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Elfen Lied  
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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.


Related Series

Associated Names
Эльфийская песнь

Groups Scanlating
Endless Abyss
Evil Genius

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1 chapter 1
Ends at Vol 7 chapter 62 (story diverges)

User Reviews
Elfen Lied by Dr EviL

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (1476 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 23rd 2017, 10:58am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #512 increased(+274)
Monthly Pos #1289 decreased(-23)
3 Month Pos #1626 increased(+70)
6 Month Pos #1932 decreased(-133)

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On 1250 reading lists
On 1024 wish lists
On 3543 completed lists
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 10th, 2006, 4:10pm
I got bored of the plotline, there no interesting plotlines, just some gore and even that gets old.
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Elfen Lied   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 9th, 2006, 8:44am
Well, its kinda weird... you shouldent comment a manga too much on art but on the main story and development.. if you think the manga is bad because the anime is better, then you my friend still has a long way to go...
the manga is great, theres a little more story involved which is nice, overall i want to take some points from the art, even though its not important its still an important factor.
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highly addictive   
Rating: N/A
by quick brown fox
March 23rd, 2006, 7:13am
I got to admit that the art is a bit out of proportion, which sucks at times, but not enough for you to say that "it's tewible!" because its style is the same as any other typical manga (you know... big expressive eyes and stuff). Plus, the art does improve in later chapters.

As anybody else had said, this contains ecchi-ness and gore (which is, surprisingly, a good combination), some comedy, and one helluva plot.

I suggest reading some chapters of the manga first before watching the anime, as some details in the manga are helpful in understanding the anime more.

Read, and never will you regret it.
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Mmmm, Nyu-chan ^_^   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
March 4th, 2006, 9:50am

O.O Okay, anger...
I read the first...24 chapters for Elfen Lied. I actually agree SLIGHTLY with the individual who gave a poor comment: the art was not AS good as I had hoped for. (Of course, I foolishly based my hopes on the cover of the first volume. Good Lord, Nyu-chan is ADORABLE. ^_^) The art DOES change a tiny bit as the story progresses though. I noticed the horns changed quite a bit; later on, they look more like cat ears, just as they do in the anime. I wouldn't say that the artwork sucks though. NEVER; it's just different than what I thought it would be. I am thoroughly enjoying it though, for it gives more details, there are subtle differences that I like to notice (like Lucy has more that 4 vectors) and there's a bit more humor, I think anyway. And it's so pretty, and of course it's ELFEN LIED, one of the many loves of my life. ^_^ I am quite eager to read the other volumes, ESPECIALLY the ones after 6.
I'm assuming that there is no possible way to purchase the Elfen Lied manga in the US...? I've looked, but I haven't had any luck. v.v The only place I've found it at was some website that sold it in Japanese. :_: Sorry my comment/rating is a bit long!
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ha! you bet   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
February 18th, 2006, 3:59pm
come on, s/he's right. Don't **** up the ratings, I mean, seriously... you're gonna have elfen-lied fans all over you telling you totally suck at reviewing or commenting because you don't take time to know everything before actually spilling out on us just how seriously ****ed you are. [edit by mod, everyone is entitled to their opinion, regardless of how horrible it may be]
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improve later?   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
January 1st, 2006, 9:13pm
i read volume 1 but the drawing disappointed....does it improve later on? the anime art was so much better.....
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Elfen lied   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
December 9th, 2005, 4:44pm
Great manga, as good as its anime, but with more twist.
lots of gore, voilence and etchi. but if you are more intrested in a nice story, it'll keep you interested
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