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In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Elfen Lied and Evangelion have deep psychology, serious drama, painful feelings, a conflict between personality and society, and some of their themes are not for children.
These two do not seem related at a first glance, but in both shows there is a strong focus on the psychology of the main characters and how it's related to their childhood.
To be accepted, to handle rejection, to love, to hate... It can be said that, in some ways, both shows have these strong feelings in considerable doses. The 'dumbness' in senses after finish watching both were kind of similar to me. If one could not get too impressed about gore (elfen lied) or fantastic plots (evangelion), what remains is some really touching characters: imperfects, imatures but struggling to be happy. In their own way.
Both of these anime involve gore and the "child soldier" motif. A lot of psychological drama is played out in both anime, including the frequent use of flash-backs.
Both are about the psychological effects of violence. How it shapes us, how it manipulates us and how it eventually breaks our identity if we let it control us.
If you love gore as well as a beautiful, sad and romantic story. I really suggest Elfen lied. It is the best anime I have ever watched and I'm honestly really picky with all animes I do watch. It's not really a horror, in my opinion. It's just gore mostly. It is also the very sweet, and meaningful. I've never seen another anime like this one at all. It was so beautifully done. I have no complaints about this anime. It really was wonderful. I really wish it was longer to be honest. It truly was amazing. This would be the top anime I'd recommend to anyone, besides squeamish people.
Ranmaru is young cop with a dark past. As one of the few survivors of a mindless slaughter in his apartment block, he joins a special unit called TOKKO to avenge his parents. On his first case, the already ghastly murder scene turns to one of terror, as the inhuman killers start to massacre the police. After being saved at the last minute by a secret unit named TOKKO who wield swords instead of guns, Ranmaru's mind is filled with questions and he is determined to find out the answers, no matter what it takes. What are these monsters, and why did they recognize him?
There aren't many good gory anime, so I recommend you fellows that like slaughter to see these also. Both Elfen Lied and Tokko have a strange touch to them, which I think all people that see them will notice. If you liked one of them you will most likely enjoy the other, as they have a similar 'drama' and 'gore'.
These anime have a similar feeling to them, both in the depth of emotion, the violent battles and short episode runs, which call for a compact story. The main characters find themselves immersed unwillingly in a world of bloody fighting, because of gifts they were born with (in Elfen Lied) or came to possess at an early age (in Tokko), and the series are about how they cope (or do not) with the added responsibility.
Blood, gore, and guts? Elfen Lied has a great story while keeping the blood and gore. Tokko's main character has a mysterious past, just like the character in Elfen Lied, but instead of revolving around a murderous girl, it's more about "demons." Tokko also has its share of blood and gore. It's more or less a gut feeling, but I bet you'll like it.
Tokko and Elfen Lied share many aspects, one being the uncanny ability to turn a serious situation into a humorous act, or the uncanny ability to make your jaw hang open as you sit fixated on the intense but brutal action in front of your eyes.
Elfen Lied and Tokko are both thirteen episodes long, which makes twenty six episodes of nonstop action that you're bound to love. If you were a fan of one, you'd do well to at least try the other.
If you gore and supernatural things i would reccomend elfen Lied and Tokko. Gore and (a bit ecchi) is about the thing they have in common. If you're looking for a gore anime with a great story you should watch Elfen lied.
Both series are very bloody and don't hold back with ecchiness. If you liked one, I think you would enjoy the other series too!
Both are ecchi and both are farily violent, they both have a similar feel and if you like one, you will certainly enjoy the other
Both have a similar dark setting. Both focus around one guy and several girls, some having supernatural powers. Which they use to fight other girls with supernatural powers.
If you liked one, check out the other.
both of these are a kind of dark romance, and have some echii and quite a bit of violence which only adds to both there stroy lines.
Elfen lied is the 3rd best anime ever & the history behind is awsome but they should make a new season, anyway it is a great however the ending *SPOILER* intraduces a new season yet there is none. I recomend Elfen lied it you will love it I know I did, my favourite episode is the last it is just great with romance, action and way more so please watch and send a like to the creators and they might make season 2.
In both a male main character finds a girl with superpowers, who fights other girls with superpowers. They both contain a lot of ecchi & violence, so if you liked one chances are you'll like the other as well.
Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.
Akira obviously provided a huge influence for Elfen Lied. This classic also features oppressed children with mysterious, vast psychic powers, kept in check by a shadowy government organization. Akira also features young people subject to more power than they can handle, driven to sadistic violence and madness by the forces of their own power. Akira also features extensive, graphic violence. In summary, if you enjoyed Elfen lied for the violence, political intrigue, and mental anguish of its characters, you'll love Akira.
Both Akira and Elfen Lied deal with the idea that a child has gone crazy with power and revolve around the madness that is their own strengths. Each anime displays an unexpected turn of events where the victim (in both, because of government alteration) become the attacker; watch them turn against their friends and foes in a mess of power, blood and personal chaos.
Both anime's portray characters that struggle with deep mental problems and extreme psychic powers. They also show the struggle of another character to the main character in elfen lied and the confused tetsuo in akira these characters display no problem killing forcing Shotaro in akira and nana in elfen lied to attempt to stop them.
Both series involve seemingly normal people becoming involved in a massive government/scientific conspiracy that involves attempts at expanding the potential of the human person. Both have main characters that go berserk after being subject to such experimentation and decide to fight the whole world in a futile path towards power and justice.
Kurahashi has never been the same since the hallucinations started. His condition is not medical in nature, and only seems to be triggered by an antique glass which shows him things he never would wish to see. For Kurahashi, figuring out the mystery of the Petit Cossette that appears to him in his waking dreams is a matter of life or death... and his sanity...
Both Cossette and Elfen Lied feature a cute-looking girl who loves the sight of blood and isn't afraid of torturing those around her.
The beautiful, vulnerable and emotionally young girl stereotype is broken in Elfen Lied and Cossette, whose heroines would stop at nothing to exact their revenge on those who betrayed them. The rich surreal imagery and elements of horror complete these beautiful series, which are both unique in their genres.
Although the dark atmosphere and gore were the first things that brought me to this recommendation, both anime also tell a story of love, where moral objections, not directly pointed towards the male character, are one of the leading causes of the dark feeling these shows have.
Taking violence and turning it into a thing of beauty is quite a skill that is achieved by both Elfen Lied and Le Portrait de Petit Cossette. These two series are filled with dark looming undertones mixed with cute, innocent looking girls.