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Elfen Lied - The Complete Collection [DVD]

Mamoru Kanbe    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Directors: Mamoru Kanbe
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ad Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDY40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All 13 episodes of the ultra-violent Japanese anime series. Lucy is part of a military genetic experiment, able to dismember victims with invisible arms known as 'vectors'. Lucy loses her memory in the process of her escape from the military compound and takes refuge with two sisters. Renamed Nyu, she still retains traces of her killer nature, shockingly revealed when the government send a team of commandos and another mutant assassin to bring her back...

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nyu? 18 Mar 2010
By twelve
Purchased this recently and although Im no Anime conniseur (Paranoia Agent, Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop are the only series I have watched) I can safely say this is a worthy addition to the aformentioned.

Technically the DVD is well mastered and upscaled looks a treat although the sound is quiet and the english dub (as mentioned earlier) is a little grating.

Its hard to pinpoint exactly what has got me about this series but as an analogy I would describe it as akin to good music where its the space between the notes which is important, not just the notes themselves (I hope this makes sense).

The script is sharp and poignant and genuinley touching and humourous with great characters and progression.

The nudity and violence is not gratutitous and always progresses the plot, its never done for 'fan service'.

Addictive as hell and it reminds me atmosphere-wise of Perfect Blue (but not so obtuse) I can't recommend this series highly enough.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah R
I've watched many anime series since I was about 12 years old, most of which are fantasy, adventure combined with good character development and visuals. Now 21, most of the series found in my DVD collection I've loved at first glance of the cover/synopsis and never looked back. The same goes for Elfen Lied.

The story centres around a mutant race known as "diclionius", who are mainly pink haired, female, have noticable horns growing from their heads and have psychic abilities from their invisible-to-the-naked-eye hands known as "vectors". The main focus from this race is Lucy, a sadistic woman bent on destroying the human race as she breaks free from a research facilty. After attempting to escape she washes ashore in a nearby town where two innocent college students find her...

After watching the first 2 minutes from the pilot episode, its easy to make the assumption that it's made for fanservice only. The opening titles have pictures of naked girls and Lucy, as she goes on a killing spree in the first episode, walks around naked, however after the pilot episode its goes into so much more depth than most 'fan service' based material.
Though the series is dominated by violence and sexual content (nothing porn related, just lots of nakedness), this is forgiven since the series takes a very dark tone. The violence and sexual content is meant to stress the dark side of humanity and empathise the trauma the character has suffered, not just to please its audience.

The music is beautiful, not just the opening and ending themes but the music score is wonderfully composed and fits the anime well. The art is some of the best I've seen, and though the series takes small elements from other series - as a whole it's original and is considered one of my favourites.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proved me wrong 21 Jan 2008
By Dave
Before I start, let me list the things that might put me off an anime series:
1. Big eyes - A shallow reason, I know but if it gets too stylised (ie the eyes take up half the face or more) I tend to let it be a problem for me.
2. Excessive nudity - a bit of nudity if it contributes to the story is okay, but when it crosses over to fanservice thats another thing.
3. Excessive gore and violence - again, a certain amount may be justified depending on the story and context. Too much and it feels like its there just to satisfy the slavering primal beast within us.

Elfen Lied has lots of all three and initially it was on my 'do not watch' list, so why have I given it 5 stars? Simply because despite all these things, its a beautiful series with an intelligent storyline, appealing characters and high quality artwork and music. From the infamously beautiful opening, drawing on the works of Klimt it had me hooked, and once I'd made it through the first half of the first episode without feeling too queasy, the story deepened and the violence took a back seat.

Yes, it has big eyes, but actually the series makes good use of them to distinguish between the Nyuu and Lucy personalities; the nudity is quite common, but its never sexual and rarely feels like fanservice, and the violence - well, sometimes it made me squirm but a series that can introduce you to a hateful mass murdering psycho at the start and have you rooting for her by the end - well, that's as good a praise I can give.

I would say to those who are hesitant to buy this series because of what they have heard about it to borrow off a friend at watch at least an episode.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime at its best (and darkest) 14 Nov 2008
I won't make any bones about it - Elfen Lied is not perfect by any standards. But that doesn't matter. It's not the best animated and the storyline has more holes than a colander, but it's undoubtedly one of the most compelling Anime's out there.

The story revoleves around a group of girl who are all Diclonius - an alien species, usually born to human parents - and their struggle to find acceptance in a world which views them as monsters while at the same time battling the madness which comes with their dual natures. The image of a teenage girl standing naked and streaked with blood, surrounded by the bodies of the soldiers charged with keeping her imprisoned, is one of the most enduring and iconic in anime.

The story leaps from tradgedy to tradgedy - from a the horrors of school yard bullying to the little girl who sacrifices herself to save the father who abandoned her. In any other anime this constant gloom would get boring quickly, but the compelling and tragic characters Lynn Okomoto created draw you into their world and make a place for themselves in your heart. And it is not without it's uplifting moments - the scenes of ordinary life amongst the strange little family the characters form are truely touching.

So please don't be put off by the low budget or the jumpy plot. The theme song says it all here - bizarre, incongruous but hauntingly and achingly beautiful. A real gem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Elfen Lied: Complete Collection
Well, after getting started on NGE, which is now rather old and had a very annoying American dub, but a complex, original storyline, I was looking for something more recent but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chockobo
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but not Compelling
In spite of some quite gory violence the music and artwork can best be described as beautiful. To me the storyline was full of holes and the overall coincidences that supported it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dave Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
if you like can deal with
blood, and more blood and
body parts flying in all directions
add some great art work and good story
well that elfen lied
oh and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TONY O
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Recall on steriods
This Anime is one of my favourites so I'm biased straight from the off and it is hard to review this without spoiling it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. P. Flanagan
4.0 out of 5 stars The one that got away...
The infamous, yet ever-so-violent Elfen Lied ladies and gentlemen. I'll keep it simple.

Great production quality (for it's time)
Great storyline and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Elfen did lie, about the cost of this anime.
Recently I purchased this anime due to the fact that I am a hugeee anime fan as-well as a booooooooones fan, and this was instantly a must have! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pikagirlll
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Anime has returned
I think i have nothing to say to this anime. Its just great!

What i want to say about this Product is:

When i ordered this renewed collection i was afraid of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Albrecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
The series has always been close to my heart. I needed to get myself a copy of the boxset. Nicely boxed and has a nice poster included.
Published 17 months ago by Micky K
1.0 out of 5 stars trys too hard
trys too hard with the blood the story is rubbish and unoriginal people whjo like this anime seem to think its great because its shocking when it just trys too hard
Published on 6 May 2012 by Dean C. Farrar
5.0 out of 5 stars Elfen Lied COMPLETE DVD COLLECTION
This made one amazing present although it can not be used on english xbox 360 itworks fine on computers and laptops. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Amey Hickin
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