6 Anime Like Pumpkin Scissors [Recommendations]

Pumpkin Scissors is an anime with a really unique name, and we don’t think anyone could make a connection with the words ‘Pumpkin’ and ‘Scissors’ literally; but that’s not the point. Our story places us in the middle of the time after a war that had occurred between the Royal Empire and the Republic of Frost. For the empire, many horrible things happened and despite that, a special unit arose. Let me introduce to you: State Section III. The story is about the unit and the characters going against the empire and the conspiracy behind it.

Pumpkin Scissors showcases themes such as history, military warfare, as well as one unit going against a whole country or empire. It also features various kinds of military weapons and historic fictional locations. With this in mind, we are here to explore 6 anime which are similar to Pumpkin Scissors.

Similar Anime to Pumpkin Scissors

1. Senjou no Valkyria (Valkyria Chronicles)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2009 – September 2009

Similar to Pumpkin Scissors, Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictional continent in Europe and focuses on Squad 7’s rebellion against the empire and how they fight to regain their home and livelihoods. In this story, Welkin is like a leader and a hero of the squad, much like how Oland is the hero of Pumpkin Scissors. Both stories also share similar development in terms of gun warfare, military settings, as well as how the characters fight against the empire for justice. The use of tanks as we as guns are also largely similar to those seen in Pumpkin Scissors. Many of the fighting scenes that involve Welkin and Alicia, are also reminiscent of Oland and Alice as they use their guns to fight off enemies.

They are also similar in the way that both animes have scenes which are similar in showdown battles as well. In one of the episodes, Alicia goes against Selvaria for a final showdown, and manages to defeat her with her own strength. This is somewhat similar to Episode 23 of Pumpkin Scissors, as Alice is able to defeat the Loderia bodyguard with a special technique of her own (switching to her left hand during serious combat, which comes as a surprise as she usually uses her right hand for routines), despite tiring out. Valkyria Chronicles also focuses on the more serious aspect of wars in Pumpkin Scissors, and contains more tragedies like the character Isara who died during one of the episodes.

2. Hagane no Renkinjutsushi - Fullmetal Alchemist (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)

  • Episodes: 64
  • Aired: April 2009 – July 2010

Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in a fictitious universe, much like Pumpkin Scissors. It focuses on two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, using alchemy in an attempt to resurrect their dead mother. However, there is a law of equivalent exchange and the brothers only realize this after attempting human transmutation, which is a forbidden act in alchemy. As a result both brothers lose something of their own (Edward, being his left leg, and Alphonse his physical body). After hearing about a philosopher’s stone that enables an alchemist to overcome the law of equivalent exchange, the brothers then meet Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye and Maes Hughes and find themselves caught in a conspiracy filled with history and war.

Much like Pumpkin Scissors, the military themes and gun warfare play out well in the anime, the only difference being the use of alchemy. In Fullmetal Alchemist, both Eric and Alphonse go against the Homonculus, just like how Section III goes against the empire. Another similarity with Pumpkin Scissors, is also the use of weapons in Fullmetal Alchemist, mainly guns and tanks in this case. Both anime take place in war eras, thus the use of gun and tank warfare is rather common. The next similarity is how both anime usually split their army into special divisions, like how Pumpkin Scissors has Section I, II and III, Fullmetal Alchemist has the Briggs Army, Eastern Army and State Alchemist (coincidentally or not, both anime consist of three divisions).

Oland displays violence in alter ego form, which is similar to Edward, as he often resorts to violence rather than negotiation to solve a problem. The second similarity we see here is how Oland seems to be like Alphonse when he is in his original form. Alphonse adores and displays affection towards small cats, and Oland also likes to feed and take care of stray cats that congregate at the bridge near his home. Fullmetal Alchemist shares a mix of comedy, action and military combat like Pumpkin Scissors does, however it focuses more on the development of the brothers instead of the other characters throughout the series.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Official Trailer:

3. Koukaku no Regios (Chrome Shelled Regios)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: January 2009 – June 2009

Chrome Shelled Regios takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the Earth is contaminated with various particles and there exists a mobile city known as Regios. Regios is protected from these particles as well as filth monsters, which continue to adapt and thrive. In the academic city of Zuellini, the story follows the 17th platoon and the characters in it with Layfon being the centre of attention. Armed with DITES as weapons, Layfon and his team fight against the monsters to protect the city and the people within it.

Again, Chrome Shelled Regios and Pumpkin Scissors share similar themes revolving around wars. Both stories also show how Squad 7 and the 17th platoon protect the people by fighting against a common enemy (with Squad 7’s being the empire and the 17th platoon being the filth monsters). Just like how Oland has Section III, Layfon has the 17th platoon as his allies as well. Layfon and Oland’s combat skills are also on par, in that both characters are relatively strong in combat capabilities, with Oland being in his alter ego form. Layfon and Oland also have cold sides to them whilst they are in combat with Oland killing people without caring, and Layfon showing no mercy towards opponents which is a huge contrary to his original personality!

Chrome Shelled Regios Official PV:

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4. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2006 – July 2007

In a world where Japan has been renamed Area 11 due to the Pacific war that took place between Japan and the Holy Empire of Britannia, Lelouch and his sister Nunnally are caught in a crossfire in which their mother is shot to death. Due to the trauma, Nunnally can no longer see or walk and Lelouch renounces his anointment to the throne, vowing his revenge against Britannia. During this time, they are taken into the Kururugi shrine, where Lelouch becomes friends with a Japanese known as Suzaku. The two are then separated because of the war and the story chronicles Suzaku and Lelouch as each of them attempts to change the way the Britannian empire runs the world with their own methods.

Similar to Pumpkin Scissors, a lot of war and tragedy also takes place in Code Geass. Also, it should be noted that the ghost hunters are somewhat reminiscent to Zero’s Order of the Black Knights who go all out to fight against the Round Knights (a group of elite fighters appointed by the King) from the Britannia Empire. Also, much like how Oland is extremely cold and vicious in the battlefield, Lelouch is also similar to this and does not display any mercy towards his enemies. Despite his cold and vicious side, Lelouch does display a compassionate side when he is off the battlefield, especially towards his sister and best friend. This is also similar to Oland who is kind-hearted and willingly helps out his friends or people in need.

Also, a fun fact in case you didn't know! Both anime feature cats, with Arthur being one of the main feline characters in Code Geass, and Oland being constantly surrounded by cats as he takes a liking towards them.

Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion Official Trailer:

5. Shuumatsu no Izetta (Izetta: The Last Witch)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2016 – December 2016

Shuumatsu no Izetta set in an alternate Earth on the eve of the Second World War and follows the character of Izetta. She is the last known descendant of the Weisse Hexe of Eylstadt. Eylstadt is a small state of which Landsbruck is the capital, a country which is located somewhere in Austria. As she attempts to keep her witch heritage a secret in the beginning of the series, she is forced to reveal it through her powers as she devotes herself to protecting Princess Fine and the state of Eylstadt. The story chronicles Izetta as she fights to protect Eylstadt and Princess Fine against the Germanian army.

Much like how Pumpkin Scissors focuses on the ongoing war between the Royal Empire and the Republic of Frost, Shuumatsu no Izetta also focuses a lot on how the war between Eylstadt and the Germanian Army occurs. Many of the battle scenes in this anime are reminiscent of the ones seen in Pumpkin Scissors, with the exception of magic, which is used in various battle scenes. The use of aircrafts and military warfare are somewhat similar to those in Pumpkin Scissors, except that Izetta focuses more on battles in the air instead of on the ground.

Izetta is somewhat similar to Alice as she has a strong sense of justice and is determined to protect those she cares about, especially
Princess Fine and her country, Eylstadt. Izetta is also shown to be similar in another aspect, in that she sometimes uses her magic to trick her opponents, much like how Alice trained herself to use both hands (right hand for routines, left for serious combat) so as to trick her opponents. Shuumatsu no Izetta shares the seriousness of military combat with Pumpkin Scissors, and showcases the characters’ development as the series progresses.

Shuumatsu no Izetta Official PV:

6. Full Metal Panic!

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: January 2002 – June 2002

Full Metal Panic follows Sousuke Sagara who is a member of an anti-terrorist, private military organization known as Mithril. He is being tasked to protect a high school girl named Kaname Chidori. As a result, he moves to Chidori’s high school in Japan, Jindai High School, with assistance from his allies Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Having never experienced many social interactions throughout his life, Sousuke is seen as a military maniac by his classmates as he interprets various situations as military combat. The story goes on to show how Sousuke protects Chidori from various unknown organizations and finds out why she is being targeted by them.

The beginning of the series is somewhat similar to Pumpkin Scissors as it focuses a lot on military combat as well as military tanks that can be seen numerous times in both anime. Sousuke is similar to Oland in that both are extremely skilled in military combat. Both Sousuke and Oland also show that they are both good-hearted persons within, as Oland shows kindness towards others, just like how Sousuke attempts to help others with their best interests at heart. Another similarity is also apparent in Sousuke as he was brought up in such a hostile environment, thus he shows no emotional attachment to anyone. This is also obvious in Oland when he switches to his alter ego, showing no emotions whatsoever, even when he is hurt or injured.

Full Metal Panic Trailer:

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, all these anime remind us of Pumpkin Scissors, as it captures the essence of relationships, the turmoil of military warfare, and how people work together in various situations to defeat a common enemy. With so much in common, it is no wonder that these anime are so similar to each other despite the different characters and themes that occur within all of the series. As a final note, you are most welcome to leave comments or suggestions on the article as you deem necessary, if you feel that there are more anime which are similar to Pumpkin Scissors. We would love to hear your feedback!

by Krystle S.