Elfen Lied

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Chobits

Chobits

Nineteen-year-old ronin Hideki Motosuwa desires two things more than anything else: a girlfriend, and an expensive humanoid computer (known as a 'persocom'). But with his dead-end job and no financial aid from his parents, owning a persocom seems impossible... until he finds a blond-haired female persocom tied up amongst a pile of trash! After getting her home and figuring out how to activate her, even the computer-illiterate Hideki realizes there is something unusual when it appears she can only say one word - Chii. Is she just broken, or is there more to this persocom than her behavior lets on?

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wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The main heroine characters, Chii in Chobits and ‘Nyuu' or Lucy from Elfen Lied, are very similar to each other and act the same way when they first appear. I thought that the story lines were very similar to each other too, except Elfen Lied has a great deal of gore in it whereas Chobits focuses more on the ‘cute' aspect of the characters.

germany1900 germany1900 says...

I agree on this recommendation. They both share the main character (male) who "finds" a non human kawaii girl who has the mind of an infant. In both stories you see the development of characters, as well as psychological effects of human interactions. Both girls also share a similar past, in that their mental wasn't always so developmentally deficient. However, the endings do differ significantly. 

Claymore

Claymore

In a land overrun by yoma - monsters that feed upon human innards and take on the appearance and memories of their victims - humans are little more than cattle awaiting slaughter. The only opposition to the yoma is The Organization, a group led by a council of mysterious men who send out their all-female warriors (known as claymores) to do their bidding. However, The Organization is not charitable; a town must pay an exorbitant fee for their services. Likewise, many of the claymores care little for those who they protect. Clare, the lowest ranked claymore, lives only so that she may one day avenge her mentor.

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wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Each main character in Elfen Lied and Claymore are the strong type female role, fighting to deal with the suffering and pain of their pasts which are very sordid. The effects of their childhood experiences create the story that is now being told and strives to explain why they take the actions they do. The character’s back story reveals a great deal about the character portrayed in the series.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

This is a bit of a gut-feeling recommendation, because more than plot-elements, it's the impact and feeling these two give off that is similar. Both Claymore and Elfen Lied are dark and gritty manga of the violent type. They have have strong female leads with more to them than what first meets the eye. If you enjoyed the plot progression and themes in one of these, it's worth giving the other a shot as well.

School Days

School Days

Makoto has been in love with Kotonoha, a beautiful girl who rides the same train as he, for some time now. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Sekai herself also has feelings for Makoto. Will Kotohona and Makoto’s relationship survive in the face of hardships and trials?

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wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Packed full of tragedy and emotional scenes, Elfen Lied and School Days are full of hard situations to deal with. They each have a twist on the plot line that will keep you guessing until the very end. It seems that is is hard for the characters to express themselves and both series show a different side to human nature.

germany1900 germany1900 says...

Both contain a love triangle, (School Days love triangle is more central to the story than in Elfen Lied). The main difference is Elfen Lied is more supernaturally based than the more realistic School Days. School Days starts out very sweet and Elfen Lied dosent but they both contain psychologically dark themes. 

Shadow Star

Shadow Star

Shiina is a sixth-grade tomboy whose brave and adventurous nature almost causes her to drown in the ocean. However, from the experience she meets a ‘Shadow Dragon' that she names Hoshimaru; strangely silent and star-shaped, it has the ability to shape shift and fly. Soon, Shiina makes yet another new friend: a troubled girl named Akira who happens to also acquire a Shadow Dragon. Yet Shiina and Akira aren't alone - others besides them have Shadow Dragons, and not all of them have such innocent intentions. Furthermore, the Japanese Military has taken an interest in the creatures' combative uses. What are the Shadow Dragons, where did they come from and what is their ulterior motive? Shiina is determined to find out...

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Kenn764 Kenn764 says...

These two manga are.....horrifically similar.  I STRESS the HORRIFIC similarities.  Both have secret government agencies researching into mysterious new forms of life which will have great impact on human life as we know it.  Both also feature a lead character with good intentions that has found a supernatural being, and who is left out of the circle of information by those around them.  There is also a distinct similarity in the plot progression of each (especially towards their endings).  I can't go into further detail without spoilers, but if you liked one, then you'll like the other.

Naga Naga says...

They are both very similar, equaly disturbing but quite diferent in the terms of charachters. Charachters are really diferent but yet somewhat similar in the unimaginable ways. We could say that both are spining around a strange heroine and the people that suround her, yeah... They both show global changes from the actions and plot is also going in similar ways, especialy the ending. If you loved one, check out the other... 

Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel Alita

In a post-apocalyptic world, humans, robots and cyborgs live in the Scrapyard - a landscape of twisted, rusted junk made up of the garbage sent from the above city of Zalem. In this place, the inventor Ido finds a partially-destroyed cyborg amidst the rubble, gives her a new body and names her Gally. With no memory of her past and an instinctual ability to use a powerful martial art known as the Panzer Kunst, Gally matures and relearns life's lessons while she travels the broken landscape, struggles to remember who she is and where she came from, and discovers the mysteries of Zalem.

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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".