Despite having very different goals, both manga have some similarities. Such as the physical similarities between Ed and Allen as well as the running theme of Good vs Evil. However, D.Gray-man has a "religious" aspect in the manga, while FMA was based upon science and alchemy.
The Main Character (Allen/Ed) feel the same about their comrades, act similar and the Plot is almost the same - Searching for something very important.
Also, the humour is very similar for example when Kanda calls Allen a beansprout and the people in FMA call Ed Shortie and both react a bit... unfriendly ^-^
Both of these manga are have a lot of humor in them, but the central plot is more on the sad side. The main characters of both FMA and DGM have some kind of issue with one of their arms, and both series involve rather supernatural things. Each also has a plethora of characters, including "the annoying (but awesome) higher up" and "the 'evil' teacher."
Overall, both DGM and FMA are great series, and should definitely be on everyone's Must Read List.
In many ways Allen Walker, the main character of D.Gray-Man, and Edward Elric, one of the main characters of Fullmetal Alchemist are similar. To the way they try to protect everyone around them even when it means sacrificing themselves, having a weapon for a arm. Both series have similar enemies as well. The antagonist(s) of each series has a grudge against mankind and they believe its their duty to destroy it.
Atypical battle shounen, more found in the drama and the characters than in the fights. Both deals with religious and dark themes, mostly concerned about resurrection. The main character is similar in personality and a bit in looks, and both have a special arm that they use to fight.
"Dark shounen"s.. DGM has some 'dark' qualities that FMA had.. Both have some sad stories / dramas.. Allen (DGM main protagonist) is an intermediate (has and doesn't have some characteristics) of Ed and Al (FMA main protagonists)..
The main characters of both mangas are very similar in physical appearance.Both have similar themes but D.Gray-man is more about religion and stuff and Fullmetal alchemist is more about alchemy and equivalent exchange.
Both series are Battle Shounen-series in a steampunk-like-setting. Fullmetal Alchemist has alchemy and Homunculi, while their are other artificial created beings in D.Gray-man, called Akuma. Both, the Homunculi and The Noah to a wider extent, portray the deadly sins.
The protagonists of both series work for an organisation, the state in FMA and the order in DGM, which hides some secrets. They have similar temperament and care about lives, but they are still very different in their core personalities. Both of them have a mechanical arm.
I'm surprised no one's recommended Fullmetal Alchemist yet. Magi and FMA are similar in that they both started out quite light-hearted and may fool you into thinking they're all about action and adventure. However, they're actually much deeper than that. There is great focus on the politics, the different sides scheming against each other. Character development is also given much thought in both series, and despite the big casts, both series manage to make most of them likable.
well... on plain sight magi is more like some " onepiece esque " mythical and adventurous shonen story but if you care to delve deeper into the story the problems and issues behind a crisis and political agenda , and outcome of decisions,slavery etc will surely remind you of fma which some times end up being a matter of moral perspectives ...you really cant define confidently the concept of good and evil at times in this manga and you tend to think whats the reason behind this particular action...however ,aside from shonen elements, from the perspective of "food for thoughts" , both are great read . read more
They are more than the typical battle shounen. While containing light comedy the story is dramatic. The center is the world domination, but it focuses more into military and diplomacy than in standalone battles. They become very deep and there are a sense of vagueness of what is good and what is evil, but always with the objective of global happiness.
...are very untypical Shounen. It does not simply revolve around being stronger and stronger, but have much more meaningful goals.
...start out lighthearted but are very dark in the core. A lot tragic moments in both.
...are very philosophical and aren't simply black/white. Good/Evil are questioned throughout the whole series, as well as God, the purpose of Life and similar themes.
...have people dying when they are killed.
...have similar characters,
- a protagonist duo with one guy who is more fired-up (Ed/Alibaba) and another who is laid-back (Aladdin/Al).
- Strong females in both (Riza, Winry, Armstrong etc in FMA, Morgiana, Kougyoku, Yamuraiha etc. in Magi).
- Sinbad could be compared to Roy (idealists, wanting to change the world by being the Ruler)
...have an "evil" kind of organisation threatening the world whose goals become clearer throughout the series.
...involve twists and turns, enemies becoming allies, allies becoming enemies.
...have a lot more similarities you'll notice while reading.
Be prepared for a long journey and an amazing ride in both :) read more
both manga express a very good plot, using the politics to develop the story, as great carismatic protagonists and very useful secondary characters, the two mangas have a very good world, that have so much culture and other great things.
Both have serious moments, some gore, tragedic moments, sad moments, yet also comic relief that will make you crack up. Both have themes of evil and sin, humanity, brotherhood ( brotherly relationship ), friendship, greed. They both have dark/gorey aspects yet a cheerful warm side as well.
They both contain special abilities/powers (alchemy and some swords/weapons in FMA, magic and swords/weapons in Magi). They both contain kickass awesome female characters that dont suck at all. They don't cry for help, they are far from being damsels in distress. They are definitely strong (physically and mentally) and likeable; they dont lose to the males at all.
Both male and females can fight, and kick ass.
The lead male characters have strong bonds and friendship/brotherly relationship in both manga. The females in Magi are kickass, especially the female lead imo. (you will LOVE her). The females in FMA are also kickass and you will LOVE 'em. The males in both series are also kickass; you will love em! Of course, the main characters get stronger, and they are not 'invincible' and do have their limitations in power.
So i'm sure if you like one, you will like the other! (:
Both mangas are full of mystery and suspense. Fullmetal Alchemist provides both action-packed battles and an intricately woven mystery which is sure to keep you engaged and eager for the truth and what is to become of everyone. You will soon feel like your a part of the world and even shed tears of joy and sorrow with the characters.
Okay,okay,I know it's look stupid but in one point both manga are similar:they are not lingering.Both have good and interesting story and if you want just read something good and interesting that's exactly what you need!
Pandora is abit similar to FMA, Ed is a person who as a child had his father leave him , while in Pandora hearts, Oz's father abandons him and though they are entirely for different reasons, it still has the aspects of their father's being a mystery. Both FMA and Pandora hearts have deep plots such as Homunculus being mysterious group that have unknown intentions, while in Pandora hearts, the Baskervilles are a family whose leader is unknown and their intentions also unknown. They both contain fights which explore characters,different abilities as well as the theme of immature main characters who start growing out of it. read more
Both have pseudo-European settings with a bit of light "magic"; the main character (Ed, Oz) is forced into working for an organization after having a horrible experience. They both have to prevent a repeat of the past which could destroy the world.
Both series have large casts of interesting characters on both the good and bad side, as well as ones who you don't know which side they're on; the main bad guy stays in the shadows for a long time. Have an alternate dimension (the gate, the abyss). Have heavy mysteries, plot twists, and suspense. Don't have a huge amount of violence, and practically zero ecchi. Some scary monsters, though.
Ed and Oz have similar personalities; though Ed is more forceful, and Oz more happy-go-lucky. Both have lost their mothers and were abandoned by their fathers.
The art styles are different from each other, but each is very distinctive and memorable. FA is definitely shounen; PH seems to lean a little more toward shoujo (it has lots of bishounens). Both are rather long, and it takes a while to get to the core story, but if you're patient, you get there. read more
Both series seem to be contained, shorter series, not long manga like Bleach or One Piece. Each involves a consispiracy with fantastical elements. The center of both is a boy, although Ed and Oz are supposedly a couple years apart. They both deal beautifully with the issues they raise, and both give us unbelievable twists. Most importantly, they are both fantastic manga, some of the best out there.
Sorry for bad English, I used google translator to write this.
PH (pandora hearts) and FMA (fullmetal Alchemist) has several similarities, among which the following stand out:
-history complex and dark with time
- try to match shounen with comedy
-has a lot of focus on the story
Extremely well-built and charismatic characters
No, there are no giant monsters in FMA, no there is no alchemy in Titan. In both of them, however, there is an alternative modern world with technology both below and exceeding what we have now, also the government plays an absolutely massive role in a similar fashion to Titan with their corruption and having the main characters all be tied to it. I don't know what it is exactly, but I just know if you like Titan there is a strong chance of you liking this
SNK: a threat that later in the story is shown to be not what it initially seemed
FMA: a mysterious story that involves the foundation of a country
Both have the presence of a huge conspiracy to decept people.
And both are great hahaha
Fullmetal Alchemist and Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE deal with the lead protagonists trying to get something back that deals with one of them. To get to the thing they want, there is some conflict with an opposing side which is made up by a majority of the antagonists. FMA and TRC share the same genres as well.
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and Fullmetal Alchemist are both shounen action series that are heavily plot-driven. They both start out as a light-hearted quest for a certain magical artifact(s), but after innumerable plot twists become very dark indeed.
Both are shonen adventure manga that have a similar pattern of being incredibly funny, even during life threatening situations. Anyone who liked the quirky, involving and epic but still hilarious, even darkly hilarious at times, storyline of either would probably like both.
They are both supernatural, and have non-racist heroes in a judgmental and often murderous world.
Both Basara and FMA are epic fantasy quests filled with loads and loads of characters, lots of travel, political intrigue, and awesome fight scenes. Basara is easily the superior of the two and adds an element of romance, but if you liked one, you should check out the other.
Both are action/fantasy involving war, incredibly strong and developed characters, strong female characters, questions of ethics and very difficult decisions that have consequences, plot twists, as well as romance that is meaningful alongside a story that stands up by itself. They will make you question what it means to fight a war, and what it means to forgive. If you like one you will very likely enjoy the other.
FmaB and Hxh 2011 both tackle darker themes and subvert shonen tropes. In both shows the characters go on a long journey to find something important and on their way encounter interesting viallins. Also in both shows strategy and comparability is way more important in combat than raw strength.
The art of both are done by the same person which leads to very similar looking characters (Kimblee and Daryoon look almost identical). There is a large focus on military strength, though Arslan Senki is more realistic and does not have things like alchemy at all.
Both stories contain humans-turned-monster, gaining various powers and enhanced physical strength used to fight the enemy.
Both series have characters trying to regain what they lost or return to how they were before.
Both stories question "What Measure is a Non Human" and what is a human.
Although nearly everything about Ao no Futsumashi (a.k.a. Ao no Exorcist) and Fullmetal Alchemist is completely different, there is something about Ao no Futsumashi that makes it feel like the next Fullmetal Alchemist (in terms of greatness). Despite all their differences (concept, story, world mechanics, plot, etc...), there are some very notable parallels within the format of the two mangas.
Both mangas have a smooth way of floating through it's more comical moments and underlying drama without seeming false. All characters, from both series, were drawn with great care and detail, thus making every character have it's own unique look. Each chapter has a feel of completeness yet leaves the reader hungering for more. Fights are well executed and not overly prolonged. Both mangas start off with a clear goal thus preventing the reader from feeling lost do to a lack of purpose within the plot. Seamless transitions between chapters. read more
The protagonists in both are a pair of brothers with special abilities. Both are paired with a girl that helps them, with some small romantic scenes. The mother of the protagonists died when they were young, the father is a supernatural being (Satan in Ao no Exorcist, an Homunculus in Fullmetal) and both have a military/policiacal background. Both are shounen mangas by female mangakas.
The main characters have a "dark hidden past" (some more than others), in both mangas (it doesn't end up explained in Tripeace though, since it's only translated up to chapter 30). The "mood" given off by war is very similar in these two mangas. Both mangas have a dominating militaristic country and many conspiracies. They both portray a cold world and the crimes against humanity an invading country can inflict towards civilians. Despite the serious parts, the mangas are also very funny and have humorous moments.
At first glance, Tripeace seems like a copycat of FMA. The shounen art style is similar, and lots of the characters in Tri look like Ed from FMA. The worlds look similar (steampunk along with the countryside); soldiers, an all-purpose healing medicine, death, war, tragedy, comedy. Nana and Ed have similar personalities.
Bringing the dead back to life, at some point in our life we all wish we could do that. But it is no possible... Or is it? In both of these manga the main characters are on a quest to get a legendary item that should be able to bring the dead back to life. On this quest they have to fight a lot of enemies. The battles in both of these manga are so epic that you are no likely to forget them very soon.
The two series are alike in that the worlds in which we are subjected to are well-thought out. Whether it be ninja techniques in Naruto or alchemy in FMA, both series place their main characters in journeys to better themselves, as well as to protect others from evil.
In both of these manga the main characters are not you every day people. They have some very cool abilities that they can use when fighting. Both of them also fight against evil and work for an organisation. The artwork and humour is very similar in both manga. If you like stunning fights with a lot of cool powers, then these manga are just perfect for you!
Both series are set in a fantasy universe with hints of science and feature young prodigious protagonists working in unusual government positions. As the series progress, they begin to uncover dark secrets about the true nature of the worlds they live in.
Both main characters work for government so they're disliked by some people, powerful gems, loosing someone important in the childdhood.There are lot of similarities, also the plot strongly resambles Alchemist , especially Reverse and their way of acting
Action/Comedy with an antiwar theme. The heroes try to save everyone, but they can't always do so and everyone else thinks they're fools because of it. Both take place in the aftermath of a devastating war in which the main characters' countries won by committing horrible crimes, and some of the major characters are veterans.
FMA is about brothers Ed and Al, who try to bring their dead mother back with alchemy, but Ed loses his arm and leg, and Al loses his entire body (Ed attaches it to a suit of armor). After Ed gets prosthetic limbs (automail), he vows to become a state alchemist to gain access to the information that could restore his limbs and Al's body. Little do they know about the giant war ahead of them and the corruption in the government they'll have to face. Yu Yu Hakusho is about a teenage delinquent named Yuusuke who unexpectedly dies uncharacteristically by pushing a young child out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, which hits him instead. Nobody in the Spirit World knows what to do with him because they didn't expect him to die that day, let alone by a selfless act. To reward him/not knowing what to do, the Spirit World gives him another chance at life, and he becomes a Spirit Detective, hunting down malevolent demons. Both stories are full of baka characters (but not in the annoying brainless way!), humour and action, with splashes of romance, but romance isn't a main focus. The characters are very well-developed. There are also many awesome female characters who can stand their own ground and don't need saving. Both series are really epic, and quite long, so they'll keep you amused, and are completely faithful to their manga sources.  read more
They have the same kind of drawing, pleasant humor, clever powers, battle tactics and big mysterious plot. Kekkaishi's battles are not as epic as, and it is way lighter than Fullmetal Alchemist regarding violence, but not by much. Kekkaishi has less characters too, but you'll love them just as much you'll love Fullmetal's.
So... I recently finish to read Fullmetal Alchemist's manga and in several parts I can found similitiries with Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (mainly with the Wn's version).
Both stories are ver enjoying for various factors:
1) In both FMA and Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari the characters have a sad and tragic past
2) In FMA the alchemist search "The Truth" and this theme remember me to the mistery of the Legendary Weapon (that is revealed at the final of the novel, not more spoiler)
3) In both the government have a great importance for the story
4) Despite most of character in both stories have a sad past they are very funny in several occasion
5) Both stories are "deep" because we can see(or read) a lot of gore or tragic scenes that can make us cry or sympathize with the characters
I don't remeber much about Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari because I finished the web novel the last year and... well, I think that this manga/novel have more similitiries but I can't remember more ;( read more
Both are shouen manga with a similar atmosphere. They deal with supernatural powers that are a common part of their societies, and they often bring up the topic of souls. Both series have two main characters who share a deep bond with each other. They both also have comic relief, exciting action, and with a character who attacks whoever insulted them (Ed when he's called "short", Maka uses her "Maka chop"). Edward and Maka are also similar characters.
These titles have some similar characters, Edward and Nausiccä, they both are good and gentle persons that valorize all the life forms, even the dangerous, weak or artificial ones, but they found themselves in war/military situations and suddenly have to save the world (only the country in the case of FMA), so they pass for similar internal conflicts. Also Kushana and Olivier Armstrong have similarity in personality and in their relationships with their soldiers. Although these are only minor similarities, the major connection is the philosophy of these titles, both talk about the balance of nature (both even have the phrase “one is all, all is one” in common), about the importance of qualities and defects, about religion and divinities, about manipulation and creation of artificial life, about the search for immortality, I could say more but I don’t want to give any spoilers. For conclusion both FMA and Nausiccä are excellent well packed adventures with great plot and lots of ideological clashes and social/philosophical questions, so I personally think they pass similar feelings.
(I actually don’t read FMA only watched the anime adaptation, so you may think this is worth of consideration)
If you liked the fights and creatures in one of these stories you will like the other one as well. Both stories are written by the same artist. This makes the art very similar. Both stories also feature things that don't exist in our world (frankenstein monsters, alchemy). If you like these kind of stories then you should give these manga a try. The battles and powers are stunning and very exciting to see!
- Masterfully well-written, mystery-filled and suspenseful masterpieces;
- Intellectual, clever, engaging and enthralling dialogues;
- Large cast of well-rounded and complex characters interconnected throughout their own stories;
- Similar genres (Drama, Mystery, Tragedy);
- Evil mastermind behind everything manipulating those around him;
- Monster is set in Germany while FMA has a German-esque setting;
- Dark, somber and obscure atmospheres;
- Artstyle is visibly not its strongest/trademark point;
Both series deal with mature themes such as human experimentation and moral dilemmas, plenty of philosophy, religious symbolism and important messages that don't shy away from showing the darkest sides of humanity, every chapter is thrilling and makes you want to read more and more of it, both series are award-winning works of art that are definitely two of the best manga ever written, but unlike Monster, Fullmetal Alchemist has a satisfactory and conclusive ending. read more
Temporary objects and spells could be created through the poisonous gas "ren" in Rengoku Hime, sort of like alchemy. "Ren" is deadly to the human body so users must balance it's effectiveness and the amount of usage, similar to FMA's concept "equal value exchange". There are also tactical battles involving the usage of "ren", which is similar to the battles in FMA that involve alchemy. Both series has homunculus.
A well crafted world where a young magician with a haunted past is learning and growing. Written by female mangakas with a knack for bishounens with leather gloves. Both protagonists have ponytails. Seriously what more do you need?
- Two male characters as protagonists, one has a violent temperament but is also extremely intelligent (Edward/Mahiro) while the other one more calm and collected (Alphonse/Yoshino);
- Fantasy worlds in which magic exists but it's not accessible to everyone;
- Similar genres (Drama, Sci-Fantasy, Tragedy);
- Main cast full of badasses;
- Beautifully well written stories about revenge and tragedy;
- Dark and depressive atmospheres;
Both series have a good balance between comedy and drama, have character development, and both series have adaptations made by BONES with beautiful soundtracks composed by Michiru Oshima.
- Masterpieces with great plots delivered with multidimensional and multi perspective storytellings;
- Characters with (tragic) backstories and (distinct) developments;
- Fantasy worlds where Alchemy/Magic exists (but not everyone can use it);
- Similar genres (Drama, Fantasy, Tragedy);
"Sacrifice something to obtain something else" (The equivalent exchange);
- Two of the most praised/acclaimed series among anime fans (and deservingly so);
Both series have are deep, dark, complex, philosophical, mature, somber and also deals religious themes (God, human nature, ect), they have epic fight scenes and at some point of the story you're going to see what hell (literally) looks like, and both series have really satisfying endings.
Both are excellent stories involving a quest, two companions, memorable secondary characters necessary for the plot. an incredible design, a great villain and a beautiful ending. Two high required fight shonen.
may not have a similar plot, but both manga features a co-op team aiming for the same goal. gash is a child demon from the demon world sent to the human world to have duels with each other to become the king of their world. almost like a darker pokemon.
“The hand that gives is among the hand that takes. Money has no fatherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain.”
― Napoléon Bonaparte
With that aside, Fullmetal Alchemist and Devilman deal with the concept of gaining something from nothing. Devilman ensures to keep his humanity, even it means killing people as a devil, while Edward Elric hopes to save his brother and reverse the effects of their curse. Both are manga that ran in tremendously wide gaps (Devilman in 1972 and Fullmetal Alchemist in 2001) and discussed a lot on human nature and monsters.
They both feature very similar drawing. When I read Fullmetal Alchemist first, I immediately thought of Kenshin because they are so similar.Even more, the plot shares a similar core.
If you liked one of them, reading the other is definitively something to consider.
Both are about brothers, one who's a genius and another who sacrifices himself for the genius. Although in Fullmetal Alchemist Al is still with Ed, and in Baymax Tadashi isn't with Hiro at certain parts, they're both enjoyable.
Even though I can't quite put my finger on what it is exactly that makes me correspond one manga with the other, there is definitely something about these two that strikes a similar chord.
With characters who are rarely who they initially seem, motives that cannot be taken at face value, friendships and loyalties that will amaze, and plots (largely centered around the strive for the perfect being) that will keep you on your toes, these are two stories — full of action, humour and romance (both open and underlying) — that will make you question aspects of what you believe, and move you. If you like one, I absolutely recommend checking out the other! read more
In the start 666 Satan may look like just a normal shounen manga, but in every chapter it become more and more epic, specially before and in the time skip.
In both 666 Satan and Fullmetal Alchemist there's Kaballah symbols and Jewish mythology.
They both have hot guys.
SHounen, both have a good splash of comedy mixed in with the seriousness of it as well as action sequences that are all different, complex, yet easily understandable. They all hold that rheum of fantasy. And I just find that people who liked DBZ typically like FMA as well.
Philosophical pieces; Both deal with the meaning of humanity, in FMA through the idea of a soul trapped in a suit of armor, and in ES with clones. Both main characters wander through a world that is corrupt and filled with layered characters, and romances that are not based on romance, but mutual respect and partnership. The manga may not seem to connect on the surface, but I have found that the moral decisions that the characters grapple with are similar despite the context.
Both add a fantasy element to a world that's otherwise not too different from the one we know. Both also have different political groups butting heads and secretive government groups with shady motives. Hellsing leans toward heavy violence and gore in its execution, but FMA's not shy when it comes to fight scenes.
Two young boys are on a journey to get back, in FMA his brother's body and in HnKT his friend's body.
Both are acompied by the souls of the ppl without a body, 1 is in a suit of armor and the other one is turned into a shadow.
Both have lots of action and are very similair.
Both mangas are about two brothers in a journey to reach their goals and both are shounen and action. They deals with super powers also both Ed and Al wanted to become an alchemists while Rayan and Vincent wants to become an Exorcist
Both manga series features supernatural themes that is presented in a shounen way. They have great artwork, style, and themes of alchemy.
Both manga has comedy, action, drama, and a mysterious vibe going on in the background.
Both have very different plots and ideas, 1/2 Prince takes place in a MMORPG like game in a futuristic setting, while Fullmetal Alchemist has nothing to do with games or futuristic technology, and takes place in a world where Alchemy is more than just chemistry, but instead a power that allows those talented to create and destroy things.
So how are they similar, you might be asking?
Both are pretty fast paced, making you want to read them in one setting. They have very involved plots with deep themes which you can either ignore and just enjoy reading, or you can read deeper into them.
Fullmetal Alchemist deals with ideas involving redemption, loyalty, morality, and personhood, which develop through the manga.
1/2 Prince deals with things like feminism, loyalty, and personhood, an probably some more but that's not the point here.
Both series have the potential to inspire deep thought, while still being super entertaining and funny, while inspiring obsession while reading.
And honestly, the fight scenes are awesome in both. read more
Both are iconic tales told from a perspective that is different and more compelling than one might expect, and both are easily the best long running fantasy shounen manga available at this time.
Oh, and ironically enough these two great [i]shounen[/i] works are [i]not[/i] written by men.
Stories following a pair of brothers and a regretful choice in their past leading to their current path in life. Where they must on in search of something special, be it a stone or knowledge shaped like a jewel, in order to make things right again.
Both titles are full of characters that are easy to get along with. Both have a lot of action and violence but also have moments of comedy. They each have plot twists that make you keep thinking and theorizing on how something happened or will turn out. Over all, they are both titles that are hard to put down, they make you want to keep reading.
The main plots between these two manga are pretty different, but the Ishvalans in FMA and the Hokulea (Amontel) in +C are strikingly similar in both their appearances and their struggles against discrimination.
They both have a young protagonist who unknowingly committed some sort of taboo in magic/alchemy and is learning it afterwards with great determination to reverse it's tragic effects, meanwhile witnessing more dark secrets related to magic/alchemy in a world with detailed setting and history and with lots of interesting characters. Overall they're very similar in vibe.