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.
Tate Yuuichi has just transferred to Fuka Academy and is thrilled at the prospect of living in a normal co-ed environment. Little did he know that he enrolled in a school where all-out battles between female students are nothing out of the ordinary! On his first day Tate unwittingly stumbles into the middle of a fight between Mai and Natsuki – two of the ‘HIMEs’, a group of specially selected and powerful girls recruited to fight monsters known as Orphans. While the HIMEs themselves are strong, they can only unlock their true power when they partner up with their ‘Key’. Unluckily for Tate he finds that he is not only the Key for Mai but also Natsuki! Now Tate is entering a world of monsters, battles and even rival HIME groups, but that’s only the start of his troubles…
Right off the back in Elfen Lied and My-Hime horrible things happen or have happened to the main characters. Their struggle during the time of the series is how they have to deal with the hardships they have already faced and the challenges that they will face for the rest of their lives
Fifteen-year-old Tsukune Aono is average in every way; he has no hobbies, less-than-stellar grades and he's even flunked his high school entrance exam. His parents have managed to enroll him in a school, but it's no ordinary school! Tsukune will be attending the Youkai Academy, a place where monsters learn how to co-exist with humans! As the werewolves, vampires, witches and other monsters are required to retain their human forms, Tsukune - the lone human - is able to avoid their bloodthirsty gazes. However, he quickly attracts the attention of a number of devilish beauties including the vampire Moka, a busty succubus and even a young witch! It seems Tsukune's average life isn't so average anymore!
Rosario to Vampire and Elfen Lied, although seemingly unrelated the personalities between Lucy and Nyuu and Mako’s vampire form and human form have similarities in the characteristics that each portray. The transformation has a more mature attitude and seems to be more capable all around while untransformed there is an innocent girl in place that relies on others for help.
The supernatural tales of two female individuals trying to go about their every day lives while relying on a seemingly weaker male character is what you get in both Tsukihime and Elfin Lied. The reader will uncover the mysteries of the characters past seeing how it will effect their relationships in the future.
Variante has a female protagonist: with more power than she realizes, goes through alot of emotional breakdowns, stories can't be called original, but they are done well.
Difference is, Variante is short, sweet, to the point, REALLY keeps you in suspence, and doesn't use fan service to keep people interested. Both are good manga of course :)