Lucy is a special breed of human referred to as “Diclonius,” born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors.
During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take an injured fugitive into their care, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy. – My Anime List
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Elfen Lied was not exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for some gore and horror. Elfen Lied has a little bit of horror, but more gore. I liked the romance, but not between Kohta and his cousin XD I’m not much of a chikusoudou (incest) fan, in all truth! That may have been the scariest part of Elfen Lied in my opinion. I think the story line was quite good. At some points I was like, “What’s going on?” but then I would get caught up again.
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Overall, Elfen Lied is a solid anime. If you don’t have a problem with blood and gore, I recommend you give it a try if you haven’t already. Oh, and you’d better not have a problem with nudity, either, as I forgot to mention that this anime is FULL of it!
This is a good anime. It was very entertaining to watch, given the gripping, fast-paced story. However, it is not one of those shows which lingers on, giving something for the mind to mull over. It is slick and tidy but lacks ‘greatness’. At only 14 episodes, it is a tidy, compact package and gets a recommendation.
I recommend Elfen Lied to everybody who isn’t put off by intense violence. It isn’t high art by any stretch of the imagination, but it is entertaining and has made more than one person shed a tear at its conclusion. At a time where incoherent violence is used with little or no meaning, I feel that the death and murder that goes on in Elfen Lied have meaning in the end.
The most captivating anime in a long while.
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I admit, I still have a hard time really seeing this as a satire of various genres. I agree that if you look hard enough and point out things, it can be viewed that way. But so much of the show plays it straight, though that may be the satire itself in that it takes itself seriously, that it doesn’t leave you with the feeling you get from many satires, the knowing that it’s all about that. To me, this plays out as an ode to violence, a loving ode to violence, that doesn’t hold back and revels in it. But not in a really glorifying way. The characters are torn apart and abused sadistically, but you don’t have Lucy gloating over it or throwing a screaming primal rage as she does so. It’s simply something that must be done. The series covers a lot of ground, even as Kohta gets pushed to the background often, as it delves into child abuse, relationships and revenge. I find that the show works much better when viewed as a whole work and not broken down into single episodes or multiple volumes
I haven’t yet decided if I consider Elfen Lied to be a particularly deep anime on a philosophical grounds. I may never come to such a decision. However, it is an anime that made me stop think about a lot of things; and I appreciate it when an anime makes me do that. It’s somewhat rare that an anime — or a game, or a movie — goes so far over the top with its levels of violence, but can still make the legitimate claim that there is a good story underneath it all. Elfen Lied does that, and the result is definitely worth watching. I consider it a modern classic.
Elfen Lied was so perfect that I can’t imagine a possible way to even create a second season. Cos it’s just an anime that u can’t put into a series. It’s already a good end, I don’t wanna see any stupid following seasons. They all will be just bad compared to the first one.
The explicit content of Elfen Lied helps make the anime standout but it may also turn many people away. In which case, it is such a shame because Elfen Lied is anything but disappointment (for adults only, of course).
If you like psychodramas, Elfen Lied will be one of your favorites for sure. It will capture your mind and your soul, and shock you completely. Don’t watch it if you are weak nerved.
The most criticism that this anime receives will be derived from the fact that the anime uses raw shock value to help bolster a relatively shallow plot. What they’ll fail to mention, however, is that this is not really a bad thing. When all is said and done, the unblinkingly savage nature works; Elfen Lied is absolutely fascinating in its sheer viciousness, and the ecchi part of the show only helps to contrast this brutality. If you’re worried about others accusing you of having “bad taste” in anime, then by all means skip this show. However, if all you want in anime is an engrossing, balls to the wall rollercoaster ride of betrayal, cruelty and fanaticism, then there arent a lot of titles that Id recommend over this.
Many people agree Elfen Lied is one of the greatest animes ever, I find it hard to believe with no ending in all. I mean how they squeezed 100 chapters into 13 episodes is beyond me, I have no doubt that if the anime followed the manga perfectly and had for example 26 episodes then Elfen Lied could possible be a 10/10 anime and one of the best ever. I will admit the violence was almost as good as seen in the manga, with the manga being more violent. However I just do not like the art style at all in the manga, but I love the animation in the Elfen Lied anime. For this reason I believe Elfen Lied is a very good anime because it is just so shocking, yet very depressing and cold as well. When watching Elfen Lied everything feels forced upon you, the emotions and feelings of the characters all try and make you question humanity.
Elfen Lied has successfully made me rethink moé.
Of course no anime is perfect: Elfen Lied has a storyline that could only be described as fragmented, and some of the more interesting aspects of the plot are simply thrown away to make room for yet more gratuitous bloodshed. Add to this a mix of annoying filler and explicit fanservice, and you begin to realise what is holding this series back from achieving true greatness.
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All in all Elfen Lied is a anime that does a very audacious thing by having so much cruelty, gore and nudity in one series, but the end result is a masterpiece anime that wouldn’t have been good without. Just remember that it doesn’t have the R+ rating for no reason – events ranging from a man watching his naked daughter to a dog being bludgeoned to death with a vase and live dismemberment takes place.
Elfen Lied may be perfect for those viewers who want hefty helpings of gore and some seriously heavy content, but it won’t make many fans of those looking for some lighter entertainment.
The series isn’t good, but it has aspects about it that seems to capture people. It really seems like a fever dream at points. People know about it, something that’s like sharing some secret with your best friend. Honestly, the show isn’t awful to get through, it might be hard at times, but honestly it’s one of the shows that seems to be a guilty pleasure for some. I can’t say much about the manga other than general appearance issues, but maybe it’s worth a try. However, you should only be watching the series if you are of age. This is a series with adult themes, gratuitous violence, and nudity.
Elfen Lied is a show that never quiet does it’s best with the story it’s working with. Since it’s an anime adaptation of a manga I’d be tempted to suggest going with the manga rather than the anime. The anime has quite a few negative factors. Entire characters are absent as well as a shoe-horn ending that doesn’t satisfy. If you are forced to pick the anime over the manga I’d suggest going in with low expectations. When I first tried this anime with Linny we’d heard amazing things about it. But I’d have to say Elfen Lied disappoints more than it succeeds.
Elfen Lied is different, but that alone doesn’t make it worth watching. I appreciate what the story is trying to do; it just needs to be in the hands of a better director.
This anime is very hard going, and drives away many people due to its subject matter and infuriatingly manipulative writing, including me. The best thing I can say about Elfen Lied is that it’s a marmite anime, and that if it doesn’t appeal to you by the end of episode 3, you should probably stop watching it. However, if you enjoy emotional roller coasters or gore, and you aren’t too concerned with the story that allows it, give Elfen Lied a try. I can’t honestly recommend it though.
Basically, Elfen Lied has a lot going for it, but sells itself short in the end by not allowing itself time to breathe and not opting to take out unnecessary characters and allowing the story to play out more organically. It’s still worth checking out though, if for the sheer fact of saying you saw it and if you want to be proven why anime isn’t always for kids. The main characters are engaging, and the mysteries intriguing, but there are subplots that just don’t get paid off and moments I feel should’ve been taken out altogether.
If you have a greater tolerance for obvious pandering to the audience then I do, you will perhaps be able to appreciate some of its finer points as I once did, but I don’t see many people getting through the first episode alone, much less the entire series. Usually I take the stance that anime which rely too heavily on fanservice and pandering probably aren’t worth one’s time to begin with, but this is one of the rare cases where an anime that could have been quite good has been compromised for it.
I think, perhaps, this is an anime that suffers very badly by becoming an anime. There might have been a strong story in the manga. There might not have been quite so much trauma for the sake of trauma. Characters might have grown, plots might have developed, and the gaping maw of a plot hole (Lucy’s drive to destroy humanity – is it genetics or childhood trauma?) might have been closed.
A historic anime, but not an entertaining one.