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The 13 Best Anime Like Fullmetal Alchemist  

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Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series that almost everyone has seen, but what should you watch after? There's a good amount of anime that are similar to Fullmetal Alchemist, and we're going to rank our recommendations on this list. With a stellar manga and two very different anime series, this show had everything we could have asked for. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the original anime adaptation or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, we all have one thing in common: we all support and love Edward and Alphonse Elric.

There are plenty of anime like Fullmetal Alchemist with themes of family, adventure, redemption, or even just loss that are all the makings of an excellent show. Take Baccano! for example, or Pumpkin Scissors. Vote up the anime similar to Fullmetal Alchemist that you would most recommend to other fans of the Elric Brothers.

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The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Fullmetal Alchemist
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If short blondes that are extremely overpowered are more your thing, check out The Seven Deadly Sins. Not only does the theme of sins come back into the storyline, but so does the idea that a character would do anything to protect what they care about at all costs. Plus, the comedy is excellent. Set in a fantasy-like setting, the third princess of Liones, Elizabeth, is off on a quest to find the Seven Deadly Sins in hopes of taking back her kingdom.

Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Fullmetal Alchemist
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The importance of family, especially brotherhood, is a really strong theme that continues to pop up in Fullmetal Alchemist. A similar element is seen in Blue Exorcist, a show that describes the struggles and trials that brothers sometimes go through. Rin Okumura is a young teenager who finds out that he is the son of the Satan himself. In defiance with his father's wishes, he becomes an exorcist and defends the land of Assiah with his brother Yukio. 

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Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Fullmetal Alchemist
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Soul Eater may have a very different premise than FMA, but it is still a show that has human weapons and two separate factions with interesting pasts as they fight for dominance. From the perspective of students attending Shibusen, a school that trains meisters and weapons, the world is being threatened from unimaginable forces. It's up to them to become sound in mind, body, and soul in hopes of defeating the evil they face everyday. 

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Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Fullmetal Alchemist
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Violet Evergarden is an exceptionally beautiful story about what happens after great wars, much like what we saw at the end of Brotherhood for the Elric brothers. Both of them have very similar feelings in terms of setting, but this show is certainly more like the very last episode of Brotherhood where we got to see what the brothers were doing with their lives now that their war was fought. Violet, a girl raised with only the purpose of helping win the war, has to reshape what her life looks like now that the war is over. In the process, she tries to understand both herself and the people around her.