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Some Information Obtained: The story involves human mutations called "dicloniuses," who grow horns on their heads and possess telekinetic powers, in the form of invisible "arms" called vectors.
The tendency for violence among dicloniuses 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.
Эльфийская песнь エルフェンリート 妖精的旋律 變異體少女 Elfenlied Elven Song
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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
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.
loved it to death. Both the anime and the manga. The anime was wonderfully animated and soundtracked, the manga explained more... kinda.
Plot-wise The anime had a bit too little though, and the manga had bit too much, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it on a whole.
Anime i'd give a 9.5, Manga an:
... Last updated on December 10th, 2008, 12:23am
This is certainly a very dark manga and one that is hard for many readers for a number of reasons. Not to mention that, in the end, it is a tragedy. And yet, it is good. Scary and hard, but good. Do not be discouraged if you find your self unable to continue reading. It is okay. If you put it down, you don't even have to pick it up again. But do not call it bad, for it is not. It is simply dark, to a point that it's almost unbearable.
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.
Sure the art work isnt the best, the characters sometimes are to stiff, and there is alot of violence. But I still think this is one of the most breath taking manga I ever have read. The plot is excellent, and everything is well thought. The story really touched me, and the ending almost made me cry.
Read this manga for its darn enjoyable story, and if you manege too see past the violance and the lousy art work, I think you ll be able to love it as much as I did.
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.
Is it just me???
I think this one is a good manga,nice strory and all (maybe the art is not that good), but did you already read Psychic Academy.... is and older manga that has a lot of things like ELFEN( escept for the blood)
Wrung my hear.
I have watched the anime before I got to read the manga and I could honestly say that, the manga had more potency and impact than what I got from the anime.
Okamoto Lynn has certainly made a great work with this series..