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Haruaki Yachi has seen his fair share of curses, but despite his familiarity, even Haruaki is out of his element when his father mails him a cursed torture cube with the humanoid figure of a cute young girl named Fear Kubrick (no relation). Now, he’s got to help her break her curse and leave behind her homicidal past before dangerous forces get ahold of her deadly powers. Sassy loudmouth Fear has a hard time keeping a low profile, but with the help of Haruaki’s other cursed comrades, maybe this cubed cutie can find her place in the human world - IF she can break her curse in C3!

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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.

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.