Episodes seen: 1-3 of ?
The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possess two horns on their heads, and have a "sixth sense" which gives them 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 discover her. Having lost her memories, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, "Nyuu," and the two allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that the evil "Lucy" is not dead just yet...
Herself the Elf sez: Elfen Lied starts out like an extremely graphic hardcore horror series - in the first 7 minutes of the show, Lucy escapes from the government facility by carving a swath of destruction through the doctors, nurses, guards and office workers at the installation. Severed body parts and blood fly everywhere. She is terrifying and cool, ripping people to pieces via her invisible mental tendrils. The music is appropriately creepy and enhances the horror effect.
Then she gets shot in the head, washes up on a beach, and turns into Chii, at which point a dorky guy takes her home to live with him. No, I'm not kidding. WTF just happened? When did the cool-homicidal-chick-horror-show turn into a dating sim? After waking up on the beach, Lucy suddenly becomes a ditzy, clumsy, mindless catgirl. She MEOWS. I wish I were making this up.
So, let's see...amazingly powerful woman becomes brainless catgirl and is found by a dorky loser guy...wow, doesn't sound familiar at all! Being a woman in Japan must suck; all the guys seem to run off with brainless cat/robot girls. Of course Kouta's friend Yuka has a crush on him but won't admit it, and of course now-brainless Lucy doesn't know how to dress herself or proper social behaviour, so of COURSE lame romantic-comedy mayhem ensues, punctuated by an occasional reversion to Psycho Lucy. Whee.
The art is okay if standard for the romantic-comedy genre, and while the opening is pretty (classical music with rip-offs of Klimt paintings) it has nothing to do with the story. Elfen Lied seems to be trying to be two completely different shows at the same time, and only one of them is interesting. Not recommended unless you're into brainless robot/catgirls and the dorks who love them.
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