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There is a very similar image in both Ouran High School Host Club and Fullmetal Alchemist. Both the hair part and the eyes look essentially the same. Are there any known connections/has anybody official said anything about it?

FMA

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  • In the english dubs, Edward Elric and Tamaki Suou are both voiced by Vic Mignogna. They don't share Japanese VAs, though. – Clockwork-Muse Mar 1 '13 at 19:47
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    @Clockwork-Muse This seems irrelevant since the people creating the anime have no idea who will voice the character in a dub version X years later. – atlantiza Mar 3 '13 at 4:34
  • @kuwaly Is there anything I can do to improve my answer? If there is something else you're wondering about, feel free to tell me. :) – atlantiza Mar 12 '13 at 17:02
  • @kuwaly Oh haha I wanted to make sure I didn't miss part of your question – atlantiza Mar 13 '13 at 1:22
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Both shows were animated by the studio called BONES.

It is not uncommon for series animated by the same studio to contain jokes or references to other series. It can provide a great joke for those who have seen the referenced series (causing them to call out "I know what that's from!" just like you have), but for heavier references it might be a bit of an advertisement as well.

The image below is a scene from Lucky Star referencing The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Both series were animated by the same studio (Kyoto Animation).

Lucky Star screenshot

And, below, Joshiraku (animated by JC Staff) shows off some 2D cosplayers cosplaying as characters from Zero no Tsukaima, Milky Holmes, Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel, A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun, and Kill Me Baby. Guess who animated all of those? JC Staff. (Sorry, the only one I don't know is the old man. Please feel free to comment/edit if you know what he's from.)

Joshiraku screenshot

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