Elfen Lied

Lynn Okamoto is the author and illustrator of the Japanese manga series Elfen Lied. From June 2002 to August 2005, it was serialised in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankbon volumes. Elfen Lied is about the interactions, viewpoints, emotions, and differences between humans and the Diclonii, a mutant species similar to humans in appearance but distinguished by two horns on their heads and “vectors,” transparent telekinetically controlled arms with the ability to manipulate and cut objects within their reach. The series revolves around “Lucy,” a teenage Diclonius girl who was rejected by humans and now seeks vengeance.

Elfen Lied Anime Synopsis

Lucy is a “Diclonius,” a special breed of human born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands, which makes her a victim of the government’s inhumane scientific experimentation. However, when an opportunity to flee presents itself, Lucy, corrupted by confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she flees her captors.

During her breakout, she suffers a crippling head injury, leaving her with a split personality: a harmless child with limited speech capacity. In this state of flux, she comes across two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take in an injured fugitive, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives forever, as they are soon drawn into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied Anime Background

Elfen Lied is based on Lynn Okamoto’s seinen manga series of the same name, which was still in print at the time. The anime follows the source material through the first seven volumes, with several storey changes, and concludes with an original ending. In an interview, director Mamoru Kanbe expressed his disappointment at having to ‘condense’ the storey into 13 episodes, believing that more time was needed to include significant plot details that would have made the series more emotional.

The opening and closing sequences’ artistic designs are heavily influenced by the works of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. Colors and patterns reminiscent of Klimt’s distinct style were used, as well as characters from the series, to recreate several paintings from the artist’s golden period, including The Kiss (Lovers). The first theme, Lilium, is sung in Ecclesiastical Latin and incorporates lyrics from The Bible, the Renaissance hymn Ave mundi spes Maria, and the alchemical compendium Theatrum Chemicum.

Elfen Lied Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 7.9/10
  • Genres – Action, Horror, Drama, Psychological, Supernatural, Romance, Seinen
  • Season – 1
  • Episodes – 13
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Jul 25, 2004 to Oct 17, 2004
  • Premiered – Summer 2004
  • Duration – 25 min. per episode
  • Rating – R+ – Mild Nudity

Elfen Lied Anime Characters

Primary characters


Kaede, also known as Lucy, is a diclonius girl and the main protagonist of the Elfen Lied series. She is assumed to be fifteen, but this is never stated explicitly (eighteen in the anime). Lucy’s vectors have a range of about two metres. Within that range, she can be swift and lethal, and she will use any nearby objects as high-velocity projectiles to kill at greater distances. When she concentrates, she is also capable of stopping or deflecting most standard ammunition.

Lucy despises humans primarily because she was alienated by her human peers as a child, several of whom she eventually killed after they kidnapped a puppy Lucy had been caring for and beat it to death in front of her, prompting her to blow up their bodies in retaliation. As a result, she dismisses non-diclonii, claiming they aren’t real people, even telling Nana that she hasn’t “killed one of her own yet.” She appears to be devoid of empathy and kills without hesitation as a matter of course, frequently killing on reflex or simply because she can. She is extremely sadistic, severing limbs and blinding enemies before leaving them to bleed to death rather than killing them. Despite her disregard for human life, she will not harm Kouta and cries and apologises for murdering his family in a jealous rage; she loves Kouta, but she believes he will be content without her existence due to her actions in the past. As a result, she avoids killing in his presence, except at the end of the series, when she kills an entire Special Assault Team unit in front of him. Lucy, on the other hand, is not above jealousy, once using her vectors to shove Yuka when she saw her holding hands with Kouta.


Lucy’s split personality Nyu emerged after a.50 BMG round pierced the metallic helmet encasing her head during her escape. Nyu has a childlike personality and infantile knowledge of the world, and he lacks spoken language skills, saying only “ny” and “Kouta” the majority of the time. As the Elfen lied series progresses, she expands her vocabulary to the point where she can speak normally by the halfway point. Nyu is innocent and incapable of committing violent acts, providing a contrast to Lucy’s normally cold and sadistic personality; she is the manifestation of her “good side.” When Nyu is violently attacked (or hit on the head), she reverts to Lucy; similarly, when Lucy is treated with love and kindness, or wants to hide from Kouta, she reverts to Nyu. While Nyu exists primarily as a result of trauma, Lucy subconsciously encourages her presence in order to alleviate her guilt towards Kouta and keep her from harming him (directly or indirectly).

Nyu cuts her hair to resemble Kouta’s deceased little sister Kanae, to whom he said horrible things before she died at Lucy’s hands. When Kouta wondered if Kanae would ever forgive him for what he said, Nyu imitated Kanae’s appearance of short hair and a bow and, when Kouta asked what she was up to, said, ‘I’m Kanae!’ and said she forgave Kouta so he wouldn’t be sad. This is, by chance, the same hairstyle Lucy wore as a child. Lucy is suppressed by Nyu for a long time near the end of the Elfen lied series due to one of her horns being damaged, but she reappears in her second fight with Bando. She reappears in Chapter 83, this time with even larger horns and much longer vectors (long enough to reach a flying helicopter) as she slaughters soldiers in front of Kouta. This reminds him that she is the one who murdered his family. Her horns are damaged again, and she is captured and returned to Director Kakuzawa. He reveals his plan to annihilate humanity and populate the world with Diclonii, and brings out his son, Lucy’s half-brother, to persuade her to join him. But despite not having horns, she is able to use her vectors and kills them all. She escapes the sinking island in order to face Kouta once again.

Kouta, who is still injured, awaits her and takes her to the top of a lighthouse from which his sister enjoyed the view. Lucy apologises and Kouta makes her promise not to kill again, which she does and goes to get an ambulance, but Kazuma is waiting for her and shoots at her. Lucy is prepared to die, but her newly (fully) manifested third personality, based entirely on Diclonius instincts (the one that prompted Lucy to begin killing in flashbacks), cuts off his arm. Kouta appears and believes she has already broken the promise, so Kazuma fires again, but Kouta steps in to protect her. Lucy then goes on a rampage with her vectors, which are now even longer, destroying the city and prompting the military to attack her. However, her entropy reaches a limit and her body begins to deteriorate, so she uses her remaining powers to reassemble Kouta’s cells and save him while singing “Elfenlied.” The entire Kaede inn family, as well as the military, arrive, and Lucy begins to attack them before spreading her vectors throughout the world, threatening to blow up the entire planet and kill every living being. Kouta reluctantly shoots Lucy and takes her life, fulfilling the vow he made to her as a child.


Kouta is the Elfen lied series’ main male protagonist, and he first appears when he arrives in Kanagawa Prefecture to attend college, having previously arranged to stay with his cousin Yuka while at school.

Kouta enters the storey when Yuka’s family gives him a closed-down restaurant, the Kaeda House, on the condition that he maintain it, and he moves in with Yuka while attending university. Kouta has suppressed traumatic memories of witnessing his father and sister’s deaths, which are later revealed to have been caused by Lucy’s jealousy. Kouta is sympathetic to girls in trouble, and he is extremely generous and protective of the girls around him because he can relate to them and they remind him of his late younger sister, Kanae. He also forgets how close he and Yuka were as children, despite the fact that Yuka still loves him. He first met Lucy when he was a child, while his family was spending the summer at Yuka’s. When he went to the mountain to draw, he met Lucy, who had fled after murdering the bullies who had abused her and killed her puppy. In the anime, he brings a music box he recently purchased that played “Lilium” with him and strikes up a conversation with her when she apparently likes the song from the music box. He is fascinated by her horns and gives her a hat to cover them up in public. He asks if they can be friends and spends time with her, taking her to the zoo and telling her that he enjoys looking at “weird animals.”

When Lucy uses her vectors to kill over a dozen soldiers in front of him, his repressed memories are triggered. Kouta and Lucy’s reunion is vastly different. In the manga, Lucy apologises and Kouta makes her swear she will never kill again, but Kazuma shoots at her, and Kouta steps in to protect her. As Lucy’s body begins to deteriorate, she uses her remaining abilities to reassemble Kouta’s cells and save him. Lucy spread her vectors worldwide after soldiers attempted to kill her, threatening to blow up the entire planet and decimate every living being on it. Kouta reluctantly kills Lucy, fulfilling a promise he made to her as a child.

In the Elfen Lied anime adaptation, Lucy assures Kouta that she can do it in five years, but refuses because doing so would result in his death. Kouta appears to recognise that something truly heinous must have happened to shape her into a cold-blooded killer, and despite his inability to forgive her, Kouta professes his love for Lucy. Lucy then kisses Kouta and embraces him. Kouta and the “family” of Kaede house, including Nana, eventually settle down until the music box stops, a figure appears at the front door, and the grandfather clock begins to tick.


Yuka, Kouta’s cousin, moves in with him at the Kaede’s inn when he is around his age. She has had feelings for Kouta since she was a child, and she is envious of Kouta’s attention to Nyu. However, it is later revealed that she is irrationally jealous of any girl, regardless of age, who she suspects is close to Kouta, despite the fact that in the anime, Yuka’s jealousy is mostly limited to Nyu, whom she sees as a rival for Kouta’s affection.

At one point, while Kouta and Yuka are looking for Nyu (after she escapes from the Professor’s lab), they seek shelter from the rain at the Sasuke Inari Shrine. While holding each other in an attempt to stay warm, Kouta apologises for not remembering anything about their time together as children, but says he remembers liking her then and has always liked her. The two then kiss, with Yuka becoming sexually aroused, and promise to be together forever. When they eventually find Nyu, Kouta and Nyu share a long hug, and Yuka becomes jealous once more.

Mayu once called her the “mother” of the inn, and Kouta the “father.” Yuka does have a caring and mature side, and she appears to be protective of both Nyu and Mayu, as well as Nana later on. Yuka clearly cares deeply about the girls, as she, like Kouta, is unable to turn away people who have been abandoned by their parents and society. In many ways, she is a typical adolescent, especially when it comes to dealing with her feelings for Kouta and her friendships with the girls who come to live with them.


Mayu is a homeless thirteen-year-old girl. (In the manga, she is introduced at the age of twelve and turns thirteen; in the anime, she is introduced at the age of thirteen and turns fourteen.) Mayu makes her first appearance when she arrives at the closed-down restaurant (then occupied by Kouta, Yuka, and Nyu) to return an umbrella she found on the beach. She is homeless and lives on the beach with a stray puppy named Wanta, surviving primarily on bread crusts from a nearby bakery.

Mayu is slightly injured during the fight between Lucy/Nyu and Nana. When she wakes up in the hospital, she instructs them to contact Kouta, claiming he is a relative. Kouta and Yuka, puzzled as to why she didn’t call her real family (and suspecting that Mayu is homeless), invite her to dinner at the Kaeda House. Mayu, convinced that the fight between Lucy/Nyu and Nana was a bad dream, befriends Nyu while bathing together, and Mayu accepts an offer to spend the night. The next morning, Kouta and Yuka discover Mayu has vanished; she has left a note thanking them for their assistance but stating that she does not want to be a burden on anyone.

Elfen Lied Anime Episodes

A Chance Encounter: Begegnung
Aired: Jul 25, 2004 (JST)

Annihilation: Vernichtung
Aired: Aug 1, 2004 (JST)

Deep Feelings: Im Innersten
Aired: Aug 8, 2004 (JST)

Attack: Aufeinandertreffen
Aired: Aug 15, 2004 (JST)

Receipt: Empfang
Aired: Aug 22, 2004 (JST)

Innermost Feelings: Herzenswaerme
Aired: Aug 29, 2004 (JST)

Confrontation: Zufaellige Begegnung
Aired: Sep 5, 2004 (JST)

The Beginning: Beginn
Aired: Sep 12, 2004 (JST)

Reminiscence: Schoene Erinnerung
Aired: Sep 19, 2004 (JST)

Infant: Saeugling
Aired: Sep 26, 2004 (JST)

Complication: Vermischung
Aired: Oct 3, 2004 (JST)

Quagmire: Taumeln
Aired: Oct 10, 2004 (JST)

No Return: Erleuchtung
Aired: Oct 17, 2004 (JST)

People also ask

Why is Elfen Lied banned?

Elfen lied anime was “banned specifically because the websites did not adhere to age restrictions for the titles,” according to Anime News Network. It has also been reported that Aki Sora is being investigated for a possible ban due to possible violations of Russian law.

Is Elfen Lied a good anime?

Overall, Elfen Lied is a daring anime that crams so much cruelty, gore, and nudity into one series, but the end result is a masterpiece that wouldn’t have been as good without it.Lucy died as the bullet was fired. However, in the manga’s final few pages, we see Kouta at the festival with Yuka (who is now his wife). He tells her he needs to see something and goes back to where he and Kaede first met.

Is Lucy death Elfen Lied?

Lucy died as the bullet was fired. However, in the Elfen lied manga’s final few pages, we see Kouta at the festival with Yuka (who is now his wife). He tells her he needs to see something and goes back to where he and Kaede first met.

Is Elfen Lied scary?

Elfen Lied is, first and foremost, a horror series, and while the amount of blood in it can be ridiculous at times, the series is undeniably terrifying. Lucy basically goes on a rampage through the research facility, steamrolling everyone who opposes her.

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