Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Elfen Lied. This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Elfen Lied

10. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
9. School Days
8. Blood-C
7. Blood+
6. Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi
5. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
4. Claymore
3. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)
2. Gokukoku no Brynhildr (Brynhildr in the Darkness)
1. Deadman Wonderland

10. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

Corpse Party Tortured Souls
Synopsis – Nine students gather in their high school at night to bid farewell to a friend. As is customary among many high school students, they perform a sort of ritual for them to remain friends forever, using small paper charms shaped like dolls.

However, the students do not realize that these charms are connected to Heavenly Host Academy—an elementary school that was destroyed years ago after a series of gruesome murders took place, a school that rests under the foundation of their very own Kisaragi Academy. Now, trapped in an alternate dimension with vengeful ghosts of the past, the students must work together to escape—or join the spirits of the damned forever.

Similarity – Extremely gory and mature anime (Elfen Lied has more nudity while Corpse Party has more gore). They have some supernatural elements as well as many psychological elements where characters go insane due to fear, anger, etc. They both have dangerous, murderous little girls.

9. School Days

School Days

Synopsis – School Days follows the lives of these three teenagers as they traverse the joys and hardships that come with being a high schooler. In a story alive and brimming with romance and melancholy, the tale of these three students will linger in memory long after the momentous conclusion.

Similarity – They both employ similar tactics of trying to play on emotions to cover up how shallow the characters actually are. This, of course, is just how I feel about them. If you enjoyed one you may enjoy the other.

8. Blood-C

Blood CSynopsis – Peaceful schoolgirl by day, fearsome monster slayer by night, Saya Kisaragi is leading a split life. Equipped with a ceremonial sword given to her by her father for sacred tasks, she vanquishes every monster who dares threaten her quiet little village. But all too soon, Saya’s reality and everything she believes to be true is tested, when she overhears the monsters speak of a broken covenant—something she knows nothing about. And then, unexpectedly, a strange dog appears; it asks her to whom she promised to protect the village, curious as to what would happen if she were to break that promise. Tormented by unexplainable visions and her world unraveling around her, we travel with Saya through her struggle to find a way to the truth in a village where nothing is as it seems.

Similarity – The main female character in both series has two sides. The first being easygoing/happy/cute, and the other being a murderer/assailant highly skilled in combat. There are more differences between the two character “sides” in Elfen Lied, as they are more extreme. However, both are highly similar.

7. Blood+

Blood+Synopsis – Saya Otonashi is a seemingly ordinary girl living a mundane life with her adoptive family in Okinawa City. In fact, her only peculiarities are suffering from anemia and being unable to remember any of her life beyond the previous year.

However, Saya’s forgotten past quickly comes back to haunt her—one night, she is attacked at school by a creature that feeds on human blood. Just when all hope seems lost, a mysterious man named Haji appears and fends off the creature temporarily. But when her rescuer forces her to drink his blood, Saya suddenly enters a trance and slays the monster with ease, using her own blood as a catalyst.

Similarity – Blood+ and Elfen Lied deal with the definition of what it means to be human and humane. In both cases, a super-evolved species represented by an apparently frail female lead, presents a menace to mankind. Yet humanity is to be blamed for much of the violence that follows. While EL is occasionally borderline ecchi and Blood+ maintains a very serious tone through and through, both series are emotionally-moving exercises that allow emotional bonds to be forged, despite the deeply violent world-scape they present.

6. Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi (Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne)

Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi (Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne)
Synopsis – For normal people, getting stabbed to death would constitute the end of the road. For Rin Asogi, it’s a mere inconvenience. Rin is immortal, a nice perk to have when you’re a private detective constantly finding yourself in dangerous situations. Rin has eaten a “time fruit”: a fruit from the guardian tree Yggdrasil, which, when consumed by a woman, makes her unable to die.
Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi spans 65 years in Rin’s life, during which she watches those around her get old while she herself remains unchanged. Higher forces are after her, and Rin must use every means at her disposal—or her next death may just be her last.

Similarity – Female leads, although very different in personality. Lots and lots of violence in both series. The first episode of Mnemosyne, for instance, includes torture, a lot of blood and violence. There’s also some barbed wire bondage in the ending credits. Elfen Lied has a harem setup to keep the mood light at times, but when you get right down to it, neither series pulls punches.

5. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or When They Cry
Synopsis – Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983 and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead.
As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro.
When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi’s heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story that is told across multiple arcs.

Similarity – 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!

4. Claymore

Synopsis – The series is set on a fictional medieval island where humans are plagued by Yoma, humanoid shape-shifters that feed on humans. A mysterious group, known as The Organization, creates human-Yoma hybrids to kill Yoma for a fee. These female warriors wear armored uniforms. The public refer to them as “Claymores,” alluding to their Claymore swords, or “Silver-eyed Witches,” due to their silver eyes.

Similarity – Both anime has 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

3. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)

Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)
Synopsis – Yukiteru Amano is a 14-year-old shy, daydreaming loner who observes life and jots down the events on his cell phone. His only friends are Deus Ex Machina, the God of Space and Time, and his assistant Muru Muru. Deus transforms Yukiteru’s phone into a Future Diary, capable of predicting the future up to ninety days. Yukiteru discovers he and eleven others are part of a survival game orchestrated by Deus.
The aim of this game is to eliminate the other diary holders, the winner succeeding Deus as god and can prevent the Apocalypse. Yukiteru finds himself protected by Yuno Gasai, a charming but psychopathic classmate who obsessively stalks him after they promised to go stargazing together a year before.

Similarity – Lucy & Yuno (similarities: pink hair, psycho, past, family circumstances, love for the main character, jealousy etc.)
Kohta & Yukiteru (same innocent character, relationship with the main girl, lost memories, suffering)
similarities in general: a lot of blood, murders, unpredictable, psychological etc.

Also Read 10 Anime Like Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)


2. Gokukoku no Brynhildr (Brynhildr in the Darkness)

Gokukoku no Brynhildr (Brynhildr in the Darkness)Synopsis – Ryota is a top student at his school. Then, he gets the shock of his life when a new transfer student named Neko Kuroha arrives in his class. She bears a striking resemblance to Ryota’s dead childhood friend, although she dismisses the fact as a bluff. Ryota later notices something amiss about Neko. She manages to ace a difficult test to transfer into and doesn’t know her multiplication tables.
In addition to that, she possesses inhuman strength and strange abilities. She can even predict when someone is about to die. It is then revealed that Neko is a witch who escaped from an alien research lab. After displaying superhuman strength in saving his life, Ryota becomes a part of Neko’s life, learning more about her past and about the hidden forces that exist in the universe

Similarity – 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 Elfen Lied you will like this too.

1. Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland
Synopsis – The young protagonist is thrown into a world of sadistic inmates and enigmatic powers, to live in constant fear of the lethal collar placed around his neck that is slowed only by winning in the prison’s deathly games. Ganta must bet his life to survive in a ruthless place where it isn’t always easy to tell friend from foe, all while trying to find the mysterious “Red Man” and clear his name, in Deadman Wonderland.

Similarity – 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.

Credits – MAL, Wikipedia



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