Elfen Lied

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Synonyms: Elfen Song, Elfic Song, Elf Song
Japanese: エルフェンリート
English: Elfen Lied
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 25, 2004 to Oct 17, 2004
Premiered: Summer 2004
Broadcast: Sundays at 22:30 (JST)
Producers: VAP, Genco
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Arms
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: GoreGore, PsychologicalPsychological
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.471 (scored by 870851870,851 users)
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Ranked: #19072
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #74
Members: 1,502,947
Favorites: 24,029

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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.

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Elfen Lied is based on Lynn Okamoto's seinen manga series of the same name and premiered while the manga was still in publication. The anime follows the source material through the first 7 volumes, with several alterations to the story, and concludes with an exclusive ending. In an interview, director Mamoru Kanbe expressed his disappointment in having to 'condense' to story into 13 episodes and felt that more were needed to include significant plot details that would have made the series more emotive.

The artistic design of both the opening and ending sequences are heavily inspired by the works of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. Colors and patterns resembling Klimt's distinct style were used and characters of the series were drawn to recreate several paintings from the artist’s golden period, including The Kiss (Lovers). The opening theme Lilium, which is sung in Ecclesiastical Latin, uses lyrics taken from The Bible, the Renaissance hymn Ave mundi spes Maria, as well as the alchemical compendium Theatrum Chemicum.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kobayashi, Sanae


Matsuoka, Yuki


Suzuki, Chihiro


Hagiwara, Emiko


Noto, Mamiko

Kurama, Mariko

Kawakami, Tomoko


Nakata, Jouji


Hosoi, Osamu

Number 3

Takahashi, Mikako


Yamamoto, Maria


Suzuki, Seiji
Assistant Producer
Kanbe, Mamoru
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Lilium" by Kumiko Noma

Ending Theme

"Be Your Girl" by Chieko Kawabe


Jan 12, 2024
The story is of a group of people known as “diclonius” who have telekinetic powers. They are chased by an organization, where they are forced to undergo horrendous experiments. One diclonius, Nyuu, manages to escape and loses her memory. She is found in a beach by Kouta and his cousin, then things unravel. The organization relentlessly hunts Nyuu. Other people with special abilities are used to track Nyuu down.

The show blends violent and romantic elements. Along with the violence, the story delves into complicated relationships such as Kouta’s cousin having feelings against him and Nyuu lacking common sense which results in a lot of awkward ...
Nov 28, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It's some of the most f*cked up trash you'll ever watch while also being one of the greatest animes out there. It's the car crash that bent into a piece of art. While I can't stand multiple aspects of the show, the fact that you'll never be bored while watching and wind up accidentally binging the series speaks testaments to its quality. It's a bloody mess (literally), it's horney in all the wrong ways, and the romance can't decide if it wants to go to Alabama, Utah, or Neverland Ranch. But even after now watching it for a second time since my first viewing over ...
Dec 7, 2023
What a waste of time, this anime is nothing but a complete mess full of gore and nudity scenes which may be cool if you´re 12 years old, but if you are no longer a kid, and you want a good story, good animation or at least a little group of nice characters, I have bad news for you because everyone here is retarded or an asshole

Lucy is a sadistic bitch, but the series wants you to feel bad about how the evil humanity treats her (yeah, we´re assuming that she wasn´t killing everyone in a horrible way)
Kota doesn´t have any personality, he´s just there ...

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