At the end I want to talk about presentation itself. Yeah, this anime has something that mostly don't have. Many animes are emotional, warm, sad, but this one will leave you with a main question after you finish watching it. You will begin to understand some things, to even appreciate life more. To appreciate people around you, those that are different and pushed from the society. You will begin to understand that they are even more special. Much what we don't know is shown in this anime. Many of people bad habits are displayed as well. At first this may look like an anime just meant to be filled with violence, nudity and gore, but actually that's not true. It is meant to be different and to show the true message that it holds.
This anime was very enjoyable actually, despite any of its weaknesses; all the blood pumping action & gore really got you soaked into the atmosphere & mood of the anime, while also containing some flirtatious scenes which where a nice addition (although it doesn't develop any further :(), the overall anime just really got you into the mood's it wanted to get you into which was really great, whether it was a very sad/depressing theme, flirting scene or incredibly cute scene, it got you into that atmosphere. It's hard choosing between 9/10, because nothing is ever perfect, so i never really give a 10, but it's so close, & to make up for the weaknesses in the anime i think it's fair to give this a 10 here, because it really is a great anime.
Enjoyability - the anime to be honest is memoriable and gives you a strong feeling after watching it but that feeling is probably not enjoyability-yes for those who would read this review- there is a sense of astonishment and even enjoyment when one watch the violent beheading, limb amputation of the woman and children and generally the people in the anime, but that really depends on the characteristics of those watching the anime- some feel sick at the sight of blood but I really hope those who have read up to here to be those who enjoy watching violent scenes.
But overall even for those who enjoy the violence and would just laugh. One will feel pretty depressed afterward normally.
The presentation is indeed incredible.If you see the first 2-3 eps you cannot stop watching it until the
end(personally...i have seen it 2 and a half times).
But this is a very sad anime in my opinion...some say that the Elfen Lied is Horror/Action...i think that it is more likely Drama/Horror.
There is so much gore and blood and neck/leg/hand ripping apart,but that didnt seem to be disturbing to me.
The first time I saw Elfen in one day...Ive watched the first and second episode,and at the end of the second ep i was saying just one more episode and then i will do something else...at the end of the third:This is the last one and i will do somehing else...and so one until i had seen it all.
I think hat there was no need for that 14 episode OVA.
For this review, I hate how sound and art take up 50% of the weighting combined since it only gives me 2 chances to lower the grade. Also, there are things worth mentioning that aren't described above.
Perhaps the most commonly talked about thing with EL is the violence and nudity. I can sense the psychological impact of mature subjects. Some fans must have thought: "OoooooOO, this is so violent. It's got to be good." And it's not just violence, it also has a lot of nudity and other mature subjects. None of them struck me as a good attempt in drama or plot. They struck me as fan service. Nyu being an idiot not understanding the importance of clothing for example. Even scenes of Mayu's past seemed like an excuse to please pedophiles with child nudity.
I'm going to be perfectly honest: I loved this anime! Without a doubt, this is the best anime I've seen in a year, and
I feel it will take a major effort to top it later down the road.
Yes, it was incredibly violent....Yes, it was horribly disturbing.....Yes, it was exploitative and depressing as hell....But so what? This was the first anime that I've seen in a long, long time that I could not predict where it was going or predict how it was going to end. I had no clue...every episode was a mysterious path through a world of pure creative anticipation, and that alone is worth the price of any admission.
The sole reason why every area of the series is so great is because of the way the entire series was put together. Without the pain that Lucy/Nyuu went through, the depressing songs would not of so impactful, and without the violence, the ecchiness would of been overboard, and without the numerous sad situations, the delightful scenes would of been weakend. The entire series is very well balanced out.
To say the least Elfen Lied comes fresh off the press with its own unique bounce though comprable to other anime this series comes with its own "fragrance" bounding forward with the gore factor of personal long time favourate Berserk and holding steady with the sexual oquardness and comedy of Chobits.
The series takes its own slapstick comedy preformance wich loosely resembles that of the popular hit "evil dead 2" drowning the audience in a scene of sheer unadulterated horror and tragety with quick belts of comic relief to lift the spirits or to put the characters into tense positions.
Though a very addicive story, the series is cut short at only 13 episodes possibly one of its only drawbacks in my opinion.
The series has the typical assortment of bosses and chairmen (saicho) and a sinister corporate operation in the background that has a role of stopping the rampant virus but actually has the intention of allowing it to conquer the Earth. Not very original if you ask me, but the shock value is really good. This is the most violent cartoon I've ever seen, bar none. Roomfuls of blood and malice mean Doom is back, whether you've played it or not. There's a calm scene in a kitchen, and then someone will be decapitated, and Kouta will be cutting carrots, and Lucy will go out for some liver and onions (blood and I don't know if you've ever had Jello, but there's enough B, L, O, O, D in this series to have us all not eating any for a while. Okay, bad joke, but I'm running out of ideas.
I really appreciated Elfen Lied's ability to make me cry. I felt really sorry for all of the characters (especially Lucy) and sympathized with them. There were occasional humorous parts, to relieve the sadness of the story, but the humor was generally just average. There was alot of fanservice... which was kind of dissapointing to me, and many scenes where it didn't seem too nessicary to have Nyu in the nude. This was my first 'horror' anime that I've watched... but it wasn't actually to frightening, probably the only fear I had was Lucy waking up at the wrong time and killing some little girl or something O.o I had no problem getting into it, there were scenes at the end that I just had to see what happened next, so I ended up finishing Elfin Lied in one sitting.