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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.

Phantom The Animation

Phantom The Animation

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...

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CheesyP18 CheesyP18 says...

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.

sothis sothis says...

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.

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"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.

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GlumLum GlumLum says...

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.

Goodwine Goodwine says...

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.

Blood The Last Vampire

Blood The Last Vampire

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...

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hurin hurin says...

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.

edgeofthesea edgeofthesea says...

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.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

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?

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Preutz Preutz says...

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.

Kusuriurisama Kusuriurisama says...

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.