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Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

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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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

While the tone of these two series is not very similar they both feature extremely violent situations in which apparently fragile female characters are revealed to have a potential for being highly destructive. Little girls as weapons form the main premise of these series, although it is carried out differently; EL opts for a more graphic approach that maximizes the use of colour, while Saikano is more subdued, using a mostly grey palette to convey a feeling of hopelessness. In both cases romance blooms and is put to a ferocious test. These two series may differ in a lot of aspects - the ecchi factor that is predominant in EL is absent in Saikano, and the apocalyptic impact of the latter is non-existent in the former - but they are similar enough to warrant this recommendation.

TheVampireLastat TheVampireLastat says...

Both Elfen Lied and Saikano give you a similar feeling. They both have two main characters that are in love but it's a hard relationship to maintain, seeing that the guys are both normal and the girls are not completely human. They also have other women that are in love with them but don't confess it. Each anime has amazing character development and a great love story. They also have action, but Elfen Lied has more violence. If you liked/loved one you'd love the other.

Fireaxe Fireaxe says...

Elfen Lied and Saikano are similar anime, and are two of my personal favorites. Both will give you goosebumps, will make you uncontrollably shake, and will likely make you cry before the end.

Saikano features a slightly more obvious love story (when compared to the Nyu-Kouta affair) and it takes place in a world war environment.

Both anime are really intense, well-paced and have well-written stories; but what makes these two on top of a lot of Top 10s is the fact that you REALLY feel for the characters. You feel like crying every time you see them shed a tear. Trust me, if you liked Elfen Lied, you'll love Saikano and vice versa.

hyperbole1729 hyperbole1729 says...

Both series will give you pretty much the same feelings. They're both heart-wrenching to watch.

They also have a few common points: both have a principal non-human female character with destructive powers and both have a common nice guy who fall in love with them.

If you love one, you definitly won't be disappointed with the other.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

If you enjoy girls who wield unnatural and devasting powers then both Elfen Lied and She: The Ultimate Weapon fulfill this with ease. Add in the main character romance with the weapon means that liking either one will result in you enjoying the other.

MrsickVisionz MrsickVisionz says...

Both shows feature girls as weapons, but the real connection to me is tragedy and death. Elfen Lied has more gore, but Saikano is just brutally sad because it mixes tragic death and a complex romantic relationships together and its just... extreme depression.

If you're into that type of show and you enjoyed that element of Elfen Lied, you will love Saikano.

Inky Inky says...

I don't know why no one stuck EL and Saikano together yet. The sad fate of the female characters, that was brought upon them against their will, and also the male protagonist dealing with the problems that arise because of their girlfriends are things that connect those two anime. There are other similarities, e.g. a love triangle.

If you liked either Saikano or Elfen Lied, you'll definitely like the other one!

usiRev usiRev says...

Both series are about a girl who has a close relation to a boy :) but they have other part (a secret), that they do not want to tell him, but it is a secret that will come out eventually. Elfen Lied is a strange evolution of mankind into dicolnius, and Saikano is a man-made womam-to-ultimate-weapon-transformation. Both girls are dangerous and used for other purposes, but they do not want to obey others but themselves. With the vision of peace in the hands of a boy - EL Kouta, S- Shuiji, they go they own path, but still followed by "the Boss."

Both hearth-touching, full of love and death, worth watching.

Elfen Lied has a happy ending, if it coud be calld that, but saikano has a sad ending, so prepare your handkerchiefs, they might come in handy for saikano.:)

vesebeteg vesebeteg says...

If you liked this for its main characters' fight for thier love, then you sure like the other, plus, the female character is a weapon for the military force in both stories. At the times when they act as a weapon, their behaviour changes into a laconic, determined style.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

both Saikano and Elfen Lied feature female protagonists used as weapons in wars or in military force, both of them are very romantic dramas, featuring female protagonists fighting for the beloved one, changing their mood and personality battle after battle until their love seems to become agony. If you liked the bloody Elfen Lied then for sure you will enjoy the melancholic Saikano and vice-versa.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series are rather sad stories revolving around a girl that is also a weapon. Furthermore, they both delve into the question of "what is a human?" If you enjoyed Saikano, you would probably enjoy Elfen Lied because it does a better job of fleshing out the parts of the story that Saikano abandoned for the romance.

Viminas Viminas says...

Both Animes have a striking and sad storyline and determined characters. Both show the hardships of relationships during hard times, be it a war against the rest of the world (Saikano) or a battle against scientists attempting to reclaim an "Experiment gone incredibly violent" (Elfen Lied).

Voices of a Distant Star

Voices of a Distant Star

Nagamine is a young high school student who lives a fairly typical teenage life: hanging out with friends, attending class, and falling in love with a wonderful boy. But when she enlists in the galactic army, who is desperate for candidates to fight an alien war, she finds herself drifting farther away from her first love, Noboru. In the depths of space, where a simple email takes eight years to be delivered, will their love truly flourish, or simply fade away?

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sothis sothis says...

Another tragic love-story, beautiful animation, captivating story. Hoshi no Koe is only 1 episode long, as well, so it is an easy, short watch.

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

If you liked how depressing Sai Kano was, or maybe just the desperation felt in it, you'll also like Hoshi no Koe for the same reasons. 

kamirura kamirura says...

To be with the one you love... so near but yet so far.... The distance between the girl Nagamine and the guy Noboru is alot bigger than in Saikano but it truly got the same effects.... To long for someone can hurt alot even if it's close or near. This is another sad love story filled with toutching moments.... truly something for you if you liked Saikano

abunai abunai says...

Love conquers all, it is said. But sometimes, the sad truth is that love is not enough. When the events of life become so overwhelming that everything falls apart, love (however deep) becomes agony. In "Hoshi no Koe", the lovers are separated in a way that no lost loves have ever before been. In "SaiKano", the horror of war puts love into a ghastly perspective. Both these anime, although very different in format, are heart-rending explorations of love under extreme pressure.

JayGee JayGee says...

Both Saikano and Voices are true tearjerkers. The endings of both are just too beautiful to ingore. If you cried after the end of one, prepare to do the same after watching the other.

Sangokagome Sangokagome says...

When I first saw Hoshi no Koe, I thought it was going to have a much lighter feel to it. After watching it, I found that the tone was much more similar to the dark and tragic feelings brought on by Saikano. Two sad romance stories that don't exactly have the Hollywood ending.

AsukaLangley AsukaLangley says...

Hoshi No Koe and Saikano are both unique from a typcal war love story because the boy is the one who stays home while their girlfriends enlist. If you like this twist and are prepared to cry again, watch this anime!

TheOperator TheOperator says...

Love despite all obsticles. That is the main theme of Hoshi no Koe and Saikano. Both are stories of lovers seperated by the consequenses of war, and what they must do to cope with it all. Deep love stories with less than happy endings. But a must watch.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

Hoshi no Koe and Saikano are pretty similar, both of them feature a forbiden love relationship between, the proof that love in overwhelming and sad events becomes like an agony. Both of the female protagonists are used as weapons in wars, and are separated from their beloved ones, by distance (in Hoshi no Koe) by fate and war (in Saikano). If you are looking for melancholic, dramatic shows then look no further, this two are the perfect choices.

chii chii says...

Both are tragic love stories that have a war theme to them. Both have beautiful graphics as well. Voices of a Distant Star is very short but gives the same feelings as Saikano does with 13 episodes. I liked Voices of a Distant Star better as well. Check either or these out if you like tragic love stories.

eaper eaper says...

Each series focuses on a girl that is pulled into the military, and, therefor, away from her lover. Through this stress, each couple has their relationship tested.

Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.

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Seele Seele says...

Even though Saikano and GunslingerGirl have very different approaches, they both have the "lolitas who kill" theme. Always a reason to watch.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

2 sides of the same story. In Gunslinger Girl they accepted that they were adapted to killing machines, while in SaiKano Chise has trouble with it. It's a great chance to see how the same story can go two different ways.

AsukaLangley AsukaLangley says...

Saikano and Gunslinger Girl are both about little girls who have had their body's altered to become great weapons. If you like great violence and cute girls watch these series.

Rhesian Rhesian says...

Both have young girls enhanced as weapons against their will and used as tools with shortened lifespans. GSG approaches this much more reasonably and explores ethical/moral dilemmas. Saikano uses this as a backdrop for a love story.

pktechgirl pktechgirl says...

Both series manage to pull of beautiful, heartbreaking tenderness and cruelty without ever feeling false or gimmicky.

ShinOtaku ShinOtaku says...

They are both sad storys about girls used for the military basicly. both were used to be assassins, both have a pretty dark story, but they grow on you both are very well done.

SirSlarty SirSlarty says...

Girls that are made (literally) to kill. Both series approach the subject and we are shown how they and others deal with the prospect.

Aranneas Aranneas says...

Both ruminate heavily on human augmentation and the question of human relationships and humanity itself in its' wake. It's qutie a natural fit. I'd almost consider Gunslinger Girl a serious look at the satirical themes of Saikano.

Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then, Here and There

Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.

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sothis sothis says...

If you like depressing stories/endings, you'll like NTHT. Both series touch on the subject of children being involved with the hardships of war.

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Now and Then is very similar to Sai Kano in its themes and feeling. It's another depressing story about what happens to a world engulfed in war and tragedy. If you liked one of these anime, give the other a try. 

kamirura kamirura says...

The one you hold dear is she a secret weapon? Just like Chise turns out to be a mighty weapon the girl in this series is too. The story is really similiar but I think Saikano is abit more serious than NATHAT just beacuse it's dealing with older people. But it truly is a twin to saikano.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Saikano and Now and Then, Here and There are about war and its effect on fighters and civilians alike. While the placing is considerably different, Saikano having a dose of slice of life moments that are almost absent from NTHT and while the first has a strong element of romance that does not feauture in the second there is enough drama and tragedy in both. Saikano is an exercise in sheer depression, NTHT retains some amount of hope amidst the chaos but they akin in that they portray the horrors of war in a believable manner.

acheron761 acheron761 says...

Now and Then feels alot like Saikano in many respects - superficial similarities aside, the mood created by the two shows is distinctly familiar to each orther. Both are at times emotional, disturbing, and also strangely uplifting, with a very personal bent. If you're in that kind of mood, I highly recommend these to respective new-comers to either work who want something worth their while.

pktechgirl pktechgirl says...

Both shows feature children used by adults to commit violence, and the toll it takes on everyone involved, in part by twisting the love the teenagers feel for others.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series center around war, the hardships kids face in war, and a love story. Each series has the female lead being a center piece to a country's war effort, despite hating violence, and a boy fighting for what he believes in throughout the series (mostly the girl he believes in). Finally, each series has a very similar, sorrowful tone throughout.

KinGs KinGs says...

Both are about a girl that is a secret weapon, and the boy/man try everything to stay together and make a future or a better future.Saikano is the best anime in my opnion, the story is just perfect, the drama is melancholic and still really beauty, if you still didn't watch saikano, START NOW!.NATHAT is really good too, has really good adult-talk and during the anime it brings more and more adult themes.

So watch both, and enjoy the best of animes!.

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien

Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.

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Andevellicus Andevellicus says...

Depicts the depth and complexity of romantic relationships and the pain that can be caused by them, with realistic characters to whom one can relate. The series was very moving and very emotionally intense.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

SaiKano and KGNE are both romance dramas with major issues at hand. Though the reasons for those problems are very different, the feelings of despair, hope, love and doubt are very stressed in both animes.

Ultima Ultima says...

While Saishuheiki Kanojo and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien express similar themes such as such as hope, tragedy, realistic romance, and unrequited love, Saishuheiki Kanojo's setting deeply constrasts Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. Saishuheiki Kanojo takes place during war, and the love between Shuji and Chise are constantly challenged by hardship. Often you'll be wondering about how far they will take their relationship. However, despite the depressing backdrop of Saishuheiki Kanojo, love still can be found, but it's expressed in a sad, yet realistic manner. If you have seen Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, then you should definitely give Saishuheiki Kanojo try.

BurntFlower BurntFlower says...

Saikano and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien try to combine romance and tragedy, but their attempts fail miserably due to a weak cast of characters, bad pacing, and a poorly-executed plot. They thrive on needless melodrama that cheapens the main story to the point that the audience is either yawning or laughing by the time the last episode rolls by. Both series have main characters that act in hysterical and overly exaggerated ways that make them almost painful to watch. So if you managed to like one, and for some mind-boggling reason you want to watch something consubstantial, then you won't be disappointed.

TheVampireLastat TheVampireLastat says...

I am making this recommendation under the assumption that you liked the love and romance of either Saikano or Rumbling Hearts. Though Saikano is more about love and war, while Rumbling Hearts is more about love and betrayal, if you like love in your anime you should watch these.

kamkaw kamkaw says...

Both series are about great deal of tragedy. In Saikano this is war and in Kimi ga Nozmu Eien terrible accident... Point of view is diffrent but you won't regret watching both of them.

Sangokagome Sangokagome says...

The best thing about both of these stories is that they don't seem to turn out the way you plan. They both focus on the romantic relationships of troubled people, and the main male leads seem to think that all the problems are their faults. Will both Shuji and Narumi get the ending they want?