English: Elfen Lied
Synonyms: Elfen Song, Elfic Song
Jul 25, 2004 to Oct 17, 2004
25 min. per ep.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisThe Diclonius, a mutated homosapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possess two horns on their heads and have a "sixth sense" which gives them telekinetic abilities. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, a young and psychotic Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murders most of the guards in the laboratory where she is being held, only to be shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives, falling off a cliff into the ocean and manages to drift along to a beach where two teenagers, Kouta and Yuka, discover her. Having lost her memories, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, "Nyuu," and the two allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that the psychotic side of Lucy is not dead just yet...
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Lilium" by Kumiko Noma
Ending Theme"Be Your Girl" by Chieko Kawabe
An anime can be critically successful for many reasons, it could be due to a well written and engaging plot, innovative ideas that are perfectly handled or even have a deep plot revolving around thought provoking themes. More so, "depth" has been a cause for critical success of many anime over the course of time for example "The tatami Galaxy", but for a show to have a level of depth is not an easy task for any writer. However, superficial depth can be achieved easily and even more easily confused for genuine depth. Such superficial depth ranges from cheap shock factor to random philosophical questions which have no relations to the core plot or characters and Elfen Lied is a prime example of such superficial depth.
The harem genre has never been an interesting or innovative genre in terms of plot and character since the beginning of time. Most harem shows consist of a bland protagonist surrounded by fetish fulfilling bimbos, who are head over heels for the bland protagonist for the most stupid reasons. Pandering, useless fan service and sometimes being an insult to one's intellect; most harem shows lose all entertainment value to a mature audience. The mass production of such shows led to the belief that "anime" is only meant for kids and adolescent teens and have nothing of value to offer for someone more mature. However, this notion surprisingly changed after the release of the infamous, Elfen Lied an original story written by Okamoto Lynn which got a one cour anime adaptation, produced by studio ARMS who are also famous for producing other works like Ikkitousen, a ton of hentai titles and Genshiken.
At first glance Elfen Lied is anything but a harem. The show starts with 10 minutes of outright nudity and gore which leaves the viewer in a state of utter shock and terror. These 10 minutes were enough to drive away the weak hearted . However, after these ten minutes the story is just a hackneyed amalgamation of cliche, plot devices, plot conveniences, plot holes and last but not the least some "smart" and fetishy pandering wrapped up into a harem. Plot conveniences and cliche are in abundance for example Lucy, loses her memory (amnesia cliche) when shot with a bullet in the head with a magnum sniper and floats down to a beach. One would expect the military to be present there, anticipating her arrival on several shores as she is indeed a top secret project and above that a threat to the human race, but she conveniently meets up with her one and only friend she ever had, Kouta. The authour tries to handle pandering with different tricks such as using "horns" for cat ears(Kemenomimi). The whole amnesia cliche, is further used as a plot device and conveniently too which involves Lucy, regaining her memories and her other personality when ever the plot asks for it and reverting back to her childlike personality whenever the plot asks for it. As the story progresses the writer cleverly turns what could have been a genuinely mature story about racism and discrimination into a cunning little harem. Every female character introduced is forced upon with some miserable past. It almost seems like the writer is a misogynistic sadist who creates female characters just to torture them. One would expect the writer to use these angst filled backstories to weave up an emotional tale but fails at doing so as how forced these backstories come off and the overall lack of any development of the character doesn't help either. The story also tries to be dark but only fails as it's an edgy mess due to the abundant amount of unnecessary fan service and the whole over the top nature of the show.
Many claim this certain title, Elfen Lied, to be "deep", though I fail to understand why. It touches upon the concepts of racism and discrimination in the most superficial way possible. Lucy and other diclonius were born to kill humans, just like the wolf is born to prey on the sheep. It's in their genes, it's a natural instinct. Now if a man were to cage a wolf and let his sheep roam free, it wouldn't be discrimination, but an act of defence. The same logic is for elfen lied, where most diclonius are caged up and kept in miserable states so that they don't end up wiping out the human race. This is not racisms, neither is this discrimination, it's just simple self defence. This is not depth, this is just ridiculous and superficial handling of a theme that could have been done well.
The plot progression in Elfen Lied can be only described as utter stupid. As mentioned before, a "TOP SECRET PROJECT" washes through the sea only to land up on some beach where there are no military personnels to take care of such an important event. Then the couple who encounter Lucy, a naked girl with random horns, takes her home, because yeah, when you meet naked a creature with horns, you take her home and give her a nickname as if it were a stray dog, instead of going to the police to report the event. The military sends the worst soldier to find Lucy. Seriously, what kind of a soldier goes ahead and beats up his own comrade when going up against a man killing diclonius. Then the secret military group sends another diclonius to capture Lucy. It is to be noted that Lucy is the queen of diclonius specie, and as a queen, she has the ability to order other diclonius to do her bidding. What kind of a "secret" organisation sends an inferior being of the same species to take out its queen, specially when the queen has the ability to order the other around at her bidding through telekinesis? After this attempt fails they send in another diclonius because, yes, when "plan A" fails, you repeat "plan A" again. This organisation must be run by a bunch of retards. And when one thinks of it, it's even more stupid as the second diclonius has been known for its sheer hate for humanity to the point of killing any human at sight. What kind of a secret organisation sends in such a creature to an inhabited area with the ulterior motive of "saving humans"? Is this some sort of joke? Kouta later finds out that it was Lucy who had killed his entire family and ends up forgiving her in the blink of an eye. Completely logical.
The show is comprised of two clear phases. One phase where Lucy regains her memory where the anime becomes edgy and over the top. The other phase is when Lucy is in her amnesia mode where the anime becomes a Harem/SOL. The writers tried hard to make her cute but she is nothing more than pathetic. Roaming around naked for fanserivice to the point where she needs help to even change her panties.The changes between these two phases depend absolutely on the convenience of the plot and we yet don't know when she decides to be a pokemon and when a mindless yandere.
The characters are the blandest bunch of characters to be ever written and this might not even be an exaggeration. One would expect to have sympathetic feelings towards Lucy due to her tragic past, but everything is so "plot convenient" that the tragedies seem fake and lose any impact if possible and come out extremely forced. Other than Lucy, every character is just a bland stereotype. Kouta is your generic harem lead and Yuka is the "imouto in love with her brother" archetype. Oh! you thought the bullshit ended with random gore and nudity ? You're wrong, the writers also decide to introduce a incest romance sub plot that goes nowhere and just add to the convoluted mess. Other than Lucy and Yuka every other female in the show is a stupid loli, as if the "clever fan service" wasn't enough already. There's no development to any of the characters. To sum it up all, the characters are just a bunch of retards and lolis who lack development and any core personality.
The opening sequence is probably the best part of the whole show. With the beautiful soundtrack "Lilium" there are some artistic scenes which have no damn relation to the convoluted mess of a plot. The ost are nothing special either and a bunch of them are reused and rehashed constantly but yet fail to be anything memorable. The art and animation is rather average and have nothing special about it. The show lacks aesthetics and any sort of artistic detail. The only details that are probably put in, is during the gore scenes where the disturbing images of the bones of the characters can be seen. The character designs are repetitive to the point where three character have the same hair colour. At least give them some more distinguishable features ffs?
Despite trying to be deep, Elfen Lied fails horribly by only touching on it's themes very superficially hence lacking any message at the end of the day. It transforms itself into a generic harem with its seemingly "clever" tricks to fool the audience that it's something mature, but at the end of the day, it's just another mindless harem. Also a useless incest romance subplot that goes nowhere (why is this such a big thing in japan?) The characters lack personality or development and the art and music is nothing particularly special either. It tries to make up for it's flaws with the help of conveniences, cliches, mindless gore and nudity which only worsen the show and makes it "edgy" as all hell. This show might appeal to a gore fan, an imouto incest fanatic, a lolicon, a misogynist or a mindless harem lover. Unfortunately I'm not one of them.
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this show is really overreated. people tend to missunderstand what plot and character development means, along with what is a dark themed story. if it was presented as a typical gore thriller i would have enjoyed it more, but i was prepared for a mature dark anime that i never saw.
STORY 6 / 10 : it did have potential to be a dark themed anime, but it failed when shitty fan service (no, mc trying to change 2nd mc's panties is not a beautiful theme with nudity, its lame fan service that even fairytail would do better) and harem. it didnt have an amazing plot, except for the amazing "plot" with nipples. you know you will jerk of when anime titts have nipples.
ART 4 / 10 : decent. i enjoyed hands and heads flying all over the place, and the huge amount of 2D blood, but other than that the art style and animation were just decent
SOUND 6 / 10: this anime has one of the best openings ever. and one of the soundtracks was amazing. just kidding, there was only one soundtrack playing over and over again. it was good, but the 8423424th time we heard it, about episode 4-5 we got bored of it
CHARACTER 6 / 10 : you have this badass epic character which is bloodthirsty and amazoh wait. shes a cute girl who wants to suck the mc's dick now. wait... fuck yeah shes epic agaioh, fuck. she thinks shes a cat again. the mc is an annoying pussy, who only want to change the other mc;s pants. the other character , the mc's cousin wanted to fuck her cousin and was jealous of every girl in this harem. only one character was likeable, the red haired dude who wanted to kill the mc but he didnt have enough screen time.
ENJOYMENT 4 / 10 : i had high hopes for an amazing gory dark themed mature anime but... no.
VOICE ACTING 2 / 10 : even tho objectively its a decent anime, what made me really dislike this anime was the voice acting. i had a feeling that the english dub would be bad, but the japanese dub was worse. its without a doubt the worst japanese dub ive seen. thats what made the characters unlikable. the horrible voice acting. thankfully i searched it up, and im not the only one who thinks that. the studio responsible for this anime is a mostly hentai producing studio. even tho, if this anime was a hentai, it would be the best one out there, and i would give it a 10/10
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It's hard to describe Elfen Lied to someone who hasn't heard of it; the closest I can think of is a strange mix of extreme violence, romance and drama. To those of you who haven't witnessed it, you're probably wondering how these are all incorporated into the one piece coherently. Those that have though, are instead pondering why they haven't been put together sooner. Such is the quality and flow of this odd hybrid of an anime.
The real area that Elfen Lied shines is it's narrative - its hard not to be enthralled by its weaving course and diversity. A Violent and gory encounter will perhaps gives way to another with a contrasting lighter moment. Emotive drama gives way to bloodshed and then back again, only this time bring you close to tears as it does so. It's a strange combination, where you as the viewer are thrown about and manipulated like those in the story line itself, but one that works surprisingly well. It does this all the while without feeling disjointed, it has an elegance and clever subtly when it makes these strong transitions leading to a very mesmorising piece as a whole.
This is carefully finished with a truly memorable musical score, which in my opinion is another great strength. The opening 'Lilium' is particularly powerful, and differing versions feature prominently throughout - lending its intensity to emotive scenes. However, regarding music there's an off kilter over-happy pop song that plays over the credits after each episode. It feels out of place, but never the less is adequate enough, and it could be argued adds a good contrast to what is at times quite a depressing anime.
Still not convinced? Well ask yourself this; Is there anything else out there that can lay claim to being disturbing and yet at the same time profoundly beautiful? It's worth watching on that premise alone. read more
Elfen Lied: Infamous for its bloody mess of gore, cruelty and nudity. A combination that could make many a person turn away. Yet, a huge number of people watch this, knowing (to some extent) what they're going into, and it's one of the more popular and well-rated series here on MAL. Some people call it a 'masterpiece', people some call it 'perverted', some people don't know what to say, and some call it 'horrible'. The first is true, the second is an exaggeration, the third is understandable, and the fourth is so wrong.
The first episode starts off with what is the bloodiest and nuditiest 10 minutes of any show I've ever watched, and I'll tell you this: If you live through that, you'll live through the series. And vice versa. Lucy, a naked girl of the Diclonius race, a species of mutant humans with invisible 'arms' called Vectors, is escaping from a facility (more like assaulting her way out), killing countless guards and whatnot on her way out (all in the nude). When she's finally outside, she's sniped, but she doesn't die. Instead, two teenage cousins (the two other main characters), Kouta and Yuka, discovers her on a beach. She has lost her memories, and is only capable of saying "Nyu", which is what Kouta and Yuka names her. They also decide to take her home, and
The story suddenly drops severely in its gore level there, and slowly builds up again throughout the remaining twelve episodes. Along with the gore come cruel events upon cruel events, as more Diclonii and their sad pasts are revealed. Nyuu 'awakens' as Lucy more frequently as the story progresses, in the end completely reverting to her old self. However, there might be an obstacle preventing her from going completely psychotic...
The characters are all okay, though they do act really stupid at times (if you find a girl with horns lying drenched in blood on the beach, you don't just take her home and decide to keep here there, do you?). They've all got some back stories, which contents are mostly those of cruelty, blood and relationships. Especially note the latter; relationships. It's an important aspect of the series, as they are the main factor as to why the Diclonius are so "cruel" as they are. "Cruel" because they aren't the real cruel ones; that dubious honor goes to the humans. Treating the Diclonius as mere research subjects, being shunned by the very people who should take care of them, and being killed off for stupid reasons. Among the main characters, their love (there is a love triangle between Kouta, Yuka and Nyu/Lucy), broken promises, lies and "lies" have all had their effect on how they are in the present, and what happened some years ago is connected to their development in the present day.
The series is only 13 episodes long, and in that short time quite a lot happens, which may make it seem rushed at times; it does move forward at a too high pace. The end result however, is actually extremely good, and a really tragic, enjoyable and gory experience.
The artwork is extremely good, yet very average. While backgrounds and scenic details are very meticulous and a real pleasure to the eyes, the character designs are way below what you'd expect after seeing the backgrounds. There is too little detail on them, the coloring is too bland, and they don’t fit in with the detailed surroundings in any way. The camerawork is very good at times though; at the rare occasion it reminded me more of the camerawork used in anime movies rather than anime series. The artwork during the opening theme is pretty interesting too; I think it's based an Austrian painter (Gustav Klimt)'s works.
The soundtrack is decent, with a marvelous Latin opening theme named Lilium that fits right into the series' overall tone, and an ending theme that, while a bit more cheerful, fits in with the love triangle between the main characters. The background music during the series is very repetitive at first; just a bunch of instrumental variations of Lilium. It gets better a few episodes into the series though, but overall I feel they used the variations of Lilium too much.
All in all Elfen Lied is a anime that does a very audacious thing by having so much cruelty, gore and nudity in one series, but the end result is a masterpiece anime that wouldn't have been good without. Just remember that it doesn't have the R+ rating for no reason - events ranging from a man watching his naked daughter to a dog being bludgeoned to death with a vase and live dismemberment takes place.
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Horror, Supernatural & a lot of bloodshed (neither recommended to be watched past midnight) *shiver*
Both have dark/creepy subject matter, violence, and tend to start episodes happy so they can fake you out for the batshit crazy ending. Basically if you've seen Higurashi, you'll probably like Elfen Lied more than that. It doesn't quite work in reverse though, because Elfen Lied's plot is more cohesive than Higurashi's, so if you saw Elfen Lied first, Higurashi might not be your thing. Both are very enjoyable in their own ways though.
Appearance is deceiving; deranged characters. Both involves gory serial murders. If you wish for a nightmare at night, watch Higurashi.
both have a similar cuteness meets brutality feel to them, EL is far more brutal, however Higurashi is far more frightening.
Crazy females, Blood and violence, good story.
Both have incredibly cute girls who like to kill people. They also have main protagonists who have absolutely no idea what's going on.
Both of these series pull at your emotions at times, yet also include terribly violent acts committed by girls that aren't even adults. Basically, you get the blood and the tears in both of these series.
This series is brutal and cute in some aspect just like Elfen lied, however there are many twists and a creepiness to this anime. If you enjoy bloodshed, violence, cute anime girls (not as innocent as they look) and something to make you think, this is the anime for you!
Cute characters engaged in bloody acts of violence, torture and death: both Elfen Lied and Higurashi deal with children turned vicious killers and victims of sheer brutality. Yet these series, as disturbing as they get, have a message of hope amidst the chaos. Higurashi's plot is a challenge while Elfen Lied is more straight forward; both are inspired by hauntingly pervasive soundtracks and are not for the faint of heart.
well its because their both horror anime and they have lots of blood and stuff in them..*i sugest not watching both with all lights out at night on halloween unless you watn bad dreams* and their both very good ^^
cuteness VS killing. both very good but i recommend higurashi.
They both keep you in suspense and their horror genre is awesome. It's pretty gorey.
Both feature cute, psycho girls with double personality, and young males who aren't aware of their friends' killing spree.
Both have an extremely complex plot and theme, both are frightening (Higurashi moreso) both have epicly cute girls too ^_^, both are 10's in my book.
Both animes have an interesting storyline full of blood and gore. ^^
they are both with gory scenes and both guys got involved in all the fights and dramas and both are surrounded with girls.
Both are extremely violent and gorey
Blood... check!! Violence... check!!! Demon killer loli-type girls?? CHECK!!!
They're both scary Anime... Elfen Lied has more of a sci-fi feel and Higurashi has more of a supernatural feel... but they're two of the most violent Anime that you will ever see!!
Two great Anime... that aren't for squeamish people ^_^
Although Higurashi leans more towards character tension, while Elfen Lied relies on shock value: Both are bloody, scary, and suspenseful.
Both series also have bipolar moments where they completely switch genres and look "innocent".
They both have plenty of violence and gore, which reminded me of the other. Although Higurashi has more of a creepy vibe to it rather than violence. They both have well developed characters that make you feel sympathic and disguested at the same time.
They are both flipped out and both very good not really much to say besides both are 10/10 IMO
Both are very violent, and have children as the main characters. Personalities are pretty similar, and both can switch from very cute to very dark almost instantly.
Blood drama and psyhology, horror. If you like to turn your brains on, you'll like it ;)
Blood, cute girls and some more...
You must watch both series
If you like a lot of gore, bloodshed and suffering children, this is for you.
both of these great animes contain alot of blood and gore
While both appear to be a simple, moe/bishojo on the surface, they reveal rather complex stories very quickly. I suppose the violence/gore is what links the two in my mind and lead to this rec, but while Elfen typically gets the nod from the reviewers, I feel Higurashi is the more complex of the two by a wide margin. That, and creepy little girls never go out of fashion in Nihon... Most of you have given Elfen the time, now show Higurashi some love!
Both anime are often scary. In both animes story is very mysterious and intresting.
Both shows seem to focus on the dramatic switch from sweet, likable characters to chaos and murder. These are both shows where the cast is shown throughout to be sweet and nice, as in any other normal anime, only to have terrible things happen in their lives. That particular duality is often hard to find, so if you enjoyed Elfen Lied, you'll likely enjoy Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
There's a lot of gore in both but beyond that there's a lot of psychological depth in each if you're into that.
Cute anime girls with crazy violent gore.
Both have great story lines and similar psychological horror aspects, and both have you sympathizing with both the murderer and the ones being killed (most of the time). Elfen Lied is a lot more gory, but Higurashi still has some gore in it. Higurashi isn't as fan-servicey, though.
Both series feature a whole show of blood shed. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) is a little more towards a mystery as you watch multiple arcs of an awesome story.
If you enjoy watching cute characters creating havoc and destruction through horrors, then you should watch Elfen Lied.
(Elfen Lied has a mature rating due to nudity and slight adult situations)
Both are very gory and violent. Also there is the simularity in Lucy and Mariko and the cute violent loli's from Higurashi. Both of the anime have this macabre and depressing feeling all over.
Both are very dark at times. In both series, episodes start off on a lighter note, but something bad almost always happens. Elfen Lied is more graphic than Higurashi from what I've seen, but Higurashi gets in your head more imo.
Both shows have great story lines filled with blood, gore and girls. Both shows contrast themselves with a use of humor and comedy at times while at other times they are dark, scary and bloody. These two shows are some of the best anime out there and if you've watched one make sure to watch the other.
Both series explore dark subjects existent in this society - child abuse, justifications for homicide, etc. LOTS of blood in both. Several female leads in both series can be classified as yangires (i.e. Higurashi - Rena, Shion, Miyo; Elfen Lied - Lucy, Nana, Mariko)
A confusing story, but some excellent thought invoking scenes.
And of course, BLOOD.
Both are very Violent and bloody.
In both series there are a lot of violence scenes.
Similar as in both are dark and twisted animations. You can't go wrong with either of these two.
Both have the obvious element in common; cute little girls involved in a story that concerns gruesome and gory murders. But then there's also the level of gore present, the intensity of the violence and the emotional material present in both that make them similar. That's not to say that they are very different when it comes to story at least, but if you enjoyed one you should enjoy the other.
cute girls doing insane things
Both are gorey and violent. Plus both have some real pyshological elements in them. It's not just blood and violence but it makes you think as well.
The only way to describe these anime is to use the word MASSACRE. I don't think there is an episode of either where at LEAST 3 people don't die in some way/shape/form. This is a bloody murder-fest, if you are hardcore about it, this is about to be your best friend.
Both involve cute, shoujo-ish teenage girls violently tearing eachother to pieces. If you think you were "hardcore" enough to watch Elfen Lied, you just might be hardcore enough to watch Higurashi.
Both are Bloody and frightening. Elfen lied is more brutal and bloody, while Higurashi is more frightening and has more character development. Both are extremely good and both are must watch animes. if you liked one, you'll most likely like the other. don't watch if you're week of heart.
If you liked Elfen Lied you will love this show, there is fabulous gore. When the cicadas cry is all about curiosity, and wanting to know why every year one person will die, and one person will disappear.
The second season just gets better.
unapologetic gore, but still a great plot
both are dark brutal animes with some romance between the main characters
both have an innocent looking girl as a badass killer.
and both have a vain male surrounded by powerfull women.
they both have gore and psyco people :3
~ blood, blood, blood and one again BLOOD :333
~ both Higurashi and Elfen Lied shows us nightmarish fate of the main characters
~ soo... we can see dismembered bodies that are lying in the corners
What more I can say? I love these two anime and I recommend Higurashi and Elfen Lied to everyone who likes horros :3
Both anime turn innocent characters and twist them into dark soulless blood thirsty monsters, They will each keep you interested and at the edge of your seat, whilst also having some moments of fresh air with light comic relief but when they start to get serious, Questionable outcomes arise in both leaving you questioning the morality and sanity of the characters
These anime are same. They have gore genres with a lot of bloody stuff. When They Cry is better than Elfen Lied for me. Both main characters are yandere/yangire!! Elfen Lied is extremely ecchi while also comedic. You will like Elfen Lied if you like When They Cry.
Both anime are known for their excessive amount of gore and violence. Despite those, they are splendid masterpieces with unique storylines and outstanding characters that will remain unforgettable even with some disturbing scenes.
Both anime have a lot of gore, but they aren't stupid. Really, both anime have interesting story and sense.
Both feature intense scenes of violence committed by and on super cute characters and nearly whiplash inducing tonal shifts. If you like one you'll probably enjoy the other.
As both series are remembered for their gore aspects, I definitely recommend watching Higurashi. It takes the gore scenes, but adds more suspense, a story that will boggle your mind until the second season, and both shows are just excellent watches. If you're into gore and suspense, I highly recommend Higurashi
These two shows are probably the bloodiest two i've seen. They're both horror and mystery genre's with thriller. The plot on both are really well done and at first may be confusing really get you into the show!
Both have decent amounts of blood, gore, and conventionally attractive women with odd colored hair. I watched them one after the other.
Both anime are very bloody and and brutal anime with cute girls to comfort you.
Elfen Lied has much more fanservice than Higurashi and is considerably bloodier
Higurashi is much more psychological and requires a lot of piecing together to completely understand.
I believe Higurashi is the scarier one of the two though that's just me.
Both are give away suspence and confusion
Very plot twisty and events are surprising
Elfen lied is about another species while higurashi is about a curse
Everything eventually gets connection but unlike elfen lied higurashi is much more complicated then that.
I HIGHLY recommend watching higurashi cant give anymore away or spoilerssss
Psycho girls and bloody scenes. If you enjoyed one of them, probably you'll like the other.
Mistery, violence and gruesome murders, it all fits in the same genre. If you liked Elfen Lied but were left hungering for something longer than a 13 episode anime, you NEED Higurashi no Naku Koro ni! Starts off a bit slower and it is terribly confusing in the beginning, but as soon as it starts unraveling its secrets you are going to love it and you won't be able to quit watching it, just like Elfen Lied. Elfen Lied is Hirugashi's more explicit and less psychotic cousin.
Both series will have you cheering on morally ambiguous or even psychopathic protagonists in violent confrontations. There's a bit of (usually dark) humour and exploring relationships between characters, including romantic subplots. Also, pink hair.
Lucy & Yuno (similarities: pink hair, psycho, past, family circumstances, love for main character, jealousy etc.)
Kohta & Yukiteru (same innocent character, relationship with main girl, lost memories, suffering)
similarities in general: a lot of blood, murders, unpredictable, psychological etc.
-Both girl in the anime have split personality / one side good, one side bad
-Both girl in the anime have pink hair
-Both girl in the anime have been through a tough time in their past
-Both girl in the anime have a guy they love and want to protect with their life
-Both anime are very dark, exciting, and keeps you hooked on the first episode compared to the other ones
-Both anime has a lot of blood
-Not a clitche.
Both Mirai Nikki and Elfen Lied are pioneers of the yandere character type, and in both, the destructive nature of the main girl's relationship with the main guy is a main plot point. The feel of the anime is the same with a romantic tragedy vibe, and in general if you liked one series you should like the other.
Limbs fly left and right as people constantly get killed in and tormented in violent ways. Despite the bucketloads of blood however their are warm and heartwarming moments hidden deep within. Characters are not as they may seem but are still ruthless nonetheless.
In both anime, the female main characters are psycho with incredible murder skills
Both gory love stories where a pink-haired girl kills a bunch of people to protect her love interest.
Both are really graphic, full of gore and just enjoyable to watch.
Both are bloody and have a lot of gore in them. They're also violent and psychological. Both of them have more depth in the story as you watched them. Both are amazingly good with awesome heroines.
Both Elfen lied and Mirrai nikki pull you along into the depths of the anti-heroes spiralling insanity as you watch their encounters with other estranged or morally imbalanced characters. Elfen Lied has a large focus on uncensored gore whilst Mirai Nikki does not, But it is only to add to the story of each anime to add emphasis on the characters moral actions in each story.
Elfen lied leaves you at a cliff hanger at twelve episodes and could use another season to finish it off (They should have waited for the manga to finish first). Mirrai Nikki is a twenty six episode series with an ending that could look both sad or good depending on how you look at it (there will be an OVA). The protagonist in Mirrai Nikki may get on your nerves either really quickly or later on just by the way he handles his situation.
Both share pink haired female MCs who have questionable sanity. Both have lots of gore and romance.
Personally, I find Gasai Yuno and Lucy / Nyuu to pretty similar. They both have their innocent and fragile sides, but then they also have their mass-murder psychotic sides. Both animes are good for showing the development of the characters and their 'bi-polar' personalities.
Drip...drip...drip.. Ahhh, the sound of blood pattering on the floor from your hands. Your heart hammering in your chest just to see what will happen next as you start to cackle. Your eyes widen as you realize the one you love doesn't love you back. You'll KILL just to protect them! Mirai Nikki won't leave you crying on your hands and knees, but you surely won't be disappointed. You can call these animes similar, with two completely different plots. You'll be tearing at your skin to watch the next episode! Just don't forget to... breathe...
Romantic drama. Has lots of hardship and also makes you think. Kinda like a mystery
- Both main female characters are pink haired, violent, 2 personalities (good and bad), have guys they want to protect, had a tough past, jealous, in love with main male character.
- Both main male characters are innocent, is suffering, boyfriend of main female character.
-Both anime is bloody
these series both have a very macabre tone and setting. Rampant violence is frequent, and disturbing sexual content is present at times. If you enjoyed Mirai Nikki's exploration into human nature, and especially the mystery of each character's pasts, Elfen Lied is undoubtably up your alley.
I think that two main characters are alike. They both love one person and are ready to do everything to protect their loved one (even kill dozens of people), and they are cruel to the outside world. Also, the girls' appearances are similar.
Pink haired psycho characters that can go from in love to insane killer in seconds.
If you want a mature show with serious gore and shocking events these shows are for you. They both have frustrating protagonists but a great supporting cast. These shows are extremely brutal, viewer discretion is advised.
They both are revolved around a psychotic female role, followed by a male role who is trying to help them.
Elfen Lied and Mirai Nikki let you think about life. Because of the things the characters went trough, or the ending (especially the ending of Mirai Nikki) They're both bloody and you have to understand EVERY single thing that happens before you can truly understand the series. Also they have both kind of 'dramatical' endings cause you don't know what happened after.
I recommend Elfen Lied and Mirai Nikki to people who love bloody animes with a good storyline in it.
Horror type,have a pink hair main girl that are a murder,have a helpless boy,have a beautiful art and there tell about a type of love.
there is a main girl with four invisible hands that it like killing machines,there is a boy who in very friendly with girls,the story is very good and there is a little of Harem.
It tells about twelve peoples fighting to be the god of a world,the main girl is a crazy murder of ~16 years,I really like this anime because...discover yourselves this anime.
And in my opinion both need to be 9/10
Both have a very different couple: an assassin woman and bit stupid man. Many fights, blood, and well developed stories, with an unknown past coming to light in a surprising way
Both series involve a pink haired "Yandare" girl, who is in love with a vanilla protagonist and will kill anyone and everyone to protect that relationship. Both series involve insane amounts of gore, nudity, emotional low blows, and shock factor. If you liked the simple blood, boobs, and kawaii yandare aspect of Elfen Lied, but don't care for pretentious pondering or any attempt to be profound or artistic then Mirai Nikki is for you.
-Psychotic lead female characters/split personality
-Dark character pasts
The general plots are similar and both are thrilling to watch. If you liked one, you should like the other.
If you liked Mirai Nikki you will probably like Elfen Lied. Both have great story lines get at times are gory. They are both two of my personal favourite anime's although not appropriate for younger ages.
-A lot of gore
- A split personality girl protagonist
- Nice soundtrack
-Both girl main character are badass with pink hair!
-Both are really gore!
-Both genders are Action,Horror,and psychological.
Pink haired psychopaths hacking and killing everything and everyone who gets in their way.
Both have bloodshed (a lot), Mirai Nikki has it's share of brief nudity. Both have a character that would be listed as a Yandere..Most importantly Mirai Nikki and Elfen Lied include a character that is a crazy murderer.
Batshit insane female characters with pink hair which you love and are the only reasons you watch the show with plenty of blood and gore well watch mirai nikki do it in the words of shia labeouf
Both of the shows are yandere concept
and both of them have pretty amazing plot
both of them are totally messing with your
sexuallity and you cant understand a thing
both of them are making you hate certain character
and the next scene can make you love her again
until you understand you must hate her
but then she is SUGOI KAWAII and you must love that shit
after all both of the shows are huge mainstreams
and both of them are amazing and a must watch
Bloodshed, gore, can shock an average viewer, and both of them pretend to be something they are not - EL does it way better though, since many people think it's actually deep, while DW's stupidity is obvious to most.
Both depict cruelty extremely well. Both have lovely characters which have a dark, violent and cruel side.
Both animes are very bloody and stories are similar with a sense of saving in both animes.
Also they both can become very emotional. I recommend Deadman Wonderlan to any one who likes Elfen Lied.
This series do have differences but once you take a deeper look, you just can't ignore the similarities...
1) Flying, bloody body parts everywhere
2) A girl with split personality
3) Main characters who lost his family/friends by the hands of someone he knows
4) They even both have eye violation scene!
These animes are both emotionally deep. Both animes involve a powerful female character with split personalities (Shiro/Wretched Egg and Lucy), who are attached to the male lead.Both are fastpaced and 12 episodes long.
If you can handle the gore of Elfen Lied, you can handle Deadman Wonderland a bit easier.
Both have the same feeling and both are very gory. Many plot twists that will make you scared for what's to come
Equally bad for the same reasons, if you liked one you'll probably like the other.
A lot of blood, flashbacks, supernatural skills, similar female protagonists
Elfen Lied is the most violent show I've seen in anime. Deadman Wonderland, while not nearly as graphic, is still pretty gory. Other than gore, these 2 shows also share another similar trait. Both girls in the 2 animes have another dark personality.
They're both awful, trying to be deep with gore and nudity, and a complete waste of time.
both animes are sick and twisted in their own ways. They are dark and have some insanity that comes with it. It's violent, bloody and has gore obviously. Both very interesting though they have different settings and stories, if you're into this type of dark genre, then this is without a doubt for you. so check it out, you won't regret it.
Both these anime are obviously similar in many ways but are different in terms of execution. Elfen Lied focused more on drama and horror whilst Deadman Wonderland was more about action horror and the fight for freedom. Both also share the same way of infecting the victims with powers but in Deadman Wonderland it is not gender specific and the carriers or experiments are all held in a secret facility to be for experimental research that eventually drives said experiments to madness. Elfen Lied was uncensored while Deadman Wonderland was (Might just be the version I watched though). Both anime endings suffer from not being able to clear anything up and leaves some plot holes and unexplained situations.
Blood and gore, annoying main characters and lovely girls.
The keyword of both series is most definitely "blood". Blood is more or less the main character in both of the series, since we see it the most. Both stories are showing us the wish to survive, even if that means doing many brutal things along the way. With the main pair and focus being the main male lead & main female lead versus everyone, we are set into quite a splendid and similar survival ride both times.
Both have gore and a female character with a mysterious background. In both the main female character falls for the male protagonist.
I like both of them. In both the main character has a suprnatural ability. In Elfen Lied the main character, Lucy, a Diclonius, have a double personality. One is a ruthless killer and the other is a cute girl which can say only one thing "Nyuu". How about Deadman Wonderland, there the main character, Ganta, is the only survivor when his all classmates were killed by a misterious man in a red costume. Bothe of this anime are interesting. They have mystery and horror. I think you will like them.
The idea of the female protagonist with double personalities is all.
The split personality female lead with extreme superhuman powers is very similar. Both anime also have a dark undercurrent to them and general feel.
Both have characters which can cause a hell of a lot of damage to others in close proximity, one using blood another special hands. they start of with a brutal demonstration of what having the power can lead to, both in dark ways. they have twisted scientist who experiment with these powers and both have female main characters with similar personalities.
Both have a girl who seems innocent and happy but really has a split personality that is dark and cruel. Both have male leads that have a forgotten past with these girls. Both girls have secret powers, and both girls have killed people the male lead loved.
Both are very dark anime with disturbing but gripping storylines. Crazy violence perpetuated through supernatural powers. The main character befriends the evil (bad/ dangerous) character in both anime because in both cases, the evil character has a split personality (one evil and one innocent). This creates a great mix of emotions due to your desire to dislike the evil character but also your desire to like or feel sorry for their innocent other side. Both where short lived anime but well worth a watch.
it is a horror anime full of blood and misterious characters and plot twists.give it a try!
Both have a character we don't know its true identity and both includes lots of blood. Although Elfen Lied is more adult anime and have a romance, the both couples have more related than we think.
Both have a dark theme, and a small love fling. Also they both deal with human experimentation.
-They are both written by Lynn Okamoto
-They are both about girls and powers
-They are both violent and gory
-There is a male lead with several girls with that power
-The girls are being hunted down by the labs that created them
-Involves graphic violence and emotion themes such as:
social alienation, identity, prejudice, revenge, abuse, jealousy, regret and the value of humanity *off wikipedia
The setting is almost the same, but with another story.
That's probably because they are both from the same mangaka.
However, both include dark atmosphere, splatter and mystery, so, if you are into it you should watch it.
Same feeling when watching and kinda same idea. Basically girls with superpowers, traumas, organizations and a mc boy who's tied to the mc girl in a way or another because of their pasts.
-Both have a main protagonist who whants to help hunted girls
- both are from the same writer
- Gore is common in both
- sometimes ecchi
These two series deals with human experiments and supernatural powers and a male protagonist who helps the girls from being hunted by some laboratory agents. they are both gore and a has mild nudity. they have the same author so they are really much alike. So if you like gokukoku no brynhildr you will like this too.
Same creator, both of these give off the same vibe, with superpowers, both of the main characters have been through trauma that has to do with the female protagonist. If you enjoyed one of them you'll enjoy the other :)
A dude try to hide girls he met in the past from a powerful cruel organization. Elfen Lied is way more gore, but, when GnB will be in blu-ray, it will have some bloody scene too. GnB is in my opinion more diversified, though, the humor can be anti-climatic. They both have some excellent mystery aspect and deep universe. Really dark atmosphere.
-Both have gore elements
-Both stories revolve around a male MC that is surrounded by females with supernatural powers
-In both stories the girls with the supernatural powers are being chased down by scientists from a laboratory
-The male MC is trying to help out and save the girls with supernatural powers hide from the scientists
In both, main character encounters supernatural female(s) who are in danger of getting killed and he decides to help them. Both are ecchi and gory, but have few comedy moments.
It is the author and the plot seems, traumatized characters, secret organizations experienced with girls to give him powers, one of these girls flees and is pursued by others to bring it back.
They're both psychological thrillers written by the same person. They're both about girls who have been used as human experiments. These girls have super powers. The male mc tries to hide them from the evil organization they came from. Both are creepy and have lots of gore and ecchi. Both are great.
Where this show is great is the feelings it can evoke, they are both brutal and honest and I think that's something everyone should experience at least once in their life. Understanding that humans are the biggest monsters, the cruelest. Where this show improves upon it's predecessor is the art and the characters, voice acting seems better too. Overall it is a well-rounded anime I thoroughly recommend to those who enjoyed Elfen Lied.
Here are some things they share in common:
- They are written by the same person
- They are about girls with powers
- They both include a male lead who does not have powers
- Graphic and violent themes, (slight comedy and harem elements)
- They both explore the same issues and emotions of, prejudice, isolation, misanthropy, evil in science, evil in humanity, relationships, regret, tragedy
They both have a similar story. Girls with powers escape from a lab, they live with the male lead and the girls are hunted down by the lab. Both anime are very gory.
Both anime's are pyschological thrillers that are written by the same person (Lynn Okamoto). Both animes have girls with special powers. Both anime's have lots of gore and horror scenes. My personal opinion on the two is that they are similar because of the main male lead and they both have very comedic romance scenes.
Brynhildr features a similarly gritty tone and dark atmosphere with characters having escaped lab experimentation, sporting special abilities, and becoming pursued by others sent by said lab to kill them.
Although the former is a bit more serious in tone, it can be quite grizzly at times and there's no shortage of supernatural elements. This series will probably not shock you as much, but is eerily similar in many ways.
Also, it's relativity short length makes for an ideal dark/supernatural afternoon binge-watch!
Produced by the same people who made Elfen Lied, Gokukoku no Brynhildr features girls with individual powers who have escaped from a research lab. The main concepts are similar but differ more as you go from there. Gokukoku no Brynhildr is also less ecchi and gory, so if you're someone who felt a little too overwhelmed or turned off by that in Elfen Lied, maybe this will be more enjoyable for you.
Both of the series Elfen Lied (EL) and Gokukoku no Brynhildr (GnB) is written by Lynn Okamoto.
If you're fascinated by one of these two, highly chance that you will be interested in the other one too. Gore is the main theme of both series; however romance also has been bound with these two. Definitely you will get the same vibe when watching both of the series.
Elfen Lied is heavily implied by high class issues while lift up slightly fantasy to make it up as a masterpiece. Gokukoku no Brynhildr also make its way with the same concepts as well but focusing more of the depth in the science subject.
-They are both written by Lynn Okamoto
-They are both about girls and powers
-They are both violent and gory
Elfen Lied has a better story while Gokukiku has a betther characters
Both are about finding a girl with no memory but both have hidden powers that awaken sporaticly in the story. Both girls could only say their names in the begining and have cute ears/horns. Both have ecchi. :D Only difference is Chobits is more of a romace and Elfen Led is full of violence and gore.
Though Chobits certainly doesn't have the same level of violence that Elfen Lied has (or any), I feel both are very similar in the setup. Both are harem's with a vague plot to try cover the pointless nudity/cuteness, and Nyu and Chi share almost every personality trait.
Cute innocent girls who only can speak one syllable turns out to be a killing machine and a super-computer.
Besides the fact that Elfen Lied is more gory, bloody, and lets face it- Violent, it has a big similarity with Chobits. Both the main characters have sides, They are named by the sounds they make, (Chobits is Chii, and Elfen Lied is Nyuu) Fall in love with the college man who found them, etc. Just watch it and you will see.
Main characters are nearly the same sweet mysterious girls. (Ok Nyuu's not always so sweet :D)
Elfen Lied Is extremely gory and bloody
Chobits well isnt
Chobits is about a teenager who go's to the city and comes across a chobit on the ground, computers that walk around and are interactive. Normaly female and resembles humans only beautiful and flawless.
He finds one laying on the ground who has lost its memory and of course its a smarter one that is a girl and is gorgous.
But has lost all her memories and says meow or meu something like that.
Elfen lied Teenager Finds alice naked forgets all her memory girl and also says meu.
Chobits is romantic comedy, thats surrounded by this mysterios chobit robot and its all about his mysterious feeling of love to this robot and hes curious should he or should he not. situation with action and events building to a climactive ending.
Plots are similar, but Elfen Lied is much more brutal and sad. Chobits for fans of Elfen Lied will be cheerful change after Elfen Lied.
Both series contain a chatacter that has lost her memories and learns how to interact with humans as the series progresses. "Nyu" and Chi act very similar in personality and are both reminiscent of a young child learning about the world and people around them.
Intertwining elements of science fiction, drama, comedy, and romance, Eflen Lied is another enjoyable anime to watch. The storylines of both are similar in terms of conflict that threatens the relationships between the male protagonists and the non-human girls. Both girls are also adorably innocent and naïve, leading to quite a few hilarious ecchi moments.
Although the stories differ majorly, the main characters Chii (Chobits) and Nyu (Elfen Lied) are oh so similar; they are both sweet and naive and can mostly only say their names. My recommendation is if you really loved the character of Nyu (as i did) then you will fall in love with Chii :)
Both have the same general plot (boy finds girl with special powers). On the other hand, their execution is very different. Chobits is more of a romantic comedy, while Elfen Lied is a psychological horror.
Elfen Lied at first seems like the polar opposite of Chobits, I don't want to give much away. Note: this is only if you want something more extreme than Chobits (ex. something more gory and ecchi-ish)
Both are stories about a guy that moves to a new place then suddenly finds a girl who has little knowledge and can only say one word and he names them the one word they can say.Both also have ecchi and both female leads has a dark past an have lost their memories.Both have some romance,but Chobits seems to focus more on the romance where Elfen lied has mostly horror.But unlike Elfen lied,Chobits is much more slow paced and can be harder to watch in one sitting.
These animes are somewhat similar because they both have a character with split personalities. In one of the split personalities that you will see in both animes are clueless and only know how to say one word but they will gradually learn to speak. Elfen lied is a lot more violent and the story line is much darker but they are both really good.
In many regards, Elfen Lied is very different from Chobits, but there are a few things that will appeal to those looking for something similar. A word of warning: blood and gore are all over the place in this show. Severed limbs, decapitation, and people just getting straight-up cut in half are the regular, and it happens in every episode.
In terms of the plot, the focus is definitely on action and drama, there is a love story involved, though it's primarily more of a familial one as the main protagonists Kouta and Yuka take in and care for stray children and run-aways throughout the show. There is a slight romantic side to it in Kouta's relationship with Lucy and his cousin (yeah...his cousin is romantically interested in him...) Yuka. It's certainly not as fleshed out and deep as the romance seen in Chobits, but it is definitely there and the tragic series of events that lead to it still manage to make it feel unique and touching.
But the main reason I recommend this series for Chobits fans lies in one place, one character; Nyu. Nyu is the second half of one of the main characters, Lucy. Suffering from a split personality, Lucy switches to and from her usual mass-murdering self to an utterly innocent and adorable girl who starts off only knowing how to say one word, "Nyu". Found washed up on the beach, Kouta brings her back home and vows to care of the girl. He dresses her, teaches her how to speak, and shows her how to interact with society. Sound familiar?
Far more so than DearS Ren, Nyu is almost identical to Chii. Her curious nature and fierce adoration of Kouta combined with her lack of intelligence and common sense place her in quite a few situations that are all very Chobits-esque. Nyu and Chii even look identical as Nyus being a Diclonious (a mutated race of humans that have gained telekenetic abilities and a "sixth sense") gives her a pair of horns on her head that look all too familiar to Chiis Persocom ears.
My only issue is that they didn't touch enough on Nyu in the series. You never find out where this split personality in Lucy came from and you never find out what exactly causes the transition from one personality to the next. Also, in the first half of the series, Nyu plays a large role, with much of the non-violent scenes involving her in some way, whereas in the second half it shifts primarily to Lucy. That's fine, but I feel like they decided they just didn't feel like dealing with Nyu's story any more and all but abandoned her role in the show.
Despite the darker tone of the show, the brutal violence involved, and the less romance focused story, if you fell in love with Chii, you'll probably find Nyu to be just as adorable of a character. Plus, if you can deal with the gore, you'll probably end up realizing the plot is actually excellent and just as enjoyable as Chobits, albeit for very different reasons in the end.
Both are about a girl who loses her memory and can only say one word. They also both have different looking ears/horns...
These anime are very similar in ther blood content. Each are rich with blood and body parts. Also have relatively sad stories.
Both have a dark story, not so human girls, and lots of blood o.o
They both have pretty much gore and give a similar feeling. There are sad and romantic part in both this animes than only action/horror.
Both have kickass heroines.. both have plenty of blood and gore : )
and both have annoying male characters >< and both are awesome to watch!
Nyu and Clare were very similar persons. Both were killing Monsters, both got a monster in their bodies and both got a similar similar lovestory
Both anime have tons of action and violence, tied with an interesting plot and characters that make you feel pity for them. Both have main female protagonists that kill many things. At first you feel that they are cold and do not feel anything, but as you learn their story and history you begin to understand them. Both anime were enjoyable to watch and are completely worth your time.
Dark, gory, action series not for the faint-hearted.
Two anime with different art styles and stories, yet with a few similarities.
Both main characters are females with sad pasts and have their own "hidden side".
Contain monsters, action and a lot of BLOOD! And of course, a little romance.
Both of these are at the top of my list for blood content. Limbs fly off in pretty much every episode. They are pretty dark stories each with a bad ass heroine and a annoying male character. But behind all the blood, and killing both heroines have a sad past the makes a really good story in each show.
Both of them have a lot of violence, both Lucy and Clare aren´t humans, and they have special powers, and once more they both seek revenge on someone.
P.S. - Recomend other animes besides the famous ones Pls...
Both have females as protagonists, with sad stories and whith lots of violence and blood.
Both are very bloody.
They also share the same "modified by human to kill" kind of nature.
Both have an good and heartbreaking storyline!
Both are about a person helping the "monster" to get more human.
Both have strong female lead characters, set in a world of injustice and fear. Tragedy and death are main themes of both series, and the gloomy mood is more or less consistent throughout. Although Elfen Lied is the gorier of the two, it is more willing to put you through extreme mood whiplash with humor and ecchi, whereas Claymore's bleak feeling is rarely broken. Despite this, both animes have a similar feeling due to blood and gore content, central themes and character motivations.
very similar anime, both sad, lot of action, blood, and protecting what is important to them.
If you like the bloody action, Elfen Lied takes it to a whole level. However, it is also pretty heart breaking, and the plot is well presented. Like Claymore, Elfen Lied is one of those animes that you watch and won't stop thinking about for a good week or more.
Although they are miles apart plot-wise, blood and gore are a very major theme in both. "Claymore" has a strong plot in it's own right, and to those who love gore then it will be even better.
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