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Elfen Lied

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For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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Elfen Lied: In the Passing Rain DVD Special 2005 Side Story

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Elfen Lied 2002 Original Manga
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Seiji KISHIMOTO Character Design
Mamoru KANBE Director
Lynn OKAMOTO Original Manga Creator

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Elfen Lied vivafruit 8/10 Aug 1, 2007
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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
  • OVA (4 eps x 25 min)
  • 2005

Angels are genteel and graceful messengers from Heaven, right? Wrong! Sakura Kusakabe will create an invention that inadvertently ruins the future for womankind and thus, angels from the future have arrived to do the only reasonable thing: assassinate him! Fortunately for Sakura, one of them, Dokuro-chan, takes a liking to him but her intentions to protect him prove downright lethal. When Sakura’s not dodging her spiked bat Excalibolg, he’s fighting for his life on river escapades. And when he’s not quick enough, Dokuro-chan’s catchy incantation brings him back to life! Bludgeoning and blood splatters aside, can Dokuro-chan save the one she loves without damaging the future?

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I don't know about anyone else, but a large part of my enjoyment of Elfen Lied was derived from unintentional humor. I suppose it's possible to take Elfen Lied completely seriously, but the series goes so over the top that I'm pretty sure everyone cracks up a little. On the other hand, Dokuro-chan is fully aware that its gore is funny, and uses it to generate some of its biggest laughs.

In any case, feel free to ignore this recommendation if you thought that Elfen Lied was a serious drama piece (haha what?), or if you thought Dokuro-chan was stupid and tasteless. However, if you think gore can be funny, the enjoyment you got from one should easily transfer over to the other... you sick bastard.


Both series have a sense of comedy, despite all the blood spilled. Dokuro-chan has much more comedy, while Elfen Lied is more of a head-trip, but they both have a similar feel.


Bokusatsu also contains large amounts of gore. The difference is that it is a comedy show.

If after watching Elfen Lied you're looking for something more lighthearted, but still within the same genre, this is worth a look.


Like blood? Gore? Naked chicks? Both Dokuro-chan and Elfen Lied are jam-packed with them. Each has many unexpected events that leave you craving more.


If you think gore is funny then these two anime might just become your favorite anime ever! Dokuro-Chan is a bit more blatantly comical with its violence than Elfen Lied, but you will laugh during either. Also nudity never hurts when it comes to comedy... Not to mention they both have amazing theme songs! ^_^

Unlike Dokuro-chan, Elfen lied is emotionally scarring... I have yet to recover from the trauma induced by the true horror of Elfen Lied. *excessive sobbing* :_(


Elfen Lied and Dokuro-chan have characters who love to kill but you can't blame them, because they are cute and just looking for their true love! Any man on Earth would love to be killed by Dokuro-chan; after all, she has magic skills and she can resurrect you! But to get killed by Lucy (in Elfen Lied) is a bit of a problem, due to the fact that afterwards you wont be able to put your head back in place (just pray that she gets her head bumped first to make her second cute personality appear).


Both anime got ecchi and lots of gore so if you like when people get splattred all over the place theese are the anime for you.

Lucy and Dokuro chan also have a similarity, they both lite killing people (often accidently)

Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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Both Death Note and Elfen Lied contain a ruthless murderer who uses unusual techniques to eliminate a mass of people, and both anime have special task forces set up to stop the insanity. In both cases, the true identity of the killer is hidden. Each is head-scratcher and chin-scratcher, and is filled with mystery, ensuring thorough entertainment.


Elfen Lied and Death Note involve the morally skewed notion of murdering people ruthlessly. Each series is deliberately made to be graphically morbid throughout, while still set to elegant music. The murders also take place in unnatural ways while demonstrating the grotesque mindset of the killers.


The perfect pair! Both anime make you understand and "fall in love" with a monster that actually wants to destroy the current world. The plot is excellent in both stories keeps you up all the time. Also they both make you wonder about your beliefs and your way of thinking.


Yagami Light is a very smart student who is disgusted with the corruption and deceit that he believes is ruling the world. He is lucky enough to find to find the notebook dropped by a death god named Ryuuk. THe deaths of several criminals that he had selected proved the authenticity of the notebook and it's powers. With this new power now makes him think like a god as he strives to create a new world free from suffering that he can rule over. If you like Elfen Lied maybe you'd also like to watch this series packed with action and suspence in each episode.


These series are both extremely dark and have very psychological plots. Also, main characters in each happen to be cold blooded mass murders with some sort of a very like-able alter ego. Finally, both of the series have extremely elegant sound tracks that seem to fit well with the scenes where murder takes place, making death almost seem elegant.


Both have similar story lines in which they both have to do with Death. I found that both Death Note and Elfen Lied have interesting storys for anyone who likes killing, even though that may seem a little twisted.


Both Elfen Lied and Death Note involve killing a mass amount of people using supernatural methods.

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Ga-Rei -Zero-

Ga-Rei -Zero-

Kagura and Yomi are two girls who have a bond that cannot be broken. While once they fought side by side against the supernatural forces that threaten the planet, fate had something different in store for these star-crossed companions. Yet to understand the present, one must first experience the past – a time before Kagura’s involvement with the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Agency. Always cheery and good-natured to a fault, the young Kagura first meets Yomi when she is invited into her home. Over time, the two battle malicious spirits and grow closer together – but soon, more terrifying foes begin to reveal themselves. A swarm of glowing blue butterflies and a mysterious stone are harbingers of darker things to come, and one thing’s for sure: Kagura and Yomi will never be the same.

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Also a drama intensed psychological gore filled anime. There are several parallel philosophical themes too. It's scattered with some very touching moments and some funny ones too. The music for GRZ is also very beautiful but not as poignant as EL. GRZ is a fantasy based anime centering around exocism but the main reason I think someone who liked EL would like GRZ because it focuses in on the interplay between 2 or 3 major characters and the trials that test their relationships which may also include the very nature of one of the characters.


If you liked the action, violence, gore and the tragic story behind either Elfen Lied or Ga Rei Zero then you'd probably enjoy the other for much of the same reason. 

Character relationships and the ensuing drama/tragedy are the major driving forces of both shows. Strong impressions will be left by at least one of them if not both works.


While Ga Rei Zero and Elfen Lied are both very dark and violent, they also spend a lot of time developing the relationships between the key characters. Both shows have great character development and  it is interesting to watch the evolving relationships between the characters.

Both shows also feature great if different soundtracks.


Both deal with supernatural powers in a very violent way, with lots of blood and flying limbs falling through the screen. Stories are dramatic, and intertwine violent scenes, where female protagonist is goes mad, with lighter slice-of-life moments.


Each of these series are graphic and violent in nature but manage to have a strong drama underneath. The visuals and soundtracks for each of these series are also very good.


Both seris have kick ass female leads, great action, humor, and blood everywhere but dont let that detract form how great these seris are they also have a bit of romance and just this ability to hook you in. I would highly recommend either to a fan of action with the right blend of comedy, not too much to make you fell like your watching crap but enough to keep it from being bleek.


Both shows have an sad story and both of them have gore moments altough Elfen Lied is the more gory one. they also both have their action moments and have a shocking first episode, if you enjoy a sad tale or action show that have more than violance, you will enjoy both these shows.

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In present day England, a war is being fought. The average citizen does not notice, but vampires are running rampant among the populace, and it's up to the Hellsing organization to contain the bloodsucker threat, using even their own weapons against them. Alucard, a vampire himself, is the best agent the organization has to offer, answering only to Integra Hellsing herself. No one knows much about this mysterious figure fighting against the occult, but things starts to change after he “recruits” a new agent to the establishment...

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Alucard meets his female version Nyuu. Both of these anime have a residing darkness throughout the series; and we get a glimpse of the evil human nature. Both have a lot of gorry scenes with blood; so if you horror with a dip of mystery, make sure you watch Hellsing.

Both Hellsing and Elfen Lied have similarities in the way the story progresses, and the general idea of some kind of dark being killing a lot of people; but they have enough differences that you don't feel you're watching the same anime over on over again.


Both Hellsing and Elfen Lied contain a lot of killing and it all happens in cruel ways! So enjoy another blood-filled anime with a main character that can be simply sadistic at times.


Ultraviolence, sexuality, blood and gore; one should find plenty of these in both Hellsing and Elfen Lied, but with a twist. These shows have multiple layers, and behind the glossy animation lies a hidden symbolism, an allegory about the modern world.


Anyone who is into death, gore and darkness would like Elfen Lied and Hellsing. If you like one, I'd highly recommend watching the other.


Hellsing tends to have the same type of dark serious feeling that Elfen Lied has, yet it does well for itself while mixing other various themes in such as: Humor, Drama, and horror. If you were a fan of Elfen Lied, you'd do well to check out Hellsing.


The shear amount of blood in these animes ties them together. Both Alucard and Lucy slaughter without hesitation, and both are pretty much indestructable. Both of these anime involve an organization that utilizes the same creature it hunts.

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Mirai Nikki TV

Mirai Nikki TV

Yuki is a disaffected middle school boy who has no dreams or goals in life; in fact, the only thing he has is his diary. Writing down everything he observes and documenting every thought, the young boy uses it as an outlet for his imagination. One morning, however, Yuki wakes up to find his cell phone filled with diary entries for the next ninety days. Thinking nothing of it, he continues his morning until he begins to realize that everything on his phone is rapidly coming to pass, and it isn't just mere coincidence. Now, Yuki suddenly finds himself thrust into a survival game against other future diary owners to become the new Lord of Time.

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Both animes have a similar feel, and significant amount of blood and gore, although Elfen lied has way more (so far compared to mirai nikki) and is a lot more disturbing in nature/themes, but also both animes somehow manage to have this along with cuteness from the same main charachter that kills people - Yuno/Lucy and then they both develop a relationship with the main male charachter - yukki/Kota

so overall if you like gore/blood animes then you would like either, and even if you don't, you still might like them for the romance/cuteness!

 i was reccomenned both these animes from my friends, and despite not liking gore, i still liked elfen lied for the romance/cuteness, and mirai nikki as well, so far has a really interesting concept.


Yep! They are both about scary but cute girls that have no hesitation to kill people they think are in their way or are threatening to themselves or the person they love. :) There is a lot of violence and blood but you get used to it when the story grabs you.Elfen Lied surpass Mirai Nikki though in that area but the other have more psychologic approach. But to be honest, the show have a good storyline so you don't mind the gore and violence after a while.The connection between the two lead characters are the glue to hold the show together.

Mirai Nikki have an anoying and stupid main character that can drive anyone crazy but Yuno makes up for it somehow with here Yandere-style that is way of the scale! :)

(Mirai Nikki isn't finished when I write this so I can't say anything about the ending yet)


Like the twisted, morbid story? Like the voilence and the killing? Blood doesn't bother you? Crazy girls with pink hair that kill without batting an eyelash? Then this is the anime for you!


as mentioned by others, there's a lot of blood and gore in both animes and in both you've got twisted main female characters


If you like rivers of blood and serial killers than you will like this anime too! Total genocide and mysterious challenges don't let you go until the end.


Mirai Nikki and Elfen Lied have a lot of things in common, Elfen Lied has more gore but Mirai Nikki has more psychological warfare, they're both great to watch and if you like one, you'll definitely like the other one, the headcharacters are also pretty similar, Lucy/Nyu and Yuno both have a cute side as well as a murderous side, and then we have Yukkii and Kouta, both boys who, over time, learn more and more about what's happening


They are very similar in violence, brutality and both have a cowardly guy, but Mirai Nikki has a better plot.

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