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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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Elfen Lied: In the Passing Rain DVD Special 2005 Side Story

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Elfen Lied 2002 Original Manga
Name Role
Seiji KISHIMOTO Character Design
Mamoru KANBE Director
Lynn OKAMOTO Original Manga Creator

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Elfen Lied vivafruit 8/10 Aug 1, 2007
Elfen Lied sothis 8/10 Oct 25, 2004
Elfen Lied DistMan 9/10 Oct 24, 2004

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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

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

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

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!

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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

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

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

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.

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Kite

Kite
  • Movie (1 ep x 60 min)
  • 1998

As a young girl, Sawa is orphaned when both her parents are brutally murdered and is taken in by a police detective named Akai, who trains her to be a professional killer. He turns Sawa and Oburi, a young boy, into his puppets and makes them kill to fulfill his own sense of justice against child molesters and other harassing members of society.

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edgeofthesea

Kite and Elfen Lied both feature strong, independent, and lethal female leads. Kite has some hentai in it (especially if you get the director's cut), but Elfen Lied has a ton of non-sexual nudity (fanservice or art? you decide). Both lead females seem like killing machines. As you begin to see their backgrounds, you start understanding why they are so brutal and seemingly uncaring.

ForgottenSon

The most important similarities between Elfen Lied and Kite are their extremely gory nature, as well as both shows being centered around strong, deadly female characters, driven by their unhappy, violent pasts. If you enjoyed the shocking violence and tormented lead character of one of these anime, there's a strong chance you'll like the other.

Khaos

In spite of many differences the animes both uses girls to display their scenes of blood and gore in a too realistic and straightforward way that it can be shocking for the weak of heart.

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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.

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