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Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

Alternative Titles

English: Elfen Lied
Synonyms: Elfen Song, Elfic Song
Japanese: エルフェンリート

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 25, 2004 to Oct 17, 2004
Producers: VAP, Arms, Genco, ADV FilmsL, A Line
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.961 (scored by 293233 users)
Ranked: #5762
Popularity: #9
Members: 435,852
Favorites: 14,621
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Synopsis

The Diclonius, a mutated homosapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possess two horns on their heads and have a "sixth sense" which gives them 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 murders most of the guards in the laboratory where she is being held, only to be 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. 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 psychotic side of Lucy is not dead just yet...

(Source: ANN - Revised)

Background

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Elfen Lied
Side story: Elfen Lied Special

Characters & Voice Actors

Lucy
Lucy
Main
Kobayashi, Sanae
Japanese
Kobayashi, Sanae
Nana
Nana
Main
Matsuoka, Yuki
Japanese
Matsuoka, Yuki
Kouta
Kouta
Main
Suzuki, Chihiro
Japanese
Suzuki, Chihiro
Nabatame, Hitomi
Japanese
Nabatame, Hitomi
...
Mayu
Mayu
Main
Hagiwara, Emiko
Japanese
Hagiwara, Emiko

Staff

Tamura, Manabu
Tamura, Manabu
Producer
Kanbe, Mamoru
Kanbe, Mamoru
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Shimizu, Katsunori
Shimizu, Katsunori
Sound Director
Sadohara, Takeyuki
Sadohara, Takeyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Episodes  13 / 13
Aired  Jul 25, 2004 to Oct 17, 2004
Status  Finished Airing


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Mar 21, 2008 10:21 AM
TheLlama
Elfen Lied: Infamous for its bloody mess of gore, cruelty and nudity. A combination that could make many a person turn away. Yet, a huge number of people watch this, knowing (to some extent) what they're going into, and it's one of the more popular and well-rated series here on MAL. Some people call it a 'masterpiece', people some call it 'perverted', some people don't know what to say, and some call it 'horrible'. The first is true, the second is an exaggeration, the third is understandable, and the fourth is so wrong.

The first episode starts off with what is the bloodiest and nuditiest 10 read more
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Apr 20, 2:22 PM
lawlmartz
"Regret is only allowed to people who have the right to look back on the past." -Kurama


Preface:

Elfen Lied is, in these days, an easy target for "hey, look at this piece, let's bludgeon it further because, who's going to defend it anyway? It's GAR-BAGE!" I don't think this show was ever given a fair shot in the first place. Many people cite Sword Art Online as the show with the most wasted potential, and while it may be the current Ryan Leaf of anime, there's always one that comes before. That one was Elfen Lied.

Elfen Lied suffers from two problems: the first one is read more
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Dec 12, 2013 4:21 PM
Aryaragi
An anime can be critically successful for many reasons, it could be due to a well written and engaging plot, innovative ideas that are perfectly handled or even have a deep plot revolving around thought provoking themes. More so, "depth" has been a cause for critical success of many anime over the course of time for example "The tatami Galaxy", but for a show to have a level of depth is not an easy task for any writer. However, superficial depth can be achieved easily and even more easily confused for genuine depth. Such superficial depth ranges from cheap shock factor to random philosophical questions read more
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Nov 12, 2011 1:39 PM
imbecilic
Let me start off by saying that this is an anime I have avoided for a long time. Though the show has many fans, I'd essentially kicked it under the rug because I felt that it was too “mature” for me. (Mind you, this was when I was in middle school, and a mere panty shot made me feel uncomfortable.) HOWEVER, last week, I sat down and watched all thirteen episodes over a period of four days, and I have quite a bit to say about the series. Some of my commentary might stray dangerously close to /butthurt rant/ territory, so bear with me. read more
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Anime: Chobits
Both are about finding a girl with no memory but both have hidden powers that awaken sporaticly in the story. Both girls could only say their names in the begining and have cute ears/horns. Both have ecchi. :D Only difference is Chobits is more of a romace and Elfen Led is full of violence and gore. 
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Opening Theme

"Lilium" by Kumiko Noma

Ending Theme

"Be Your Girl" by Chieko Kawabe

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