Battle Angel Alita

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Berserk

Berserk

Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the Band of the Hawk, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Very soon, what seems like a straightforward march for conquest becomes a harrowing struggle for humanity and life itself. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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evan1979 evan1979 says...

though coming from two different genres, at their core berserk and battle angel alita have alot in common. both are character driven, dark and violent. underscore that with intrigueing plots and great art and you have two books that just feel the same.

if you like one, then definitely give the other a try.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

In the near future, some girls are born mutated. Known as Diclonius, this new species is believed to have been chosen by God to wipe out mankind. Unlike regular humans, Diclonius have two horns on their head and ‘vectors' - invisible ‘hands.' Contained within a research facility unknown to the world, the Diclonius are experimented upon mercilessly; many die or develop a hate for mankind. One such creature, Lucy, is said to be the first of the Diclonius. She escapes from the facility, but while fleeing she takes a bullet to the head and is seemingly killed. However, it seems Lucy isn't quite dead yet; she's instead developed an alternate personality called Nyuu. She's washed up on a shore where two people, Kouta and Yuka, find her and bring her home, unaware that such a monster still lurks within Nyuu. 

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Drahken Drahken says...

Both series star a non-human woman with superhuman powers (although the star of Elfen Lied is more of a villain, while the star of Battle Angel Alita is clearly a hero). Both stories are very dark & violent, and raise questions about what exactly defines "human".

Digimortal

Digimortal

In a dark, dystopic future, the Church of Transfiguration was formed; their charter was to promote extreme cybernetic enhancements. However, mankind also perfected the art of immortality through genetic manipulation, and then the great ruin came. Now, the Church sends its Inquisition to track down these genetically modified beings, and the only one who is seemingly able to stand in their way is Digimortal, a deadly, violent mercenary...

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AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

They share the same feeling. Both manga have a dark, gory cyberpunk atmosphere and feature some truely creative cybernetic designs.

Neji

Neji

In 2033, a boy named Neji awakens with little memory of himself or his past. According to Luzer, his caretaker, Neji was executed ten years ago for serious crimes and now a guinea pig for Gera, a national ESP research center. He exists as a Revenant, an assassin with psychic powers, and has no identity in the outside world.  Faced with tragedy and death, Neji must find his place in this new world.

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sothis sothis says...

BAA is way, WAY better than Neji, but they are decent recs for each other. Both are sci fi titles that have a few distinct arcs and have a similar feel, though Neji is far more confusing and less awesome in general.

Kakutoshi no Yume

Kakutoshi no Yume
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AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Once again, I rec these two manga based on the world around them. Both are futuristic post-apocalyptic settings with horrifying imagery. If you like that sort of backdrop give these two manga a try.