Elfen Lied

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Speed Grapher

Speed Grapher

Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?

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UltimateShinobi UltimateShinobi says...

Face it both series have alot of bloodshed (more Elfen Lied than Speed Grapher), and violence. While Elfen Lied had romance Speed Grapher does not. Despite that fact both series are similar in the amount of violence but the plots differ, but are in no way bad.

foureyedalice foureyedalice says...

Violence, nudity, and melodrama overwhelm most other facets of Elfen Lied and Speed Grapher.  In both EL and SG, mysterious girls with special powers and memory problems escape from secret organizations dedicated to researching/abusing them.  The girls are joined by friends and hunted by fellow freaks as the secrets of their respective pasts and once-captors are revealed.  

EDFF EDFF says...

These anime are so similar it's scary.Firstly, both are about laboratory experiments and genetically altered/manipulated people (Diclonius/Euphoria) who have mortal super powers.They both also have action, drama, mystery, and a rather unique storyline with plenty of twists.But, above all, both involve a tragic relationship between a brother and his little sister, and carillons have a crucial, important meaning in both anime.Both anime are indeed extreme, as they have have lots of violence, gore, and nudity, several gross, disturbing scenes, and are considered trashy and vulgar by many people, which is why they're not for everyone; if you can pass over these things, both anime, despite their flaws, are great, enthrilling, and unforgettable.

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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eaper eaper says...

These series both have very gritty aspects to them, spending a large amount of time focusing on gory aspects. Also, these series have a sense of mystery to them, having main characters not truly realizing their own significance to the plot and piecing together the past.

KiyoneSaya KiyoneSaya says...

These two seemingly diffeent series deal with future with some form of evolution on the human population. Darker than black have contractors with mysterious powers while Elfen Lied showcases charcters with astral digits. These character have an internal struggle of succubming to their supposed loss of humanity.

Riyo Riyo says...

In both anime there are killers with superpowers and evil science organisations. BUT, Darker Than Black has the depth and plausibility in story and characters that Elfen Lied is lacking. The shallow characters from EL crumble to dust comparing with Darker Than Black's protagonists. PLUS, you don't have to suffer through the ugly artwork and the awefully forced comedy scenes. If you hate Elfen Lied, go watch Darker Than Black. You will be much happier!

Shiki

Shiki

Encased by trees that are used to make grave markers, Sotoba is a village thought to be surrounded by death - a fact that soon literally becomes the case. One summer, a series of mysterious and untimely fatalities begins to plague the small rural town. With a higher than normal mortality rate for the time of year and each cause of passing remaining unknown, Toshio, the local doctor, and Seishin the temple’s vice chief monk become suspicious and take it upon themselves to investigate. However, as the deaths begin to pile up, more people begin to wonder just what is behind this sudden epidemic; could it have anything to do with the bizarre Kirishiki family that recently moved to the village?

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Kamichamachii Kamichamachii says...

Shiki and Elfen Lied are two series that explore the concepts of human nature in extreamly simular fashion. Both series feature a supernatural species of human-like creatures who are considered enemies of humankind due to the violent acts they have commited towards normal human beings. Both anime series also offer moments of extreame violence and stomach-turning plot twists. If you loved one show, I'm sure you will love the other.

darczon69 darczon69 says...

1) Both have extremely mature approaches to a lot of tabu ideas and biases people have

2) Both manage to ask the viewer the right question to make him doubt his own beliefs

3) Both are a masterpiece of the genre, combining thrilling storylines with incredible, realistic characters and exquisite music

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both Elfen Lied and Shiki feature young women/girls as catalysts for mass murder. There's bloodshed and violence in both, and some poor saps who get caught in the crossfire.

Brynhildr in the Darkness

Brynhildr in the Darkness

When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital. Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Kurohaneko. And even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to even be able to predict the future.

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Zearth Zearth says...

Brynhildr in the Darkness and Elfen Lied are both written and drawn by Lynn OKAMOTO. There's no way that you will not like this Anime!! In both Anime's girl escape from research facility and meet up with an old friend,,, and there is a loss of memory, super power's, blood, death and love... I recommend you to watch this !!

NeiniAurora3500 NeiniAurora3500 says...

Elfen Lied and Brynhildr in the Darkness are both made by the same creator Lynn Okamoto, and the anime are both done by the same studio as well. They both deal with characters that hold special powers that slowly grow on you as the story moves forward. These characters in both series are targeted by a morally gray organization that seeks to control these characters while the protagonists of both series try to keep these characters safe.

Zizu Zizu says...

Both animes have a lot of bloodshed (girls murdering each other mercilessly) and a tragical feeling to them. The Main Character ofcourse attracts a number of them around himself and they try to do something against the evil organisation hunting the girls with special powers down. If you liked one of them you'll like the other one as well for sure. But don't start watching either if you can't take limbs being cut off, people melting or dying in other disturbing ways.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious "ghouls" who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.

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XxMicrochibixX XxMicrochibixX says...

Both Tokyo Ghoul and Elfen Lied have a species that are similar to humans but not quite. Both also deal with how the species are treated by humans because of their differences from humankind. Both series are also really tragic and make you feel bad for the nonhuman species and contain large amounts of gore.

CainKinKiller CainKinKiller says...

This one is hard to explain. I'd have to say it's because the action in the show is portayed in a similiar way. Also both shows have an undertone of severe gloom and depravity while often demonstrating a light and uplifting feel.

Altair3140 Altair3140 says...

Both are rather gory, and feature murderous monsters

Similar length, so you don't have to binge-watch for longer than a few days

This may be a minor nitpick, but they both end halfway through the series (however Tokyo Ghoul has a second season)

The "police" is involved against these monsters. (Ghoul Investigators in Tokyo Ghoul, SWAT in Elfen Lied)

The main character(s) is trying to hide from everyone else, because if they reveal their identity, it would result in death.

Most importantly, they are both considered "horror" anime, Although horror anime is actually "more violent and has spooky scary skeletons"