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May 5, 2008 | by  | in Film | [ssba]

Elfen Lied

The first seven minutes of the very first episode of this 13- part series is a strong indication that Elfen Lied is not for the fainthearted. With blood everywhere and a severed arm twitching, a teenage girl with psychic abilities escapes from an institution where she has lived her entire life by brutally killing the security guards with her telekinetic powers… Elfen Lied has been both praised and criticised throughout the anime world for its blend of violence, sex, gore and deviance.

Elfen Lied is about a monster with powers that could see the end of the human race. In typical anime style, the monster is in the form of gorgeous 18-year-old female with curves and heaving a bosom typifying innocence, yet somehow encompassing a raw sexuality. While she is escaping from the institution where she is being held, she gets clipped in the head by one of the guard’s bullets, which causes her to fall into the sea and get amnesia. With this amnesia develops split personalities, known as “Nyu” and “Lucy.” Nyu is a sweet, slightly simple girl, who can barely speak when she’s found on the beach by her childhood friends, Kohta and Yuka. When Nyu is faced with violence or confrontation she transforms into Lucy, her former self (before the amnesia), who is a beautiful, naked, sadistic killing machine. Kohta and Yuka take Nyu in, but have no idea of the dark side that lurks within her.

Elfen Lied is a fascinating watch that covers so many emotions, which change so swiftly that it’s a shock to the system. The cute innocence of Nyu is contrasted with the murderous rampages of Lucy and the extremely disturbing themes such as child molestation. The romance of Elfen Lied is uniquely out of place with the crass sexual innuendo – the most memorable part being when, after making out with Kohta, Yuka explains that her panties were only wet because she fell in a puddle.

The artistry of this anime production was superb, with some truly breathtaking scenes that were beautifully done even in the most horrific moments. Elfen Lied is thoroughly enthralling, addictive and disturbing. If you hire out the series you’ll watch every single episode and catch the anime bug.


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