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Burst Angel

Burst Angel

In the future, Tokyo has fallen victim to syndicates, trigger-happy people who run rampant and other groups who don't like to follow the rules. In response, an organization called RAPT has been created, whose goal is to maintain their definition of "peace". In the underground, however, science involving humans and powerful mechanics is progressing at a steady phase, but for what purpose? Meet our four angels who know how to kick butt and raise hell whenever it's needed. Their motto? Shoot first, talk later. Their mission? To make the seemingly impossible possible, of course...

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DuskFey DuskFey says...

The main characters of Elfen Lied and Burst Angel are both strong women with powers and dark pasts. Lucy and Jo have both dealt with traumatic events before, and though they're trying to find a place to belong, neither of them can truly escape from the fighting.

Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden

Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden

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Blaha41 Blaha41 says...

Both these series hinge upon: 

- using "monsters" to show how fragile and important positive emotions are in making the world worth living in... 

- very logical characters... 

- getting very "dark" in content when it moves the emotional story forward. 

The differences between the two are only that Elfen moves slower (it's 3 years older so it's expected) and has even fewer "laughs."

Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then, Here and There

Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.

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jypsyjulia jypsyjulia says...

Now and Then, Here and There and Elfen Lied both hold the same moral premise: the natural and inherent evil of human nature.  If you enjoy these types of animes and if you're also a fan of violence, then these animes might be right up your alley.  Another thing they have in common is they are both incredibly sad and pull on your heart strings, leaving you wondering and questioning long after they've ended.

Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei

Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei

When an odd string of suicides begins to occur at a local high rise building, most of the townsfolk treat it as an unfortunate series of events. One girl, however, senses something more sinister at work - especially when a close friend of hers falls mysteriously ill. After witnessing one of the deaths for herself, Shiki begins to realize that a strange connection exists between each of the girls, and predicts a total of eight will die. With seven dead and the accuracy of her prediction unclear, she sets out to put an end to the killings. Yet, as she nears the truth, she finds herself closer and closer to the brink of death; will Shiki become the town's savior, or the next victim?

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PinkyIvan PinkyIvan says...

This is a recommendation for the whole Kara noKyoukai series, not just the 1st movie...

Both anime offer loads of flying limbs n' stuff. Apart from that Kohta and Kokuto are very similar and so are Lucy and Shiki in a way. Both are excellent series.

Bokurano

Bokurano

When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?

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PinkyIvan PinkyIvan says...

Both authors love torturing characters, that's for shure. Both anime are among the darkest I've seen.