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Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality.

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Series cast summary:
Sanae Kobayashi Sanae Kobayashi ...  Lucy / ... 13 episodes, 2004
Chihiro Suzuki Chihiro Suzuki ...  Kota 13 episodes, 2004
Mamiko Noto Mamiko Noto ...  Yuka 13 episodes, 2004
Adam Conlon Adam Conlon ...  Kohta 13 episodes, 2004
Cynthia Martinez Cynthia Martinez ...  Mayu 13 episodes, 2004
Nancy Novotny ...  Yuka 13 episodes, 2004
Kira Vincent-Davis ...  Lucy / ... 13 episodes, 2004
Emiko Hagiwara Emiko Hagiwara ...  Mayu 12 episodes, 2004
Yuki Matsuoka Yuki Matsuoka ...  Nana 12 episodes, 2004
Hitomi Nabatame Hitomi Nabatame ...  Shirakawa / ... 12 episodes, 2004
Osamu Hosoi Osamu Hosoi ...  Kurama 11 episodes, 2004
Masakazu Kohara Masakazu Kohara ...  Researcher / ... 10 episodes, 2004
Jôji Nakata ...  Bando / ... 8 episodes, 2004
Kinryû Arimoto Kinryû Arimoto ...  Chief Kakuzawa 7 episodes, 2004
Maria Yamamoto Maria Yamamoto ...  Kanae / ... 6 episodes, 2004
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University students Kohta and Yuka (Kohta's cousin) save a Diclonius girl called "Lucy" when they see her naked in a beach. In fact "Lucy" is a serial killer who is being searched by the government but they are not aware of who "Lucy" really is because her personality is split. Written by j4x

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25 July 2004 (Japan) See more »

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Elfen Lied See more »

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Jason Douglas, the voice of Bando, would later go on to star in The Walking Dead as the character Tobin. See more »

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Lucy: When you're miserable, you need to make someone even more miserable than yourself.
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Referenced in Lucy (2014) See more »

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Be Your Girl
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Lyrics by Megumi Hinata
Music and Arrangements by Daisuke Katô
Vocals by Chieko Kawabe
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Probably the best anime ever. Ever :)
5 February 2006 | by mircea-lunguSee all my reviews

From the first episode where, in a dreamlike atmosphere, we see a nude girl with an iron mask on her head escaping a high-security facility and in the process, magically tearing apart a bunch of armed guards, to the very last episode, blood continues to flow (and nudity continues to be shown). This does not mean that the movie is distasteful, on the contrary, there is some kind of strange beauty associated with the violence which results in a mix of sadness and melancholy that stays with one long after watching the movie.

I did not see too many anime to have an authoritative opinion on this, but I believe that the excellent soundtrack is also one of the sources of the emotional blend of sweet and bitter atmosphere in the movie. The theme of the anime is sung in Latin, has a heavenly sweet voice sing a deeply sad song. The theme is associated with the intro and ending clips, which being symbolically very rich, adds a strong sense of magic and mystery to it.

One of the nice parts, and maybe also of the sources of strong emotions associated with the movie is the way in which the director develops some of the main characters in such a way that they are complete. They have good parts and they have bad parts, they love and they hate. You love them at times and then you hate them at other times. And because you get to know them pretty well, you will eventually get involved to the point that you really fear for their fate.

Besides being complete, the characters are idealized and put in deep emotionally situations: they risk their lives for their loved ones, they die for their loved ones, they hurt for their lost ones, they cry, they laugh with joy and everything at the highest level of involvement. Maybe this is why we like them: in a way they are so much more alive than us!

Inocence and pain, beauty and menace, death and love, blood and hope, all these make from Elfen Lied an addictive series which will leave a long-lasting impression on you. And be prepared to watch all the episodes together, it might be hard to stop before the last one!


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