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Release Date: 25 July (Japan) Elfen Lied is notorious, at least among fans of anime, for its graphic violence and frequent nudity. However, these With only thirteen episodes in total, Elfen Lied is short but sweet and well worth watching. Amazon Affiliates. Amazon Video Watch Movies & TV Online · Prime Video. I DON'T OWN ANY RIGHTS TO THIS VIDEO Studio: Arms Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks. Elfen Lied Blu-ray Listed on Amazon UK (Apr 9, ) Section23 Adds Elfen Lied OVA to Complete Collection Blu-ray/DVD (May .. Online Editing: Data Art.
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From the haunting melodies of its opening song "Lilium" and the combined gothic-anime style artwork in the opening credits, the atmosphere was compelling from the outset. The opening episode throws us straight into a blood bath, with heads and limbs flying in all directions curtesy of Lucy, a diclonius a kind of mutant human who is one of the central characters of the story.
It was hard not pay attention. This is going to be awesome! But five minutes of bloody massacre later, an extremely stereotypical ditzy secretary character waltzes in and trips over into the path of Lucy.
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I blinked as I struggled to get to grips with this juxtaposition, and a small voice piped up in the back of my head: A horror or a goofy comedy?!
Having been infected by the hype beforehand, I was so convinced that this was going to be one of the greatest anime ever that I'd persuaded a friend of mine to watch this "masterpiece" with me, having sold it to her as this "really highly rated, brutal horror" P This anime is meant to be horror, and though the horror elements are there, the pr0n elements are almost as strong, if not stronger. I'd heard about the violence, but I wasn't expecting all the fanservice. If people get hit, their clothing magically rips off their bodies; if a person falls over, you can bet the scene will feature the best angle for a pantyshot.
On top of that, the female characters all seem to be looking for any excuse to start stripping. It's so over the top that, given any situation, I'd be wondering how they're gonna squeeze fanservice out of it. For example, when the characters got caught in the rain, I was like: Here we go again … I can feel a wet t-shirt scene approaching; they might even start throwing their clothes off once they find shelter! Lo and behold, my wild guesses will hit the mark more often than not.
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Incredibly, even after the anime had conditioned me to anticipate fanservice at every turn, they still managed to somehow surprise me with it. The prime talent of the creators of "Elfen Lied" appear to be the ability to convert any situation into pr0n. Now let's look at the horror aspect - it's impossible to talk about "Elfen Lied" without mentioning it. There's an incredible amount of blood and gore in here, but just how effective and appropriate are they? On one hand, the violence does serve its purpose to a certain extent.
Its sheer brutality and the fact that, like the fanservice, it can occur at any and often unexpected moment gives "Elfen Lied" a heightened sense of tension and dread. When all is said and done, the credentials of "Elfen Lied" as a horror is solidly cemented by all the violence. On the other hand, the violence of "Elfen Lied" is plasticky both in a visual and in a deeper sense.
Visually, the series is a bit of a one trick pony when it comes to violence - it's very direct, involves a lot of blood often too muchand the bodies being ripped apart looked a bit like Barbie dolls being dismembered.
It all feels a little fake, and there's nothing as vivid and as disturbing as some of the violence portrayed in the likes of "Berserk" and "Narutaru".
Beneath the surface, the show's violence is mainly deployed as shock tactics with very little actual meaning beyond that. Furthermore, "Elfen Lied" goes waaaay overboard with it, and the overuse of this often less-than-meaningful violence inevitably led to diminishing returns on its effectiveness.
One of the nice parts, and maybe also of the sources of strong emotions associated with the movie is the way in which the director develops some of the main characters in such a way that they are complete. They have good parts and they have bad parts, they love and they hate.
You love them at times and then you hate them at other times. And because you get to know them pretty well, you will eventually get involved to the point that you really fear for their fate. Besides being complete, the characters are idealized and put in deep emotionally situations: Maybe this is why we like them: Inocence and pain, beauty and menace, death and love, blood and hope, all these make from Elfen Lied an addictive series which will leave a long-lasting impression on you.
And be prepared to watch all the episodes together, it might be hard to stop before the last one! Anime[ edit ] When Elfen Lied was being adapted into an anime series, director Mamoru Kanbe was recommended to work on the series by the series composer, Takao Yoshioka.
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Yoshioka believed that Kanbe's general drawing style and composition would be ideal to adapt the manga, still in publication at the time, into an anime series.
Kanbe himself, originally reluctant about joining the production, gained interest in it upon reading the manga. While the manga was still ongoing at the time, Kanbe and the production team were forced to condense the plot of the series into thirteen episodes, even though they felt it was necessary to make more as several significant plot details in the manga which Kanbe felt he could have used to make the series more emotive were left out. The production team were originally surprised by Okamoto's choice of Kamakura as a setting for the series; however, after several visits to the area, Kanbe commented that the setting in Kamakura was, according to the production team, ideal for the poignant and reflective drama in the series to unfold, as its general tranquility and geography made for a reflective and yet eerie, deep-meaning backdrop to the series.
This is used as an important device in conveying the ideas of memory and emotional association, such as the contrast between Kohta and Lucy's conversation when they were ten years old in comparison with their conversation in the final episode. Style and themes[ edit ] A segment from Lucy's escape scene in the first episode of the anime, which is notorious for featuring nudity, graphic violence and transgressive themes. Here, Lucy is using the beheaded body of a secretary as a shield.
In comments made by director Mamoru Kanbe on the Elfen Lied website, he stated that he intended for the anime to question and discuss values relating to the way in which humans divide each other by difference, as well as the belief that atrocities such as those committed by Lucy in the series are strongly influenced by the way in which people are treated by their fellow beings.
The series frequently discusses the events and treatment which define the human character in such a way, and the problems which arise from discrimination, as well as the wild contrasts between compassion and vengeance between fellow humans, through the strong vengeance of Lucy compared with her past memory of Kohta.
Many of the themes are mentioned at the teasers at the ends of episodes. Themes such as genocide and the attempts to "purify" the earth from each other also appear in the anime.
Both Diclonius and the human species feel the need to populate the earth with their own and wipe the other out.