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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.

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!