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05 May 2008 @ 11:05 pm
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hello everyone! my name is rhiannon, and i just finished watching all of FMA + the movie, for the first time. i must say i am completely in love with it, despite the lack of closure from the ending (i love closure and happy endings, ~sigh~).

anyway, i am a pretty new anime fan. when i was a kid i would watch yu-gi-oh, but until recently i hadn't seen any other animes. i was wondering, are there any series similar to FMA that you would reccomend? the only other things i've seen are visions of escaflowne and avatar: the last airbender (which is american but oh well), and i really adored them as well. i like mostly pure fantasy stuff, epic adventures, lovable characters, a little romance, all that good stuff. if you guys could point me in the direction of what to watch next, i'd really appreciate it! <3 life feels so empty now that i'm done with fullmetal, i need to fill the void.

ty, ty, ty! hope this is ok to post here.
saphira112: Ed Spazzessaphira112 on May 6th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Similar to FMA? Hmm... I dunno about similar, but I got a few good ones (or at least ones I believe are quite good).
-Death Note
-Yami no Matsuei
-X (1999)
-Weiss Kreuz
- AND DEFINITELY "Trinity Blood"!

Here are some good manga I recommend as well:
- Cain Saga & Godchild (Kaori Yuki)
- Angel Sanctuary (Kaori Yuki)
- Demon Diary (Lee Yun Hee) [Note that despite the fact that TokyoPop published it, it's worth a good read]
- Trinity Blood

And that's all for now. I shall return... maybe ^^;;;
Rhiannonrhi_antoinette on May 6th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
what a list, thank you! :)
i've heard a lot of good things about death note, so i read a little about it. i'm not yet sure if it's for me, but i may check it out.
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arliramaarlirama on May 6th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
May I suggest that you read the FMA manga? It's still ongoing, and in my opinion, is so much better than the anime. Plus, at around the 8th volume, the stories go in completely different directions. Even the events before that are pretty different from the anime and the manga.

Um, judging from your list, I'd recommend: xxxHOLiC, Mushishi, Baccano!, and Pita Ten manga.
Rhiannonrhi_antoinette on May 6th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
i've heard a lot of good things about the manga. :) i'm sure it's great, but i'm not sure if it's for me. i really like watching things and hearing the characters voices, and i think it might be wierd reading about the characters doing things that are different from what i know in the anime. plus, i've never read a manga before.

but if i were to pick up a manga, it would definitely be FMA! are the volumes like little books you can get at barnes & noble?

thanks so much for the list! what is xxxholic about? i've heard it was good. :)
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Jaclynn, duckie, Jackie, ToriKisu, JD: Anime Anti-Drugpiccchickduckie on May 6th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
I love FMA too and have a few others in mind.

Such as:
-Gundam Seed
-Ai Yori Aoshi

These are all series I've watched all the way through.

Gundam Seed then has "Gundam Seed Destiny" which is a series all in itself, which I am currently watching. Gundam Seed is 50 episodes long...so about as long as FMA.

Ai Yori Aoshi is about a girl who looks for her first lover (who she met when she was a little girl). She then moves in with the guy (kinda)and if I say anymore I will spoil the ending. The second series is "Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi" wish is really short. Both are very "cute" series with romance and friendship

Chobits is about Hideki who finds a mysterious persocom (human computer) who doesn't have an operating system. A very good series to watch when new to anime (a friend of mine showed it to me when she first found out i was getting into anime).

Saikano is about a couple who try and stay together even though the girl is part of a war...and by part of a war i mean she IS the main weapon. Good series but ends very sad...just a warning.

Sorry for the long comment but I thought I should at least explain WHY I like em all ^-^
Rhiannonrhi_antoinette on May 6th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
thanks so much for this! <333
ai yori aoshi sounds soo cute, i definitely am interested in checking it out. do you know where i could find some episodes online? :)
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Lesaabsolutefiction on May 6th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
I was going to recommend the FmA manga as well...but someone beat me to it.
havocmangawip: sexy librarianhavocmangawip on May 6th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
If it's possible... it's hard to explain... after the anime? The manga is SO MUCH BETTER. (Though now I hear Havoc as Mike McFarland and my heart breaks even more... SO MUCH DETAIL AND THOUGHTFULNESS!)

As for series I have loved and that you "NEED" to see?

Cowboy Bebop
Trinity Blood
WitchHunter Robin
Samurai Champloo
Fruits Basket
Gunslinger Girl

Great production values and music... some with lessons and slower/deeper meanings... but I just love them and regard them on the same level as "cinema".

Also... books/manga in general are a GOOD thing. The more you read... experience through reading, the better EVERYTHING is.

But I identify the most with Sciezka in FMA... so it's highly likely that I'm extremely biased... and I aspire to be as good/hopeful/nice/compassionate as Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket.
Greed/Ed otp fangirlgreedy_lover on May 6th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
any fantasy or like dragons and princess? i rec petshop of horrors manga, and i second the cain saga/godchild. pet shop is fantasy but not princesses and stuff so that is why i ask. there hasn't been anything similar to fma that i have found yet. there is also the fma manga, it's starts out the same and then it is a completely different story, i love anime and manga, but that's me
Rhiannonrhi_antoinette on May 6th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
any fantasy! dragons and princesses are good, but i love fantasy like FMA as well. what are cain saga and godchild about? :)
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madwithinsanitymadwithinsanity on May 6th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Some generally good anime that most people watch because either A) adult swim plays them, or B) They're just amazing:

Cowboy Bebop
Wolf's Rain
Inu Yasha

Bleach and Naruto are both VERY long and or Naruto I reccomend you watch the Subs not the dubs, also after 150 something they turn into fillers until 221.

Some more obscure ones that I love:
Samurai 7
Yami No Matsuei (really short though)
Tsubasa Chronicles (The manga, not the anime, if you love fantasy and epic adventures I HIGHLY reccomend this. You can read it on one-manga.com)
Samurai Deeper Kyo
DNAngel (as others have mentioned)

I could go on and on and on but I think that's enough to get you started ^^;

Sister Rail Gun of Compassion: VoH - Crazy Hamelstormbringer986 on May 6th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
I second Wolf's Rain, although I have to add the recommendation that you watch it with an industrial-sized box of kleenex close at hand because the ending made me bawl like a little baby.

I also really love Twelve Kingdoms.

If you ever decide to try reading manga, I'd also really recommend Violinist of Hameln. It's seriously obscure, but it's my hands-down favorite. It's definitely fantasy, and it has pretty much everything you could ask for in a manga.
versa6032: Spikeversa6032 on May 6th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Not like FMA, but really good:

Cowboy Bebop
Elfen Lied (bloody and violent)
The Devil's handmaiden: kamen riderseraphim_grace on May 6th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
where is the shoujo? I think I'm a one woman campaign to get people to watch girl manga as well as boylove

Fushigi Yugi, it's as long as FMA and although the main character is a girl almost every one else is a boy, and the girls kick ass for the most part, if you liked Escaflowne you'll love it
the mangaka has another one called Ayashi no ceres which is darker but I didn't love it as much (she's just started writing hard core yaoi as well with a series called Sakura Gari but her work, like FMA, was always really slashy)
X/1999 - there is a series and a movie of this and they're not in anyway related.
I just watched all of witchblade which is a slow starter but good
Samurai Champloo, which is by the people who brought us Cowboy Bebop
I adore Weiss kreuz but it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt because the first series is risible (being a huge weiss fangirl I can say this, it gets better), the OVA and last series are brilliant
I'm trying to think of series as dark as FMA
Haibane Renmei
Full Moon wo sagashite - you will cry, oh god will you cry, you'll laugh for forty odd eps and then sob like a baby at the last ten
there is an angel sanctuary anime but it's very small, only 3 eps
ummm anything by Kaori Yuki the mangaka
I liked the Big-O but I appear to be alone on that
Gundam 00

you might also want to check out some of the live action ones like Princess Princess D, Kamen Rider Kabuto, and the Sailor moon live action is really dark, once you get past the rubber monster costumes....

and I like Avatar too so you're not alone in that, other than that I can't think of any
havocmangawip: fuu- love and peacehavocmangawip on May 6th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
Big O was fabulous! You are not alone!

AND SHOUJO!!! Fruits Basket and some Magical Girls too please! Princess Tutu!!!! (Azumanga Daoi(sp) as well!)
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Shark Bait: DGM - Lavi - Ramblegrifstar on May 6th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
D. Gray-Man~! =D;; both have 15-ish year olds trying to bring parents back to life, epicly phailing, and have weird arms XD

Kinda amazed NO ONE has mentioned that series yet either o_______o
Sailor Mac: allenlavi manga -by intentationemsailormac on May 6th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
I second that! I can't see anyone who loves FMA not loving DGM as well. Both series feature fantasy, a mix of comedy and angst, abundant action, bishies galore AND kickass female characters. What's not to love?
Lavenderryosato on May 6th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm SHOCKED that no one has suggested "Slayers" yet!!! O_o;; I guess it's possible that it's because a lot of FMA fans are 'newer' anime fans?? Slayers is a 90s show... anyway, it's AWESOME. XD;; It's my favorite anime of all time, largely because of the dynamics. Honestly, the REASON I started watching FMA was because it seemed so similar. Of course FMA is darker largely, but... the little details remind me of Slayers I suppose. Ed and Lina (the main character from Slayers) are like... the same person, except Lina is female. XD;;

Slayers is a western-style fantasy world with tons of slapstick, comedy, and then suddenly out of nowhere you'll get serious plot. The characters start out flat due to the comedy, but end up being extremely 3-dimensional. You've got comedy, drama, tons of action, FANTASTIC music, a HUGE world that is totally fun to explore because it's so open and detailed, and hints of romance now and then (like FMA.)

There are 3 seasons of the TV, a ton of OVAs, and a couple of movies. I honestly suggest you just stick to the TV series and watch the OVAs and movies when you run out if you want because those are really just slapstick and only have the main character from the TV series in them, none of the others.

Order to watch the TV series in:
Slayers Next
Slayers Try

Best part? Even though this show was made 10 years ago, there is a NEW SLAYERS TV SERIES about to start in July in Japan!!! *squeals* It's SUCH a popular series that they're actually bringing it back after 10 years!!!

So yes! I totally recommend it to all FMA fans, and anime fans in general. XD;; It's awesome. The end. XP;;
Lavenderryosato on May 6th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
(oh and by western-style fantasy I mean western hemisphere - european/american fantasy stuff - not western as in cowboys) XP;;
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Staunch Heliocentristannepackrat on May 7th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Pumpkin Scissors. If you like Roy and crew you owe it to yourself to get Pumpkin Scissors. It's got similar themes, similar (but great) characters (they even have a dog!) and setting. Hell, I half expect Ed to walk into the office yelling for Colonel Bastard one of these episodes.

Scrapped Princess - great series with wonderful characters and interesting story about a doomed young person struggling on what seems like a hopeless quest and dealing with a corrupt government (priesthood though more in Scrapped Princess's case). Also has lots of bishonen in it.
Staunch Heliocentristannepackrat on May 7th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Please buy the DVDs though. Don't steal it by watching it online. All of these titles have been licensed in the US and have wonderful DVD releases. You can probably find them very cheaply online if you look.
kashicatkashicat on May 7th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
I am one of those people who prefer the FMA anime to the manga, but in reality, love both.

For those of us who were raised on Superman, Batman etc, we have no problem seeing several different "versions" of their stories. It's the cumulative effect of all the stories that really create the legend.

So I regard the FMA anime, movie, manga, and all the good FMA fanfiction as one big "cumulative effect" about the wonderful characters who are the inhabitants of that world. Therefore I'd suggest -- don't deny yourself the manga. It doesn't matter at all that the story diverges. More good story about the characters, yay!

You can check out every issue of the manga at One Manga. If you really enjoy the stories, you can go buy the volumes, as I do.

I'm not sure, from your description of your tastes, that you'd really like Death Note. The big appeal of that one, in my opinion, is more the intricate "chess game" played between the protagonist and antagonist (and which is really which?). But it's very, very dark, and in my opinion, the actual characters aren't appealing for the most part.

You might be interested in a couple of others too: RahXephon, and E's Otherwise. I second the nomination of Gundam Seed as well, because although it's got great big fighting robot-type machines, it's also got very gripping personal storylines.

And if you're into sheer fantasy, and in the mood for a series that can occasionally be a bit silly but also enchanting, literally like a fairy tale -- I highly recommend Princess Tutu. I honestly didn't expect to like it (and even after the first episode, my eyebrows were raised), but I fell more and more in love with it with each episode. It's not that deep, but it really is enchanting. And the imagery and music is exquisite.