Its Otaku-chan here! Sorry for not being able to post on daily basis but I will try my best! First up for this new week, is one animation series that is horrifyingly delectable! Its a real blast from the past and yet, I’ve watched it over 50 times! Elfen Lied! Its a series that has burnt itself into my heart through my eye sockets! Here’s why!
The series itself centers around a mutant species of human, called Diclonii. They are distinguishable by the little horn-like features that protrude out of their skulls, reminiscent of a devil of sorts. They also have the ability of ‘vectors’, invisible arm things that can (and will) make humans into a slushi. The extent of which these vectors can extend and the amount of vectors per Diclonii is dependent on the indivual. Needless to say, every singly female Diclonii spells bad news for all humanity. Anyways, ‘Lucy’, one of the main protagonists of the series breaks out of an experimental island compound, makes it shore however is injured and develops a child like state of mind. She is found by Kohta and his cousin Yuka which she now resides with while fending off assault teams and other members of her own kind.
The characters themselves are amazing. For example even though ‘Lucy’ has split personalities, she is an extremely likable character. Throughout the series she is referred to as a monster by other children and is often subjected to horrendous bullying by ‘human’ counterparts, thus she develops a hatred to all humans with the particular exception of Kohta. In her child-like state, she is ‘kawaii’ to the MAX! Kohta himself is a pretty smooth character though he’s completely oblivious to the feelings of ‘Lucy’. Without too many spoilers being revealed there are a lot of other characters that do contribute to the awesomeness of this series.
The real ‘meat’ of the series is the themes that are involved throughout ‘Elfen Lied’. It explores the effects of social alienation, prejudice, revenge, jealousy and the value of humanity through what I would say extremely ‘graphic violence’. To be honest it is quiet a dark series but I really felt for the character ‘Lucy’ who seems to be always drawing the short end of the stick. This series doesn’t sugar coat the themes that it explores, it rather does it ‘bluntly’. Shock and Awe.
Despite being a extremely gore production, Elfen lied is an incredibly sad and tragic love story. Often it left me in tears just through the sheer amount of pain, sorrow and anguish the characters were put through but it really did make this series one of the very best to this very day! But for those who love drama as well, never fear, Elfen Lied will definitely satisfy your needs. This animation series has everything that makes a series great!
The music and art style in this series was absolutely enthralling. Every soundtrack that was in Elfen Lied was mind blowing. The music matched every scene and every detail and I couldn’t help but find myself forming an incredibly emotional attachment to this series! I truly believe that every scene especially from the opening theme and ending theme was beautiful!
All in all, this series is a really merit to the anime community. I would definitely recommend this series to all you mature folks out there, it will at times, have you in tears of sadness and tears of joy, buy more importantly it will make you really ‘think’ about humanity and its values…
Video – 9/10
Audio – 10/10
Star Rating – 4.5/5 stars!
Its has be splendid returning to my workbench and doing a review as awesome as this. Elfen Lied is a wonderful animation despite its graphic interpretation of human social values!
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From diclonii-friendly friend,