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Elfen Lied is a franchise comprised of 2 anime series, 1 manga series
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We all know that anime, is messed up. I don't think anybody can deny that. There is anime that will mind-f*ck you, and anime that is just plain gross, but which are the worst? I like to dance with the devil when I watch my anime, most of what I watch is dark and twisted... but what are the mist disturbing? Honestly it's very difficult for me to say because it takes a lot to creep me out, but what have, have done at least a passable job. Now, this list will include some anime video games, but I'm staying away from putting hentai or anything on here. That stuff doesn't need to be recognized as disturbing. Plus, this is only the anime I've watched.
 

4. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni

  And now when I hear the sounds of the higurashi I run for my life. Probably what was most disturbing about this anime was the English dub... but the second most disturbing part of this anime was all the little cute kids stabbing themselves and shoving people's severed arms into refrigerators. It was neat to see the different possible story lines and such, but I have to say that some were really, really messed up.

3. Baccano!

The Rail Tracer. Wtf people. A lot of people who have seen Baccano! don't (generally) remember it for it's violence because the plot out weighs the horror. There are just some awful deaths here. The Rail Tracer grinds somebody's face off on the rail road tracks. And the books go a bit farther too. Poor Czes throws himself into a fire, and an immortal is cemented into an oil barrel to drown for eternity. The worst ways to die are right here. It give me shivers thinking about going that way
 

2. Elfen Lied

 How many quarts of blood was spilled in the name of f*cked up little girls with invisible killer arms? A lot. There was quite a lot of nudity and unreasonable gore, but in general nobody can deny that this anime was messed up. There was some disturbing stuff with little girls, old girls and severed arms and legs. But... was it the most mess up that I've seen? Nope. Not quite.
 

1. Togainu No Chi

Well, the anime was pretty disturbing because it sucked, and the manga wasn't at all. But... lets take a lookie do over at the PC game shall we? No... actually please don't. I know I said I wasn't going to talk about hentai or anything, but I think Togainu No Chi needs a pat on the back for making me very... very creeped out. Well, we'll ignore the fact that Shiki drinks up all the blood in somebody for kicks and giggles, despite not being a vampire. We'll ignore the f*cked up pairings and personalities. And, y'know what.... we'll just let Kau and his skimpy leather outfit, scarred chest and flat out creepiness slip from under the radar. I think it really boiled down to allowing Keisuke to try a little 'Line'. What the hell? Oh, yes I just love to see people rip out other peoples intestines and bask in the glory of murder and rape (which happens immediately after). You also gotta shiver at Keisuke and Akira's idea of 'friendship'... or maybe it's 'love', f*ck I have no idea...
Oh... yeah, then there's that whole Nazi thing at the end of Shiki's gameplay, with poor... poor Akira.



 Well, there you have it. The most disturbing anime I have watched. But there are more out there. I haven't seen them all, but if you're curious here is a list of honourable mentions that I cannot tell you how messed up they are. Be warned my friends.
Texhnolyze
Gantz 
Berserk
Shadow Star Narutaru
T okyo Godfathers
Perfect Blue
Soo.... out of all the anime you've seen, what are the most disturbing?
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Welcome, my fellow AnimeVice followers, to this my 3rd official blog review here on AnimeVice. Today, I will be discussing the dark, twisted anime known as Elfen Lied (2004). Like in previous blog reviews for Kampfer and Sora no Otoshimono, this review will be kept as spoiler-free as possible, but for whatever spoilers that do appear in my review, they will once again be hidden away behind the "Spoiler Warning" banner. In Part One of my review, I will look into the plot, give detailed notes regarding the main and supporting characters within Elfen Lied, and explore the logic behind the dark, sadistic story that will hopefully better understand this dark anime. Enjoy!

 Elfen Lied: A Dark, Sinister Tale of Murder, Revenge, and Redemption

1. The Plot (Beginning)

The main plot of Elfen Lied revolves around several characters, most notably around the main human character Kouta and the Diclonius Lucy in the town of Kamakura, Japan. The story begins deep within a secret military research base located on a small island outside the town of Kamakura. In this top-secret research lab, the military are holding several examples of a new genetic strain of the human race, simply known as Diclonius, prisoners to serve as living test subjects. 
 

And thus begins the dark, twisted adventures that ensnare Kouta, Yuka, and the rest of the characters of Elfen Lied.

2. Main/Supporting Characters (Mainly Spoiler-Free)

During the duration of the anime, Nyu (and her other personality Lucy) comes to know and befriend many various characters as well as make several bitter enemies along the way. Listed below are the main characters and supporting characters that make an appearance within Elfen Lied.  
 
 Diclonius Lucy
 Diclonius Lucy
1a. Lucy: The slender, teenage Diclonius who attempts to and successfully escapes from the military reasearch in the beginning of the anime. She has the appearance of a normal 18-year old girl, although she is different due to the two small "horn-like" protrusions that stick out from the top of her head. She personally harbors a strong hatred and loathing of all humans, due to the way they have treated her her whole life (especially when she was a child, when her fellow peers would endlessly tease her and torment her about the two horns that stick out from her head). She is a cold, heartless individual who does not show any sympathy or empathy towards those she kills, fueled by her sadistic behavior towards others. Being a Diclonius, she has access to special abilities such as the use of four telekinetic arms called vectors (invisible to the human eye with a range of 2 meters) and a special force field that can deflect most ammunition fired at her. 
 
Nyu
Nyu
1b. Nyu: After being shot in the head by the .50 Cal shot from the BMG Sniper Rifle, Lucy reverts to a second, new personality that is very childlike and infantile to others in nature. She does not have access to the powers that her other personality Lucy has, and has seemed to forget altogether that she is a Diclonius at all. She is very innocent in behavior and can only say a limited amount of words (such as "Nyu" or "Kouta"). However, whenever she is threatened with violence or hits her head hard enough, she quickly reverts to her other personality Lucy.
 
 
 
 Kouta
 Kouta
2. Kouta: The main male character of Elfen Lied, Kouta currently lives with his cousin Yuka in the town of Kamakura, Japan in a closed-down inn/restaurant rented by Yuka's parents. He attends classes at the Kamakura University with his cousin, and spends his days trying to enjoy a normal life. Having suffered the extremely traumatic loss of both his younger sister and his father when he was young (the resulting trauma resulted in Kouta being sent to a psychiatric ward for more than a full year to be helped deal with his sorrow), he is very sympathetic and generous towards all of the girls that he meets and that are around him, for he can relate to their issues and they also remind him of his late sister, Kanae. He suffers from amnesia regarding the loss of his father and sister, and instead thinks that they both died from a severe illness. 
 


Yuka
Yuka
3. Yuka: The caring, compassionate cousin of Kouta, Yuka currently lives with him in a old, closed-down inn/restaurant that her parents have rented out for the two of them. Although they are related, she develops feelings for him, perhaps related to the loss of his family when he was young. She becomes quite irritable and jealous whenever Kouta shows attention and feelings for Nyu, who moves in with them at the inn after Kouta brings her home from the beach. She possesses a deeply caring side along with a high level of maturity, and cares for both Nyu and Mayu.
  




 Mayu
 Mayu
4. Mayu: A young homeless girl who at first lives on the beach with her puppy Wanta, Mayu ran away from her past home to escape a terrible stepfather and a dysfunctional mother who never bothered caring for her. She is first introduced after finding Kouta's umbrella that he had left on the beach (after taking Nyu under his wing and helping her home to the inn) and returns it to the inn. She survives on her own by sustaining off of the spare bread scraps that the kind people at the local bakery offer to her every night, but after the bakery gets shut down, she accepts the offers to stay at the inn with Kouta, Yuka, and Nyu. She is very friendly towards other, and sees Yuka and Kouta as proper mother and father figures in her life.
 
 

Diclonius Nana
Diclonius Nana
5. Nana: A fellow Diclonius along with Lucy at the secret military research lab, Nana (also known as Number 7, her number at the research facility and what her name in Japanese means) is sent out to locate Lucy and report her location at all costs by Director Kakuzawa and her "adoptive" father Kurama. She has the appearance of a 12 to 14 year old girl due to her being a Diclonius, even though she is really around the age of six or seven. Kurama "adopts" her and thinks of her as his own daughter, showing compassion and providing a emotional crutch for Nana after she is subjected to horrifying tests by the researchers at the facility. Nana thinks of Kurama as her father, calling him "Papa" and always endures through the many tests and trials performed on her, wanting to make him proud to have her as his daughter. Compared to Lucy (who is cold and sadistic towards everyone), she is very kind towards others and friendly to Kouta and Yuka when she comes across them later on in the anime. Being a Diclonius, she too possesses the same powers that Lucy has, but her vectors have a much farther reach (5 meters) and has certain abilities that Lucy does not have.  

Bando
Bando
5. Bando: A tough, take-no-excuses member of the SAT (Special Assault Task-Force) who is originally sent out to search for Lucy's current location and to kill her on sight, no questions asked. He loves the thrill of killing people, so much so that is is a perfect canidate to lead the SAT assault team in the hunt for Lucy. He is severely maimed and left to die upon the beach after his men are attacked by Lucy, who re-appears to slaughter them after they attack her Nyu personality and trigger the change. Later, with the help of Kurama, he is able to walk again with the help of bionic, prosthetic, and cybernetic limbs and implants to escape his cell and to search for Lucy to enact his revenge upon her. 
 
 
 Kurama
 Kurama
6. Kurama: The chief research director at the secret military research base and the surrogate father of Nana, Kurama leads the efforts to study and better understand the dozen or so Diclonius that are being held within the facility. Spared by Lucy in the first episode of the anime, he focuses his efforts into recapturing her, helping a special forces agent by the name of Bondo, and supporting his surrogate daughter Nana. He has never been the same since his wife died while giving birth to their daughter, who ended up having some serious issues at birth. He is proud of Nana and is there to act as a emotional crutch to help ease her suffering. 
  
 
 
 
 

3. The Diclonius (The Logic)

It is believed that the emergence of the Diclonius are a direct evolutionary step up in the development of humans. As seen with Lucy and Nana, they look like your average pre-teen and teenage girls, the exception to this logic is the two small "horn-like" protrusions that stick up out of the top of their heads. It is believed that the two horns represent the overall powers of the Diclonius in question, and that knocking off one or both of them could have devastating effects upon them. 
 
This concludes Part One of my Elfen Lied Review....check out Part Two tomorrow night! n_n
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 This is a forum about anime characters who deserve new starts to change there ways in life, so what you must do is find another anime and put that character in there hands until they're grown up. some characters just need some love from a family to change the way they live there lives. so who can come up with new beginnings for some characters? for example ill do Lucy and from Elfen Lied, the place ill put her: in One Piece with Luffy and Ace(post Sabo's death) she will be the same age as Luffy meaning 7 y/o. 
Luffy, Ace and Lucy 
Lucy loses so much control of her power that she opens a portal to another world and is sucked in. Luffy and Ace find her lying on the ground and wonder who she is and how she got there. she is unable to use her vectors because of the universe jump and just sits there even though Luffy and Ace are right there. Luffy decides to try and cheer her up and become her friend but Ace is more reluctant to this feeling a strange vibe coming from her, but Luffy thinks shes alright. when Luffy reaches out his hand she turns away not trusting either of them. luffy doesn't give up and every day that passes he comes to try and talk to her, seeing this Ace decides to try as well. this goes on for weeks and Luffy and Ace haven't given up. finally she begins to trust them and gives them her other name, Lucy(since her names kaede) and the boys are both happy to see a reaction and gradually after time become closer. after a while they make her they're sister the way they became brothers. will she be a better person growing up with Ace and Luffy? what will she do if she gets her vectors back? can she learn to love these two like brothers? 
this is what your story should look like. you can also respond to other stories and rate and/or comment on them. was mine good enough? i hope so 
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I just finished the final episode of Elfen Lied, and I know I posted another blog post when I was a few episodes in (I must also say thanks for letting it get the front page aswell :D) , but I must say I take most of it back. After the inital violent episodes a story begins to assemble through flashbacks and they really make you understand where the characters are coming from. I found the OVA (Episode 10.5) to be pretty important aswell, as it shows just how Lucy was captured and also explains why Lucy never kills Kurama as she intends to "take away everything he ever loved" as he did to her. This show really changed my view on it though, I initally thought that it was simply going to be mindless violence and gore. But after the flashbacks explained all I really changed my opinion and though the story was actually pretty good.  
 
On the final episode I thought the conclusion was quite the cliffhanger. I remember when I watched End of Evangelion, and how it kills off almost all the characters and I really didn't like it. As I had spent the time getting to know and understand these characters and they all seem to get killed off one by one. I thought this was exactly how Elfen Lied was going to end. So I didn't set my standards too high but I must say it suprised me yet again. It contained a lot of plot twists, like how Mariko was Kurama's daughter and not Nana, who it leads you to think is his daughter. I found their renuniun to be quite bittersweet and how they both died together.  
 
One thing I didn't understand that possibly someone who looked deeper into it than me could possibly explain. What was the relevance of showing that the director was a Diclonius himself to the scientist who kept asking to take a bath (I really can't recall her name) I didn't really view it as necessary or important to reveal, as they didn't really build on that. They stated it randomly in the episode and flipped to the next scene, leaving me for one partially confused about the point of it all. The other main cliffhanger was if Lucy survived the gunfire from the security team aswell and if that was meant to be her at the door at the end. I was wondering myself if it was actually Nyu, but I wasn't sure if Lucy still had her split personality or not so I wasn't too sure, then I remembered she said to the badly beaten Bando he'd never see her again and knowing his nature he probably wouldn't stop. So I thought it may have been her intention to die in the hail of gunfire all along. I also liked the way the grandfather clock starting working in the end as the music box stopped and how Nana actually came back to the household to continue living there because it almost brings the series full circle again, saying everythings gone back to normal. Except knowing the director dude, he probably won't stop looking for more diclonius, and with people like Bando infected still in the end anythings possible I guess. 
 
 Well thats my speculation done but I don't know, maybe I looked a little too far into that ending, but I'm guessing the manga keeps on going, so I may have to check that out sometime aswell :D

 
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 Elfen Lied
 Elfen Lied
Plot Summary: The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it telekinetic abilities. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, a young and psychotic Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murder most of the guards in the laboratory, only to get shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives and manages to drift along to a beach, where two teenagers named Kouta and Yuka discovers her. Having lost her memories, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, " Nyu," and the two allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that the evil "Lucy" is not dead just yet...    ( ANN)
 
Continuing my adventures through anime, I watched Elfen Lied.  At first glance you may think this might be like a harem show,
 Kouta
 Kouta

like me, but, it's not.  Elfen Lied is a horror anime with some harem through in.  In every episode you see blood, and lots of it.  People are getting cut in half, body parts cut off, it's nuts.  During episode 8 there is a part during one of Lucy's flashbacks when kids at her orphanage kill her dog.  It's really fucked up.  They just keep beating it and beating it till it's dead.  This show is defiantly not for kids what so ever. 
 
You could say this show kinda has a split storyline.  One half deals with the Diclonius lab.  They are conducting experiments with the other Diclonius and all that junk.  And the other half deals with Kouta living his life.  Slowy they start merging together.   You find out that Kouta actually knew Lucy when she was little but, Kouta doesn't remember a thing till near the end of the series and shit goes down near the end.  From what I've heard, the anime ends differently then the manga but, this is usual for anime shows the end before the manga.
 
 Like I said, this show is gory.
 Like I said, this show is gory.
Overall I really enjoyed this show, more then I thought I would.  I guess I liked to super gory stuff.  The story is pretty interesting but, it goes even further in the manga from what I understand.  Lucy is probably the best character of the show.  You get to see her cute side and get to see her dark and twisted side.
 
My Score - 4.5/5
 
I'm really thinking about checking out the manga.  From those of you who have read the manga, what did you think of it?
 
P.S.  Don't forget to check out my blog for my other reviews..  :)
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