Elfen Lied is a horror anime series where a diclonius (species name) named Lucy escapes from a maximum security containment asylum & now releasing her all out psychopathic murderous hunger for blood to a local populous. That would be the case if Lucy did not constantly keep switching personalities with Nyu, a more gentle & naive version of Lucy. The storyline begins with Lucy initially escaping the military asylum using very gruesome methods. After suffering a fatal head wound from a sniper rifle bullet Lucy switches personalities to Nyu where she befriends a teenage male & female. Unaware that Nyu is a psychopathic murderer, the teenage boy named Kohta along with his female cousin Yuka, take Nyu into their care. The storyline picks up momentum when the military asylum issues an execution warrant for Lucy (Nyu). Divided between an opportunity to live like a normal person with a family & an angry military battalion on the hunt for Lucy (Nyu) how will Nyu resist her Lucy personality from brutally mutilating the dead corpses of her fallen victims? The plot contains some dull moments but paces well with the storyline in conveying the bloody brutality of diclonius versus human. No signs of lethargic personality traits found within the anime series.
Dialogue is exceptionally well developed with interactions between characters emphasized greatly. Voice acting is also exceptional in portraying the characters personalities & thoughts. Since there is no censorship against the violence, blood & gore, nudity & sexuality, & weapons it provides a more authentic horror thriller experience for the viewer.
Anime recommended for the horror anime fan.