Trivia / Elfen Lied

Trivia Tropes:

  • Abridged Series: Has one, but is currently on hiatus (see trope page).
  • Acting for Two: Mayu's mother and young Kouta are both played by Christine Auten.
  • Banned in China: For extensive graphic violence.
  • Bonus Episode: The anime has 13 episodes plus one on the DVD.
  • Breakthrough Hit: For Lynn Okamoto.
  • Executive Meddling: Director Mamoru Kanbe was dissatisfied with Nozomi and had to adapt the character out when he produced the anime, despite her being one of the main characters in the manga and singing the titular song.
  • Fan Nickname: For reference, two names are not official. "The Unknown Man" is the name given by fans since he never gives his name nor anyone else does in the three chapters that he's featured. Also, the term "diclonii" is just the catch-all term given by fans since it is strange to say "dicloniuses" (only "diclonius" has been given officially) and it is the common suffix change, so the name mutated.
  • No Export for You: The manga has never been released in the United States, or any other English speaking country for that matter. The series won't also be released in China due to its graphic violence.
  • Overtook the Manga: See the Compressed Adaptation entry on the main page.
  • Real-Life Relative: Susana Moreno (Yuka's Mexican VA) and Eduardo Garza (the Mexican Spanish ADR Director and Narrator) are niece and uncle respectively.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Mentioned above, at least four English voice actress played characters from Azumanga Daioh. The German cast of Elfen Lied has voice actors that played characters from Azumanga Daioh as well.
    • Samia Little Elk played Lucy/Nyu and Sakaki.
    • Jesco Wirthgen played Kohta and Male Student #1.
    • Julia Kaufmann played Yuka and Yukari-sensei.
    • Rubina Kuraoka played Nana and Chiyo-chan.
    • Jennifer Weiß played Mariko and Osaka.
    • Kathrin Neusser played Mayu and Kaorin. The fact that both characters look very similar is also an Actor Allusion.
  • The Wiki Rule A given.
  • What Could Have Been: There were plans for a second series, but they never came to fruition owing to the anime's failure in Japan.

Misc Trivia:

  • The "stone stairs", where some of the most emotional scenes take place, lead to the Buddhist Gokurakuji temple in Kamakura. The upper parts of the stairs are part of the temple itself and get closed off at 5 pm every day, so it would not be that easy for the characters to enjoy the view after sunset. In both the manga and anime the gates that block access to the upper part of the stairs are conveniently left out.
  • Actually, the whole series is set in a real life location, Kamakura. It's very eerie to see the same locations (the dirty beach, the stone stairs, the various shrines and the island with the tower).
  • Kaede means Maple. Guess where the main character lives...
  • The entire series makes reference to El Greco's paintings. In almost every episode, characters make a hand sign, which is repeated also in El Greco's paintings.
  • The handsign mentioned above is a variation on a Hebrew handsign. The whole story is played out like a holocaust as well, with the scientists (nazi-like figures) not only exterminating Diclonii, but also doing cruel tests on them
  • Lucy is the "mother of all diclonius" according to many characters in the series. She is the only one anyone can find that can breed, and therefore she is the first known ancestor of all of the next generations. She is named after the Australopithecus fossil, Lucy, oldest known human ancestor (At the time):
  • Nana is 7 in Japanese, which was her room number in the labs and her age at the start of the series.
  • The anime inspired several aspects of the Netflix show Stranger Things. The character of Eleven in particular has many traits similar to that of Nana, like having numbers as names and a surrogate parental relationship with the head of their respective facilities, which they both refer to as "Papa".