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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 (1487 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)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #468 increased(+207)
Monthly Pos #1055 increased(+278)
3 Month Pos #1674 increased(+161)
6 Month Pos #1928 decreased(-46)
Year Pos #2021 decreased(-158)

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On 1263 reading lists
On 1031 wish lists
On 3583 completed 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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Both are amazing.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by llbloodll
December 30th, 2006, 7:41pm
In comparison to the anime, I would much prefer to treat it as a totally seperate verison - similar to what was done with the FMA series. Although ending of the anime itself was much like Evangelion where you are left with a cliffhanger that just messes with your head. Although I'd like to think the anime is more centered around digging deeper into the human psyche and what we would do under deseperation and the value of love rather than the result of the human race (the manga).
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a kool manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Manmankyle
September 10th, 2006, 4:47pm
not much of a plot but the action is very good so if u love lot of blood and heads and all that good manga and i love all that bigrazz
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
August 19th, 2006, 8:19pm
Isn't as great as expected, it never really digged into me... i find myself constantly wondering off while reading; however, the art is great and some part is interesting
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cute as a button. deadly as a bazooka.   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
August 16th, 2006, 12:21pm
just wow. the manga goes deeper than the anime did. and i loved the anime. bit of a surprise with the nudity, but great nonetheless.
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
August 5th, 2006, 2:59am
this is a great manga which i say which is better to the anime since more characters and a lot more ecchi scenes hehe..

but i recommend this i just cant see how others hate this..
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Rating: N/A
by ...
August 3rd, 2006, 11:58am
Best thing ever...
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Rate the manga, not your love of the anime.   
Rating: N/A
by Jess
July 5th, 2006, 8:36am
Gore and nudity is rampant, so a mature audience is highly recommended.

Honestly, the art isnít very good, but it is cute. Even though I said gore and nudity is rampant, the depictions of these things are poor. The action sequences are not detailed or convincing, and the nudity and adult situations are awkward. Some feel the cutesy artistic style renders the mature subjects ridiculous, while others find the juxtaposition unique and potent.

The story starts out very interesting but deteriorates pretty quickly. The "dicloniuses" concept sets up a mystery and central aspect to the story but is simply left as a backdrop later on. The fast paced beginnings lead to an attempt at studying emotions under extreme duress, so if youíve developed a connection to the character by volume 3, youíre most likely still reading the manga. If you donít have the connection, youíre probably sick and tired of all the blush faces and word/action less panels.

Iím personally annoyed by the characters at this point (Vol. 6). The author never set up enough depth for me to care about the characters for yet another round of character twists resulting in emotional trauma and self discovery. I have no idea where the story is heading anymore, and Iím worried it will drown in a puddle of its own self pity and lost plot line. It may be time to abandon ship.
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My thoughts...   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 15th, 2006, 4:46am
I thought it was GREAT! The plot was unique, the gore was good...I JUST LOVE IT. The reason why i didn't give it 10 out of 10 is because....dont kill me....the art was as good as some others ive seen...some was kinda rushed...but i bet i cant do as good as Okamoto Lynn! =D Im only up to like...chap 47...i cant find 47 onwards!!! but o well...
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Evening Things Out   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 14th, 2006, 6:27pm
First off, let me say that i luv the anime, AND the series. Now, second off, im posting this rating for 2 reasons, 1, i luv the manga, and 2, to even out those bakas who read only a bit of it then gave it a crappy rating without trying the entire series out -.-
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One of the best...   
Rating: N/A
by Reign In Blood
June 13th, 2006, 9:46am
The anime is by far one of the best series out there, no matter its short length. The manga may not be as artistic, but it gives further insight to the story, and continues where it left off (or, it will at ch.61). A must read for any fan of the series, great plot, and character interactions between Lucy and Kota are great! Overall, it has everything: Keeps interest (plot), Romance, Ecchi, Comedy, SciFi/Action/Drama, Gore. Just...amazing
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