Most anime followers have heard of Elfen Lied by now. It’s notorious for its twisted, darkish humor and is stuffed with nudity. I imply, the primary 5 minutes of Elfen Lied is LITERALLY of a unadorned lady slaughtering folks. However, regardless of that, it does have some deeper messages reminiscent of accepting your self and your inside demons.
The Primary Plot
Elfen Lied is one thing else. Undoubtedly not your typical anime. Elfen Lied just isn’t one thing that you simply wish to take pleasure in a sunny day with. The violence and nudity might put some folks off of this collection, however I’ve to say that the story wouldn’t have had the identical impression with out it.
We now have a younger lady who has simply escaped from a high-security authorities facility, the place she was held towards her will. And it’s fairly apparent from the brutal bloodbath that ensures that she is a really troubled particular person with loads of hate for the human race, and maybe deservedly so. Then after she is basically shot off of a cliff by a sniper beneath the route of the director of the power, she finally ends up on the shore of the seaside the place she runs into Kohta and Yuka. Nonetheless bare.
Due to Fanservice
And that is the place the story begins to disappoint me. The writers of this present then determined, after creating such an attention-grabbing character, they wanted to show her, via the ever-so-convenient plot gadget of reminiscence loss, into some type of mentally challenged youngster with the physique of a younger grownup who can solely utter the phrase “Nyu”. And she or he has horns that suspiciously seem like cat ears. Quickly after, extra ladies come to affix Kohta’s new “household” and sure, you get to see most of them bare.
In addition to what’s occurring in entrance of the viewer’s eyes, there may be an ongoing plot within the background in regards to the Diclonius race. I discovered this plot fairly intriguing as nicely, nevertheless it, sadly, takes a again seat to the character drama, which was… considerably disappointing.
Nonetheless, we do have just a few moments and scenes that make the present value it. Most of us can relate to Lucy in her moments of desirous to overlook her previous and simply be a standard, human lady. Whereas most of us(most likely) don’t go round with a cut up character killing folks, we DO nonetheless wish to be and really feel accepted for who we’re.
What Concerning the Characters?
That is the place I had my largest bone to select with this collection. A lot of the characters got here off as both unrealistic or got here off as pathetic excuses for fanservice. And the relationships have been generally slightly too pressured.
Particularly notice the latter; relationships. It’s an vital facet, as they’re the principle issue to why the Diclonius are so “merciless”. “Merciless” as a result of they aren’t the actual merciless ones; that honor goes to the people.
Elfen Lied Characters…
Kohta is just about your typical harem anime protagonist. He does supply some depth, however he’s additionally unrealistic. I don’t anticipate fictional characters to behave like actual folks, however they should have a certain quantity of believability. Any sane, actual human being would flip in a misplaced, bare lady to the police. To not point out, give a woman pants if she is clearly missing some.
Yuka is… nicely, Yuka is the form of cousin who needs you. Actually badly. She is content material with eager for her wimpy, pushover of a cousin. I’m sorry, however why was this wanted within the story, particularly when there was already a love curiosity for Kohta? This half actually bothered me. I’d have loved Elfen Lied extra in the event that they let this half out.
Lucy, alternatively, was the meat of the story and, a minimum of in my eyes, was far more of the principle character than Kohta may ever be. I believed the flashback to her previous was rather well accomplished and I admit I did really feel sorry for her, even when half the time she was a sadistic assassin and the opposite half what amounted to a unadorned youngster.
Now, did I take pleasure in this collection? Once in a while. Nevertheless it was very onerous to observe, and I solely saved watching as a result of everybody else appeared to suppose this was some type of masterpiece. And the fanservice was so over-the-top that it was gross. I actually don’t must see bare fourteen-year-olds, and even when the fanservice concerned older characters, it wasn’t very tastefully accomplished and was approach too overdone.
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