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The Elric brothers learned the hard way that alchemy has a price: you can’t gain anything without losing something of the same value. That is the law of equivalent exchange, which rules all Alchemy. Trying to fix their mistake, they embark on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone, that can bypass that rule, and in doing so they end up mixed up in an ancient conspiracy that reaches the highest parts of the monarchy.
No one can deny that Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the best manga that came from the early 2000’s. The story has been twice adapted to anime, and even after both anime series and manga ended, fans still want to know more about the characters. We all miss Ed, Al, Roy, Riza and Winry. And when it comes to memorable scenes, there are two very tragic deaths that are still among the most traumatic in anime and manga. Add to that the upcoming live action movie, and it’s no surprise that the Fullmetal Alchemist fandom is alive and kicking.
However, there’s no more manga. And so, it’s normal that if you loved reading Fullmetal Alchemist, you want to find more similar manga to fill that empty space in your reading schedule. We hope this list helps you fill that space with similar manga that will also catch your attention.
Similar Manga to Fullmetal Alchemist
Similar Manga to Fullmetal Alchemist
- Authors: Tomoyuki, Maru
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Gender Bender
- Volumes: 11
- Published: 2008 – 2011
Nana suffers from amnesia, and that is why he wanders from place to place trying to find out where he belongs. But he doesn’t mind that much when three orphans sort of adopt him, trying to teach him everything he forgot. As long as he’s with them, he’s happy. But then, they’re killed as a war starts, and Nana is left as the sole survivor. Realizing that war is a horrible thing, he decides to become a definitive pacifist and do everything in his power to stop all wars in the world in order to avenge his friends. This takes him to the Tripeace organization that has the same goal as him… but also a lot of dark secrets.
If what you loved from Fullmetal Alchemist was the military intrigue and the way in which the hero has to face difficult choices to fulfill their mission, Tripeace is definitely for you. The manga also has excellent art, with very funny expressions. Nana is a very likeable character, especially as he is learning about everything around him as the manga starts, and that leads him to very interesting situations that can make the manga more bearable with some comedy amidst the drama created by a very violent war.
2. 666 Satan (O-parts Hunter)
- Authors: Kishimoto, Seishi
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
- Volumes: 19
- Published: 2001 - 2007
The world was destroyed by a demonic entity called Satan, and now, thousands of years later, mankind is looking for the O-Parts, relics from the previous civilization that, in the hands of special people who are the O.P.Ts, can release incredible energy and powers. There are very few O.P.Ts, but unfortunately, not all of them are good. Ruby is a young girl who, after being orphaned by an O.P.T., is dedicated to search for more O-parts in order to keep them out of the hands of evil, and in her travels she meets Jio, a kid who only trusts money but agrees to be her bodyguard until she has money to pay him… or until he manages to fulfill his dream of world domination.
Drawn by Seishi Kishimoto, 666 Satan is a very interesting take on the shounen tropes as it was his first work. And at first sight, it has more in common with other manga than with Fullmetal Alchemist, but as the story advances, we get to see that in Jio and Ruby’s world, science and magic are very similar, and that there’s another secret conspiracy that had devastating consequences in the past. And of course, it has a lot of dark secrets around both our protagonists who form a family with their companions. Whatever you expect for the end, we can almost guarantee that you won’t expect the final twist.
3. Embalming: Another Tale of the Frankenstein
- Authors: Watsuki, Nobuhiro
- Genres: Action, Drama, Historical, Horror, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural
- Volumes: 10
- Published: 2007 - 2015
Doctor Frankenstein’s experiments gave humanity the idea that there could be a way to be immortal. When he and his creation disappeared, he left behind his notes for everyone to find. With those notes and the right materials, many scientists started creating new creatures, now known as Frankensteins. The problem was that no Frankenstein was just like the person whose body was used to create it. Instead, they all go a little crazy in the best-case scenario, and completely insane in the worst. Fury and Wraith are two orphans due to a Frankenstein, who attacked their families and left them and a girl for dead. And neither will rest until they can avenge their losses.
Embalming has a lot in common with Fullmetal Alchemist. In fact, it could easily be described as a world where mankind found an alternative to human resuscitation through science instead of Alchemy. Our main characters are also in the search of a secret within the science that moves most of their world, and they have to deal with allies that have their own secret agendas, which may even be against the heroes’ goal.
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4. Enen no Shouboutai (Fire Force)
- Authors: Ookubo Atsushi
- Genres: Action, Sci-fi, Shounen
- Volumes: 7
- Published: 2015 – ongoing
Flames have destroyed 99% of the world and the few parts that are still habitable are in dire danger. There’s a new illness that makes people burst into flames and turn into horrible monsters that in turn try to burn everything in their path. Not everyone dies, however. A very select few people survive and end up with powers. Those from the “second” generation can control flames created by others to different extents, and those of the “third” generation can create flames from different parts of their bodies and control them. Also, there have been Special Fire Brigades created to get rid of the first generation flame people, and save as many people as they can.
If your favorite part about Fullmetal Alchemist were the complex relationships between the different militia units, as well as the conspiracy hidden beneath the surface, Enen no Shoubutai will surely be your cup of tea. If it was the deep family bonds and how far would Ed and Al go for their family and friends, Enen no Shouboutai will also have something for you. There is a very good mystery hidden behind the incredible fire fights that will surely capture you.
5. ES: Eternal Sabbath
- Authors: Souryo, Fuyumi
- Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 8
- Published: 2001 - 2004
The body is the plaything of the mind. That is Ryousuke Akiba’s main power. He was created in a genetic lab to test a gene called ES-Eternal Sabbath that not only gives him an incredibly long lifespan –his creators assumed he’d reach two hundred years of age-, but also the power to enter anyone’s mind. There, he has the chance to play with your memories, make sure you think he’s your longtime friend, or that you don’t remember him at all. In fact, Ryousuke is not his real name, that’s just a name he got so he could live in a house without anyone bothering him. He can take your hate and anger, but he can also give you so much pain that your mind will give you scars. And if you think that’s terrifying, you should meet the other creation of the lab, Isaac, who has the same powers, but none of his moral restraint.
Once again, we delve into the subject of scientists playing god. While we don’t know much about the ES project at first, as the story advances and we get to know Ryousuke, Dr. Mine Kujou, and Isaac, we realize that there are many other secrets behind the creation of both Ryousuke, whose original name was Shuro, and Isaac, as well as why Isaac hates humanity so much. If what you want is manga that questions scientist ethics and science that is so advanced that it could be magic, this is the manga for you.
6. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
- Authors: Yamazaki, Kore
- Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Shounen, Slice of Life
- Volumes: 8
- Published: 2013 - ongoing
Chise Hatori is a young orphan who has the True Sight, which allows her to see fae and non humans as they truly are. Unfortunately for her, this also comes with a horrible luck, and bad health due to the fact that her body can’t handle the energy that comes with her powers. She’s then bought by Elias Ainsworth, an immortal nobleman whose head is a horned skull, to be his apprentice and his bride. Thing is, he didn’t buy her out of attraction, or love. He is just curious about what would happen if he taught her magic. And so, Chise ends up involved with all his experiments, as well as his secrets, as it so happens that Elias used to be quite evil and is now working to atone for his past sins.
The world we see in Mahoutsukai no Yome is a world where magic is part of life as science is part of our world. We see the carefully constructed society, and how magic affects everyone’s life, especially those who have been touched by it. We also get to see how a person with no real human morality acts when trying to understand said morality, which is a bit reminiscent of the homunculus Greed’s arc, although completely different in goals and development. If you like your shounen with a touch of romance, this is definitely the manga for you.
When one asks people why they liked Fullmetal Alchemist, we get a number of different answers; from the world building, to the personal relationships, to the incredible characters that populate the world. There’s also the intrigue and the conspiracy that most people can’t figure out without getting killed. Those are very different reasons, but some manga manage to get the combination right for all readers. Fullmetal Alchemist is one of them, but the manga in this list also manage it in different ways.
These manga are the ones we expect you will enjoy, and if you do, please let us know in the comments. Of course, if you think we missed a pretty obvious one, we also want to know, because after all, we all love a good manga.