What is it?
The 2004 anime television show Elfen Lied.
What is it about?
This is how MyAnimeList describes this anime television show:
Lucy is a special breed of human referred to as “Diclonius,” born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors.
During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take an injured fugitive into their care, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.
[Written by MAL Rewrite]
What do I like about it and what might other people like about it?
I like how it managed to combine several things that you would not expect to work together, and they somehow made it still work even if you hate some of those things, also the beginning credits song sets an interesting mood, and I think that other people might like this as well if they can survive the unnecessary stuff.
This anime needs to be remade and / or reedited / censored of the unnecessary nudity of minors and continued until they finish the actual story because I am surprised that this even exists in its current form, I have never seen anything like this show before, and I am surprised that they got away with some of this; and I almost did not even make a post about this because of the unnecessary parts of this show make you wonder if this is even legal to watch or review.
I had no idea what this anime television show was about other than a Death Battle video about one of the characters (I did not watch the actual Death Battle until after we finished watching the anime), and I only got to see it because someone else wanted to watch it before watching the Death Battle.
From that video I knew to expect some graphic violence and gore, but I was not expecting there to be unnecessary nudity and for that nudity to be of mostly minors in every episode, Japan, why?
Also, they threw in a cousin being in love with another cousin (oddly, no one seemed to have any problems with this in the show), cruelty to minors, and haremish elements.
There is a shadowy scientific / paramilitary organization with its own agenda, and all of these things are combined with some young people living together and helping each other while doing normal things.
If you were to hear a more detailed description of this anime your reaction would probably not be so good, and you would probably not watch it, I probably would not have watched it and wonder how this even exists, but I managed to survive to the end, but somehow even with the things that I hated and that I did not think should be shown they managed to combine these things together in a way that somehow worked without clashing enough to destroy the show completely and there were even some emotional moments and examples of people helping each other and basically forming a family or sorts.
This show did not really finish the story or explain some major details, and it seriously needs some censoring of the nudity (even the beginning and ending credits has nudity for no reason), but I did not hate it overall even though I hated some things, but I definitely would not recommend watching this uncensored or in its current form because some of that stuff is uncalled-for and unacceptable in my opinion.
- John Jr