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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...
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
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.
There is a legend of an angel who fell to Earth many years ago, and was forced to marry a man because he held the key to her only way home. Hundreds of years later, sixteen year old Mikage Aya is the reincarnation of Ceres, the vengeful angel, who must now fight for her life against her family and her own twin brother Aki, the reincarnation of her past evil husband...
Ikurou is a young man with problems: after a terrible car accident, he was captured by a seedy organization and implanted with a parasite known as Baoh -- a creature which bestows superhuman powers on its host, especially when mortally wounded. While being transported by train, he is accidentally set free by Sumire, young a psychic girl, and the two make their escape. With more of his humanity slipping away by the minute, and the organization hot on their tracks, will the two escape with their lives, or simply cause a bloodbath along the way?
Elfen Lied is a bit more realistically gory, and the plots are different, but both anime start with the escape of a dangerous test subject in a bloodbath. During the rest of the anime, the people from the firm try to catch their experiment, and try to prevent it from causing trouble.
The first thing I thought while watching Baoh was Elfen Lied. There are human experiments preformed and when these super beings make their escape they are ruthlessly hunted. Lots of gore and blood follow suit making both series action packed for a mature audience.
Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?
These two short stories both have supernatural plot and fighting involved. What's more, if you like brutal and violent scenes with lots of blood and sliced bodies, you will defenetely enjoy those anime.
When I started watching these show I was expecting only two things. Blood and nudity. Both ended up more story/character/romace focused so I was very suprised!
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?
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.
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.