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Harry MacQuinn is a teenage loner. He's frightened of confrontation, is extremely awkward, is all but invisible at his school, and has no self-confidence; but there's one thing that makes him unique: Harry has telekinetic powers. After he haphazardly saves Catherine - a girl he has a crush on - from attackers, he unwittingly reveals his powers to her. And after his powers are seen on video, events unfold that bring to light an interest in Harry from a secretive organization, attention from the local police, and the most dangerous aspect of Harry's ability: every time he uses his powers, someone near him dies.
Both Elfen Lied and Sci-fi Harry focus on the ability to kill with psychic powers. The animation in both series is very crisp and the characters are all very distinct. If you liked one you'd probably like the other.
The strange and formidable powers the characters of these two shows have tie them together. Though the plots are quite different they both feature violent acts that arise from these powers and people that are determined not to let it fall into the wrong hands.
Ikurou is a young man with problems: after a terrible car accident, he was captured by a seedy organization and implanted with a parasite known as Baoh -- a creature which bestows superhuman powers on its host, especially when mortally wounded. While being transported by train, he is accidentally set free by Sumire, young a psychic girl, and the two make their escape. With more of his humanity slipping away by the minute, and the organization hot on their tracks, will the two escape with their lives, or simply cause a bloodbath along the way?
Elfen Lied is a bit more realistically gory, and the plots are different, but both anime start with the escape of a dangerous test subject in a bloodbath. During the rest of the anime, the people from the firm try to catch their experiment, and try to prevent it from causing trouble.
The first thing I thought while watching Baoh was Elfen Lied. There are human experiments preformed and when these super beings make their escape they are ruthlessly hunted. Lots of gore and blood follow suit making both series action packed for a mature audience.
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.
In a world of science, sorcery is rediscovered and rapidly adopted in all areas of industry – but at a high price: an invisible pollution is spreading out across the world. Those who do not take proper precautions become infected, lose their sanity, and become demons. The Sorcery Administration Bureau, along with their Tactical Sorcerers, monitor magic uses and respond to any demonic outbreaks that occur. In this world, Ray Otto is a rogue tactical sorcerer who hunts down demons with reckless abandon. Given that he always gets the job done, the administration generally lets his activities slide. Together with the mysterious girl Kapel Theta, Ray risks his life and humanity to destroy demonkind... when the price is right.
Both Straight Jacket and Elfen Lied deal with people turned into monsters by means of technology and research. The two animes feature very gore scenes and are nicely action packed in scenes that give the characters and sometimes the viewer too ambivalent feelings about the circumstances of the fights.
There's no two ways around it: Elfen Lied and Strait Jacket are not for the faint of -heart. Death and violence are commonplace in these shows, and people have been terribly altered by forces beyond control- by a scientific experiment in one show and by the effects of sorcery in another. If you like your anime dark, both of these shows should be right up your alley.
As scientists explore a new form of energy on the moon, an experiment gone awry brings the lead scientist's life crashing to a halt. In a freak accident, his daughter Kurau is engulfed in the energy and becomes the mysterious entity known as Rynax; a pairing that endows her with new superhuman abilities and a new personality. Years later, Kurau is using her unique powers to make a living as a bounty hunter, but the corporation has not given up on this new form of energy and will stop at nothing to find her. Now, Kurau must protect not only herself, but her Rynax "pair" named Christmas, a soul mate more precious to her than life itself. Can Kurau and Christmas find peace for themselves and the Rynax?
Both Elfen Lied and Kurau include female main characters that were subject to cruel laboratory work. Both of these animes include science fiction elements and are very dramatic. Elfen Lied is much more graphic than Kurau, but both do include action scenes. Also, they both contain romantic undertones.
The two anime are similar in many aspects. Both are of the sci-fi genre and have high dramatic moments. While not as graphical as Elfen Lied, Kurau does have action scenes. Also, both anime have female protagonists who have been subject to cruel laboratory experiments.