Elfen Lied

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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.

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dryoldscholar dryoldscholar says...

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.

hurin hurin says...

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.

ravenaraven ravenaraven says...

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.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

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. 

pollinisation pollinisation says...

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.

Inkxy Inkxy says...

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.

Tokko

Tokko

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?

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Darkmoor Darkmoor says...

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'.

RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

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.

ebiru ebiru says...

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.

nean123 nean123 says...

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.

crawller crawller says...

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.

Oehr Oehr says...

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!

Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing Ultimate

Alucard is a vampire who works for Hellsing – an organization responsible for hunting down and destroying other vampires. In these dark times, whoever is bitten by a vampire turns into a ghoul -- with the exception of Seras Victoria, Alucard’s newly created and appointed apprentice. Now, Seras must serve her master, Alucard and work for Integra Wingates Hellsing. Nefarious vampire activities are being reported throughout England, and it all traces back to the organization named “Millennium”. Will the Hellsing organization, under the command of Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing, be able to prevent a full scale war? Or will the world become a battlefield of destruction?

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Filippy Filippy says...

Elfen Lied and the Hellsing OVA share a strong gore ingredient, and both lead characters are mega cool killing machines.

The animation quality is remarkable on both sides and the story lines are remarkably deep; they aren't just like a  Saw movie.

HolyGoof HolyGoof says...

Bot elfen lied and hellsing have extreme levels of violence and gore. The main protagonist in both series' also have an air of cold blooded evilness about them which makes for a great atmosphere.

WinterDream WinterDream says...

Both Elfen Lied and Hellsing OVA are full of extreme violence and gore. It's almost perfect if you love blood and violence.

LolkAA LolkAA says...

Some chi and killing in both of them.Elfen lied is a good anime with one of the best stories and full of killing that's why i recommend to you mand your friends.Hellsing is another perfect story with some vampires and more blood.

Both of them have the best drawing , animation.

Balerien Balerien says...

Both are dark and violent. Both also have a main character capable of pretty much anything dark and gory but with a core of somethgin else, or at least a nugget of something else within them.

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xRaziel117 xRaziel117 says...

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

scizorg45 scizorg45 says...

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.

shikikywketsuki shikikywketsuki says...

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.

HeavensBlade HeavensBlade says...

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.

Bestanimeserie Bestanimeserie says...

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.

Akira

Akira

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.

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danrondstat danrondstat says...

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.

tasanime tasanime says...

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.

arc666 arc666 says...

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.

Xplayer Xplayer says...

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.