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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)
v.12 c.102-107 (end) by Oishii-Manga Scanlations & Illuminati-Manga over 9 years ago
v.12 c.100-101 by Oishii-Manga Scanlations & Illuminati-Manga over 9 years ago
v.12 c.98-99 by Oishii-Manga Scanlations & Illuminati-Manga over 10 years ago
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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 (1511 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 5th 2018, 10:31pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Dark Horse (May 2019)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #454 increased(+148)
Monthly Pos #1124 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #1443 decreased(-69)
6 Month Pos #1554 increased(+57)
Year Pos #1654 increased(+210)

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Forum Posts
Elfen Lied Blu-ray Box to Add Exclusive Manga over 6 years ago
Similarly Violent Anime/Manga/Mangaka over 6 years ago
the ending [spoiler] over 7 years ago
Elfen Lied: Anime or Manga? over 8 years ago
Is it worth it? over 10 years ago

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by loztcause
January 5th, 2015, 8:59am
Tragic manga. If you're into tragedy, watching everyone die, and having a horribly sad and pointless conclusion, then you came to the right place. Personally, I struggled through it in spite of not liking the direction it was going. And now I wish I'd stopped when I realized what kind of manga it was.

But like I said. If you're into tragedy, death, torture, and so on. You'll eat this up.
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ANIME VERSION: Excessive blood, but intriguing story?   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 1st, 2014, 11:32pm
Blood is everywhere. <---not an exaggeration. Nearly every page has someone with his head lopped off by our main character, who has a strange power that gave her invisible hands that can kill many many people.

Anyways, I thought the author went overboard with the deaths... and I had nearly 0 attachment to the characters. The background story was cute enough, but other than that, nothing spectacular.

I'm guessing the manga version is better though from what I see in the reviews.

... Last updated on July 1st, 2014, 11:34pm
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great contrast   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 19th, 2013, 1:05pm
i really really love the childish undeveloped art because it makes it very easy to just breeze through the manga. im able to take in the plot, know the characters and enjoying the story without having the blood and gore distract me.
everyone is over the top, cry too much and just plain crazy, but i have a wonderful time. anyone who dont really like gore but love intense actions should read this.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cuti3m00n
August 8th, 2012, 9:15am
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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
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Very good.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lif2
June 16th, 2012, 10:08am
So many years after the anime, I found again this manga in a dark & forgotten corner of my computer.
I was afraid to read it, because that could have kill my wonderful memories about the anime. But I'm lucky I readed it smile
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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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the dog didn't die   
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by dreamer00013
January 30th, 2012, 1:56pm
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)
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I dont know   
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by andasideoffries
July 25th, 2011, 9:17pm
I abosolutely loved this manga...and then I got to chapter 7 (I think)....the problem is
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
many of the "evil" characters turn out good. "well, whats wrong with that?: you ask "isnt that a great plot twist?
well, 2 pts 1) the mangaka uses this "plot twist" sooooo many times that the story line practicalt becomes a pretzel-its just reeaally irritating after a while 2) many of the evil characters that turned good-realy ARE evil and no amount of "oh its not his fault" fluff takes that point away-certainly not when this is guy number 7 who was evil and seen the light.

this also affects the believability of the characters immensely. take for example this doctor who experimented on the creatures. terrible right? well, it just so happens that one of the creatures that he experimented on falls in love with him...not because he complained or did anything contrary to his superiors -but because his eyes looked he flipped the switch to shoot a poison laced 200lb metal ball at her chest.awww how romantic.

other than my very large rant, if you can get past the repetitveness of the characters as well as their questionable believabilty, then you should be able to enjoy a pretty original manga with an engrossing plot.
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by xierf
May 10th, 2011, 5:23pm
Wow. This series made me want to cry and if you know me that is almost impossible. I've been told I'm scary but this made me teary eye. I wonder who the two girls are, maybe she implanted her psyche into two girls. What ever happened to the perfect demon boy? This all besides the point. If you finish this you are lucky and read a great manga.
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Mixed feelings   
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by intemango
February 10th, 2011, 6:31am
You can't simply describe this series as 'good' or 'bad'. Like the characters themselves, whether it's acceptable or not depends heavily on your point of view.

The characters in this story are mostly psychotic, and irrational to the extremes so what happens might or might not make any sense to you. You could even say they're all idiots, and undoubtedly they all paid for that one moment of hesitation. You must have seen a lot of stories where people are supposed to forgive and sympathize with a girl who's born with unwanted supernatural powers that threaten normal people, and a happy ending is achieved. Well,
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the aesop from this story is that you're supposed to shoot her in the face. Multiple times. Along with anyone who tries to defend her. As buddhism tells you, a man who commits murders and then tries to save others in the end must still go to hell (which is not eternal) to pay for his crime before he can be rewarded in heaven. You wonder why no one in this fictional Japan is familiar with that concept.

... Last updated on February 10th, 2011, 6:39am
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