Movies and TV shows like Elfen Lied

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Elfen Lied (2004)
 8.0
 29K
Elfen Lied (2004)
Original name: エルフェンリート
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it 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 murder most of the guards in the laboratory, only to get shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives and manages to drift along to a beach, where two teenagers named Kouta and Yuka discovers 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 evil "Lucy" is not dead just yet...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, bleak, futuristic, semi serious, psychological, serious, scary, erotic ...
Plot: split personality, supernatural, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, mutant, sadism, social misfits, childhood trauma, experiment gone awry, supernatural ability, evil, gore, memory loss, suffering, danger, blood splatter, psychopath, violence, scientist, experiment, mental illness, haunted by the past, deadly creature, bdsm, laboratory ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan

Most similar movies to Elfen Lied

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, exciting and stylized films and TV series with plots about danger, violence, murder, death, blood, supernatural and gore mostly in Animation, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Elfen Lied: Hellsing (2001), Darker Than Black (2007), Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (2013), Another (2012), Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.9
 14K
Hellsing (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Vampires exist. It is the duty of Hellsing, an organization sponsored by the British government, to hide that frightening fact and protect the blissfully unaware populace. Along with its own personal army, Hellsing also has a few secret weapons. ...
Style: gothic, scary, exciting, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, dark fantasy, supernatural, heroic mission, supernatural ability, dracula, christianity, monster, rivalry, deadly creature, warrior, immortality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Darker Than Black (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones.
Style: rough, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Plot: supernatural ability, secret agents, future dystopia, supernatural, dark past, paranormal phenomena, investigation, danger, fighting crime, escapades, rivalry, fate of humanity ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls (2013)
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 29 min.
Story: Heavenly Host Elementary School is a legendary elementary school for ghost stories due to its mysterious past. It was torn down following the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students and now another school called Kisaragi ...
Style: scary, serious, dark, disturbing, sadistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, danger, young heroes, imaginary, youth, survival, prank, student, curse, murder, dark past ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 10K
Another (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 300 min.
Story: When Kouichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kouichi is immediately drawn to her ...
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, mysterious character, classmate, death, classmates, school, curses spells and rituals, curse, danger, teenage life, school life, accidental death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1998
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen ...
Style: serious, mecha, exciting, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suffering, self doubt, alien encounter, young heroes, future dystopia, depression, chaos, loss, cloning, insanity, super weapon, save the world ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2015, 2010s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.2
 877
Genocyber (1994)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: As the nations of the world begin to merge, world peace is threatened by the private armies of individual corporations. The Kuryu Group has just discovered a weapon that will tip world power in their favor. The Genocyber: a nightmarish combination ...
Style: mecha, seinen, macabre, adult animation, psychological
Plot: cyberpunk, gore, tragedy, violence, super strength, cyborgs, shapeshifting, post apocalypse, distopia, nudity (full frontal - brief), angst, transformation ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 3K
Shiki (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn't even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the dead, are still practiced. One day, the bodies of three ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, offbeat, captivating ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, dark fantasy, mass murder, imaginary, danger, deadly, murder, corpse, good versus evil, insanity, violence ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.7
 4K
Kite (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Sawa may seem innocent and naive, but don’t be fooled. She is a cold-blooded killer, and if you’re on the wrong side of the law, you may be her next target. Not content to just watch as the imperfect justice system lets more and more criminals ...
Style: hentai, adult animation, rough, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: orphan, hitman, psychopath, pedophilia, teenage girl, rape, vengeance, chase, investigation, good versus evil, police investigation, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 1K
Hell Girl (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Story: Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is an anime series produced by Aniplex and Studio Deen. It focuses on the existence of a supernatural system that allows people to take revenge by having other people sent to Hell via the ...
Style: serious, exciting, scary, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, justice, supernatural, danger, teenage boy, torment, grudge, heaven and hell, murder, fear, anguish, teenage girl ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 12K
Claymore (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: In a world rife with deadly creatures called "youma", a young silver eyed woman, Clare, works on behalf of an organization that trains female youma halfbreeds into warriors with the ability to destroy these creatures. Considered a rogue ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: adventure, supernatural, danger, supernatural ability, monster, good versus evil, imaginary, suffering, heroic mission, imaginary kingdom, heroes, battle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Hellsing Ultimate (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Hellsing, a secret organization of the British government, have long been battling supernatural threats to keep the people safe from the creatures of the night. The current leader, Integra Wingates Hellsing, controls her own personal army to ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, stylized, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, danger, gunfight, immortality, monster, anti heroes, vampire hunter, imaginary, superhuman powers, massacre, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 4K
Berserk (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Spurred by the flame raging in his heart, the Black Swordsman Guts continues his seemingly endless quest for revenge. Standing in his path are heinous outlaws, delusional evil spirits, and a devout child of god. Even as it chips away at his life, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: supernatural, murder, death, sword, violence, demon, danger, blood, military, deadly, anger, hate ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 7K
Gantz (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Gantz is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. Gantz tells the story of Kei Kurono and his friend Masaru Kato who die in a train accident and become part of a semi-posthumous "game" in which they and several other ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, exciting, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, save the world, danger, rivalry, alien encounter, paralysis, deadly weapon, afterlife, heroes, deadly, chases and races, gory ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.2
 15K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that takes place in the future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed ...
Style: atmospheric, futuristic, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, graphic violence, police investigation, future dystopia, master criminal, human nature, mastermind, partners against crime, chase, society, crimes, criminal ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Angels of Death (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Most girls waking up without any memory and meeting a serial killer would panic, but not Rachel. In fact, far from being her biggest problem, killer Zack might just prove a convenient resource when it comes to finding a way out of the building in ...
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, adventure, violence, quest, rescue, angel, fear, evil, bad guy, secret society, haunted by the past, brutality ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Promised Neverland (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The one adored as the mother is not the real parent. The people living here together are not actual siblings. The Gracefield House is where orphaned children live. An irreplaceable home where 38 siblings and Mom live happy lives, even with no blood ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, tense, touching, rough ...
Plot: distopia, friendship, hopes, murder, escapades, survival, danger, runaway, dark fantasy, adventure, mutilation, vengeance ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 27K
Berserk (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Guts, a man who calls himself "The Black Swordsman" looks upon his days serving as a member of a group of mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk, nicknamed "the Grim Reaper of the Battlefield." Led by an ambitious, ruthless, and ...
Style: exciting, epic, dark, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tragic hero, vengeance, dark fantasy, danger, battles, mercenary, one man army, supernatural, heroes, massacre, destiny, military ...
Time: middle ages, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Spirit Devourer: Zero (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Follows two friends, daughters of exorcists, who are now members of the government's secret Supernatural Disaster Countermeasures Division that fights demons when they appear in Japan.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, supernatural ability, deadly creature, danger, government agency, escapades, heroes, mission gone awry ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 1K
Mezzo Forte (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Double the Girls, Double the Guns!! For Mikura, danger is routine and killing is just like breathing. Sleek and sexy, she was born with a gun in each hand and a smile on her face. She specializes in taking risks, but things get a little too hot when ...
Style: hentai, suspenseful, stylized, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brutality, danger, erection, murder, dark past, female killer, hitman, femme fatale, police investigation, gangsters, deadly, dark heroine ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 32K
Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a cafe he frequents. They're the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul - a kind of monster that ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: dark fantasy, supernatural, danger, murder, supernatural ability, youth, secret identity, deadly creature, friends, survival, good versus evil, hunt down ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Garden of Sinners - Chapter 5: Paradox Spiral (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the middle of October 1998, Enjou Tomoe is attacked by bullies from his old school and saved by Ryougi Shiki. He asks her to hide him at her place and admits that he killed someone. Several days after the incident there are still no broadcasts ...
Style: psychotronic, disturbing, ambiguous ending, surprise ending
Plot: supernatural, angst, severed head, evil sorcerer, fear, cruelty, human monster, murder, flash forward, panic, woman smoker, driving school ...
Place: big ben london, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Highschool of the Dead (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: When the world is struck by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, Takashi Komuro and several of his classmates at Fujimi High School try to survive the apocalypse.
Style: bleak, dark humor, exciting, ecchi, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, supernatural, survival, hot and sexy, apocalypse, plague, survivor, student, danger, chaos, chaos and mayhem, end of the world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 3K
BTOOOM! (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Btooom!, stylized as BTOOOM!, is a Japanese manga series written by Jun'ya Inoue and serialized in Weekly Comic Bunch and later in Monthly Comic Bunch. An anime adaptation by Madhouse aired in Japan on Tokyo MX and was streamed with English ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, rough, stylized ...
Plot: danger, survival, island, memory loss, uncover truth, life turned upside down, merciless, heroes, computers and web, mortal combat, dishonesty, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Death is the main attraction in Deadman Wonderland, from the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy. Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He’s framed for the carnage, ...
Style: serious, tense, rough, exciting, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, young heroes, survival, uncover truth, contests and competitions, life turned upside down, false accusation, future dystopia, supernatural, frame up, power of media, massacre ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 288
Madlax (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Story: Madlax is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2004 by the Bee Train animation studio. Kōichi Mashimo directed Madlax and the soundtrack was composed by Yuki Kajiura. The DVD version was released by ADV Films in North America ...
Style: psychological, stylized, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, undercover, on the run, heroic mission, rivalry, good versus evil, government agency, mystery, soldier, danger, riddles and clues ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Story: Rin Asogi is an immortal private detective with a thirst for vodka and a talent for attracting things that go bump in the night. In a series of nightmarish vignettes spanning sixty-five years, Rin's lush body is sadistically pierced, blown up, ...
Style: seinen, exciting, ecchi, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural, private detective, immortality, investigation, mystery, danger, crimes, haunted by the past, track down, deadly, rivalry, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 2010s, future, 1990s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Toward the Terra (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Story: In the future, mankind's seemingly utopian society is strictly controlled by the government, and anything that threatens to disrupt the status quo is ruthlessly suppressed. When 14 year-old Jomy begins to question the way society is run he ...
Style: futuristic, psychological, bleak, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, escapades, obsessive quest, imaginary, supernatural ability, space travel, chaos, adulthood, mind control, life is a bitch, youth, man versus machine ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 372
Gilgamesh (2003)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Story: Over a decade ago, a group of scientists carried out experiments at the Tomb of Gilgamesh, the supposed resting place of the demigod subject of an ages-old myth. After the work at the "Heaven's Gate" facility was abruptly halted, a ...
Style: serious, cynical, suspenseful, twists and turns, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: good versus evil, supernatural ability, supernatural, who to trust, chaos, uninhibited rivalry, future dystopia, apocalypse, rivalry, escapades, mysterious character, danger ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Lost Village (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: A shady bus tour of young men and women are headed to an elusive village called Nanakimura. A destination where people can partake in an utopian existence, free of the world's obstacles... or so goes the rumor. Heading deep into the mountains, ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, enigmatic, captivating, psychological thriller
Plot: supernatural, sociopath, child in peril, disappearance, hallucination, haunted by the past, father son relationship, paranoia, dark past, imaginary friend, supernatural power, old man ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.2
 486
Parasite Dolls (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Beauty is only skin deep, but when you can’t see beneath the skin, how can you know what you’re really dealing with? In a world where perfect androids called Boomers have infiltrated every aspect of society, it’s the job of Branch to maintain ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: androids and robots, chaos, parallel world, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia, imaginary, supernatural, society, life is a bitch, a.i., ghost, escapades ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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