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Some Information Obtained: The story involves human mutations called "Diclonius", who grow horns on their heads and possess telekinetic powers, in the form of invisible "arms" called vectors.
The tendency for violence among Diclonii varies among characters. Certain scientists contain them in a Facility in cells, where they are subject to inhumane experiments to test their abilities or where they await execution for being too dangerous.
An infectious virus is also associated with the mutation. This virus is spread through non-lethal contact with the vectors of a diclonius.
The main non-mutant character in the story is Kouta, who ends up becoming increasingly involved with these dicloniuses, as they seek refuge from the scientists.
The main diclonius character is Lucy/Nyuu, a killer whose alter ego is a hapless and very cute child whose vocabulary and intelligence are quite limited.
After a large amount of choice occurrences, the lives of these two characters become inexplicably intertwined.
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A tragedy in all its extent...
This manga is composed with several different ingredients: powerful telekinetic abilities only found on women, nudity touching the line of soft hentai, a high degree of violence and gore, characters' background full of trauma and angst, and a bit of triangular romance for the enjoyment of the story.
All in all, this is a very dark and depressing story about freedom and finding a place (for the protagonist) in the world. The story is well handled to keep you reading and it has its very intense moments. I found it was relatively easy to empathize with most of the characters and the artwork is fine. The ending (for the protagonist) is quite shocking, between pitying and depressing, but the epilogue really makes it up (her wish was fulfilled).
The only reason for not giving a higher rating was on how obvious it was that the author pretended to extend artificially the series without a logical reasoning or normal flow (characters that appear on chapter X and die on chapter X+3 which served to no purpose whatsoever, give me a break...). Nevertheless do not get me wrong, it is by all means a very good manga... given you are fine with the blood and gore.
I tried to get into this, I really did. And honestly, it wasn't the blood and gore (which is ridiculous at times, like arms and legs and heads taken off), or the ecchi stuff. I just couldn't relate to or care about the characters. It just seems like random violence plus ecchi junk (like a girl being raped by her father), with nothing to show for it. Meaning, it seemed like it had no redeeming qualities or moral. Anyway, just my take.
the most tragic manga ive read in a while
I just finished reading so i might be biased by the great ending. its rare when i say both the anime and the manga were great. i cant go into too much detail without handing out spoilers so I'll just say some minor things. this manga has an effective conclusion, its rare when i get to the end and feel content. the end did seem abrupt but i should have expected an ending similar to the anime's.
if you've got a day off from work or school i recomend flipping through this series, its 12 volumes long and a good read.
Elfen Lied manga thoughts
I've really been enjoying this manga since I started reading it a few months ago. I've read up till ch75 (which was released shortly after this post). I must agree with some of the others that the artwork isn't very good, at least early on. If you look at the artwork in the first chapter and then compare it to the artwork in the 70th chapter you will notice a HUGE difference because the artwork improves gradually as the manga goes on. The main draw of this series for me has always been the story, which I think is very well written and intriguing.
No words can describe this.
Wow. Even months after reading this, I still think about it. GREAT story and the only complaint I have about it is the ending but it is a tragedy so it has to have a tragic ending... My favorite manga maybe of all time..(maybe)
this manga is awsome, i picked it up because i watched the anime and its still one of my all time favorite animes. it has a beginning and an end, leaves good message. admittedly it was rather tragic manga but i loved it anyways. artwork is awsome.
i really cant talk more about it without spoiling it
Evening Things Out
First off, let me say that i luv the anime, AND the series. Now, second off, im posting this rating for 2 reasons, 1, i luv the manga, and 2, to even out those bakas who read only a bit of it then gave it a crappy rating without trying the entire series out -.-
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Well, I usually don't read Manga with so much Blood and echii, but with this one I gave it a try, and I don't regret it. This is truly the most tragedic manga I've read, really,... .On top of that, my fav char, Lucy/Nyuu has a sad ending, made me cry for 15 mins T_T. But then, I still think that this one is much better than the cr4ps I'm reading right now. A happy ending for almost everyone. I give it a 9 ^.^
... Last updated on August 8th, 2012, 9:23am
Even though the ending was a real tearjerker the manga as a whole was pretty darn good. The drawings take sme getting used to but it turned out to be well worth reading. Highly recommended for those who enjoy action/gore/drama.
the dog didn't die
The first time I read Elfenlied was quite a few years back. I was young and this series might have been my first seinen manga with lots of bloody gore and way too much ecchi. Which I wasn't quite ready for and thus my parting point with Elfenlied was the the beginning of v2 when dear Lucy seemed to have killed that sweet dog. (which she didn't do)
Now, after reading quite a bit of seinen, horror and mature mangas I have tried Elfenlied again - and was shocked by the art O_o But I still didn't stop reading and finished this series in one go. The art improves greatly after a few volumes and there's - like I already suspected - quite a lot of drama and lots of blood! Blood, Gore and ripped limbs - be assured, they play quite a big part. The plot was also interesting and I have to say that it was quite an entertaining trip. But it's far from a masterpiece. While there were so many emotions - and don't forget the DRAMA - connected to the girls, it wasn't like that with the male lead. He was "nice" but all in all, he just didn't seem to have much personality. He was lacking even compared to the other male characters. The plot didn't make up for it in any way. Of course there were aspects that were interesting - there are 12 volumes after all - but it was quite drawn out with many characters that only added drama.
But I still enjoyed reading it. I recommend it to everyone who loves DRAMA, lots of gore and lovely looking girls with killing intention. (and let's not forget the fanservice)