Ranked #632

Elfen Lied

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 25, 2004 to Oct 17, 2004
Premiered: Summer 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: VAP, Genco, A Line
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Arms
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.921 (scored by 338,567 users)
Ranked: #6322
Popularity: #9
Members: 510,591
Favorites: 16,141
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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)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Kobayashi, Sanae
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Matsuoka, Yuki
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Suzuki, Chihiro
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Nabatame, Hitomi
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Hagiwara, Emiko
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Tamura, Manabu
Tamura, Manabu
Kanbe, Mamoru
Kanbe, Mamoru
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Shimizu, Katsunori
Shimizu, Katsunori
Sound Director
Sadohara, Takeyuki
Sadohara, Takeyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

Episode Title Aired
1 A Chance Encounter: Begegnung
Kaikou (邂逅 BEGEGNUNG)
Jul 25, 2004
2 Annihilation: Vernichtung
Aug 1, 2004
3 Deep Feelings: Im Innersten
Kyouri (胸裡 IM INNERSTEN)
Aug 8, 2004
4 Attack: Aufeinandertreffen
Aug 15, 2004
5 Receipt: Empfang
Rakushou (落掌 EMPFANG)
Aug 22, 2004

Opening Theme

"Lilium" by Kumiko Noma

Ending Theme

"Be Your Girl" by Chieko Kawabe

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Mar 21, 2008
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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Dec 12, 2013
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 14, 2006
Elfen Lied is something else. Just watching the first 10 minutes of the first episode and one can understand that this is not your typical anime. A series modeled, in many ways, after the tragedies of Shakespeare and Ancient Greece, Elfen Lied is not something that you want to enjoy a sunny day with. The seemingly grotuetist violence and nudity may put some people off of this series, but I have to say that the story would not have the same impact without it.

Story: 10 - Elfen Lied boasts one of the most intense and intriguing plot lines that I have ever experienced in anime. read more
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May 7, 2010
"Elfen Lied" has been nothing short of a phenomenon. There were no big budget promotions (like "Full Metal Alchemist" was promoted, for example), the manga wasn't exactly red hot property (like "Death Note" was, for example), but it was suddenly catapulted to fame in an incredibly short time in 2004. It's the kind of overnight success story that films and anime have been made from. But does it deserve all this hype? The short answer is no. The long answer is nooooooo.

Only kidding - this review is the long answer, obviously :P

When I first noticed "Elfen Lied" on an anime site, it was listed read more
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