Elfen Lied

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Blood+

Blood+

In world where flesh-eating monsters roam the streets, only one organization has the means to save civilization from annihilation: Red Shield, a specially-organized unit designed to fight these monsters, and the only weapon that can destroy them: Saya. Awakened from a 30-year sleep, Saya is thrust into a modern world which she has no memories of, and is troubled by a past filled only with bloodshed and sadness. With the undying love and support of her family and friends, she struggles to gain the strength to move forward and regain the pieces of her shattered memories.

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Blood+ and Elfen Lied deal with the definition of what it means to be human and humane. In both cases, a super-evolved species represented by an apparently frail female lead, presents a menace to mankind. Yet humanity is to be blamed for much of the violence that follows. While EL is occasionally borderline ecchi and Blood+ maintains a very serious tone through and through, both series are emotionally-moving exercises that allow emotional bonds to be forged, despite the deeply violent world-scape they present.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Though Blood+ is not as gory as Elfen Lied, there are still a lot of similarities in terms of plot, flow, atmosphere (at times) and characters. Keep in mind that Elfen Lied leans more to the fanservice side and has a bit of everything, while Blood+ sticks more to its serious story.

RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

There's just so much in common with these anime, both in feeling and characters. They both revolve around an alien species that is living amongst humans. These girls are an evolved version of humans but still want to attain normality, which causes a dilemma. Elfen Lied is bloodier and somewhat lighter, while Blood+ focuses more on emotions and character relationships; but if you liked one, you will surely love the other, as they are kindred stories.

azntenniskid azntenniskid says...

Elfen Lied and Blood+ are both a bit dark and have gore. They also have cool fights, although Blood+ is more focused on fighting while Elfen Lied is focused on guns and gore. They are both very good anime and have a lot of sad moments. If you liked one, then you will like the other. ;)  

thedudave thedudave says...

Elfen Lied and Blood+ are both very intriguing Animes with big background storys. In the beginning the viewer gets thrown in a complex story where most is unclear. But with continuous action the background is revealed steadily. And the viewer gets in contact with a very tragic childhood of the leading characters an begins to understand what leads in the presence to such a sorrowful ongoing developement. Also the cruel abuse of several charakters is a great silimarity between these both series.

skye456 skye456 says...

Both of these series have really good action in them. Granted, Elfen Lied is a lot more bloody, and it has about half the episodes, but both of them were really good animes. There's a little behind the scene secret story in each!

tasanime tasanime says...

How to put it delicately.... Blood+ and Elfen Lied are not in any way similar in main plot. Granted they're bloody, gory and feat powerful, demon-like creatures but that does not necessarily mean they'll be enjoyed by the same kind of viewer. So why the recommendation? It is this greater sense of inner turmoil both the female leads are going through whilst surrounded by a greater sense of unfortunate destiny or call of duty. The way they must suffer in a world that's not truly theirs, the impact of their existence within this world on their sanity and on others is surely reason enough to identify the two together. The progression of horror lies not in that of their actions but the destructive nature in their heart.

Raziiell Raziiell says...

The biggest thing I look for in an anime is a serious tone and a solid enveloping story (and none of that 'Naruto Effect Kawai stuff'). Elfen Lied drew me into it. The characters were developed in such a way you became attached to them. You understand and sympathize with the characters and the situations presente, despite how insane they may be.

Blood+ is similar in this reguard (although a much longer series). They evoked the same emotions from the viewer. A complex story is presented. Despite it not being hard to understand or overtly complex, it is more hard to absorb than anything.

The closings in both of the series hit me rather hard. They left me with a sense of completion, but yet still things left open ended enough for you, the viewer to draw your own conclusions (and not neccisarily a happy ever after ending). An anime can be ruined completely by an ending that doesn't seem to give the series justice. Where as in Blood+ and Elfen Lied, it ends quite as beautifully as it began.

All in all, if you're looking for a solid, serious, mature, deep story then I believe these 2 series are for you.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Blood+ and Elfen Lied have female heroines that take part in a battle not only with the demons around them but also within themselves trying to figure out who they really are.  They are not humans but are trying to take place and live in a humane world in which the lines of what is right and wrong are tested.  Both series deal with a great deal of violence and questions about humanity as a whole and the ideals humans’ represent.  Both deal with hardships of the main characters and tests the powers of each individual.  

NoCheerios NoCheerios says...

They are both very explicit, and in both cases, the cause of this ecrude violence is usually female. Not to mention both have detailed emotional plots. So, for most people, if you liked the idea of Blood+, Elfen Lied won't disappoint.

thereviewer58 thereviewer58 says...

Both animes are different in their own ways but just the feel of one is very much like the other. If your into dark animes and things of that sort then check em' out

gpardini gpardini says...

if u are the kind of anime fan that loves the mix between hot girls, blood and a good story, these are the points in comun between thos to animes.

tayinoop tayinoop says...

Both story lines include a girl who has forgotten about her past and needs to "wake up" to remember, but it's best for both girls if they don't remember. Both have actoin and lots of gore, both are amazing and have some sad scenes too.

archer1988 archer1988 says...

I fully believe that the two heroin within these animes are just simply trying to find thier way in this world like anyone else, and though Lucy had more of a direct approach to it, Saya was more laid back and more family oriented.  I did enjoy both of these animes to see how the characters also changed throughout the series... Though Elfen Lied could have been longer IMO. But oh well, Still a great series :) Probably will watch it again in a few months when i have time. 

sandbecca sandbecca says...

If you like action, drama, romans and to get that little extra, you will love those anime. Both of them are like each other but also entirely different.

Katiep30 Katiep30 says...

Both of these anime contain violence(obviously). Beneath the violence, are two tales of emotional insecurity from the past. They are both very intersecting and I would recommend them to anyone.

phoniefly phoniefly says...

Blood + and Elfen Lied have action and friendship. They explain what it is to feel like you are a monster but still showing how even the inhumane things can show passion for things. They both have a great story line. And they both show what it is like to become the person you really are meant to be

Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.

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placebo213 placebo213 says...

I saw Gunslinger Girl before I saw Elfen Lied, and as I was watching EL, I found myself thinking it was a lot like Gunslinger Girl.

The plot is similar in GG where little girls who are not fully human are programmed to kill on command. The story evolves to tell each girl's story and you get to know them and care for them, and all they want is, in some ways, just to be normal.

In EL, Lucy is also born to kill, but her intentions weren't always that way. The story also goes into depth on her feelings and struggles as a killing machine.

The two stories also have similarities in tone (deep and thoughtful), sad beauty, penetrating music, excellent art, and bloody action.

dryoldscholar dryoldscholar says...

IMHO, GG is the closest parallel to EL. Both stories are centered on children deprived of everything and doomed to die early and kill until they die. Both demonstrate that, even under these conditions, it is still possible to remain human and find love and happiness. They show how little is actually needed for it. Both share the atmosphere of sad beauty and bright fatalism. Even in death there is life, and even in such desperate life can be a purpose.

GG is much more calm and light than EL, which is entirely torn apart by painful emotions. GG tells of a silent acceptance of one's destiny, whereas EL depicts a revolt against it.

Rhesian Rhesian says...

Both series immerse their viewers in a moral dilemma using children and/or young adults. For Elfen Lied, the questions are tied to the survival through harsh brutality and the ability to forgive in a cruel world. For Gunslinger, the questions involve the ethics of using (and possibly abusing) children as well as the ethics of each girl's relationship with their handlers. Both are great series for fans of mature anime with a healthy dose of graphic and implied violence.

Malek Malek says...

If you liked Elfen Lied, you'd like Gunslinger Girl because both anime have a bit of violence in them; however most of the story involves the development and relationships between the characters. Also both series have the same kind of contrast in them: a little sweet girl who's killing people in Gunslinger girl, whereas in Elfen Lied it's Nyuu, the sweet and innocent personality, and Lucy, the violent personality.

keshmori keshmori says...

Both of these movies have a darker theme and slowly introde you to girls who have had a very tramatic childhood. Although, one lies in fantasy (Elfen Lied) and the other in a more sci-fi world. In both cases you find yourself feeling sorry for a girl who is a cold blooded (and very good at it) killer.

SomeoneElse SomeoneElse says...

Both Gunslinger Girl and Elfen Lied share quite a few similarities when it comes to the basic story. What separates the two is the tone that they take. While Gunslinger Girl is a straightforward realistic future approach to the girls with guns genre, Elfen Lied is a more whimsical, and slightly ecchi take on a common horror theme. What really brings these two stories together is the glimpse of innocence that prevails even through a storm of blood and destruction. The love that forms between seeming strangers in both series is shown to be a fragile thing which is sometimes stronger than the hate that the heroines must inevitably fight against.

Jonster Jonster says...

While watching Elfen Lied, I kept thinking about how similar the series was to Gunslinger Girl due to it's character's personalities and interactions. In Elfen Lied, Lucy is born a killing machine, with really no choice as to who she is. The same could go for Gunslinger Girl as the girls are raised to be assassin's and machines existing solely to kill.Another similarity that Elfen Lied and Gunslinger Girl have is their tendency to show a bit more blood than a normal series would have. While some series' tend to go overboard, it's a bit more necessary in these two series to help build a believable "environment" and explain just how deadly these characters are. Both series also go deeper into who these characters are and their interactions with each other more than just showing violence and action. Watching the characters interact and watching their personalities build up is a bigger plot focus with their violent tendeciess being more of an addtion as to who they are.

AsukaLangley AsukaLangley says...

Gunslinger Girl and Elfen Lied are both about adorable little girls who are merciless killers. Ethical question are brought up about killing and love and what is right. The fights in both are well animated and drenched in blood. If you like this, watch the other.

kyuzosgirl kyuzosgirl says...

Both series are about young girls forced to face things that normal girls their age should never have to deal with. This, of course, leaves them troubled in ways they do not understand and ultimately tarnishes their views of right and wrong.

stingreis stingreis says...

Both anime's are surrounded around young girls who kill. Frankly that should be enough, but if not... They both have had circumstances that caused them at a young age to be used and through that they develop a connection to someone close to them, thus creating a series of events that usually ends in chaotic killing.

Null Null says...

I watched Gunslinger Girl after having seen Elfen Lied and I would be surprised if anyone who likes one of them won't love the other as well.  They both have beautiful animation with a realistic style, evocative music, and good action elements.  However, what really connects them for me is the tone.   Both stories revolve around mistreated children now enmeshed in violence and both stories evoke not only a sorrow, but also a true tenderness in their characters and tone.  The stories and pacing are very different, but if you find yourself moved by either EF or GG, definitely watch the other as well.

fat10 fat10 says...

Both animes go through the same objective, where the two main characters are fighting for their goal with all his strength. We see a similar style, whether in fighting techniques as in the backstory. The fights are intense. Naruto is a story of ninjas in action, while Hunter x Hunter is more real, but both good stories worthy of being seen.

sonnytiger sonnytiger says...

They both have people - girls actually - who are treated as weapons when they actually have feelings as well, the only difference between the two really is the greater violence factor of Elfen Lied and having more intense sad stuff.

Shadow Star Narutaru

Shadow Star Narutaru

While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly harmless and unusual, holds many secrets. As Shiina and her new friend Akira soon find out, their creatures are much more than they seem to be...and against their will, they are thrown into a dangerous and hostile situation of trying to save the world from others who would use their dragonets to enslave it.

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alcuinsmokydrag alcuinsmokydrag says...

"there is nothing wrong with me us... but the universe around us is wrong"-Narutaru. "The monsters, the inhuman ones, are you"-Elfen Lied. As can be seen from the above quotes, both animes are tales of the monsters in this world. And the monsters are us humans, and the struggle of the few to survive. In addition, elfen Lied and Narutaru share many mature themes, particularly exessive and brutal voilence

Ripzter Ripzter says...

Both series are extremely weird. Personally I'm not a VERY big fan of this type of series, but something tells me that people who like either of these series should also love the other one. You might give Narutaru a little more time than just the first few episodes.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Seemingly harmless creatures are more dangerous than anything you can think of. Though I did consider Elfen Lied to be more cruel, it might be because Narutaru builds its story up slower. You'll like this one!

CodeWordChobits CodeWordChobits says...

Disturbing is the one word that comes to mind when I think on either of these series. And it is as good a reason as any to connect them. Although they are more similiair than just that. Violence experienced by children and dealt with in very adult ways is the real similarity in these shows. You will surely experience the same strange emotional roller coaster with this one.

clem clem says...

These two gory, blood-filled anime are extremely similar in that they share the recurrent theme of monsters, darkness, and of course, blood.

hurin hurin says...

Elfen Lied and Narutaru share a similar atmosphere, where the situation constantly goes from normality to something deeply disturbed.

Of the two Elfen Lied is the far superior show. I got the feeling Narutaru is often disturbing for the sake of being disturbing, but in Elfen Lied it is an integral part of the plot.

icejamez icejamez says...

Narutaru and Elfen Lied contain a certain shock value that is really rare to find in most anime. They are very dark animes and they are both about the same length if I recall correctly.

They tell rather tragic tales that can be very nerving to some. Narutaru is more spastic and weird where as EL is more violence and gore. Still they are alot alike in principal and those who enjoy dark anime should give both of them a watch.

AverageShinigami AverageShinigami says...

Both Elfen Lied and Shadow Star Narutaru are mystery series with grabbing plots. The similarities between the two are very numerous, ranging from superficial things (cuteness and everyday life mixed with suspense and gore) and certain plot elements to shared themes.

sothis sothis says...

Narutaru and Elfen Lied are easily related, as far as the sheer shock of how messed up and disturbing they are. Combine cute animation with horrific acts, both violence of the highest degree, as well as moral situations that will make you cringe, and you have a very unusual watch. You easily would like one if you liked the other.

Kiyohime Kiyohime says...

Creatures that have never existed are fighting weapons in both of these anime. As per usual with dark anime, their is someone who craves power and seems to be willing to kill and destroy everything to get it. While the creatures in Elfen Lied are more complex and have more of a seperate will from their creators, they all ending fighting either to save themselves or because of the whims of others. Both animes also contain a military theme. Difference is that the military in Shadow Star is trying to stop the creatures, while the military in Elfen Lied is the reason that the creatures exist.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

One word: Disturbing. Both Narutaru and Elfen Lied have their fair share of sick scenes, usually executed by teenagers with an extraordinary power. Elfen Lied is more showing with the gore and bloodbath, but Narutaru makes up for it with... err... more "creative" ways of suffering. Basically, if you want to sick back, relax and feel your stomach turn, I'd recommend both these shows to you.

sakie3 sakie3 says...

If you want something extremely violent and shocking than both Elfen Lied and Narutaru are the animes for you. However both these anime suffer from a similar problem; the manga is vastly superior and expansive. Give both a shot and if you find yourself wanting more, read it and you will not be disappointed.

Saikano

Saikano

In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

While the tone of these two series is not very similar they both feature extremely violent situations in which apparently fragile female characters are revealed to have a potential for being highly destructive. Little girls as weapons form the main premise of these series, although it is carried out differently; EL opts for a more graphic approach that maximizes the use of colour, while Saikano is more subdued, using a mostly grey palette to convey a feeling of hopelessness. In both cases romance blooms and is put to a ferocious test. These two series may differ in a lot of aspects - the ecchi factor that is predominant in EL is absent in Saikano, and the apocalyptic impact of the latter is non-existent in the former - but they are similar enough to warrant this recommendation.

TheVampireLastat TheVampireLastat says...

Both Elfen Lied and Saikano give you a similar feeling. They both have two main characters that are in love but it's a hard relationship to maintain, seeing that the guys are both normal and the girls are not completely human. They also have other women that are in love with them but don't confess it. Each anime has amazing character development and a great love story. They also have action, but Elfen Lied has more violence. If you liked/loved one you'd love the other.

Fireaxe Fireaxe says...

Elfen Lied and Saikano are similar anime, and are two of my personal favorites. Both will give you goosebumps, will make you uncontrollably shake, and will likely make you cry before the end.

Saikano features a slightly more obvious love story (when compared to the Nyu-Kouta affair) and it takes place in a world war environment.

Both anime are really intense, well-paced and have well-written stories; but what makes these two on top of a lot of Top 10s is the fact that you REALLY feel for the characters. You feel like crying every time you see them shed a tear. Trust me, if you liked Elfen Lied, you'll love Saikano and vice versa.

Jonster Jonster says...

Saikano and Elfen Lied are similar in the way they portray their characters and their interactions. In Saikano, Chise's body is the home of a military weapon, turning her into a seemingly unstoppable force, used to defend Japan from unknown forces. However, the story is more about her relationship with her boyfriend, her coping and living with her abilities and their relationship because of who and what she is.Elfen Lied shares this aspect as Lucy reverts to her other personality, Nyu, and how Kohta and the other characters react to her. The series focuses more on their relationship and the love triangle between Kohta, Nyu, and Yuki more than other series' would, just like Saikano, making the series more often a drama series rather than action.

hyperbole1729 hyperbole1729 says...

Both series will give you pretty much the same feelings. They're both heart-wrenching to watch.

They also have a few common points: both have a principal non-human female character with destructive powers and both have a common nice guy who fall in love with them.

If you love one, you definitly won't be disappointed with the other.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

If you enjoy girls who wield unnatural and devasting powers then both Elfen Lied and She: The Ultimate Weapon fulfill this with ease. Add in the main character romance with the weapon means that liking either one will result in you enjoying the other.

Inky Inky says...

I don't know why no one stuck EL and Saikano together yet. The sad fate of the female characters, that was brought upon them against their will, and also the male protagonist dealing with the problems that arise because of their girlfriends are things that connect those two anime. There are other similarities, e.g. a love triangle.

If you liked either Saikano or Elfen Lied, you'll definitely like the other one!

usiRev usiRev says...

Both series are about a girl who has a close relation to a boy :) but they have other part (a secret), that they do not want to tell him, but it is a secret that will come out eventually. Elfen Lied is a strange evolution of mankind into dicolnius, and Saikano is a man-made womam-to-ultimate-weapon-transformation. Both girls are dangerous and used for other purposes, but they do not want to obey others but themselves. With the vision of peace in the hands of a boy - EL Kouta, S- Shuiji, they go they own path, but still followed by "the Boss."

Both hearth-touching, full of love and death, worth watching.

Elfen Lied has a happy ending, if it coud be calld that, but saikano has a sad ending, so prepare your handkerchiefs, they might come in handy for saikano.:)

vesebeteg vesebeteg says...

If you liked this for its main characters' fight for thier love, then you sure like the other, plus, the female character is a weapon for the military force in both stories. At the times when they act as a weapon, their behaviour changes into a laconic, determined style.

MrsickVisionz MrsickVisionz says...

Both shows feature girls as weapons, but the real connection to me is tragedy and death. Elfen Lied has more gore, but Saikano is just brutally sad because it mixes tragic death and a complex romantic relationships together and its just... extreme depression.

If you're into that type of show and you enjoyed that element of Elfen Lied, you will love Saikano.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

both Saikano and Elfen Lied feature female protagonists used as weapons in wars or in military force, both of them are very romantic dramas, featuring female protagonists fighting for the beloved one, changing their mood and personality battle after battle until their love seems to become agony. If you liked the bloody Elfen Lied then for sure you will enjoy the melancholic Saikano and vice-versa.

Viminas Viminas says...

Both Animes have a striking and sad storyline and determined characters. Both show the hardships of relationships during hard times, be it a war against the rest of the world (Saikano) or a battle against scientists attempting to reclaim an "Experiment gone incredibly violent" (Elfen Lied).

Highschool of the Dead

Highschool of the Dead

When the infected approached Rei and Takashi's school, it led to a gruesome blood bath that left the majority of students and staff dead or turned into the zombie-like monsters that have spread throughout the world. Together with a handful of other survivors, Rei and Takashi set forth to find their families in a world that is rapidly detoriating. Governments have collapsed, the killer disease is out of control, and people everywhere are trying their best to simply live through each day...

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JustinecMouse JustinecMouse says...

Both Elfen Lied and Highschool of the Dead are filled with blood. The creators don't hodl back when it comes to blood. They are both full of violence and gore. They are just both awesome.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Ecchi and violence do I need to say more...okay I will.  While the main story of both series is fairly different the main focus of each series is not and that is to entertain the viewer with scenes of complete/partial nudity and lots of gore.  With an overall dark tone to both series if you've already seen one of them then you should strongly consider checking out the other.

MugiwaraMarius MugiwaraMarius says...

Both Elfen Lied and High School of the Dead are full of over the top action and neither one shies away from showing violence or gore. Both shows also feautre copious amounts of fan service.

fat10 fat10 says...

If you liked High School Of The Dead, you will also like Elfen Lied, and vice versa because they are two heavy anime, where there is no censorship in the blood, or violence. And that mixed with Ecchi. The story is dramatic, and you will certainly enjoy watching either.

xXGothicSportXx xXGothicSportXx says...

If you liked the imense amounts of blood and gore that spilled from the bodies of the people in elfen lied. Then Highschool of the dead is for you and it has the same amount of intense action that will have you wanting more! and of course gripping the edge of your seat

RedCrossRobbery RedCrossRobbery says...

Although theres story lines aren't in any way, shape or form close, what brings these two series together is the gore. Both showcase fantastical gruesome amounts of gratuitous gore, and leave you feeling unclean and depressed at some of the scenes.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Blood and gore, powerful women, and ecchi scenes galore. The animation styles are also similar. While the plots might be different, both play on human emotions.

sothis sothis says...

Elfen Lied and Highschool of the Dead are two heavily ecchi, heavily gory titles that will easily appeal to the same audiences. I preferred Highschool of the two, but you'd likely appreciate both.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Action packed gore and violence are seen in High School of the Dead and Elfen Lied.  Each series involving high school aged people taking on some element of the undead or supernatural.Both series with graphic scenes of the gore and ecchi nature for some entertainment.

deideiblueeyez deideiblueeyez says...

Both are gore fests with some light being shone on the darker side of humanity as one of the main themes. Highschool of the Dead will show peoples' greed and selfishness and resorting to baser instincts in order to survive, while Elfen Lied's main focus is the prejudice and suspicion that sometimes overwhelms and controls people to do terrible things to those undeserving.

Nakedness abounds in Elfen Lied, while extreme near-nakedness and panty-shots and fanservice are stuffed into nearly every scene of Highschool of the Dead. Both combine splattered heads with lots of ecchi, so if you're a fan of this oddly-satisfying combination, try either or.

jypsyjulia jypsyjulia says...

Both High School of the Dead (HotD) and Elfen Lied are animes that are characterized by their violence and dark undertones.  What stood out the most to me is that both of these animes put slapstick comedy in the middle of what would be a terrible situation to sometimes lighten the mood - they also hold nothing back when it comes to ecchi.  If you liked one, give the other a shot.

frankstleBilly frankstleBilly says...

Both series just don't give a shit about the level of blood or tits as they both attempt to entertain, doing that very well. Neither of them are masterpieces, but they're extremely fun to watch and definitely worth while.