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Alien 9

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Synonyms: Alien Nine
Japanese: エイリアン9


Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 25, 2001 to Feb 25, 2002
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 28 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.701 (scored by 8,046 users)
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Ranked: #46042
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Popularity: #2573
Members: 17,705
Favorites: 154


Both seem to have a cutesy art and all, but in reality they are much darker and cruel. Things like underage girls communicating with alien life forms and getting strange powers as a result. 
report Recommended by insoo
Both of these series have a cute exterior but are darker at heart.
They also have a similar feel to them and involve young girls/children and alien-like creatures that fight.
report Recommended by BigBagODicks
Both have VERY similiar protagonists, in that they are unwilling to do what they're meant to do, even though they have great potential.
Both are great looking series produced with amazing 2D animation. Emotional, touching, and psychological.

NGE has mecha, has a more layered and completed plot, has a symbolic ending, and is more mainstream and popular

Alien Nine only tells half the story, has a more honest approach with it's cast, subtly creepier, and is cuter. 
report Recommended by Otaking09
We have children who interact with and use alien life forms for fighting; both are somewhat abstract and experimental. 
report Recommended by insoo
Both are coming of age tales.
Fooly Cooly is about Males
Alien Nine is about females. 
report Recommended by Neane93
Alien 9 is similar to Musaigen no Phantom World in it's main plot setting. In Alien 9 they are in a school club that fights aliens off their school grounds aided by Borg their alien helmets, Musaigen no Phantom World is also about a high school club that fights phantoms and use their special powers to their advantage. Though each show has a very different tone, Alien 9 is much darker and physiological whereas Musaigen no Phantom World is much more lighthearted.  
report Recommended by Nikoru-san
Alien Nine reminded me of Haibane Renmei because of the level of bizarre and weirdness each of these shows contain. Both are out of the normal comfort zone, and have a slice of life with an interesting sci-fi twist.  
report Recommended by Nikoru-san
Both series are a dark turn on the cute and moe genre that goes badly for the main characters, who are in both shows young girls. Both have a weird structure and plot twists and have unsatisfying endings, so its very likely that you will apreciate the other if you enjoy one of them. Also they are both extremely well done and dont give a damn about what the audience will be expecting. 
report Recommended by Jans6ever
Both anime feature extreme horror-themed violence, and both plots consist of a series of attacks by monsters which must be repelled by the series' respective heroins. Beyond that, they both feature very similar plots and general atmospheres with dark, overarching mystery-conspiracies that are slowly revealed over the course of the series. I would go so far as to say that Blood-C appears to have been very heavily inspired by Alien 9, but I cannot find a source that supports that claim. 
report Recommended by EpyonComet
Two violent OVAs with deceptive aesthetics. Alien 9 looks like some sort of cute slice of life/mon show, but it ends up getting about twice as dark and weird as Neon Genesis Evangelion. Apocalypse Zero seems to be nothing but perverted grimdark ultraviolent schlock, but at heart it's an idealistic homage to Kamen Rider with black & white morality and an impossibly noble protagonist.  
report Recommended by dickteautwins
both shows mix horror elements with slice of life. gakkougurashi is about high school girls trying to survive a zombie apocalypse whereas alien 9 is about elementary school girls fighting an alien invasion. 
report Recommended by nordicyandere
Both series have a young girl(s) as the protagonist who has to befriend an alien who will help them battle the forces of the evil aliens.

Both are also in a very cute stye that leads people to believe its a light hearted anime but both have dark, sad, and realistic elements to them. 
report Recommended by plutomutt
Alien Nine has the same theme of grade-schoolers capturing aliens but with a more serious and slightly darker storyline. 
report Recommended by R3i
Both deal with a group of children thrust into dangerous and traumatic situations because they have been "chosen" to protect their world.  
report Recommended by kasumisama
Both take place in a school setting and have similar character art. Both have bizarre situations based on the sci-fi elements in Alien Nine and the overall comedic elements in Azumanga Daioh. If you like the weirdness in either one, you should watch the other.  
report Recommended by Hantsuki
The vectors are very similar to the borgu's attack. As the Azumanga-esque art style would suggest, Alien 9 is not quite as dark as Elfen Lied, but it can still be fairly bloody. 
report Recommended by DrHouse
Both feature young main female character crybabies. Yet they are airheads and have fear of battle. 
report Recommended by Pitrocks14
Yuri and Tsubasa are both very similar.
a) They are child main characters with not the same ages but yet very similar ages.
b) They both have supporting characters to help them conquer their difficulties.
c) both have to fight aliens or enemies as little kids. It's their importance.
d) both cry a whole lot especially of dangerous things.
These anime both came out in the same year but I'd have to say Figure 17 was slightly more of a darker theme than Alien Nine, which contains more uncomfortable stuff for children more than Figure 17. 
report Recommended by Pitrocks14