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Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

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Synonyms: Elven Song, Elfenlied, MOL, Digitopolis, memoria
Japanese: エルフェンリート


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 113
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 6, 2002 to Aug 25, 2005
Authors: Okamoto, Lynn (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump


Score: 8.071 (scored by 38325 users)
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Ranked: #8142
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Popularity: #62
Members: 69,145
Favorites: 5,350


Both mangas are the story of a group of people who have a "virus" and have a power for the virus. In both the main character have a bloody past and are reject by the society and are enclosed. In both a girl meet a boy in the childhood and after years they see again. And in both very people dead cause the "virus" and the powers. 
reportRecommended by nicovivas28
Girls with supernatural powers are pursued by an evil laboratory who make experiments with them. A boy finds them and try to protect them from the organization. Both have lot a sad scenes and dramatic deaths. 
reportRecommended by BlindNoldor
~Both manga have blood, gore, and much pain, both mentally and physically. ~They both have organizations that do cruel and inhumane testing on people, and there are 'monsters' which cause the deaths of many people. ~They both also go deeper within the character's mind and show how what's happening affects them. ~The characters and/or main characters are also female. 
reportRecommended by Adventure
A girl is found -> she is taken home -> she is innocent, childlike, and she cannot speak but one syllable (so she is named) -> she is found to be unique of her kind, and seems to have a darker "version of herself" lurking somewhere deep in her subconscious. (Note though, that Chobits does not delve into the level of gore Elfen Lied does, and Elfen Lied, though it does contain nudity, does not focus primarily on ecchi as comic relief like Chobits.) 
reportRecommended by SoneAnna
Corpses, corpses and... more corpses. Albeit the concepts are entirely different, both Mirai Nikki and Elfen Lied depict a very crude and gory visualization of realism that consumes the whole series with its crazy factor (although Elfen Lied is way more intense). The main female protagonists happen to be anti-heroes as well, having occasional antagonistic personalities throughout the story and resulting to protect the typical weak-minded (at first) male protagonist that once had a normal life. 
reportRecommended by myusername
Both manga are about experiments which create dangerous "people" with supernatural powers, AKA science gone mad. Both are pretty bloody, but Elfen Lied has way more gore and ecchi. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both are very dark and have blood/gore and shows the mental change of a person due to outside forces.  
reportRecommended by Rance-sama
Sankarea and Elfen Lied are really similar (the anime of Elfen Lied more than the manga though, since the manga is really unfocused) - a guy gets into a relationship with a girl with special powers who needs his care but sometimes get violent. Through out the story, lots of events coincide, and the dramaturgy is really similar. Both are even unnecessary ecchi... If you compare the Elfen lied anime and the Sankarea manga I think they are both are great, tightly woven shounen stories with a "seinen" depth, and I recommend them both just as much. (I haven't seen the Sankarea anime, just so  read more 
reportRecommended by txrxgxu
Both mangas tell about a hard life of people with extraordinary abilities. 
reportRecommended by kaonasi_mV
I have found both Elfen Lied and Kasane to be very similar manga. Both of the mc's are seen as a freak of nature due to their deformities, and are both bullied as small children to the point of breaking. Kasane and Lucy each have their own powers, and use them to achieve their revenge. If you like Elfen Lied, you'll like Kasane, and vice versa - they each are beautifully drawn and give the same feel, and are fantasy-tragedy-romance.  
reportRecommended by Lunoire
They both deal with themes of misanthropy and both are rather depressing to read. Bokurano, however, is better written and has better characters. 
reportRecommended by PoeticJustice
Young girls are put through brutal and inhumane circumstances leaving them psychologically damaged and emotionally repressed. Despite their suffering, they manage to retain their humanity. In Gunslinger Girl, the girls are trained to kill and obey. In Elfen Lied, killing is their response to the discrimination and incarceration they suffer under the label as a threat to all humanity.  
reportRecommended by xxxATiON
If you're into the neuroticism and breaching sanity given through bits of Soul Eater and crave something more intense, Elfen Lied might be a good route. 
reportRecommended by Corruptbomber
Since I have not finished the whole series. It may not be a perfect recommendation, but they have similarities. In both series they have bloody violence. They also have psychological moments (Though Elfen Lied has a mature feeling than Kimera). But I thoroughly enjoyed both series, especially since the heroines are awesome . 
reportRecommended by animeotaku4911
IO and Elfen Lied both deal with a main character who like kouta, suffers amnesia...he moves into a certain town and winds up living with a bunch of girls....a history of dead parents......there's alot of ecchi...and also the elements of incest and love triangles. falling in love with a girl while courting and taking care of another girl ...shibuki the jealous love interest like Yuka....mio like lucy a special girl with a stoic nature who the mc courts and takes care of..like kouta and nyu!..... 
reportRecommended by Josiah-Joestar
Both are science fiction/horror manga that focus rather heavily on the tense relationships between humanity and those who possess something that makes them somewhat not human. 
reportRecommended by Karmatics
- Girls belonging to an strange race (Elfen Lied: Diclonious, Sora no Otoshimono: Angeloids) - The protagonist accepts them as they are, regardless of the biological weapons that are for humanity. - The main girl escapes and begins to live with the prota. The other girls will be sent to assassinate her. - These girls were chained and forced to follow orders for fear of dying. - In both series exists the desire of the new world, which is related to the origin of the girls. Also they are important pieces in the evolution of the races. - We have the friend of childhood, who is jealous of the affection  read more 
reportRecommended by OtakuNote87
These series are set in a reality apart from society. From different species that have been hidden from humans. Where a girl who holds immense power is discovered by a boy who can only admire his innocence, which turns out to be one of his two personalities. From there he will be involved in evil plans for the diclonius (Elfen Lied) and the Yokai (Rosario to Vampire) threatening humanity, bringing together different girls of those spices who only seek the company of others and understanding. In these two works you can see how the protagonist would give everything for them, despite being a simple human,  read more 
reportRecommended by OtakuNote87
Elfen Lied and Shinazu no Ryouken portrays a story that has violence and tragedy. In their story, there's are individuals with a virus/disease that can potentially change the future of the world. Both series' main female protagonist gets involved with dangerous individuals in cat-and-mouse like game scenarios as they fight for what they believe in. There is experimentation, gore, and mature themes so be caution of what you'll be reading. 
reportRecommended by Stark700
Elfen Lied and Zero deals with dark themes that includes tragic pasts and experimentation. Both series' main male protagonist gets involved with dangerous circumstances that tests the limits of their skills. Similarly, the main female protagonist/anti-hero demonstrates special powers because of their origins. In addition, both series relates to a sort of cat-and-mouse game as government and other organizations are seeking their capture. Recommended for fans seeking a story of dark twists and mature context.  
reportRecommended by Stark700
Both about a near-human female demon who has to fight her own kind. Main characters both have amnesia and a split-personality which enables them to be adopted into a family. Main characters also lose their shit a couple times and kill regular humans for no reason. 
reportRecommended by DrHouse
The main plot of the two mangas may not be the same, but Railgun's Sister's arc is very similar to Elfen Lied. While in Railgun clones are created, the same happens in Elfen Lied when people try to make clones that could be just like the original, capable of reproducing and giving birth to new "beings". Railgun's characters have abilities like teleport, generating electricity and Elfen Lied characters have hidden hands that can be used for killing. 
reportRecommended by Liinah
Both have blood, violence, nudity, girls with super powers, and mediocre art. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both manga involve experiments, a race of blood thirsty super humans, drama, tragedy, gore, action, and strong fighting girls. Red Garden is more raffinate and much better than the Elfen Lied manga, though. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both series deal with main characters going through experments and losing humanity, although Elfen Lied is much more bloody and violent. Dawn Tsumetai Te deals with a virus called "nightshift" (very simlar to T-virus in Resident Evil) and the main characters' school life is greatly disturbed by it. Although the two series are not extremely similar, you will get similar impressions when readng them. 
reportRecommended by wakka9ca
Both have woman who fight and aren't human, and a human guy with dead parents as one of the main character. Both are pretty dark and gory and have no clear line between the good and the bad guys. 
reportRecommended by Lynx1712
Strong girl > weak guy 
reportRecommended by Darkness007
Scheme: we see the struggle and the development of the relationship between the naive and unsuspecting guy and the iconic "girl on the run" in a supernatural ambient of sublime darkness, constant gore and riveting suspense that paves way to a very emotional and solemn story (albeit Elfen Lied requires a more unyielding stomach than Tsukihime). In any case, they give the same overall intrinsic feel that reminds one of the other.  
reportRecommended by myusername
Both series have numerous mysteries and lots of gore, so fans of either one will find an interest in the other. While Tokyo Akazukin is more of a loli-guro adventure manga, Elfen Lied is a bit more of a romance-drama with guro and mystery aspects. Both series have a great deal of action and solid plotlines so interested readers may find either series to be favorable. 
reportRecommended by RanKizama
Both mangas have to do with overpowered little girls hell bent on destroying humanity. 
reportRecommended by LonCee
If you liked Elfen Lied then you will probably enjoy Ibitsu. Be warned however, if you dislike the gore in Elfen Lied, Ibitsu is not only gore but also significantly unsettling as a manga. 
reportRecommended by Diassia
Their drawing style is similar and they are both horror mangas.  
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