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Elfen Lied  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Эльфийская песнь
エルフェンリート
妖精的旋律
變異體少女
Elfenlied
Elven Song

Groups Scanlating
Endless Abyss
Evil Genius
Fuan
Got-Nyu?
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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1 chapter 1
Ends at Vol 6 chapter 60

User Reviews
Elfen Lied by Dr EviL

Forum
7 topics, 80 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (1271 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.17 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 9th 2014, 4:21pm PST


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Year
2002

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #743 increased(+46)
Monthly Pos #1128 increased(+111)
3 Month Pos #1307 increased(+77)
6 Month Pos #1342 increased(+18)

List Stats
On 1184 reading lists
On 908 wish lists
On 2985 completed lists
On 158 unfinished lists
On 300 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Elfen Lied Blu-ray Box to Add Exclusive Manga 562 days, 0 hours, 58 minutes ago
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the ending [spoiler] 1059 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes ago
Elfen Lied: Anime or Manga? 1233 days, 4 hours, 48 minutes ago
Is it worth it? 1989 days, 12 hours, 51 minutes ago

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A tragedy in all its extent...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lozanogo
November 6th, 2008, 9:33pm
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 whatsoeverconfused, 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.
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I tried...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by sabasebatyne
October 21st, 2008, 9:13pm
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.
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the most tragic manga ive read in a while   
Rating: N/A
by Jack_T
January 9th, 2009, 10:47am
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.
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Elfen Lied manga thoughts   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Tiamat
January 28th, 2007, 11:09am
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.
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No words can describe this.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mushu
February 1st, 2009, 11:01pm
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)
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absolutely fantastic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ljkabookie
January 21st, 2009, 11:54pm
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

Read it
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Evening Things Out   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 14th, 2006, 6:27pm
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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Awesome   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cuti3m00n
August 8th, 2012, 9:15am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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
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Good   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Ziex
June 10th, 2012, 11:10pm
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.
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Clearly a 10/10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by vadram
September 11th, 2008, 4:18pm
Lucy: When you're miserable, you need to make someone even more miserable than yourself.
Lucy: The ones who aren't human... the ones who aren't people... Are you!
Bandoh: I pull the trigger, the gun goes off. The beach gets bloody and you get dead.
Kurama: Warmth and love. I'm the one who took everything from you...
Nana: Give me back my leg..

These are just the most interesting quotes from the anime...
If you want more watch it, and also read the manga.
It's worth it. It may not be the bloodiest anime ever, but it still rules, personally I've read the manga twice, and watch the anime 3times and I still can't get enough of it. It probably is Okamoto Lynn's best work.

... Last updated on September 11th, 2008, 4:19pm
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