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10 Anime Like "Elfen Lied"

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10 Anime Like Elfen Lied

10 Anime Like Elfen Lied

About "Elfen Lied"

If you're looking for anime like Elfen Lied, then you came to the right place. This series is one of the best in the psychological genre. With the right balance of action, horror, drama and romance, Elfen Lied has captured the interest of thousands of anime fans across the globe. Here's a list of similar anime series that you will also surely enjoy.

The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that's reported to be chosen by God and will finally become the destruction of humanity, possess two horns on their heads and have a "sixth sense" which gives them telekinetic powers. As a result of this dangerous power, they've been caught and isolated by the government in laboratories. Lucy, a psychotic and youthful Diclonius, manages to break free of her boundaries and viciously kills the majority of the guards in the lab where she's being held, simply to be shot as she makes her getaway. Lucy manages to float along to a shore where she is discovered by two teens, Kouta and Yuka, and survives, falling off a cliff into the ocean. Having lost Lucy's memories, she was named after the sole thing that she can now say, "Nyuu," and the two permit her to stay at Kouta's house. Nevertheless, it seems the psychotic side of Lucy isn't dead just yet...

Here are my ten recommendations:

  1. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
  2. Deadman Wonderland
  3. Mirai Nikki
  4. Chobits
  5. Gantz
  6. Claymore
  7. Blood+
  8. Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi
  9. Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai

1. "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni"

Maebara Keiichi spends his days in school regularly playing games with his local friends, after moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa. However, appearances can be deceiving. Keiichi stumbles upon news of a homicide that had occurred in Hinamizawa one fateful day. From this stage on, dreadful events unfold in front of Keiichi, as he soon learns his close buddies might not be all that they seem. Predicated on the amateur mystery game by 07th Expansion, the story is told in a run of distinct scenarios.


2. "Deadman Wonderland"

Ganta is the sole survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of adolescents. He's framed for the carnage, sentenced to perish, and locked away in the most perverted penitentiary ever built: Deadman Wonderland. And it gets worse.

For the entertainment of the majorities, the cheers of the crowd drowning out the screams of the participants, convicts are driven into barbarous deathmatches at Deadman Wonderland. When Ganta befriends Shiro, an uncommon female inmate, all hope crushes—until he finds the odd capability to wield his shed blood as a weapon. Ganta uncovers disturbing secrets that could expose those who stole his independence and learns his new ability might be related to the murderous man in red. He's determined to see justice served—but he'll have to fight for his life in a prison that holds a million ways to die.


3. "Mirai Nikki"

This psychological thriller, based on the manga illustrated and written by Sakae Esuno, is about Yuki, a loner who's not too good with people. This social recluse favors writing a diary on his mobile phone and speaking to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina—The God of Time and Space. However, Yuki shortly learns when Deus makes Yuki participate in a battle royale with eleven others that he is more than a figment of his imagination. The contestants are given special diaries that can forecast the future, each diary possessing unique attributes that give it both benefits and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must attempt to endure until there is only one left standing. The winner will become the new God of Time and Space.


4. "Chobits"

In the future, personal computers have developed into "Persocoms," mobile computers that resemble human beings. Hideki Motosuwa, a prep school student, urgently desires to purchase a Persocom but cannot manage to. One day, after discovering a Persocom that's been thrown away, he keeps it without telling anybody. When he turns on the Persocom, all she can say is "Chii" so he decides to name her that. After a little while, it begins to eventually become apparent that Chii is more than a typical Persocom. Having considerably better functionality, it appears that Chii might be a "Chobit," a sort of advanced Persocom rumored to have an independent idea.


5. "Gantz"

Thought your life was not good? Occasionally, death is not better. There's no redemption, peace, nor god waiting to receive you. But wait, a god? You might be referring to that large black ball put alongside you in the area. Now you're thrown right into a match, fighting with robot creatures and green aliens for the opportunity to live.

Kei Kurono so finds himself captured in this kind of game--a test of his abilities, morals, and will to live when he is killed. His life isn't his own; his departure is trampled upon over and over again and spat. What are the results if he will not listen? God knows.


6. "Claymore"

Nowadays, people coexist with demonic predators. These demonic beasts can blend into human society by taking on human appearance and feast on human innards. As a counter power, a cryptic organization created half-human, half-Yoma warriors known as the "Silver Eyed Witches" or "Claymores," named after the huge claymore swords they yield. Mankind, however, detests them despite knowing how essential they are.

The narrative starts with a young boy, Raki, who has lost everything in a Yoma attack, and the Claymore, Clare, who's usually loathed by society. Through the series, Clare and Raki reveal their more profound qualities, powers, and Clare's never-ending devotion to the goal she swore to fulfill in her youth.


7. "Blood+"

Through the passing of time along with the shifts in history, a special war continues to make its mark on history, expanding its influence into today's world. There are two major groups involved with the war that is ensuring. The very first group consists of creatures known as Chiropterans who can change their looks so that they look like humans. They're actually immortals who feed on blood. The next group is an organization known as the "Red Shield", formed to hunt these creatures and get rid of them. Otonashi Saya is a high school girl who lives a peaceful life with her family. The only issue is, she's no memories of her life further than that of the past year. Little does she know that her happy life will probably be destroyed by means of an event that may lead her to her destiny.


8. "Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi"

Rin Asogi is an immortal private detective with a gift for bringing matters that go bump in the nighttime and a thirst. In some nightmarish vignettes crossing sixty five years, Rin's exuberant body is perforated, inflated, and mulched into a bloody pulp. The fiend behind her tortured existence is Apos, an endless being obsessed with sacrificing Rin to Yggdrasil, the tree of life. Apos lurks in the shadows, ready to tear into her mature body and devour the memories of her innumerable lives while Rin fights to unravel the mysteries of her never-ending misery. Rin's no stranger to the land of the dead but her next visit could continue eternally.


9. "Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai"

High school pupil Takeru Takemoto works as a (motor)bike courier. During one typical working day, he fell right into a forest and saw a mysterious light passing him. What he'd found was a lovely girl coming out from a luminous cocoon, calling herself "Hikari." While Takeru was embarrassed because of the nudity of Hikari, a peculiar creature unexpectedly showed up and promptly assaulted the two. Both Hikari and Takeru illustrated the power of their alter beings before Takeru had even gotten a hint of what is truly happening.


10. "Gokukoku no Brynhildr"

Murakami was infatuated with a girl that goes by the name Kuroneko when he was still a child. She insisted on having met aliens, but no one actually believed her. Even the youthful Murakami was suspicious. One day, she determines to show him the extraterrestrial beings, however an injury happens and while Murakami is left severely wounded in the hospital, Kuroneko dies.

Years pass and Murakami, due to a promise he'd made with Kuroneko, seeks to find evidence of the existence of the aliens her friend had always thought existed. Ultimately, one day, there comes a fresh transfer student to his class, who doesn't just look like Kuroneko, but is even named Kurohaneko!

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© 2014 Caleb Melvern


iivxx on January 14, 2020:

Gokunoku no brynhildr is literally elfen lied season2. Same author similar story line haha

Nana on November 10, 2019:

Ummm...... what about Happy shugar life????

Lucy on March 11, 2019:

deathman wonderland is crap, dont try it. mirai nikki definitely recommendable

Nick Dunkin on February 14, 2019:

I’m confused why didint you recommend Tokyo ghoul it’s almost a perfect match?

Sarada U on January 01, 2018:

Who thought it was funny to put chobits up there? Lmfao

Felicia wong on February 21, 2017:

I almost watch all the anime series..Want to try Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai..Thanks..

Rachael Lefler from Illinois on February 07, 2015:

Good recommendations, I'll have to check some of these out. Claymore and Deadman Wonderland are some of my favorites.