Must ask you wonderful anime fans, what films/series would be good starters for someone that hasn't gotten into it all that much?
I've only got Afro Samurai, Afro Samurai:Resurrection, Sky Blue, My Friend Totoro.
and my friend is really adamant i try Elfen Lied?
Any you would recommend that are similar to these?
or they can be completely different.
I think i'd like the more violent/weird stuff.
Well for violent / weird stuff Elfen Lied is a good one, it's a bit gory though.
You might like Fullmetal Alchemist as well.
Heres a few you can try, Excel Saga, Gantz, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Vampire Hunter D, Blood: The last vampire, Blood+, Chaos;HEAD, Akira(classic [8D]), Hellsing, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Gunslinger Girl.
Hm, thats all I can think of right now, there's loads you might like if you do some searches on the net. Just put something like violent/action/weird anime and you'll end up with something I guess.
Oh, I forgot, I have links to all the Fullmetal Alchemist episodes in English subtitles if anyone wants them, took me ages to find a while ago.