Elfen Lied

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Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

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...

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faerieponey faerieponey says...

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.

colettelabete colettelabete says...

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.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

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.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

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.

Fate/stay night

Fate/stay night

The Holy Grail War is a battle between seven magicians who each summon a mythical hero to fight for their cause. Shirou, a twice orphaned high school boy, had so little magical talent that his foster father did not bother teaching him about the war and its meaning. Thanks to that lack of foresight, Shirou finds himself in a bit of a pinch when he accidentally summons a hero of the strongest class, and is sucked into the fray. The Grail grants the winner any wish they have. But driven by an unyielding sense of justice and self-sacrifice, for what will Shirou fight?

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JAhU JAhU says...

Shirou from Fate/Stay and Kouta from Elfen Lied are very similar characters. Their pasts hold some mystery and they would rather have their butt kicked than let a girl get hurt in a fight, although they dislike fighting. Also, since they're nice guys, they offer shelter to any girl in need and thus the big houses they previously lived in all alone get filled up very fast. Besides Kouta and Shirou, Sakura and Yuka seam to have something in common. There aren't many other relations between these two shows, but if you liked the harem part or the main male character in EL, then you're probably going to like F/S.

P.S. The level of gore in F/S is very low and although this anime was based on eroge, it doesn't have any ecchi.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The two main male characters in Elfen Lied and Fate Stay Night have similarities in their individual characters. They both demonstrate a sense of wanting to protect the women in their lives at all costs and sacrifice whatever they can to help them.

MrKorrrn MrKorrrn says...

In my opinion these are truely master peases.

About the characters theay are simular in there opinions. "This is my fight I don't want to see you or any of my loved ones get hurt becouse of me". In boath series you can realy taste the sweetness but also the bitterness. At first it seames to be a thin story but somewere in the mid part you'll realise that it's much more than it apears to be.

SO I think if you liked Fate/Stay Night you'll love Elfen Lied

And the other way arund but remember give it a chanse becouse I'm sure thet this will be one of your favorite serie aswell.

eaper eaper says...

The main female in each of these series has an extremely powerful character with fantastic abilities and a very tragic past. Also, the main male lead in each of these series is held by a kind hearted guy that takes many women in and risks his own life to protect them. Also, each of the male leads have a very sad past that helped lead them to be this way.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

Several months have passed since the horrific events in Hinamizawa came to an end. Little by little life returns to normal, with Rika and her friends doing their best to put the past them and mend their old wounds. All seems to be going well until one day tragedy strikes again as Rika is unexpectedly involved in a bloody traffic accident that shatters her short-lived peace. As she wakes, she finds herself thrust back into the nightmare summer of 1983, and sets out to once again correct Hinamizawa's twisted killing cycle. Rika soon realizes, however, that such a task is more difficult than she first imagined; this Hinamizawa is drastically different from all those in the past, and now more than just her own life is at stake...

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Bos Bos says...

If you liked one anime you will for sure like the other. Each anime has its own way of being funny. But there is also mad confussion in both. Rei fetures Commedy but then turns to mystery as elfen lied does. Both Animes are Godly and both favorite Animes of all time.

theSentinel theSentinel says...

both of these animes mess with your head.  They are both pretty good, and they make a twisted environment that will keep your head spinning.  The style of the stories is different.  When you watch "when they cry" you will understand what I mean, but they have a lot of awesomeness in the violence and mindf*ck department.

rosemaree rosemaree says...

Both elfen lied and higurashi no naku koro ni rei are different from your common animes. They are abit twisted. The story is really quite capturing in both anime

Eduard6421 Eduard6421 says...

The both animes are intriguing and follow a twisted and dark plot.As well Elfen Lied and Higurashi follow the struggle of people who desire to rescue themselves from the corrupted world in which they live.

Blood-C

Blood-C

Clumsy, good-natured Saya lives a happy life surrounded by her classmates, her admirers, and the loving guidance of her father, the priest of a shrine. But mysterious, bloodthirsty monsters have begun to appear, and as the daughter of the shrine, Saya is tasked with keeping the village safe – even if it costs the girl her life. Now, between her schoolwork and friendships, Saya must pick up the sword and keep these brutal creatures at bay. Will Saya be able to return to the quiet life she once knew?

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Drasticc Drasticc says...

Blood, twisted story, great emotion, and a hint of PTSD going on here. Very similar in the approach of how the truth of the past comes haunting back.  Great suspense.

scizorg45 scizorg45 says...

Both of these anime have one thing in common: There's a lot of dismemberment and blood splattering around. Both of these anime try to back this up with a story, but in my opinion, don't really try their hardest to do so. So if you're in for a load of gore, check these out. Otherwise, leave them be.

If you liked one, check out the other.

phoniefly phoniefly says...

If you like the gore and action in Blood-c and Elfen Lied then you will definetly like the other. Both have inhumane things trying to act humane. And in a sense both Nyu aka Lucy and Saya are being put thru a test of who they really are

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

I agree, both Blood C and Elfen Lied share a lot of similarities. From the suspense to the gore, if you're into that genre then you're going to get exactly what you wanted. In my opinion Elfen Leid is the better anime overall so look into it if you just got done with Blood C. If you liked one I'm sure you'll love the other.

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...

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Din0queen Din0queen says...

even though the stories in both animes are totally different, there's this same atmosphere in both, they both contain a lot of gore, blood, flying limbs, etc. and even though the stories are different, they are both really exciting

the characters aren't alike at all either, but that just makes it better, they're not alike, but they do share some things, so that if you like one, you'll also like the other one

eclipsedwonder eclipsedwonder says...

Like above, the gore and brutality bring these two together, but also both draw the viewer in to the world. Both are tragic, and you'll probably be crying and flailing in either one. I wouldn't watch the two back to back, that's for sure.

Snailphanie Snailphanie says...

Both have themes of an "impossible foe" and also the ability to transform into a killing machine and the characters' struggle to comprehend and control such an ability. The scale of Attack on Titan focuses on all of humanity, whereas Elfen Lied is much smaller, but both have a similar feel to them in places.

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

I agree. There may not be much by way of details that bring these two together but the overall violence and atmosphere of hopelessness is the big something that they share in common. Also the way they both present innocense and how they kind of have to grow out of it and see the real hell that is the world they live in made me think of both of these anime. If you like one I'm sure you'll like the other.