Are you done with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and want something? We have the Animes you need, so be it Attack on Titan or Baccano!
The second adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's award-winning manga Fullmetal Alchemist, titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, is one of the Animes which if you watch you will certainly deem as one of the greatest Anime ever made. With immaculate world-building, exciting action, rounded and multidimensional characters, and an emotionally resonant story Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood shows us just how great Shonen anime can be.
The only big problem with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is, once you've seen it, you will spend the rest of your life searching for something that can fill its shoes. Whether anything ever will live up to Brotherhood is subjective, however, we can offer you other great anime that just might scratch that itch. Honorable mention goes to Avatar: The Last Airbender since whether it should or shouldn't be considered an anime is debatable.
The Magnificent KOTOBUKI
If you loved the steampunk setting of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, just wait until you get your hands on this short but gorgeously animated cel-shaded series. True, this anime is more dieselpunk than steampunk, but that's not far off the mark.
These girls are all ace fighter pilots, and they'll take on any job that pays well enough. It's a dusty, desolate, Wild West kind of setting with colorful characters and cool technology, and of course, eye-popping dogfights.
This long-running and hugely popular anime series doesn't quite have the same prominence as the Shonen Jump "Big Three," but it comes close. It's a cheery fantasy series centered around the titular Fairy Tail guild and the agents who will take on any job.
This series has it all: action, magic powers, drama, humor, tragedy, and shadowy conspiracies and plots to conquer or destroy the entire world. Its visual style isn't far off from that of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, either.
Just one episode of Dr. Stone is all it will take for fans of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to feel right at home! Though this series has some cool action scenes in it, the emphasis is on science, and the potential of humanity. Does that sound familiar?
The leading man is Senku Ishigami, a high schooler with an IQ through the roof and a grand plan to restore humanity in this new stone age, all with the power of science. He makes some enemies, but he's not one to give up, and his many inventions are simply marvelous. He even re-invents light bulbs in a stone-age world!
Don't be fooled by the shiny and colorful visuals of this short sci-fi anime series. Plastic Memories is deeper than it looks, and it explores themes such as facing your own mortality, what it means to be human, and whether an artificial intelligence counts as a real person or not.
To the right is Isla, a robot girl who helps her company retire other robots who are at the end of her life... and she doesn't have long to live, either. Tsukasa (at left) is her all-too-human friend, and eventually, lover, and he has to contend with his plastic girlfriend's ticking clock. It's a tear-jerker that also asks all the cool and tough philosophical questions along the way.
Attack On Titan
The military plays a major role in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Anyone who’s seen the show, and probably even some who haven’t, can easily recognize the iconic blue military uniforms of the mighty Amestrian Army. If you’re looking for an anime that’s kind of similar to Brotherhood and features soldiers in cool military uniforms, and you’ve somehow managed to avoid watching Attack on Titan thus far, may we suggest you give it a shot?
This post-apocalyptic, military, supernatural anime focuses on three young protagonists who have devoted their lives to fighting the human-eating Titans and avenging the humankind. Of course, there are personal reasons that drive each of them and make them interesting and relatable. If you’re looking for a story set in a steampunk-ish world that has well-written characters and a story that keeps throwing twists at you, well then you’ve found what you’re looking for.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
If you enjoyed the psychology, philosophy, and religion in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, then perhaps you’d be interested in an anime that delves significantly deeper into such topics. Neon Genesis Evangelion, as you probably already know, is a 1995 anime series animated by the notorious studio Gainax and created by the even more notorious Hideaki Anno.
Upon a first glance, Evangelion is a story about teenagers piloting giant robots to fight giant monsters in a post-apocalyptic world. However, the story Anno is truly telling us is about growing up, struggling with depression, social anxiety, sexuality and intimacy, the Hedgehog Dilemma, and loads of other philosophical, psychological, and religious issues. But, whereas Brotherhood's fairly tragic story leaves you hopeful and rejuvenated in the end, Evangelion’s mind-numbingly depressing narrative will not offer you the same kind of satisfaction. Still, if you want well-written characters and a complex story with some depth to it, Evangelion is a safe bet.
The first thing you need to know is Gurren Lagann is a studio Gainax anime, aka the guys who gave us Neon Genesis Evangelion, meaning it’s all kinds of crazy. But unlike Evangelion, Gurren Lagann, at the very least, will not leave you with lasting emotional trauma. For the most part, Gurren Lagann is a fun action romp with a lot of heart.
That being said, don’t let the flashy colors fool you. There’s far more to this anime than meets the eye and some of it is pretty damn sad. Thus, fans of Brotherhood might find this mix of comedy and tragedy appealing. Gurren Lagann’s story is a simple one, two best friends set out on a mission to fight the tyrannical Spiral King in a giant robot. It’s a story about friendship and growth, about overcoming obstacles, and about dealing with loss. And it’s told in an over-the-top fashion, not once letting you be bored.
Made In Abyss
Do not let the cute art style fool you, this 2017 anime has enough nightmare fuel to last you for a lifetime. Made in Abyss is set in a town that surrounds a mysterious, giant hole in the ground called the Abyss. Our protagonists, Riko and Reg embark on a journey to the bottom of the Abyss in search of Riko’s mother and much-needed answers about the Abyss. The descent into the Abyss is an arduous and dangerous task as the “Curse of the Abyss” threatens to inflict potentially fatal illness upon those who attempt to make their way back.
The emotional turmoil this show will put you through is derived from a looming sense of dread that inevitably befalls you as you watch these characters you’ve come to love go through horrific experiences. In a similar fashion to Brotherhood, Made in Abyss offsets these sad moments with bits of pure adventure and light-hearted fun. The world-building and character development are masterfully done, making Made in Abyss a true gem.