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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.


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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 8 years ago
v.12 c.100-101 by Oishii-Manga Scanlations & Illuminati-Manga over 8 years ago
v.12 c.98-99 by Oishii-Manga Scanlations & Illuminati-Manga over 9 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 (1484 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 30th 2018, 12:59pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #570 increased(+117)
Monthly Pos #1022 increased(+246)
3 Month Pos #1580 increased(+206)
6 Month Pos #1870 increased(+62)
Year Pos #1974 decreased(-111)

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On 1262 reading lists
On 1029 wish lists
On 3576 completed lists
On 179 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Elfen Lied Blu-ray Box to Add Exclusive Manga over 5 years ago
Similarly Violent Anime/Manga/Mangaka over 5 years ago
the ending [spoiler] over 6 years ago
Elfen Lied: Anime or Manga? over 7 years ago
Is it worth it? over 9 years ago

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Is it just me???   
Rating: N/A
October 20th, 2008, 3:45am
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)

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Wrung my hear.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ratyz
October 4th, 2008, 4:28am
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..
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I just can't.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by rathma
September 22nd, 2008, 8:21pm
I have tried three separate times to get into this comic and have failed horribly every time. I don't know why I cannot get into it. It looks awesome and i am not against the violence or story but for some reason i zone out while trying to read it. Maybe I am not meant to read it (there must be a secret trigger word in it that will make me go insane). I assume (ass-u-me) that it is a good story but I wouldn't know. I give it an 8/10 anyway because chicks that kill are HAWT (even non-human chicks).

... Last updated on September 22nd, 2008, 8:22pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wait321
September 13th, 2008, 7:27am
This manga has an amazing story that touches on the complex issues of love, war, morality, and survival. It also has plenty of solid character development; most of the characters are touched by love and war. There is a lot of gore, but it fits in perfectly with the violent setting of the story and highlights the intensity of the conflicts.

I can't talk about the manga anymore without spoiling it, but I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

... Last updated on September 13th, 2008, 7:31am
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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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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Hetien
September 7th, 2008, 7:16am
i honestly liked it at first. it was seriously really interesting. after a while it kinda loss it's luster and i skipped around with it a bit (just a few chapters near the end). i did end up reading the last few chapters, but i still felt that i really didnt like it. it was a pretty happy ending for an insanely depressing series, which i'd normally like as a breath of air from all the disgustingly happy series, but this was depressing to the point where it didnt make any sense. artwork isnt the best either, especially with the human body movements being very awkward and strange most of the time.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2008, 3:20pm
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Holy crap   
Rating: N/A
by metamike
August 10th, 2008, 6:12pm
This is the only manga that has made me feel sick. It starts out so innocent...and then....argh.

It's not the gore either, it's just that every single time you start to feel happy for one of the characters, they get hit in the face with a brick called "Reality".

So depressing, but so good smile
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Unique, i call this a masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LopinRD
May 14th, 2008, 6:00pm
EDIT: Finally, the story has reached its end, truly an enjoyable manga, its a piece of art, really gore nonetheless, but i loved it, the manga ends the most logical and realistic way, sadly im still longing for the Aftermatch stuff, which i hope will come soon, damn... its over sad

I saw the anime long time ago, i was incredibly touched by the way this anime was made, its a fresh experience and left me touched for years to come, the opening song, Lilium is absolutely beautiful, recently i read the manga, its a crude manga, buts its an incredible masterpiece, from beginning to end ur hooked, personally i take the echi and gory parts as the way the autor would assume this as reality in a case like this, reality about a murderous magical being would just be gory beyond imagination this manga has a rough gory representation of this, i ABSOLUTELY love this manga, the story is solid and its hearth touching, cant find anything bad about this manga, im simply touched every time i read it and analize it. 10+

... Last updated on September 2nd, 2008, 8:28pm
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all in one package   
Rating: N/A
by ahch84
April 26th, 2008, 7:47am
comedy, romance, violence...all in one package. not that i disliked it, but i think its just too much bloody part. but i like the plot though, that's why i keep the rating high.
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Rating: N/A
by Rockyx
March 1st, 2008, 9:15pm
The story and characters is just utterly amazing. The consistency of the characters through the series is what makes it even better. None of that evil to good nonsense. The misleading cover and title of the manga is what made me even more shocked. Awsome brutality a definite must for guro fans. Nothing like psychos that want to be god to add spice to any story. I hope you will love Bandou as much as I did.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2008, 9:18pm
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