This used to be the series most recommended to newcomers as means to show them a amanga which was not some silly cartoony characters with spiky hair. Open any recent manga and there is little to no chance to not see nude, splatter, lolis and all the sick stuff successful series like EL helped to establish. So far so good, sounds like the best manga in existence, right? It does feel shocking and different and special if you are a newbie in the field without any previous exposure to this sort of manga but otherwise it feels quite ridiculous by itself if you are already a veteran reader. I was already exposed to far more sinister stuff way before EL and guess what, it didnt seem worth not even half of what everyone was raving about. Along the way it improves a lot and after midway it looks like a well drawn harem show of multicolored hair bimbos doing silly stuff all over the place. The characters remain cute, with huge eyes and silly clothes, which I guess contributes to the shock of seeing them taking part in gore. The story is essentially about humans being sick bastards who like tormenting little girls in an attempt to not be exterminated by a new race of horny (literally) red haired lolis which are genetically created and programmed to kill everything that moves. So, the story gets more complicated when the female ringleader of those lolis has convenient memory loses and turns from a heartless killer to a playful pussycat every time the scriptwriter wants to prevent the story from ending. Sure, and that is the only reason the dickless boy and his harem of lolis dont leave that house despite being targeted by manslaghtering sadists every two days. Add to this the way they throw in incest and even more amnesia for other characters just as extra shock value that has nothing to do with the story, how everyone meets (or meats lol) someone, remembers and forgets, finds and loses, in the most far-fetched ways possible and always in the most convenient times and well the story is written with the mentality of a 5 year old. In all, if it got to shock you the first time, it is bound to become your fav for many years and even open a portal to you, leading to the darker regions of the otaku realm. So while I give it a high Value for its very important contribution in mainstreaming anime (for good or bad; I kinda hate the way most modern anime are all full of fan service) I must still give it a very low mark in Enjoyment because it doesnt work if you are not a newbie and in no chance in hell it feels good if you are a veteran reader.
With an arsenal of graphic violence and nudity, colorful characters, and deep themes of social alienation, Elfen Lied is close to being the manga series with some of the of best character development I have seen in a long time. I remember watching the show and feeling that it had tremendous potential to become something phenomenal if it was only given the attention that it deserved and a bit more creative writing (I was unaware of the mangas existence at the time). I enjoyed the animation and the plot had me thoroughly intrigued, but when I got to the final episode I was left feeling hollow and hungry for the loose ends and myriad unanswered questions. I can understand the need for comic relief, especially in a piece like this, but there are other ways to add humor rather than breaking plot to insert stupid sexual dialogue, which seemed like a waste of space given that the women spent eighty five percent of their time in the buff. Overlooking the crude humor breaks and sometimes brimming art panels, Elfen Lied is a wonderful series that should be read by any fan of manga at least once. Like I said earlier, the character development is wonderful, done no amends by the anime series in the least.
So there are two personalities of that inhuman girl: Lucy -the murderer and Nyuu-the child. I wonder how these new species were created... Reiew of whole manga 3.33 It finally ended. She was the queen, Eve of new species.
es un genero super bizarro que amo, pero sin duda esta historia no es un buen representante.
Elfen Lied is one of my favorite anime series, but I never thought to check to see if it was a manga before now. The relationship between Ive heard there are not any major differences between this series and the show, and so far that proves true for this volume. Its pretty on par with the scenes and progression, but I wouldnt let that stop you from reading it if you enjoyed the show quite a bit. It is extremely violent in areas, so if you cant really enjoy things like that Id warn you away.
I thought the story was kinda odd, graphic gratuitous violence and childlike characters and secondary themes. I don't have a problem with the violence or the nudity or anything. Which I found to be odd, in combination with the level of graphic violence in the book.
I admit, the shock value can get tiresome and pointless in certain instances, but from the standpoint of a horror flick, it can be entertaining to see just how much you are able to endure. These instances of incredibly sad, memorable and heart-wrenching moments are the saving grace of the series.
(view spoiler) Several times in the story, the final "solution" almost completed by various minor characters.