This is a gem in the anime world, for those who know me well, story is a huge thing for me and as long as there is a well done story I can forgive just about anything else an anime has to offer.
I was going to take a moment here and there and compare this specific anime to Attack on Titan but this one fully deserves its own spotlight and to not be compared.
This is because while some things do tend to cause me to think of other anime series; Elfen Lied stands far and away as a thrill ride and mystery from beginning to end.
Elfen Lied involves themes of social alienation, identity, prejudice, revenge, abuse, jealousy, regret and the value of humanity, causing us to take a look at ourselves and where we stand in a world of grey areas.
I, for one, was glad that when watching a top ten breakthrough anime list, that this one rose to almost the top. It is a hard hitting and merciless thrill ride as we follow our characters into a whirl of a twist that M. Night Shyamalan would be envious of. The series is hard-hitting from the beginning sequences to the close of the season.
This is one I do not want to spoil as this is one that fully deserves to be enjoyed with a firsthand watch. I will go over some of the characters and the plot devices and the rest loves is up to you. Let us start with the basis of the story, what the whole synopsis is.
Our story takes place in Kamakura, Japan, and the main concept is on the “Diclonius”, a newly mutated species. Their appearance is similar to humans, but they have a few noticeable differences, horn-like protrusions on the forehead and the presence of telekinetic invisible arms called “Vectors”.
One such Diclonius, Lucy, is the main character of the series: Initially held in a facility built for experimentation, located off the coast of Kamakura, she manages to escape and wreak havoc, but is injured in the process, an event which causes her to develop a secondary, childlike personality known as Nyu.
Lucy is found by two locals, Kohta, and his cousin Yuka. They take her in, and become involved with the numerous, often brutal, attempts to recapture Lucy by a Special Assault Team and a number of other Diclonius, who shift frequently from oblivious to murderous.
It is indeed hard to watch specific scenes in the show but it is those hard hitting moments that prove to us why Lucy is the way that she is and why there was such a split in her personalities.
The story does not just focus on Lucy, it brings in other Diclonius and we get to see just how wretched the scientists are and it gives us just another in a line of scenes where we place ourselves in a zone where morals become grey and we would be in the same frame of mind letting our vectors do the talking.
I feel like I am just giving tidbits to the show when there is much more to it than that, the animation is wonderfully done, and the score is right in tune with the show itself. The series has a wonderful pacing and it keeps the watcher engaged with humor and an extreme story to follow. But it is also a show where if you tell too much you risk the possibility of giving it away.
This is a series that does not shy away from social issues and is very good about the way it portrays situations. It is mind numbing chaos of who is right and wrong and how we the viewers each take the series into their own minds.
Some of the scenes are absolutely breath taking in their ability to clearly display emotion and drawing you in with the depth of their characters.
One of the best in the action genre I have watched in a while and I am hoping that it does continue the story because there is no way it can be over. While many things are answered there is much more information I would love to see explained.
Like the labs, and the theory behind the Diclonius. How many are there and what their vectors can do. I know now that that many of these questions are answered in the manga so I guess a reading I will go!
For this one I give it a full ten out of ten for story, music, art, animation and just being so far outside the norm. Also first opening scene is enough to make you want to watch it hands down.
This is one I would love to hear your feedback on. Thoughts, comments, and suggestions can be left below! If you have watched this series, what was your favorite part? Let us know!