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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.

Parasyte -the maxim-

Parasyte -the maxim-

In secret, alien parasites drift downwards toward Earth. Their directive: to take control of a human body and thrive in secret. When a parasite attempts to take over Shinji, an ordinary high school student, he stops it in his arm to save his mind. With the strange power of amorphous muscle, the curious parasite strikes an uneasy truce with Shinji: it will keep him alive and strong so that it may continue living, and will help protect him from the other parasites that might not take kindly to Shinji's mind still actively working. Can Shinji gain the courage to face the parasites and protect humanity? And would it even make a difference if he did?

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rebbeh rebbeh says...

If you like gore and a good plot you will like Parasyte. Both contains plots where humanity is in danger by powerful non-human beings. The differences would be that the MC is a girl in elfen lied and the MC is a guy in parasyte who slowly changes into a monster.

FlyingMintUnicorn FlyingMintUnicorn says...

They're both Sci-Fi Physcological anime that are both done well and have a well thought-out plotline, characters, and story. It may seem a little strange but they're similar in more ways than you might think but it's hard to say without spoiling the rest of either series so yep!

HikenNoAsxce HikenNoAsxce says...

Both anime have to kinds Humans and Diclonius/Parasyte. Both are mature yet fun anime, however elfen lied is more dark. Parasyte has a hybrid protaganist. Whereas, Elfen lied has a simple male protaganist having to deal with a Diclonius

Lizardbitch Lizardbitch says...

Gorey with monsters and crazy plots between monsters and humans and monsters vs. monsters. Takes a look at the negatives and positives of both humans and monsters and gives you perspectives of both sides. Both have crazy villains and awesome main characters that grow and change as the series progresses. 

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