Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Romance, Psychological, Purification of the Earth
First aired: Summer 2004, 13 episodes.
Summary: The Diclonius are a mutated homosapien with two horns on their head and a special telekinetic ability. They are not accepted by society and it has been said that they will bring the destruction of mankind. Because of this, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. The government performs all sorts of experiments on the Diclonius, killing many of them along the way. Lucy, a Diclonius, breaks free of her confines and brutally murders most of the guards in the laboratory where she is being held and is shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives, falling off a cliff into the ocean and manages to drift along to a beach where two teenagers, Kouta and Yuka, discover her. The two allow her to stay at Kouta’s home, being that Lucy is confused and has lost her memories.
Elfen Lied starts off with intense scene that will immediately let you know if it is too much for you. It calms down after that, but be warned. The soundtrack to the anime is decent, with the continuous use of the opening theme throughout the entirety of the episodes being the only drawback. There was a fair amount of mystery and intrigue to the anime, which is a plus. The character development was there for some of the characters while a few characters remained stale and uninteresting. Overall Elfen Lied was a violent, psychological thrill-ride that kept me interested from start to finish.
You might enjoy this if: Violent girls that kill without thinking twice about it, for revenge of course, sounds like an entertaining anime.
You might not like it if: People being cut in half with mind powers is too much for you.
Note to the Viewer: There is a lot of mature content in Elfen Lied, including over the top violence and nudity of a non-sexual nature.