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One fateful day, Reiji was on his way to a hotel in Los Angeles when he ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time: in the middle of an assassination. After these traumatic events, the young man was kidnapped, his memories erased, and given a choice: fight for the organization, or die. Now, with a new name and identity, Zwei must kill at the drop of a hat along with the organization's top assassin Ein (codename Phantom). As the bodies pile and the blood is continuously spilled, Ein and Zwei find themselves growing closer together in a world where they have no past and no future...
At first glance, these two look almost completely different, except for maybe some of the genres. Elfen Lied is for one, 13 episodes, while Phantom is just an OVA of 3 episodes. As one would expect, Elfen Lied has a lot of things that Phantom just doesn't have, such as character development. I enjoyed Elfen Lied thoroughly, and I'm sure I would have enjoyed Phantom more if it was longer. The similarities do start with the genre. If you like either, the other can be something like an encore, with more gore, action, and touch of romance.
Elfen Lied and Phantom both are dark and messed up, with creepy undertones. While this recommendation might not be perfect, I do think if you liked one, you'd like the other.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
I think that these two series can be appreciated by the same viewers (anyone who likes their anime with a good dose of darkness and drama). Both are fairly violent, but in a mature way which is meant to evoke an emotional response, rather than an outburst of "oh man, that was so sweet!" Elfen Lied and Lain are two daring series that may make some viewers a little uncomfortable, but which are guaranteed to impress in one way or another. You will either love them or hate them.
If you liked the most was the psychological theme, you should watch both animes.
Lain contains abstract scenes, sometimes its hard to understand what is going on since this girl suddenly switches personalities at some point of the story.
Lucy (Nyu) also switches personalities but you can tell when it happens, because one is innocent and says "Nyu~" and the other one is aggressive, sadist, and powerful.
Both characters get into psychological problems involving the people around them, while Lain is like "the queen of Wired (internet)", Lucy is more like "human evolution bloody-lusted with vectors".
Their actions depend a lot on the traumas caused by other people in the past.
In the time of the Vietnam War, an American military base in Japan is plagued with a rash of killings whose assailant is unknown. Enter Saya, a mysterious young woman who happens to be the last of the vampire race, and has been charged by her government agency employer to investigate the sinister killings. With demons and creatures abounding, Saya must infiltrate a school to put a stop to the bloodshed -- unless the monsters get to her first...
Both Elfen Lied and Blood have boldness and gore galore. One moment everyone is nice, next thing you know arms and legs are flying through the air.
If you enjoy close combat battles with a dose of the supernatural, check these out.
Both series have a badass girl as the main character and involve lots of blood. Blood The Last Vampire leaves you hanging, whereas Elfen Lied seemed a lil obvious to me half-way through.
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
You might think this is a very weird choice, but give it a try! One of the most notable similarities between these two gritty, tragic anime series is their beautiful, breathtaking artistic quality. They also explore similar aspects of human psychology -- both the Count of Gankutsuou and Lucy of Elfen Lied are individuals whose naivety and humanity were destroyed by acts of betrayal from whom they most trusted. The anime series tell the stories of their quest for revenge and eventual redemption. Although Ganktusuou lacks the excessive fanservice and pretty girls of Elfen Lied, it also does not shy away from death and bloodshed. Both bring a chill up your spine, but leave you with a sad yet peaceful feeling in the end.
As Preutz has mentioned, the happenings around the protagonists and their character development are quite similar, but most striking is the depth that both series have, and the beauty derived from their tragic message.
While the nations of the world are trying to abolish warfare and the existence of armies, private companies are creating their own armies. The Kuryu group has been trying to create the perfect weapon; human beings capable of mastering their "mind shadow" named Vajura. They were hoping for an edge, but the experiment seemingly went wrong. However many years later a strange young girl named Elaine escapes the Kuryu research facility. Confronted with hostile gangs, hunted by cybernetic agents, and other strange members of the Kuryu group she is forced to become the Genocyber, the first Vajura. Confronted again and again with the experiments of the Kyuryu group and the inhumanities of mankind, she has no choice but to continue to fight, but at what cost?
If you thought evil laboratories creating killer girls in Elfen Lied made a good story for death, destruction and gore, check out Genocyber (and vice versa of course).
Both anime deal with girls with "special abilities" (to maim and murder mainly), tested upon in laboratories and driven to the brink of insanity. The stories in that sense are very much the same. In both cases you can also wonder who the real monsters are: the monsters or those whom created them.
In terms of gore and horror effects Genocyber probably surpasses Elfen Lied. Elfen Lied however is a lot newer and as such is better animated overall.
Considering these 2 anime are exactly 10 years appart the only thing that has changed is the animation. Both have lots of violence and a loner girl who has crazy powers in which she kills without hesitation. If you loved Elfen Lied check out it's older sister Genocyber and vice versa because they are carbon copies of each other.