Elfen Lied is notorious, at least among fans of anime, for its graphic violence and frequent nudity. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. Kanbe quoted this in relation to the desire of humans to cast each other out and segregate one another. Throughout the series, there is a great deal of blood and gore, as well as. There is also a difference in the characters' personalities in the anime; Kohta is much more forgiving upon finding out that Lucy was the one who killed his family.
It is also noted for the , emotional themes of how the characters change through, and the overall subject matter of the whole story. 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. A poem by is the basis for Wolf's version. 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. Based on the anime and manga series. The series was released on Blu-ray in Japan on December 19, 2012.
This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy. It is taught to Nyu by the manga-only protagonist. This can be seen in several examples, such as on top of a set of steps overlooking the coastline, where many of the interactions between characters take place. Also, is present when two young boys mercilessly beat Lucy's puppy until it dies; though the act is off-screen, a copious amount of blood is shown. In promotional art as well as in the series itself, characters make use of a famous hand symbol of outstretched fingers with the middle and ring fingers connected. The anime only follows events roughly up to about halfway through the manga, and it has its own self-contained ending.
The manga has been licensed by in North America, who will publish the series as four omnibus volumes. A 13-episode television series adaptation was produced by the studio and broadcast on from July to October 2004. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again. The Diclonius are mutants human having horns which they derive telekinetic power represented by vectors ghosts arm stretching since their backbone, bearing a devastating force. Several properties of the Diclonii change between the manga and anime; Lucy has much fewer vectors in the anime and her destructive power is far more powerful in the manga, at the point she can destroy buildings and sink an island, and there is greater variation in hair and eye color. Reviewers such as Tasha Robinson of Sci Fi Weekly and Theron Martin of praised Elfen Lied for its story and technical excellence in production quality, animation and color.
The series also includes scenes that present female nudity and strong language specifically in the English dub. Vectors usually have a limited range of a few meters, but the length varies among each Diclonius. The series was licensed in Australia by. In comments made by director Mamoru Kanbe on the Elfen Lied website, he stated that he intended for the anime to question and discuss values relating to the way in which humans divide each other by difference, as well as the belief that atrocities such as those committed by Lucy in the series are strongly influenced by the way in which people are treated by their fellow beings. The introduction scenes of the Elfen Lied anime are a reference to 's artwork such as his paintings.
The series' author, , has a brief as a guest in episode 12. Elfen Lied has been described as similar to, or borrowing elements from , and. One such Diclonius, , is the main character of the series: Initially held in a facility built for experimentation, located off the coast of Kamakura, she manages to escape and wreak havoc, but is injured in the process, an event which causes her to develop a secondary, childlike personality known as Nyu. Archived from on July 27, 2009. Elfen Lied Volume 5 in Japanese. All Diclonii Silpelits born from human parents are sterile and female. Both Diclonius and the human species feel the need to populate the earth with their own and wipe the other out.
She escapes the facility she has been held captive to the mainland and is taken under the wing of university student Khota. Her vengeful personality is repressed, supplanted by her new identity as the innocent Nyu. Many have a vendetta against humans, and have ambitions to wipe out the human race and populate the world with their own species. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy. It's about a army project called Lucy wich is supposed to be a secret weapon but something goes wrong and she escapes from the army base killing 25 soldiers.
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. Archived from on March 28, 2007. Diclonius genetics are also explained in greater detail in the manga: For example, Kurama explains the purpose of the Silpelits and that the Diclonius virus can only be passed into the human male to produce Diclonius offspring. The series frequently discusses the events and treatment which define the human character in such a way, and the problems which arise from discrimination, as well as the wild contrasts between compassion and vengeance between fellow humans, through the strong vengeance of Lucy compared with her past memory of Kohta. In the manga a Diclonius' hair color can be as diverse as a human being's e. 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.