The following review article fromÂ The Nihon Review, was written some time ago … but it will act as a good introduction to what I think is an anime that should not be missed. Many will hate it for the tasteless gory violence, (and some nudity), but I think those that go beyond violence and nudity, will agree, that Elfen Lied is an experience that every lover of anime you should have before they die.Â WARNING the videos included later in this post contain scenes of extreme animated violence and some nudity. This anime is not suitable for young children. However, for everyone else who haven’t seen Elfen LiedÂ yet- enjoy !
Diclonius: mutants with the deadly power of psychokinesis and a homicidal urge toward humankind. After escaping from a maximum security research institution and suffering acute amnesia, the diclonius Lucy is taken in by cousins and childhood friends Kouta and Yuka. Unfortunately Lucyâ€™s docile mask threatens to slip at any moment, and a ruthless organisation will stop at nothing to retrieve her â€“ including the disposal of anyone helping her. Â First off allow me get the unpleasantries out of the way:Â Elfen LiedÂ is not for your children, or for people with fragile sensibilities or any type of heart condition. Acute violence with dismemberment and torture aside, this anime also addresses issues including child abuse and human experimentation, and as such contains a fair amount of nudity and uncomfortable content â€“ which is only to be expected from one of the studios responsible for the equally fantastic (and bloody)Â Berserk. That said,Â Elfen LiedÂ uses violence and nudity as tools to hammer its messages home. Frequently see-sawing between abject horror and heart-wrenchingly touching moments, we are strapped into an emotional rollercoaster which only serves to affect the audience deeper … read more of this excellent review article at: The Nihon Review