Elfen Lied
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Elfen Lied

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Synonyms: Elven Song, Elfenlied, MOL, Digitopolis, memoria
Japanese: エルフェンリート
English: Elfen Lied
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 113
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 6, 2002 to Aug 25, 2005
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Romance Romance, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Gore Gore, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Jump
Authors: Okamoto, Lynn (Story & Art)


Score: 7.801 (scored by 5031650,316 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #12922
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #141
Members: 98,576
Favorites: 5,467


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Volumes: /12
Chapters: /113


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]

Included one-shots:
Volume 1: MOL
Volume 2: Digitopolis
Volume 3: Memoria
Volume 5: Elfen Lied


Elfen Lied has been published in English by Dark Horse as 3-in-1 omnibus volumes from May 22, 2019 to September 09, 2020. And in Germany by Tokyopop, Italy by Planet Manga, Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid, Portugal by Panini Comics and in Taiwan by Ever Glory Publishing.


Kurama, Mariko
Number 3


Jun 12, 2021
Elfen Lied. This was an anime/manga I've been looking forward to completing for quite a while. Now that I'm done, I've decided to give a detailed review on the series. I'm new to reviews, so I hope mine will help with your decision on whether or not to read it.


I think the overall story was very enthralling. The idea of the diclonius and their powers of invisible arms was a really neat one. The backstories of the characters, particularly Lucy's, are well done and help explain how each character turned out the way they did. The first lab escape scene is enough to get anyone ...
Nov 17, 2019
Mixed Feelings
(just for the record, this is a slight alteration of my anime review)

This used to be the series most recommended to newcomers as means to show them a amanga which was not some silly cartoony characters with spiky hair. There were already many violent manga around but this seemed to be the most broadly advertised and most didn’t know the rest so it’s like it was the only one. It also mixed lots of favorable elements such as nude and gore, along with interesting story ideas.

It also starts with a bang since in the first chapter we see a massacre of the highest possible gore ...
Aug 29, 2022
Story: the story really isn't too bad, but there's like such an unnecessary amount of nudity for the tone of the manga it feels forced and weird. Also I feel like there story should have ended way earlier than it did, near chapter 65. I felt like this dragged. I'm giving it a 3 for story.
Art: it had moments of awesome art, but man drawing faces is rough for the artist... 3.
Character: predictable side characters, just too plain for me. Not enough depth. 3.
Enjoyment: the only great thing about this manga is its pacing. Really great chapter writing in terms of how chapters end, and ...

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