feeling. The art work also is similar in parts. Overall one reminded me of the other and I think that if you liked one chances are that you'll like the other.
Both of these series are set in a post-war era, reminiscent of World War I & II. It shows the struggles of rebuilding after the war, and the horrors of ensuing conflict. In Hellsing and Pumpkin Scissors, Germany becomes a place where professional killers are created. Both Alucard and Oland have a similar way of dealing with violence and war. They both have a mental switch that gets turned on when they are facing danger. Alucard and Oland become crazed killing machines, that surpass the strength of normal humans. Hellsing is darker than Pumpkin Scissors, but they both have the same sort of feeling.  read more
While they have somewhat different settings, i think they share in essence the illustration of inhumane warfare with drastic animation. Jin-Roh takes a more serious and realistic approach, but Pumpkin Scissors can be convincing as well.
I believe they have a very similar feel to them. Warfare, tragedy, secrets being withheld by superiors, and the overall fight for love and peace.. there's great adventure to be had in each. The musical scores are fantastic, too. (You'll find yourself watching the OP and ED themes more often than not.)
Not to mention, Alice (Pumpkin Scissors) resembles Mirepoc (Bantorra) so much it's laughable.
Note: Women in power are sexy. :P
Both series with tremendous potential, but which suffer from abrupt endings. They each have a male-female duo with a good dynamic as protagonists, as well as a mysterious atmosphere and a solid supporting cast. Watch if you enjoy cliffhangers and unresolved plot lines~!
I could describe Pumpkin Scissors as a pre-cybernetic version of Ghost in the Shell. Both tell a story of a special team which investigates conspiracies and wrong-doings of the military and the goverment and add some social commentary to the mix. The compositions of the teams are also quite similar. Pumpkin Scissors has somewhat more relaxed and silly feeling (more comedy) to it than GitS, so it can serve as a lighter option to it.
Though the plot are different, it reminds me of the MCs.
Alice L. Malvin reminds me the main character of Hanasakeru, Kajika Burnsworth. Both of them are non-stereotyped characters which are easily loved by audience. Their minds are strong and they are straightforward.