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Elfen Lied Series Review

Updated on April 4, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Elfen Lied (pronounced leed) is a powerful, emotional, and purely remarkable series that sadly only lasted one season. It could sometimes be difficult to watch, sometimes enjoyable to watch, but it always left you wanting more.

The opening shot has to be my favorite of the entire series. Lucy, also known as Mew, was being held hostage in a lab and being experimented on. In the first scene, Lucy escapes and walks through the compound, bare ass nude, killing everyone in her path all the while a creepy chorus laments in the background. It gave you a chill and made you feel uneasy. In that moment, several fears are instantly implanted in your mind: the fear that no one can be trusted, the fear that the all powerful Lucy experiment is unstoppable, the fear that perhaps the lab techs deserved what they got, and the fear of not understanding fully what was going on here.

The series focuses on two characters in particular: Kota and Lucy. It's no accident that the two find each other after the beginning escape, but I won't reveal why. Oh, did I mention Lucy has a split personality? As Lucy, she's a mutant serial killer. As Mew, she's a kind girl who doesn't understand the basics of human behavior. Kota and his girlfriend Yuka take Lucy in out of pity, feed her and clothe her and give her a place to live. They are neither aware of her condition, nor the horde of soldiers hired to kill her.

I will warn you that this show is extremely graphic, ranging from animal death to child nudity, from illegal experimentation to lots of bloody deaths. This is definitely not a show for children and honestly even some adults could not bear to watch it. The story itself is fascinating and deeply emotional and I do recommend trying it out. I give it a 4 out of 4 for its depth, incredible voice-acting, and outstanding story.

© 2017 Alec Zander


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