Elfen Lied
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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: Sundays at 22:30 (JST)
Producers: VAP, Genco
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Arms
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, HorrorHorror, PsychologicalPsychological, SupernaturalSupernatural, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.601 (scored by 646639646,639 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #12742
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #35
Members: 1,090,266
Favorites: 22,932
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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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


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

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"Lilium" by Kumiko Noma

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"Be Your Girl" by Chieko Kawabe

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Mar 21, 2008
TheLlama (All reviews)

--The review contains spoilers--

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 read more
Dec 12, 2013
Aryaragi (All reviews)
*This review contains spoilers

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 the 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 read more
Nov 14, 2006
Ubermensch (All reviews)
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
May 7, 2010
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
"Elfen Lied" has been nothing short of a phenomenon. There were no big budget promotions (like "Full Metal Alchemist" had), the manga wasn't exactly red hot property (like "Death Note" was), 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!

When I first noticed "Elfen Lied" on an anime site, it was listed as horror. But the picture shown read more

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