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A Very Interesting Anime.
on 8 May 2009
Elfen Lied is a anime with elements of gore, action and adventure. The story is about a "Diclionious" named Lucy, who has pink hair with horns growing out of her head. She is dangerous, and is able to use stretching invisible hands called "Vectors." These enable her to take out any targets, and that is what deems her so dangerous, making her way out of a facility, aiming on cleansing the world of humans by taking their limbs off in a dramatic manner.
Soon enough she is in the hands of two teenagers, and unlike Lucy, she becomes invulnerable and isn't aware of what things are around her, saying the word "Nyu" continously. What you see is the same person, who changes depending on what happens, one moment she could be innocent and the next she could be extremely deadly.
The anime features nudity, but not sexually, just the human form of the female body, naked and strolling around. The storyline is very good, the ending (I won't give it away) is an ending that makes you question yourself, it makes you question what is going to happen and why.
The story also gives setbacks in the past throughout the series, giving you ideas on why something is happening in the future, why is the character behaving that way. It helps the storyline thicken, and answers questions into what you might have about it.
The music is lovely, especially the opening score, it is powerful and mysterious, and will stick with you throughout the series.
The dvd was wonderful, the main menu music isn't noisy and the Extras feature artwork, ADV previews on all four disks. If you find the English Dub isn't to your liking, you can change it to Japanese with English Subtitles to give it a fresh experience, depending if you can take the English voices, as some can be sore to the ears. It depends with each person, some people can find the voices good, and some can't bear it.
I usually watch comedy Anime so this was a new experience for me, and I enjoyed it. Truthfully I am not 100% sure I would watch it again, but if you like gore and suspense then this Anime is for you.