Elfen Lied

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 15

    Annihilation

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    In the Passing Rain - Regenschauer

    Aired 4/21/05

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    No Return

    Aired 1/1/05

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    No Return - Erleuchtung

    Aired 10/17/04

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Quagmire

    Aired 1/1/05

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mamiko Noto

    Yuka (Jap.)

  • John Swasey

    Professor Yu Kakuzawa (Eng.)

  • Hilary Haag

    Mariko (Eng.)

  • Tiffany Grant

    Kisaragi (Eng.)

  • Kira Vincent-Davis

    Nyuu / Lucy (Eng.)

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  • show Description
  • The Diclonius, a mutated human that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of all of mankind, possess two horns in their heads. In addition, they have vectors, or invisible hands, that can kill their enemy in an instant. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, who is said to be the first Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murders most of the guards in the laboratory where she was being held. She eventually gets shot in the head and drops into the ocean. She survives and manages to drift along to a beach, where two teenage cousins named Kouta and Yuka discover her. Having lost her memory, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, "Nyuu”. The two cousins allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that Lucy is not dead just yet, and the government is not going to sit back and let her run free…! Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート) ran for 13 episodes on Japanese TV in 2004, adapting roughly the first 60 chapters out of the107 chapters (12 volumes) of the manga. The series was re-broadcasted in 2005 and was licensed by ADV Films in the United States in 2004, but not released until 2005. According to ADV, the anime was one of their best-selling releases of 2005. General Note on Airdates: The airdates for this guide are the Japanese airdates. Elfen Lied does not air on American TV, except for on ADV’s the Anime Network (TAN). Furthermore, it will most likely never air on general cable TV due to the extreme violence and nudity. The Title: The title 'Elfen Lied' was taken from the German song 'Elfenlied' by Eduard Mörike (1804-1875). The song plays on the similarity between the words for 'elf' and 'eleven', and takes place at eleven o'clock. The Manga: The manga is 12 volumes and 107 chapters long. Episodes 1 to 11 of the anime follow the storyline closely and adapt the first six volumes. The last two TV episodes, which were supposedly based from volume 7, drastically drifted from the manga's storyline. In addition, an original ending to the anime was implemented. The Anime - Opening Theme: Also see Epsidoe One's "Allusions" ~ The images of the opening theme are images from the paintings of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Most are from his most famous painting, "The Kiss" (1907-1908). ~ The text of the opening theme is "Beatus vir", an excerpt from the Latin Vulgate edition of the Bible. The passage is from James 1: "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." ~ The opening theme’s lyrics include: Psalm 36:30 - “Os iusti meditabitur sapientiam et lingua eius loquetur iudicium" or “The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment” "Kyrie Fons Bonitatis" (also known as the trope chant) - "Kyrie, ignis divine, pectora nostra succende, ut digni pariter proclamare possimus semper, eleison" or “Lord, divine fire, inflame our hearts, so that together we may worthily proclaim forever: have mercy” "Ave Mundi Spes Maria" (also known as the medieval sequence hymn) - “Oh, quam sancta, quam serena, quam benigna, quam amoena esse virgo creditur” or "Oh how holy, how serene, how benign, how delightful is this maiden who believed!" All three pieces can be found in the album “Chant” by the famous Benedictine Monks of the Santo Domingo de Silos Monastery.moreless

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  • Quotes (110)

    • (Next Episode Preview) Narrator: The hunter, the hunted. The situation takes a sudden turn, and is reversed. Pure action led by unwavering instinct. A purity that exists to please. Next time on Elfen Lied, episode two: Cleaning Up.

    • (after a long description on how the seashell was a gift from Kohta's sister, Nyuu breaks the seashell) Kohta: What the hell are you doing? Didn't I just say it was a memento from my sister?!

    • Lilium Lyrics: Os iusti meditabitur sapientiam Et lingua eius loquetur iudicium Beatus vir qui suffert tentationem Quoniam cum probatus fuerit accipiet coronam vitae Kyrie, Ignis Divine, Eleison O quam sancta, quam serena, quam benigna Quam amoena O castitatis lilium Translation: The mouth of the Just shall meditate wisdom And his tongue shall speak judgement Blessed is the man who endureth temptation For once he hath been proven, he shall receive the crown of life Lord, Fire Divine, have mercy O how holy, how serene, how benevolent How lovely, O lily of purity

    • (About Nyuu and the seashell) Kouta: What the hell was she thinking? Yuka: It was probably because...you were...looking so sad. She must have thought that seashell was something bad. You always get sad when you think of Kanae, Kouta. Don't you think that makes Kanae sad too?

    • (refering to gun shooting practice) Bando: What's the point in shooting if they don't scream or bleed? This is pointless! I should be doing this with real people!

    • Kouta: Is this the house you're lending me? Yuka: It used to be an inn, but it is not in business anymore. Mom said that cleaning it everyday will be enough. Kouta: Umm, one thing... Yuka: What? Kouta: How many rooms are in this place? Yuka: Hmm, I think there are ten... Kouta: And I have to clean them all by myself? Yuka: The garden too. Kouta: So what you're saying is that I've become the inn's caretaker? Yuka: Hmm, well...

    • (Next Episode Preview) Narrator: Already, love is beginning to show in a cruel manner as an eternal agony. In a world dominated by the fruits of dispair, where one can only imagine focusing on one thing: imitating sorrow. Next time on Elfen Lied, episode three: In the Internal One.

    • (Kouta helping Nyuu get dressed) Kouta: Ok, here goes nothing. (Kouta closes his eyes and takes off Nyuu's underwear. At the exact moment, Yuka slides open the door)

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    Notes (43)

    • International Airdate: - Denmark: May 6, 2008 on Anime TV

    • In the very first scenes, when Lucy goes through the empty hall, we can hear her singing Lilium.

    • “Begegnung” is German for "Meeting"

    • General Note on Airdates: The airdates for this guide are the Japanese airdates. Elfen Lied does not air on American TV, except for on ADV’s the Anime Network (TAN). Furthermore, it will most likely never air on general cable TV due to the extreme violence and nudity.

    • Lucy never actually refers to herself as such. This name was probably given to her by the Director. A possible reason why he chose Lucy may be because,in real life, the human bones that were found that traced the farthest back to the first human was decreed "Lucy".

    • International Airdate: - Denmark: May 13, 2008 on Anime Tv

    • Nyuu changes into Lucy more or less when she is hit on the head. Lucy changes into Nyuu when Lucy has a memory flashback or is shown love and kindness.

    • “Vernichtung” is German for "Annihilation"

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    Trivia (32)

    • In the English dub, when the two girls are talking to Kisaragi in the kitchen, one of them calls her "Kisagari" by mistake.

    • The Head Restraints worn by Lucy when she was shot by the sniper was made into an item named "4x Helm" on Gaia Online.

    • Elfen Lied means "Elf Song" in German and Dutch, but the spelling in German would be "Elfenlied", pronounced [ˈɛlfən liːt].

    • In the manga, Diclonius are never stated to have a limited amount of vectors. However, it depicts Lucy having over twelve vectors, Nana possessing approximately six vectors, and Mariko controlling up to fifty vectors. They are rarely shown being physically attached to the body (the anime shows them extending from the back, while the manga has them simply appear levitating).

    • In the manga, Lucy/Nyuu was originally meant to have lighter pink hair and emerald green eyes. In the finished, colored versions, however, it became the dark pink hair-dark pink eyes combo.

    • In the manga, Lucy is depicted even more sadistic and murderous. She actually enjoys inflicting both physical and emotional pain on her victims and aggressors.

    • In the anime, Lucy/Nyuu has a significant physical presence. In the manga, Nana is taller and appearently heavier than Lucy/Nyuu. Another Nana contrast is that in the anime, Nana appears younger than in the manga. The differences are readily appearent when Nyuu and Nana stand side by side in the manga.

    • When the episode begins, you see that Kouta is holding Nyuu's legs and underwear up, has his eyes closed, and has his face towards Nyuu. But when the camera shifts, Kouta automatically has his eyes open and is looking directly at Yuka.

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    Allusions (13)

    • Nyuu resembles Chii from Chobits. In Chobits, Hikedi found a persocom and took her home. When he got her running, the persocom was innocent and child-like, and could only say one thing, "Chii". Hideki named her "Chii" because of that. Sound familar?

    • Yuka: I brought onigri. Onigri are riceballs wrapped in seaweed.

    • About the memorial stones shown about halfway through the episode; believers of the Koushin pray there for health and prosperity on one night that occurs once every 60 years.

    • The images of the opening theme are images from the paintings of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Most are from his most famous painting, "The Kiss" (1907-1908).

    • The text of the opening theme is "Beatus vir", an excerpt from the Latin Vulgate edition of the Bible. The passage is from James 1: "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him."

    • The opening theme’s lyrics include: Psalm 36:30 - “Os iusti meditabitur sapientiam et lingua eius loquetur iudicium" or “The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment” "Kyrie Fons Bonitatis" (also known as the trope chant) - "Kyrie, ignis divine, pectora nostra succende, ut digni pariter proclamare possimus semper, eleison" or “Lord, divine fire, inflame our hearts, so that together we may worthily proclaim forever: have mercy” "Ave Mundi Spes Maria" (also known as the medieval sequence hymn) - “Oh, quam sancta, quam serena, quam benigna, quam amoena esse virgo creditur” or "Oh how holy, how serene, how benign, how delightful is this maiden who believed!" All three pieces can be found in the album “Chant” by the famous Benedictine Monks of the Santo Domingo de Silos Monastery.

    • Yuka: N/A At the Summer Festival, Yuka has cut-out-animals. In Japanese culture, there is a game where you cut out a shape, levels of difficulty ranging, and you get a prize if you do it succesfully.

    • Kouta: 39 degrees...Oh man. 39° C = 102.2° F

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  • Fan Reviews (84)
  • Elfen Lied one of the best

    By RanaMetwally, Aug 16, 2014

  • Elfen great anime

    By aaronboado3, Jun 12, 2013

  • i like it!!

    By mohammednurha, May 17, 2013

  • An anime worth a thousands pictures.

    By reaper_duster, Oct 26, 2012

  • Only excellent production values save this series from complete mediocrity.

    By qweasdzse, Jan 25, 2008

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