Elfen Lied
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  • エルフェンリート
  • 7.76
  • 7.72
  • 276
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The story involves human mutations called "dicloniuses," who grow horns on their heads and possess telekinetic powers, in the form of invisible "arms" called vectors.

The tendency for violence among dicloniuses varies among characters. Certain scientists contain them in a Facility in cells, where they are subject to inhumane experiments to test their abilities or where they await execution for being too dangerous.

An infectious virus is also associated with the mutation. This virus is spread through non-lethal contact with the vectors of a diclonius.

The main non-mutant character in the story is Kouta, who ends up becoming increasingly involved with these dicloniuses, as they seek refuge from the scientists.

The main diclonius character is Lucy/Nyuu, a killer whose alter ego is a hapless and very cute child whose vocabulary and intelligence are quite limited.

After a large amount of choice occurrences, the lives of these two characters become inexplicably intertwined.
Reading progress:
  • Volume 0/12
  • Chapter 0/107

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And here I thought Ecchi means panty shots and stuff
The stark contrast between the action/drama/violence and the more whimsical stuff makes it all the more humorous. I really haven't laughed this much because of manga since forever. Dorohedoro might be a contender.

The art improved a bit throughout the manga. Thank God.
Last edited 2 mo ago by spicypeppers.
Takes itself too seriously. It has the trappings of a science fiction story that will delve into questions of bioethics and identity, but none of that goes anywhere. All the gratuitous violence and nudity makes the melodrama comical, and nothing gets resolved.
This is the only decent manga from this author. All of the others are mediocre to pretty bad
I liked it all the way through. It wasn’t anything special in terms of story (evil labratory person escapes and gets feeling teached to her) but it took a different take on everything. . The art style at first though.... no pls no. Ending was sad but the conclusion was satisfying. I was super happy when Duke Nukem 2 didn’t actually die when he revealed his terminator looking body.

Edit: After looking through the story again this one was the best one the author has done. This story doesn’t die half way through gaining my full attention. I think one of the reasons why is that all the story arcs had something to actually continue the story not requiring Buu arc Akira Toriyamaing (cough cough Brynhildr in the Darkness cough cough) that basically fucks an entire series. It also had 11 days per chapter and enabled him to make more quality crap (Brynhildr only had 8 days in between).
Last edited 9 mo ago by Wimsycal.
I liked both the manga and the anime. Highly recommended.
It's worth a read, even if you dislike the anime. The manga explores a bit more moral questions, nature vs. nurture, and how much can we blame someone heavily traumatized for his actions; the anime doesn't really explore those points, it's IMO just a boring bloodfest (the opening song is amazing though).

Don't expect the manga to be a masterwork though.

I don't know if it's intentional from the author's part, but the Diclonii can be see as an analogy for certain gifted children. Even the relationship between Lucy and Kouta can be seen this way.

Speaking on Kouta: yes, he's a weak-willed imbecile, but there's a good in-universe reason for that.
It's funny how when you see it from a Hollywood perspective, the plot is nothing new. (Failed) experiment subject escapes confinement and got hunted down while the subject met someone who would teach them about humanity. hmm....

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Last edited 2 mo ago by BraveDude8.
I hate idiot male characters like Kouta.
If anyone has the Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3 & Vol 5 Specials could you please upload them. Besides those chapters the upload is complete