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