|A Seinen, Moe, Hāremumono Gorefest (in English: Awesome!)|
The animated adaptation of Elfen Lied (no, there are no elves - its name comes from a poem), is the kind of thing you either love or hate. Like a lot of anime series, it's a giant soap opera with some great visuals and a plot that is at times close to incomprehensible (though to its credit Elfen Lied is more straightforward than most). Unlike most anime, it's saturated with gore and nudity. And I loved every blood soaked, bare breasted minute of it.
But don't think for a second that that's all there is to Elfen Lied. While it's not nearly as intricate as the manga, it's got a very layered and complex plot surrounding a superhuman being named Lucy who develops a split personality in an accident following her escape from a maximum security holding facility; her misanthropic interactions with the 'normal' people she comes across, and the government's disastrous attempts to recover her. It all makes for a riveting story.
Elfen Lied uses science fiction to explore themes including the differences between human and humane, love and loss, and fear and redemption. While it's definitely not for everyone, those who can appreciate it will no doubt love it... even if at times it makes you feel sullied enough to need a shower.