In the not-too-distant future, a crop of humans emerge with extremely powerful mutations, lending them telekinetic abilities. Fearing the power that these new people possess, the government institutionalizes them at early ages or even birth, calling them dicloniuses. In these facilities, dicloniuses are cruelly experimented on until the day that they are executed. One diclonius, however, escapes. A young woman named Lucy, mired in hatred and rage from years of abuse, breaks free from the numerous forms of restraint placed on the facility and, killing some guards in the process, flees into the night. Lucy experiences some kind of psychological break during her escape, however, and when she is found, unconscious by Kouta and his cousin Yuka, her personality has split. Lucy's wrath is sectioned off into her existing personality, but another persona emerges in her that is innocent, gentle and so childlike that she even lacks the ability to speak. Kouta and Yuka call this sweet girl Nyu and decide to take her in. Eventually, other dicloniuses also find their way to the haven of their house, seeking refuge from the government. Elfen Lied deals with the issue of human evolution but more strongly focuses on matters of trauma, identity, and compassion, begging the question of what kind of happiness Lucy/Nyu and all those with painful pasts can hope for. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide Close
As we get older, we should mature mentally and attain more knowledge. It's been about four years since I made any serious revisions to my review of the worst thing ever stamped on to film, Elfen Lied, and even a review with this much airtight logic needs some tweaking. I first saw Elfen Lied back in May of 2008, after a bunch of its fans swindled me into buying it by telling me that this anime was one full of gore and nudity yet also had a brilliant story with … more
Simply put, this is the worst anime I've ever seen, scratch that, the worst piece of celluloid ever made. It does everything wrong, whether it be the cliche characters, self-contractictory messages, gaping plotholes, clashing art styles, clashing music scores, tonal whiplash, and terrible storytelling. The fact that this detestable piece of shit is hailed as a masterpiece by so many anime fans makes me sick to the point of regurgitating my giblets.
That pretty much sums up my feelings for this show right there. Elfen Lied, despite what so many sappy, shallow people would tell you, is nowhere NEAR a masterpiece; I wouldn't even go so far as to call it good. It is, for all intents and purposes, a woefully inadequate attempt at a drama which falls far short of tragedy greats in anime such as “Grave of the Fireflies”, “Kino's Journey”, “Now and Then, Here and There”, and yes Neon Geneses Evangelion. It is an … more