Elfen Lied: Complete Collection
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Critics have described Elfen Lied as "weird," (Anime Planet), "surprisingly sadistic," (Gamers Edge), and "addictive"(Animesou). No wonder, when you consider what makes this series hum! Lucy, a beautiful young mutant, is bred by the military to be the ultimate weapon. Now, with government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five year old, and a hair trigger for ultraviolence, Lucy and her young friends must unravel the dark secret of her legacy before it's too late.
• Character Artwork • Production Artwork • Clean Opening Animation • Clean Closing Animation --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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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.
The series revolves around Kohta and Lucy (Nyu) who are brought back together after several years. Kohta does not remember Lucy until well into the story due to trauma suffered in his childhood. Lucy has escaped from an island where she had been held for numerous years. The story is basically a love story (at times it's hard to believe) but there are several scenes that can bring you close to crying (at least for me). For Anime fans this is a must series.
A good series but not great. If you ignore the violence and nudity it's well worth watching.
I have been told by many people that the reason I find Elfen Lied to be distasteful is that I am either too sensitive to handle the gratuitous violence, gore, incest, and pedophilia, or too dense to realize that it is in fact a beautiful love story, based on forgiveness and redemption. While the former accusation is entirely subjective, I honestly fail to see how the story of a man who is in love with the woman who killed his family as a child can be perceived as "beautiful" by any means. Perhaps I really am just dense, but I believe that it functions better as an examination into the depravity of the human mind more than anything.
In fact, that is how I view the entire series: a look into the absolute worst aspects of humanity. Almost every single character who appears on screen is in one way or another psychopathic and/or incredibly depraved. Even the handful of characters who are not objectively "evil" are very disturbed in some form, ie. the woman who is in love with her cousin, the aforementioned man who loves his family's killer, the sexually abused street urchin, etc.
With all that being said, I do not actually regret watching Elfen Lied. I found it to be a very intriguing perspective on the darkest, most depraved reaches of the human mind, and it most certainly held my attention throughout its duration. However, I believe it takes a very particular type of person to legitimately enjoy watching something as dark as this.
Most recent customer reviews
This anime is great. I like the story, and the drawing are really well made. And the theme song is just so beautiful! (The soundtrack is really well made. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Darfka
Good anime with good story and interesting but disturbing characters. Contains gore.
i recommend it
My favorite anime of all time, and this great collection certainly does it justice. The cover art is amazing, the quality of the video and audio is great, and the special features,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brandon Anderson
Amazing anime. I already saw it before I bought this blue-ray which just goes to show how much I liked it.The blue-ray itself is great, though there aren't many special features. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Matthew Uschold
Pretty bare bones release, but the important thing is all the episodes are there, and it's still a fantastic series.Published 15 months ago by Shane Saiyan
Kota finds Lucy naked on the beach, so he and Yuka take her in to care for her.Published 19 months ago by David Snow
Really good story of how man tries to make the perfect substitute for himself only to see it go awry. Only a little boys kindness can calm the inner hurt of the girls. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Monica Hanzuk