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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Alternative Titles

English: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Synonyms: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009), Fullmetal Alchemist (2009), FMA
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 64
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Sundays at 17:00 (JST)
Studios: Bones
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 9.251 (scored by 556,986 users)
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Ranked: #22
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Popularity: #4
Members: 903,279
Favorites: 85,185

Recommendations

Both are the best shounen in the world to me! They start off with adventures of a brave main character and go on into darker themes. Love the way the character opens and evolves throughout the story. 
report Recommended by rinel
Revenge, Suffering, Agony and Redemption...

Shingeki no Kyojin has a feeling of FMA Brotherhood in which a kid who lived a peaceful life gets thrown into a dark grim life full of tragedy and agony due to losing someone important to them. However, both main characters refused to move on and dedicated their lives for revenge and redemption.

If you enjoy a full packed action dramatic plot you'll love both of these series. 
report Recommended by CEMPUNK
Similar 19th-early 20th century setting. Both worlds have some form of special ability (alchemy in FMA and Innocence in DGM) used by the main characters. Both main protagonists are 15-year-olds who have a strange arm. Both also have a group of villains with secret motives. 
report Recommended by paperdust
If you're looking for a series about brotherhood, then both series would have to be the best recommendation as both tell a tale of the bonds 2 brothers have and the trials they go through. Whilst both series may be of different plots, what they both share is the highly-packed action and spectacular graphics. 
report Recommended by Scrypt
Surely both series do share a big part together which is the alchemy.
Alchemy and all its related things: immortal beings, legends, immortality elisir/philosophical stone and so on.
Both stories evolve around the same epoch (first years of 1900) and share amazing main characters.
Even if, the style to tell the stories is very different, they both still share a very good music theme as well.

If you enjoyed one I'm sure you'll like the other too! I can definitely affirm that both of them are masterpieces. 
report Recommended by EtnaEraclea
The main characters both gain powers and sacraficed parts of themselves to gain something. Both have a lot of daddy issues. 
report Recommended by gizmo99
FMA:B Also deals with the idea of "human weapons" and competing factions who are not always as they appear. Both have humour on the side as well. 
report Recommended by Amarrez
Both series feature two prominent characters who are close to one another and always looking after one another's well being. The both of them go on a form of journey to fulfill their goals while the same time helping others. It brings them for a journey and gives them new hope for the world that they live in and the ideas they embrace. Throughout their journey to achieve their goals, they learn new things while making both friends/enemies/and other people of interest.

Both series have many funny dialogues but at the same time have emotions, drama, and bits of violence. The battles that the  read more 
report Recommended by Stark700
Both have a similar action and adventurous atmosphere with a blond, badass and short main character. Both have a large amount of comedy in their fights as you watch the MC take on various conflicts which their encounter in their journey.
Also there are characters in both shows which embody the seven sins of a human.
Though in nanatsu no taizai the characters have a past revolving around their sin and we focus on their present journey and development, whereas in fma:b the characters which have these sins are the main antagonists.  
report Recommended by Skyeeray
Both about brotherhood and friendship, they live in another world, they are people like us, but they have a power. 
report Recommended by ichigo_sama
Set in a different world, where magic/alchemy is common. They are both fully packed with action, and are likely to leave you on the edge of your seat by the end of every episode. Whether you are looking for something with a similar plot, similar fights or something epic with that dark feel to it; Look up the other if you haven't watched it yet. 
report Recommended by hal89
Both are made from Hiromu Arakawa.
Both animes have a good sense of comedy, drama, and romance.
Even though FMA deals with the supernatural and Gin no Saji is more reality based, they are both extremely good animes that deal with the struggles that occur during life.
The problems that the main character from both series are extremely relatable to normal people.  
report Recommended by Allice84
A boy is coming from a village to a city to become a "dog of the military".

In Akame ga Kill he is doing it because he wants to save his village.
In FMA: Brotherhood he is doing it because he wants to save himself and his brother.

In both anime they soon realize what the military is really doing/will do to all the people in the city.

There is a lot of great action and little comedy too. 
report Recommended by shaichan
These shows share a similar plot development, many charismatics characters though FMA achieves a better quality on these topics. 
report Recommended by cabemaru
The series are actually very different. In comparison to FMA, in Busou Renkin you can actually bring dead to life.
However, both series use Alchemy as a fighting power and their enemies are homonculus. So if you simply want to see different version of Alchemy, feel free to check any of those shows.
 
report Recommended by kitten320
Similar dark premise as far as story lines are concerned, main characters are different but seem to both fit in their perspective storylines well. Common misconceptions from the main charcters, help thicken both plots. Great action scenes of the use of superhuman abilities, as well as the idea of an alternate reality. Overall DTB was an awesome anime, what else would you expect from a BONES production, but greatness. 
report Recommended by Aiege_Rikumaru
Both action packed anime!
Great characters
Great story
Great OPs and EDs
Amazing animation  
report Recommended by Bree-sama
The Battles are strong, and in both series, the story arcs go across many episodes.

The characters are all well-developed, bad guys included. The protagonists end up going through some very dark times in both, and there is a hint of romance in both.

If you liked the protagonist dealing with his father (like in the final arc of YYH), then that works well for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood too. 
report Recommended by DeliciouScience
Magi is like a combination of One Piece and FMA, it takes the best of those two and it's a really great shounen. You have to watch the prequel named Labyrinth of Magic first.

FMA shares some rather dark themes with Magi, political and socials. 
report Recommended by lighthalzen-kun
Both are gorgeous, wonderfully faithful adaptations of their respective manga and are roughly the same length. Human experimentation, fugitives, a mastermind antagonist with a big plan who manipulates those around him, characters seeking revenge, monstrous characters (physically and mentally), a large cast that is continually interconnected throughout the show, deep mysteries being slowly unraveled, and the list goes on. 
report Recommended by Numi
These are both over-the-top anime series that keep you on the edge of your seat. They both contain non-stop action that just keeps getting crazier and crazier. Both of these anime revolve around limitless resilience, hope, and friendship.  
report Recommended by Auralvampire
both anime includes,
-characters serving like dogs under the military
-only serves to gain own goals completed.
-military isn't like the way they are suppose to be like
 
report Recommended by iNinjeek
The "chained" events is a common feature in both of the animes and do drive you to think. They share Tragedy and happiness moments that are somehow alike (it's like a projection from the world of fullmetal into the world of death note).
 
report Recommended by lightningfalcon
Both are epic action shows with a lot of depth, great characters, and deep philosophy. 
report Recommended by philipmarie
To gain something, you must give equivalent exchange. For a miracle to occur, you must sacrifice equal happiness. 
report Recommended by ninryu
Both plots focus on the "brotherhood". There are dark settings and suitable music for every part of the story. Both highly recommended if you like mature anime! 
report Recommended by xoSushi
Both are epic animes dealing with magicalchemy or alchemymagic and transition circles also they both have great characters that overcome by the time,Fate zero is darker than FMA but both have amazing plots plus similar Themes 
report Recommended by Caliph
Although as a genre, they are different but deconstruct them they are truly very similar. Both supposedly anime that are aimed for boys, both transcend their genre by providing plot narratives that tackle universal issues that slowly become personal as the both series progress. 
report Recommended by stephenalbertv
Adventure shows, with an interesting fantasy twist. The character designs are very similar, and have a more serious tone in both, though FMA:B has a slight comedic feel. 
report Recommended by poorqs
Monolithic expansionist empires, machine-like armies, and super-special units putting out fires in all regions of the empire are very similar motifs in both of these anime. 
report Recommended by alienninjasaiyan
Same Bible setting (If you don't get it, try compare bible with Mass Effect, or FMA, or Guilty Crown and so on. You'll find out incredible amount of similarities.)

Complex story. Deep main character story. Main character Unique powers. Beautiful OST.
 
report Recommended by -Anderty-
If you like drama plots and battles with magic, and you have enjoyed one of them, you will like the other.

Both animes are developed in a world of magic and feature a good set of characters, and they really have a good plot in my opinion. Zetsuen OST is way better imho (read, masterpiece) but the plot, and specially the ending is better in FMA. 
report Recommended by trillo69
The two pass in the twentieth century, with many references of the time that are great, is very visible even in the design in the characters.

Both have reference in alchemy, in the political and philosophical questions

They have a great soundtrack and animation, it makes sense, the two are from Bones studio, which is simply one of the best.

The protagonists are very captivating, you can get attached easily with the brothers Elric and Victorique, are blond, have a difficult past and are tsunderes (this term serves male characters).

Conclusion: the two are incredible animes, if you worshiped Fullmetal Alchemist  read more 
report Recommended by lilica10
Pandora hearts is just as great as FMA Brotherhood, though Pandora Hearts has an open end (something that really dissapointed me). I totally recommend it! Pandora hearts has a good plot, hot and mysterious characters, and more! (if you don't believe me, check it on google!) P.S.: If you watch Pandora Hearts, then you should read the manga! 
report Recommended by Soru-chan
Both main characters become dogs of the military due to their pasts. 
report Recommended by Deliriant
Both have over-the-top stylized characters with a tough guy attitude, GAR, eye-candy animation, non-stop action, similar comic relief, and appeal to the same sort of people.  
report Recommended by koreye
Both deal with someone with a specific view of the World trying to change it. Both have fantastic elements to it (alchemy in Fullmetal and "magic"/mechas in Code Geass) that adds a certain mood to the series. Both are very dramatics stories with lots of twists, but not without their comedic moments. Both are great shows, that will make you think, laugh and perhaps even cry. 
report Recommended by Jonijonh
They are both fantasy action shounen featuring a protagonist who has exceptional skills in magic (or alchemy), an intriguing plot, and some comedy. 
report Recommended by Nyktos
To me, they are similar if we're talking about immortality. They are similar yet different. Mermaid Forest focus on immortal ones who wants to be normal again. But FMA Brotherhood focus on normal beings who want immortality.

Desperately finding a way to each road they take. 
report Recommended by -Veshyn
Chapter 21 page 187 of Tsubasa Chronicle (manga), "No matter what kind of power you use, the life that is lost cannot be restored! No matter how much I miss her, I can't see her anymore!".
And that's all I need to explain how these two are similar. They also use magic with lots of action you don't want to miss. They're both fantasy mixed with adventure and can make you cry too. 
report Recommended by -Veshyn
When someone make a "mistake" in the past and realize it, they have two choices. Whether they trying not to make the same mistakes in the future OR they to go back to the past and preventing that "mistake" to be done. And when they choose the second which is logically impossible, they find something that makes it possible. And then again even after they found "something" that makes it possible to "fix the past", they still ask to reconsider about their choices. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO PICK THE SECOND ONE? TO FIX YOUR PAST? OR THE FIRST ONE? TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES  read more 
report Recommended by Mascera
Both series deal with mature teenagers going through a great struggle to achieve some bigger goal, going to particular adventures, and fighting for their lives. All the hardships they go through, together with friends and comrades, are in both series almost similar. Sometimes the characters are a bit more childish in FMA:B, but both series deal with a lot of the same elements. 
report Recommended by Ilyaoh
I just finished Akatsuki no Yona and couldn't help but think that fans of FMA: Brotherhood would probably enjoy it. Mostly what made me think of Brotherhood through it was the way it balanced out the serious story with goofy moments without making it difficult to take the characters seriously through the progression of the story. Rather, they contributed to my attachment to the characters, giving all that much more impact to the hardships they go through. 
report Recommended by cubelet
Both involve a journey to reach their goals, strong relationships and amazing conclusions.  
report Recommended by smackells
Both set in another world off-Earth
Both deal with powers
Both had seasons with new characters
Both main characters travels in a pair
Both inflicts life-changing feels 
report Recommended by GreyKnightz
If you liked Deadman Wonderland or FMA:Brotherhood, you would like the other because they both have a young, male protagonist being pushed to limit physically, mentally and emotionally.

The two protagonist (Ed and Ganta) are haunted by deaths in their past. Both were helpless to stop their loved ones from dying, and went on a dangerous journey of action to overcome that past.
 
report Recommended by kalon
I don't think a lot of people have made this comparason, but both animes in my opinion are similar in the way that the story and the feeling of the anime are laid out, the main diference is that one is longer are more fleshed out, but both in my opinion are worth checking out.
If you like adventure and a world that isn't quite like ours, this is the way to go. 
report Recommended by shnapii
Both MC never want to kill anyone. They both have a main goal, but there will always be problem that keep them from advancing. Both of the MC are reluctant to ask other people help. Both MC are already really powerful. 
report Recommended by minouneetzoe
Intense frame jaw-ripping action has never looked so good on both animes. Although different in terms of story, both animes display a unique sense of action only BONES knows. 
report Recommended by MagicalMahou
Promised Days are involved in both shows that involve the fate of the world between supernatural users and non supernatural users only to lead them to dead or alive.  
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
-the story structure is kinda the same
-magic and shit
-cool fights scene
 
report Recommended by datguypotato
Looking for another story about a hot-headed protagonist, who also happens to be short, blonde and an orphan?
Look no further than Edward Elric and the anime series's Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood.
Unlike Naruto who is searching for his place in his village, Ed is searching for something else, but both characters fight through the hardest of times to get what they're looking for.
 
report Recommended by KuroYatagarasu
The 2nd Part of JoJo (Episodes 10 - 26), emphasises heavily on the use of the heroes defeating physically superior opponents through thought out tactics and adapting to their situation, something FMA is constantly praised for. Both series also have a strong emphasis on themes of family, the difference being that FMA focuses on the ideals of the interaction between family members, whereas JoJo focuses more on the importance of a bloodline's principals and inherited will. 
report Recommended by OtakuJidai
both animes have different styles and story line.But i guess you are not going to miss this great action animes.
both anime's main characters have certain goals to reach for example Edward is working hard to restore his mom from death
while Gantz team members are fighting to comeback in life again main characters in both animes have many common issues like
they never give up, they always help their friends...if you are fan of high quality action loaded animes well ,this is for you.

 
report Recommended by Caliph
Both have a satisfying ending, although with both there are many questions left unanswered the ending is something the audience can live by. I would recommend this to anyone stuck with nothing to watch. 
report Recommended by Articleste
-Adventure feel
-Action with magic/alchemy
-Childish MC
-Shingeki no Bahamut is more fantastical while FMA:B is more scientifical 
report Recommended by Gabes108
both of the main character's mom died/ taken away
an evil organization wants to take over the capital city
main character finds their long lost dad/friend 
report Recommended by GingM
-Both have a system of magic that is highly technical, quantified, and scientific.
-Both follow a sibling-pair as the main characters.
-Both have well developed main and supporting characters, who are more than one-dimensional archetypes.
-Both have main characters that are tangentially connected-to/enlisted-in the military.
-Both involve organically flowing combat sequences with an undercurrent of political intrigue regarding the controlling powers of the country.  
report Recommended by VendraxTwoHands
Both series have an original fantasy background.
Both anime have drama, romance, great characters, story and good art  
report Recommended by Kakegurui
if you like drama, berserk will be your fav. too.
start with eps.1 and after then watch all eps.
bdw read manga too -.- 
report Recommended by Dwiin
Let's said
-both animated by BONES
-very funny
Fullmetal alchemist brotherhood is more darker than my hero academia. 
report Recommended by Kong38
This is barely what I would consider similar to FMA brotherhood and I wouldn't compare it. FMA will always be considered a league above these unfinished animes and it isn't really fair to compare them. I chose FMA because it involves a sibling in the story. That is it. Nothing on my list really seems all that similar but I do feel that those who enjoyed FMA will enjoy Kamisama Dolls for some reason I can't quite put my finger on.

I'm recommending this because I know that isn't a very well known series. The thirteen episodes of this series that exist are pretty  read more 
report Recommended by Quagsir
Similar "boy seeks destiny on his own punk self" storyline. 
report Recommended by alienninjasaiyan
Donten ni Warau and FMA are both character driven, brother-centered shows about fighting for strength and the ones you love.
I highly enjoyed both; in fact, they're two of my favorite Animes. They are emotionally engaging, and connect you deeply with the characters. Both have plenty of action and a little supernatural (FMA has alchemy and DnW has the Orochi, Omnyoji and the Shinobi--ninjas).
Between the three brothers in DnW, I'm not sure who would most parallel Ed and Al. Both have lost their parents from the beginning, though Ed and Al have left and the 'Three Cloud Brothers' remain at the Kumou shrine./> FMA is based in a fictional European country, whereas DnW is in NE of Kyoto in Meiji period Japan.

A few other similarities:
Both take place around the turn of the 20th century
Both center on moving forward from a darker past
Both have that character who's a general and gets on your nerves, but you can't help but like them.

Overall, great show; if you like one, you'll probably like the other! ;)

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report Recommended by coleynot
There an essence of brotherly love expressed in both series. Each of the elder sibling goes through trails towards other goals while experiencing hardships that will test their very sanity.  
report Recommended by hamstar138
Both series are set in worlds similar to those of industrial revolution.
In both world exist magic/alchemy as a form of science.
Main protagonists fight against supernatural threats under militaristic organisations.
Protagonists are troubled by complicated pasts.

World of Strait Jacket is without comedy and feels darker than that of Fullmetal Alchemist.
 
report Recommended by rabi3187
Both involve alchemy and include a main character who is a sentient metal/rock object (Al as the suit of armor and Gargoyle as a dog statue with wings). They both have action and comedy with some darker themes. There are characters in both from different parts of the world who at first oppose the main characters but later help them. Fullmetal Alchemist has more of a plot, while Yoshinaga-san'chi no Gargoyle is generally more easy-going. 
report Recommended by ccorn
Both make great dramatical use of moral ambiguity, philosophical questions about life, death and the power of men over it. Also, great character development and drama, with a healthy dose of mystery and investigation. 
report Recommended by Alchemists
At first glance you may think they are totally different but both series are a nice mix of drama, action, fantasy, comedy and a bit of romance. Also, both are shows where every single chapter is important for the story and both are masterpieces in my opinion.
Ga-Rei Zero has much less episodes, though 
report Recommended by NeverMeltIce
I give both these anime's a 10. They both had me hooked from the very beginning. While Assassination Classroom is still running, FMAB ended. FMAB went out with one of the best endings ever. Both are very funny and dramatic. 
report Recommended by xxarabxxmoneyxx
- Both have a great combination of humour and a more serious plot.
- Unique story.
- Great animation. 
report Recommended by LlamaGlitter
Shounen anime both written by female authors, they bring two unqiue topics. Reborn! deals with mafias and Fullmetal Alchemist deals with alchemy.

The main characters both are young teens, whose father is a "bigshot" however, they have yet to know, and later, they are both involved in a pre-determined conflict. The theme of "family" is given an important role in both along with a world that is darker than whatthe characters believe.

Reborn! has a lighter atmosphere, laid-back and has much more comedy whereas Fullmetal Alchemist world is darker, serious and deals with much more mature theme.  
report Recommended by Kosmonaut
In both series, there is the crossover of magic, fantasy, and technology involving military themes. Additionally, among the characters, there is that sibling love feeling.

Furthermore, both series feature the adventure type of theme where the characters try to discover the truth and learn more about the world that they live in. There's also that type of political and conflict-ridden plot crafted into a beautiful story.

Also, there is action, drama, tragedy, and some hints of romance in both series.  
report Recommended by Stark700
Both anime revolve around a young boy who is learning about himself and his powers. Although the powers are a bit different, the boys are very alike in personality. They crave to deliver justice and won't stand aside while someone is being attacked. Oh, and Jin and Edward are voiced by the same person. 
report Recommended by gigglingidiot
I know it can be weird—Clannad to FMA:B? But I think it's not so stupid. Both these anime are about life. In FMA:B life as a living armor, for example, but you must fight for happiness. In every world and circumstances, normal (as in Clannad) and fabulous (as in FMA:B). 
report Recommended by Sakado
Both works feature friendship or close relationship between male characters as an important component. Stories with European backgrounds, touching lines and adventures.
Fullmetal Alchemist is more imaginative and far more serious while Romeo's blue sky was a bit more realistic as it describes the tough life of chimney boys in Europe. 
report Recommended by bottle
Is the movie and anime. Very good.The script with no or few holes.
Really fun. Without appeal and it is not too long. 
report Recommended by RafaKojiro
1. The setting and scenery of the anime is almost the same.
2. Lau and Ran Mao were probably inspired from the characters Ran fan and Yao Ling from FMA.
3. Circles of Alchemy and Sebastian's symbol seal were probably very much interconnected.
4. The feeling of both anime are pretty much similar.
6. Experimental and such.
7. In Kuroshitsuji, there were indians but in FMA, there were ishbalans.
8. Yao Ling is the 12th prince from his country but Soma is the 27th prince from his country.
9. Agni and Scar are similar, they have queer powers in their right hand/arm and they worship  read more 
report Recommended by licht_
Both of these series have got personification of sins as "the bad guys". 
report Recommended by KonaKona-Chan
They both have a similar genre, although the story-lines vary a lot.(Other wise it wouldn't be interesting, would it?) The Barsburg Military and the State alchemists are somewhat similar, and both main characters have deep pasts and people they want to protect. 
report Recommended by chelovekx
Both protagonists believe in equality (eye for an eye), are dogs working for an organization government/military, find out the truth of everything, have special powers, and fight to bring justice.

Both shows are addicting. 
report Recommended by iNinjeek
Both are about defiance against God and about harsh lives. Both are really sad and funny aswell.  
report Recommended by Darkhawk220
Both shows have wonderfully developed characters and each deal with subjects like equivalent exchange and what matters most to a person in very different ways.  
report Recommended by kcam44
Both fight with the knowledge of chemistry and elements and use the properties of the elements to fight more effectively. 
report Recommended by IntroverTurtle
An interesting take on an adventure series. Spice and Wolf derails from the normal action you see in a typical adventure shounen, kind of how FMA Brotherhood sets the bars for shonen.

Rather than fighting, Spice and Wolf is all about economics as he travels around a beautiful Italy-like world. Plus, the interactions between the two mains, Holo and Craft, is probably the best romance I've seen in any series. 
report Recommended by SRanger
They are both set in an un-typical military setting with unique main characters. They don't waste time in the story telling. Well I don't know what else, I just thought they were similar. 
report Recommended by bavoshiasb
Both anime tell the story of a boy very talented in something (go for Hikaru, alchemy for Edward), which seems, in the anime, like the best thing one could be talented at. As well as being talented, both boys have some special ability others do not that makes them seem even more talented. People around them are frequently amazed by them. 
report Recommended by amira_k
Main villains representing the seven deadly sins, but in FMA these capital vices are harder to kill. Some of 11eyes characters have powers and abilities similar to various characters of Fullmetal Alchemist: such as fire control (Roy Mustang of FMA and Takahisa of 11eyes) or certain skills using swords (Bradley of FMA and Misuzu of 11eyes). 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Both are action shows with a lot of government involvement and super humans. Also, both have human experimentation in them, but Canaan is a seinen whereas FMA:B is a shounen. 
report Recommended by Ozzey
In both series there is something "supernatural" who want to face the human and demonstrate their superiority ... will be human capable of handling this situation? 
report Recommended by DMestre
Great fighting scenes in both animes, great story and great characters. 
report Recommended by foxybabes142
- Similar story style
- Both protagonists have a tragic childhood
- Both protagonists have a weird arm as weapon
- Exorcists and Alchemists are similar 
report Recommended by AlphSteins
Both are set in war time and mix magic with WW2/Nazi imagery 
report Recommended by bhaktivinoda
They both have a good portion of military based scenes. They also carry great messages throughout the shows. If you immerse yourself into the main character or whoever is having a hard time, you will find the emotional roller coaster that drives them to do what they do and find the ability to understand the hardships. THE FEELS. Both have amazing quotes, holy crap. And both also have an anti-war message. Seed more so than Brotherhood.  
report Recommended by winniekira
ATTENTION: the storylines and style are not at all similar. Texhnolyze is targeted to a more mature audience.

But if you are intrigued by the idea of artificial limbs, they will both catch your attention. 
report Recommended by IceAndCream
One of my favorite aspects of both shows are their main characters. Both Edward and Sagara are really cool main characters who fight to protect their friends. They are both serious when they need to be, sometimes unintentionally really funny, and of course very skillful in battle. The main female protagonists in both shows, Winry(FMA) and Chidori(FMP), are also very interesting and fun characters who I enjoyed.

Both shows have a great balance of action-packed fights and comedic relief. They are somewhat military based animes but more especially in FMA. Another thing I liked was that they both had a cool sci-fi  read more 
report Recommended by Axel97
Similar alternate world time line involving technology, weapons, and a despotic dictator. Both feel like they are set somewhere just prior to WWII and have a bit of a "steampunk" feel. There is even a parallel with the young boy with special powers others want to use. Both are excellent. 
report Recommended by lisnoire
Both are excellent.

Also there is a lot of very sad and melancholic scenes in these series, obviously Fullmetal Alchemist is way longer but I still think these are comparable and if you enjoy one you will probably enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by PawnDa
Edward Elric and Duo Maxwell are similar. If you've seen the original FMA and/or GW, watch FMA Brotherhood! You'll find some similarities in this show! 
report Recommended by Rikudo14
They both have two main protagonists, one of them lost his body and gain afterward a huge strength. Parents are nowhere to be found in both. 
report Recommended by Kanaco
Both are close to having manga point of view than their parent story. 
report Recommended by Rikudo14
Both main characters do not have a father figure in their life.
Both main characters are on a very perilous journey (wish I could say more about this but then their would be spoilers)
Both end up having to get help from other people along the way
Both have very good fight scenes
Both are very well made both in terms of story, character development, art style, music, etc.
If you are on the fence watch the first 5-10 episodes. If you liked one of these anime I can almost guarantee that you will be hooked. 
report Recommended by Azkar
Both of these shows have lots of action, intense battles, strong drama, greatly developed characters, lots of surprises, and actual endings that you will applaud. 
report Recommended by 1231415333
Alter Users and Alchemists are very much alike, in that each of them has one of many common super powers to fight with. 
report Recommended by 1231415333
FMA Brotherhood and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, although very different in many ways, both have a wide array of characters, with both anime using this extensive list as best it can.

Both anime, instead of using one character once and then removing them from the scene, bring older characters back from previous episodes and make them an integral part of the storyline. From 5D's with characters such as Ushio and Saiga, to Brotherhood with characters like Nia, Zampano and Winry.

Brotherhood is more effective at utilizing all of its characters, however 5D's does a pretty good job respectively. 
report Recommended by Winley