Elfen Lied

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Kite

Kite

As a young girl, Sawa is orphaned when both her parents are brutally murdered and is taken in by a police detective named Akai, who trains her to be a professional killer. He turns Sawa and Oburi, a young boy, into his puppets and makes them kill to fulfill his own sense of justice against child molesters and other harassing members of society.

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edgeofthesea edgeofthesea says...

Kite and Elfen Lied both feature strong, independent, and lethal female leads. Kite has some hentai in it (especially if you get the director's cut), but Elfen Lied has a ton of non-sexual nudity (fanservice or art? you decide). Both lead females seem like killing machines. As you begin to see their backgrounds, you start understanding why they are so brutal and seemingly uncaring.

ForgottenSon ForgottenSon says...

The most important similarities between Elfen Lied and Kite are their extremely gory nature, as well as both shows being centered around strong, deadly female characters, driven by their unhappy, violent pasts. If you enjoyed the shocking violence and tormented lead character of one of these anime, there's a strong chance you'll like the other.

Khaos Khaos says...

In spite of many differences the animes both uses girls to display their scenes of blood and gore in a too realistic and straightforward way that it can be shocking for the weak of heart.

Witchblade

Witchblade

Six years ago, a catastrophic event ravaged Tokyo. Amaha Masune was found at ground zero, physically unscathed, but without memories and with a child in her arms. Returning to Tokyo for the first time since the disaster, the slightly clumsy but cheerful Masune just wants make a new life and to raise her daughter without interference from the Child Welfare Agency. But unsolved murders are being committed all over Tokyo and a near-miss reveals her identity as the bearer of the Witchblade, a mysterious weapon linked to the disaster 6 years before, that seems to have a mind of its own. Giving in to the Witchblade seems dangerous, but when the powerful Dohji Corporation agrees to guarantee her a life together with her daughter if she works for them, can Masune pass up the chance?

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cartmanbeck cartmanbeck says...

Blood and sexy women. That's what both of these anime are all about. Lots and LOTS of blood. Wow... so much killing. The biggest difference is that Witchblade is about a grown woman, a mother trying to save her child, and Elfen Lied is about college-age kids. They both have great stories, so if you like blood, watch both of these.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Witchblade and Elfen Lied, have strong female characters of a girl/woman. Both are looked into as experimentations and the transformation has a more mature attitude and seems to be more capable all around while untransformed there is an innocent girl in place that relies on others for help. Witchblade is not as graphic or as bloody as Elfen Lied though it still has its moments.

reigoor reigoor says...

Hmm blood/oil beutifull woman almost the same and both have some kind of futuristic look, thoug i think that Elfen Lied is drawn a bit better

Angel Heart

Angel Heart

A young assassin known as Glass Heart, trained in killing since childhood, decides to end her own life. Unknown to her, powerful people in the criminal underworld are watching her every move, and a new heart, donated by a woman recently ran over by a truck, is stolen to replace the one she ruins. But as she slowly recovers, she begins to see strange visions from the life of the heart's previous owner. She decides to pursue these visions to discover their meaning, and find a new purpose in life. What she finds is Ryo Saeba, a lecherous old detective who despite appearances, could be the answer she has looked for all her life...

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Genevie Genevie says...

While Angel Heart and Elfen Lied have drastically different premises, the characters and moral seem much the same.

Both Glass Heart and Lucy are remorseless killers, who by various circumstances find themselves in the care of good, decent people for the first time, and slowly learn to acclimate and deal with the feelings it inspires.

Angel Heart is slightly sweeter (and much longer) while Elfen Lied is very short, amazingly gory, and not for the faint of heart, but I found my feelings at the end to be very similar.

nihonotaku nihonotaku says...

Both are centered around guns, assassins, suspense, & female protagonists. The overall feel of the 2 animes overlap quite a bit.

foxhead556 foxhead556 says...

Well both may be different like angel heart having some comedic scenes and Elfen Lied having a gore scene every sec. However both of the main characters seem to be pretty much the same and the story template. At 1st both of the female characters at killing machines but then they are soon surrounded by caring people. However they do not trust the people so as a result it takes time for them to open up. Thus beginning the character's rebirth.

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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KiraRin KiraRin says...

There is a dark streak of violence running through both of these series, which may put quite a few people off. Ergo Proxy is nowhere near as gory as Elfen Lied, but the intreguing storyline in both will keep you glued to the screen.

The characters give off a sense of being almost helpless in the series, placed in a situation that was not of their doing. Experimentation on the innocent, creating monsters you almost sympathise with make these series very emotional at times.

asiman asiman says...

Both series are dark and violent, while Ergo Proxy focuses a bit more on the psychological aspect of things then elfen lied.

Both animes have main characters (Vicent and Kouta) who've had a traumatic past and now have some hard tasks to face.

I liked both animes and found some simmilarity in the darkness of both series, even though there is some humour in both (all though it is more on the ecchi side in elfen lied).

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

There is an undertone of experimentation on people and having them become demons in Elfen Lied and Ergo Proxy. The two main characters in the series, Lucy and Vincent Law respectively, have the same sort of out look on life and are trying to find a change in their own lives, especially as tragedy strikes them.

Shigurui

Shigurui

In the 6th year of the Kan'ei era, people enjoy a time of peace; skilled swordsmen are revered and respected, and their lives are their own. Amidst the tranquility, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaka decides, for his own amusement, to hold a fighting tournament in which real swords are used - though laws forbid their use. In a match to the death two highly-skilled swordsmen face off: the one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke, and the blind Iraki Seigen. As they take their respective stances, flashbacks paint a picture of the duo’s past and battle wounds; and thus, the real story begins...

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scenthr scenthr says...

There isnt much that connects Shigurui and Elfen Lied except leg-cutting,limb-ripping,gut-spilling sequences - in other word gore. Both anime have it in excess, and both use it in a strangley not disturbing way, that its disturbing. I dont know, in both these anime gore fits like a cherry on top of banana split. Strangely delicious.

Kiyohime Kiyohime says...

Elfen Lied and Shigurui both contain extreme amounts of gore and nudity. Both have decent fighting sequents which always seem to result in alot of blood being sprayed and body parts being cut off. Elfen Lied, while still dark, is considerably more light hearted than Shigurui. Both endings are also, somewhat, unsatisfying

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

While both having completely different plots, animation, character designes, they still have one thing in common and that's being thirsty for blood. They both have violence, gore, killing and chopping people into pieces!!!

If you liked either for the that aspect make sure to check the other.