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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 #616 increased(+71)
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 1029 wish 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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great work   
Rating: N/A
by hamzakun
December 30th, 2007, 4:23pm
i think its a great work the art are wonderful the violence excellent and the romance part very romantic really.also i think sexual abuse and pedo do exist and its a good point showing them so for those who says it's ecchi be aware wa are human not angel we all need sex "sorry for being rude but its the sum i m looking forward for the rest of the series and i hope that lucy won't die in the end maybe the strange power that have nana will save the world and lucy maybe.
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Just Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Vyk
December 7th, 2007, 12:42am
Such a great manga.
Makes you rofl, lugubrious, infuriated, paralyzed, passionate and absolutely obsessed...

Haven't seen the anime yet... if it comes even halfway to where the manga is... it has to be awesome.

Edit: Saw the anime, its def more than halfway to the manga, hence pretty awesome. Subtle changes they made to the story made it invoke much less emotion than the manga.

... Last updated on December 14th, 2007, 10:47am
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Awesome Manga!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Squirrely
November 7th, 2007, 10:02am
This is why I hate Christianity.
People saying "Eww, that person is naked, that's wrong!"
The natural state is naked, animals are naked around us, yet christians pay no mind to the fact.
I apologize if there is a christian sect that i don't know about that doesn't make nudity taboo.
Anyway, I'd give this a 10/10, because the plot. I don't really care for the Ecchi part, what's the point? Just go find some H stuff...
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Rating: N/A
by xdeLiiRiOus
September 8th, 2007, 3:03pm
I think it was a great manga, but it's just the violence, too much, ne?
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Rating: N/A
by TimeManInJail
September 2nd, 2007, 9:46pm
just being a fan of art and the standard of today quality i really hope that it get a makeover or can even start a new story..well beside that the plot is delicious couldn't stop ... the thing i was piss the most is pedophile ..-.-"""
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Dragonfiremule
August 26th, 2007, 2:45pm
The violence level is excellent. I'm not the biggest fan of sex and the like, so it lowered the rating a bit, but this is still a wonderful manga. Great fights, great dictator personalities, and you can really feel the delightfully evil personalities of the bad guys through the pages. Really an excellent manga.

... Last updated on April 4th, 2008, 3:49pm
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A very interesting story, but way too cruel...   
Rating: 8.3 / 10.0
by Master_M2K
August 6th, 2007, 6:15pm
Plot/Story:- It's about a girl who isn't a normal human and is in fact the 1st major step in the evolution process. She escapes from a research facility and ends up living with some boy and girl.

Artwork:- The manga looks really basic that even I could draw the characters better, because it tries to make the girls look super cute. Although it's pretty disturbing when these cute girls are ripping limbs off each other or off other people .

Final Thoughts:- The manga seems to tell the story better than the anime and it actually finishes the story however thanks to the slow a$$ scanlation group I've only read 9 out of the 12 Volumes. One thing I can say is that the cruel stuff that happens to the girls makes me sick.

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why is it taking so long?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kawaiibaka
June 27th, 2007, 9:59am
why is it taking so long for it to be scanlated? this is one of my greatest favs, but it gets a new chapter every 4 months! why??!?!?!!?!? please let the chapters come!
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Great Series   
Rating: N/A
by Matt508
April 1st, 2007, 12:17pm
If you ever watched this show you know how it ends, but sadly enough they didn't keep it true to the manga and left may holes in it. This series fills the gaps that the anime created and it also continues on after the anime ends to show what happens after Marico.

... Last updated on June 12th, 2007, 1:32pm
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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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