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Elfen Lied

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English: Elfen Lied
Synonyms: Elfen Song, Elfic Song
Japanese: エルフェンリート


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 25, 2004 to Oct 17, 2004
Premiered: Summer 2004
Broadcast: Sundays at 22:30 (JST)
Producers: VAP, Genco, A-Line
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Arms
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.751 (scored by 523,207 users)
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Ranked: #9872
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #17
Members: 849,883
Favorites: 20,286


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Mar 21, 2008
TheLlama (All reviews)
Elfen Lied: Infamous for its bloody mess of gore, cruelty and nudity. A combination that could make many a person turn away. Yet, a huge number of people watch this, knowing (to some extent) what they're going into, and it's one of the more popular and well-rated series here on MAL. Some people call it a 'masterpiece', people some call it 'perverted', some people don't know what to say, and some call it 'horrible'. The first is true, the second is an exaggeration, the third is understandable, and the fourth is so wrong.

The first episode starts off with what is the bloodiest and nuditiest 10 read more
Dec 12, 2013
Aryaragi (All reviews)
An anime can be critically successful for many reasons, it could be due to a well written and engaging plot, innovative ideas that are perfectly handled or even have a deep plot revolving around thought-provoking themes. More so, "depth" has been a cause for the critical success of many anime over the course of time for example "The tatami Galaxy", but for a show to have a level of depth is not an easy task for any writer. However, superficial depth can be achieved easily and even more easily confused for genuine depth. Such superficial depth ranges from cheap shock factor to random philosophical questions which read more
Nov 14, 2006
Ubermensch (All reviews)
Elfen Lied is something else. Just watching the first 10 minutes of the first episode and one can understand that this is not your typical anime. A series modeled, in many ways, after the tragedies of Shakespeare and Ancient Greece, Elfen Lied is not something that you want to enjoy a sunny day with. The seemingly grotuetist violence and nudity may put some people off of this series, but I have to say that the story would not have the same impact without it.

Story: 10 - Elfen Lied boasts one of the most intense and intriguing plot lines that I have ever experienced in anime. read more
May 7, 2010
kajia (All reviews)
"Elfen Lied" has been nothing short of a phenomenon. There were no big budget promotions (like "Full Metal Alchemist" was promoted, for example), the manga wasn't exactly red hot property (like "Death Note" was, for example), but it was suddenly catapulted to fame in an incredibly short time in 2004. It's the kind of overnight success story that films and anime have been made from. But does it deserve all this hype? The short answer is no. The long answer is nooooooo.

Only kidding - this review is the long answer, obviously :P

When I first noticed "Elfen Lied" on an anime site, it was listed read more
Nov 12, 2011
imbecilic (All reviews)
Let me start off by saying that this is an anime I have avoided for a long time. Though the show has many fans, I'd essentially kicked it under the rug because I felt that it was too “mature” for me. (Mind you, this was when I was in middle school, and a mere panty shot made me feel uncomfortable.) HOWEVER, last week, I sat down and watched all thirteen episodes over a period of four days, and I have quite a bit to say about the series. Some of my commentary might stray dangerously close to /butthurt rant/ territory, so bear with me. read more
Oct 4, 2007
Venneh (All reviews)
Title: Elfen Lied

Manga, Anime: Elfen Lied was originally a manga created by Lynn Okamoto, and it ran in Weekly Young Jump from June of 2002 to November of 2005. Twelve compiled volumes were released, with a total of 107 chapters. The Elfen Lied manga has not been licensed Stateside, and no one is making any moves to do so anytime soon. More on this later.

The anime itself was produced by Studio ARMS (who also did the production for Genkishen 2 and Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny), and directed by Mamoru Kanabe (who also directed the OAVs Demon Prince Enma and I”s Pure, both of read more
Nov 1, 2008
Never_Know_Best (All reviews)
I'll just say before I start this that I am sorry that I have given such a well-received anime such a negative review. But I can't in my right mind praise something like this.

After what I would consider a fairly disturbing opening scene, I expected this series to be fairly interesting. We have a young woman who has just escaped from a high security government facility, where she was apparently held against her will. And it is quite obvious from the brutal massacre that ensues that she is a very troubled individual with plenty of hate for the human race, and perhaps deservedly so. Then read more
Jun 25, 2007
inoneoutheother (All reviews)
This is kind of tough for me to do. It really is, mainly because most of the people who love this series are also fans of many of my favorite anime. Maybe I just don\'t see something that everyone else does?.. and I feel the need to explain myself...

I have to say, I have been very confused as to why this anime is so widely known and loved. Awhile ago I tried to start watching the series and got about 2 episodes into it before deciding it was a waste of time. My initial impression was that sure, the show had a read more
Oct 18, 2010
Andristian (All reviews)
Last week I was fortunate enough to watch one of the most highly regarded and critically praised anime series, called Elfen Lied. Why this series has garnered so much popularity over the years is surely no surprise to anyone: ask anybody who watches anime on a regular basis about the bloodiest, most disturbing series and you’ll often get Elfen Lied as the answer. This series is far from a simple no-brainer gorefest, though, and those who dare give it a shot (it’s certainly not for those who can’t stomach this type of thing) may find themselves completely overwhelmed by its beautifully unique story and memorable read more
Jul 8, 2013
UltraBunny (All reviews)
Elfen Lied Review (Spoiler Free)

“We hunt them, experiment on them, and then kill them. And after that we call them monsters?!”
Anyone that has watched their fair share of anime has more certainly heard about Elfen Lied at least once, but why is it so popular? Is overrated or is a masterpiece? Well none of these options is the correct one, but despite the flaws the correct option is certainly, you must watch it, and why? Because there’s nothing quite like it.
First of all, let’s get the cat out of the box before we start, the story and contents of this anime, as you probably read more
Oct 27, 2010
skankfish (All reviews)
It's tough writing negative reviews, because for some reason people who've already seen the anime want to come along and rate it as useless because they disagree. But this review is for people who haven't seen this anime yet.

Let's be clear on this one. One of the reasons I dislike this anime may be because it made me face the horrible realisation that I might just be too old for it (I'm 26, so maybe 14 years too old).

Elfen Lied is a harem anime featuring a collection of bulging-eyed stereotypes (including pathetic bitches) crossed with extreme violence to the point of perversion. If this sounds read more
Oct 2, 2009
Julius_sleezer (All reviews)

The story for Elfen Lied is supposedly an emotional journey that revealed all the deepest, darkest pieces of humanity and was supposed to give some poignant commentary on human nature and all that jazz. And although those are things that have certainly been done many times before, it can still be nice to see when done well. And yet, Elfen Lied really didn't do all that great of job of doing even that. All they really did was just kept showing you people being mistreated, and then it just stopped there. I mean, there were a few instances when something that might of been read more
Jun 23, 2008
Madhaxorsbaby2 (All reviews)
To be frank this series was a massive disappointment on every level. I heard great things about from many people and anime sites. Basically this show is a glorified harem horror train wreck with fancy music.

To start none of the character reactions seem natural. Everything seems awkward and stupid. The characters themselves are all either insane or incredibly stupid (some are both). It's hard to get into depth without ruining anything so I will make an example. Imagine if the characters in Excel Saga's actions were all taken in a serious light. That is how stupid these characters are. Then there is this convoluted read more
Mar 30, 2015
Luquillo (All reviews)
Well, here I go, face to face with quite possibly the most over-hyped anime series I have ever come across in my 25+ years of watching anime, Elfen Lied. Masterpiece, art, greatest anime ever, trash, complete garbage, pretentious beyond all belief. These are all descriptions I have come across when Elfen Lied has been mentioned. When I came into this series some years ago I completely bought into the hype, and I was hoping that I came into a title that was going to live up to its massive claims, and after the opening theme, it really did look that way. But alas, it didn't read more
Feb 3, 2009
KaminaKai (All reviews)
"A good attempt in bringing a wonderful manga live to the TV."

This review will cover Elfen Lied (anime) and the OVA which takes place within the storyline of the TV series. Please note that there will be occasional references to the manga but they will be spoiler tagged where needed and also a small part of this review will be taken from my manga Elfen Lied review due to some of their similarities.

Elfen Lied is well known for being one of the cruelest, goriest, and a highly perverted, piece of work ever. If you cannot stand watching blood, gore, and/or child nudity, please drop this read more
May 19, 2008
Quintessence (All reviews)
Before reading any of my reviews, please keep in mind that I am a VERY harsh critic. I do not hand out 10's easily and anything I rate 7 or higher I consider recommendation worthy.

Before I even start defending my opinion I just have to say that anyone who thinks this was amazing because of the amount of "gore" probably hasn't read 3x3 Eyes (also, Elfen Lied appears to be influenced by 3x3 Eyes, I'm not the only one to come to this conclusion). In short, this series is severely over-hyped and over-rated. If you want the long then keep reading. . .

Story: 5/10
The story read more
May 4, 2008
JeejaeStitches (All reviews)
Elfen Lied could, quite easily, be called one of the most graphic anime series out there. If you find excessive blood and gore (as in numerous body parts being cut off), nudity, and to a lesser degree, suicide, animal cruelty, and scenes of child molestation (it is just alluded to, of course the actual act is not shown), to be highly offensive and not to your taste, then don't watch Elfen Lied. Of course, no sane person would find any of these particularly desirable, but if you can get past these characteristics that make Elfen Lied one of the most controversial (in terms read more
Oct 21, 2014
milkman_jack (All reviews)
(Spoilers below!)

The main focus of the series seems to be the main character's harem (with more focus on 2 of them) consisting of his cousin, a similarly-aged mentally deficient girl who is secretly not mentally deficient, and 2 underaged girls. If I recall.

The series focuses a lot on the underage girls being sexually/emotionally abused, the weird incestuous relationship between the main character and his cousin (which they portray doing things that I might think warrant an M rating), the youngest girl in the bunch running away from home due to being sexually abused by her step father, and the other underage girl being mercilessly butchered read more
Aug 21, 2014
Fear_the_Reefer (All reviews)
Ever since mankind perfected the art of starting fires, we’ve been at the top of the food chain. We’ve used weapons to make up for our lack of claws, and we’ve built houses to make up for our lack of immunity to the elements. We’ve invented food processing, as well as other techniques to ensure that we’re not pumping our bodies full of disease and parasites, and we’ve even invented supermarkets so we could stop hunting and sit on our asses all day while marathoning Gossip Girls. We’ve held dominion over the rest of God’s creatures for so long that we’ve never read more
Apr 2, 2017
LIQfilms (All reviews)
There is this misconception in the anime community that if a show is filled to the brim with death, bloodshed and nudity then it is mature and deep. While, certainly, these shows are not intended for the viewing of a child, if a show solely relies on shock factor and edge, while neglecting characters and narrative, then it is anything but mature since it can't keep your attention without desperately throwing blood and death in your face. Akame ga Kill is the prime example of this. It's a show in which its characters are consistently killed in violent and gruesome ways with no shortage of read more