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In the time of the Vietnam War, an American military base in Japan is plagued with a rash of killings whose assailant is unknown. Enter Saya, a mysterious young woman who happens to be the last of the vampire race, and has been charged by her government agency employer to investigate the sinister killings. With demons and creatures abounding, Saya must infiltrate a school to put a stop to the bloodshed -- unless the monsters get to her first...
Both Elfen Lied and Blood have boldness and gore galore. One moment everyone is nice, next thing you know arms and legs are flying through the air.
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Both series have a badass girl as the main character and involve lots of blood. Blood The Last Vampire leaves you hanging, whereas Elfen Lied seemed a lil obvious to me half-way through.
In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?
Who is right, and who is wrong? If a victim fights back more fiercely than the abusers did, when does it stop being justified?
Both Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Elfen Lied blur the lines of morality and delve into the darker side of humanity. At one moment, it's clear who the viewer should sympathize with; a second later, things start to change. If you enjoy the psychological games that one show plays with you, then prepare for round two with the other.
Elfen Lied and Code Geass have a dark inner past blurred into the storyline. The series really show the dark side humanity forms and moral issues in every day society.
In Diver City, there are reports of young women disappearing; furthermore, certain women have been found dead - their bodies turned to glass. When S&A Detective Agency is tasked to secure and deliver a 'package', they instead discover a mysterious woman known as HW-9 - but she's no normal woman. HW-9 is able to maintain a temperature above fifty degrees Celsius, and delivers an electrical shock to any man who tries to touch her. S&A's contract rapidly changes from "secure and deliver" to "protect and investigate". Can they find out who 'HW-9' is, as well as the secret behind the disappearances and the glass women?
in both animes they create weapons with human form to make them fight and they can't have normal life because of this. Action, friendship, drama, you may like one if you liked the other one, but avoid elfen lied if you don't like gore.
Scientific experiments and girls being turned into fighting machines, those are the two characteristics of Elfen Lied and Crystal Blaze. Tragedy unfolds as the dramatic lives of everyone in question is suddenly challenged. While Elfin Lied is more gory, both series are full of unshaken relationships against overwhelming odds.
On a day that seemed ordinary, a spaceship crash landed in Tokyo bay, filled to the brim with beautiful aliens that would come to be known as DearS. Since that day, though all of Japan seems to have gone DearS-crazy, one high school boy named Takeya it still not impressed by the phenomenon. But things change for Takeya when he finds a lone DearS girl on the side of the road, who forces herself into his apartment, and his life! Now, he must brave a plethora of complications, misunderstandings, and embarassments, when all he wants to do is be left alone!
Dears and Elfen Lied have rather diferent stories, and dears does not feature any gore unlike elfen lied, but the main characters are very similar, and their behavior reminds of each other. the local story is pretty much the same though : a boy that ends up taking a dears/personcon home and has to take care of it, with all the trouble he has to go through to educate it. The main male characters are diferent though, wich is probably the reason why the stories take a diferent turn at some point. either way, the ending also are rather similar, and if you liked the dramatic and romantic aspects of one, the other will fit to your taste too.
DearS and Elfen Lied are very similar in the usage of different races coming to Earth to overtake humanity. (In Elfen Lied's case, this race was born from the humans themseves; in DearS case they came from outerspace). They both feature a "special" main girl who has a side to her that is ditzy, sweet and naiive and offer gratuitous fanservice. They both question the natural inclination to assume that humans are the superior race and offer a moral to their story while coating it between moments of fanservice and humor.
One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?
From the New World, known as "Shin Sekai Yori" in japanese, has many similar themes as Elfen Lied. It is more refined that Elfen Lied and lacks the nudity and excessive violence. However this means it also lacks the raw, powerful emotional impact of Elfen Lied. The story moves at slower pace than Elfen Lied. From the New World is based on a novel so the slower story seems appropriate.
The dominant theme of From the New World is the value of humanity and even what it means to be human. It examines the practical and realistic consequences of people having special powers and how they might be used for "evil" purposes. In particular, it examines what changes to human culture and lifestyle would be neccessary to accomodate such fearsome powers. In some respects, it could be considered Elfen Lied:After Story, assuming Lucy actually took over the world. If you liked Eflen Lied because of the ambiguous morality at play, then you will defenitely enjoy From the New World.
From the New World also has some tragic elements to the storyline. Instead of the intense, immediate tragedy of Elfen Lied, its more of a slow, enevitable tragedy. The story has no worthy equivalent to Lucy, but instead focuses on multiple characters and their interactions. It also lacks the revenge/hatred motive seen from Elfen Lied.
If you had to pick one reason to watch this, it would be the judgement of traditional morality present in both series. They will both leave you wondering if humans are ever the good guys...
Both From the New World and Elfen Lied delve into the psychology of young children who have had a unique upbringing. Elfen Lied throws these characters into a world we know, while From the New World takes a more comprehensive approach by bringing you into the characters' world. Still, I think if you enjoyed the aspects of psychology and human behavior in one, you should give the other a try.