Mutant, escapes from a sinister research facility, brutally slaughtering anyone that gets in her way, whether they intended to or not. However, a glancing head shot from an anti-tank rifle leaves her injured, and she falls into the ocean, unconscious...Later, university student Kouta and his female cousin Yuka are walking along the Yuigahama beach near Kamakura, when they find a naked young woman with horns on her head. They end up taking her home and calling her Nyu after the only sound she makes.Between the sinister government agency running the facility, Yuka's jealousy, Nyu's dark and troubled alternate personality Lucy and a traumatic past he cannot remember, Kouta is in deep trouble. Caught between monsters, both human and not, where does his loyalty lie?Elfen Lied, written by Lynn Okamoto, is a gornfest manga, which has been likened to a combination of X-Men, Carrie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Love Hina, and Monster. In other words, it's a twisted mixture of pseudo-harem antics, mutant battles, cute girls, split personalities, the main character who discovers that the person whom he interacted during that person's childhood is evil, and of course, bucketloads of Gorn - and it's more than happy to swing between comedy and horror at the drop of a hat. It has also been compared to I Dream of Jeannie as done by David Lynch and Wes Craven. There is also a short anime series of the same name that follows the first couple of chapters but ends with an alternative ending before the real plot kicks off.The series has become something of a Cult Classic: given the heavy amounts of bloody violence and nudity, not to mention the dark tone overall (which are even worse in the manga), even in Japan the series only aired on satellite TV, as a glorified commercial for the DVD release. In North America, ADV Films didn't seriously think the show would gain widespread popularity, if only for the pragmatic reason that it was limited to mature audiences and could only market it to such. There was actually supposed to be a second season, but the show had to end after only one season largely due to lack of exposure in Japan from its limited TV run. Then, purely by word of mouth, it became one of ADV's top selling North American DVDs of 2005.Now has its own Character Page. Contributions are greatly encouraged and appreciated.Compare and contrast Saikano, Deadman Wonderland, and Monster. For series that deal with a superpowered species, compare and contrast Claymore, Deadman Wonderland, and Hellsing.Cautious Editing/Viewer Warning: There is a considerable amount of violence, gore, and discussion of rape. There is a reason why this has been unable to air in North America (despite being aired in other nations that have stricter censorship guidelines), after all.
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