Elfen Lied

Season 1 Episode 8

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Aired Unknown Sep 12, 2004 on
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After Lucy is knocked out by Nana Kouta tends to her. She sleeps and relives her childhood in a dream, revealing many things about her. Meanwhile, Nana tells Mayu about Lucy and the diclonius and Arakawa is called in to work for Director Kakuzawa...

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  • Monsters aren't born, they are created...

    Are any four non-recurring characters in animanga more deeply hated than these four kids? Who is worse? Tomoo or the (possible) traitor girl? This is where young Kaede is lost and Lucy is crafted from the blood and thunder four unthinking little fools called forward. Thanks loads for potentially dooming the world as we know it, kids! Though one of the lessons of Elfen Lied is that these kids and even the Kakuzawas are also monsters crafted by our own failings. Lucy demonstrates time and again that the problem with the Diclonius is not that they are so different from us, but that they are us, merely granted the ability to strike back against all the snide words and cruelties.

    An unforgettable--if sad--episode.moreless
  • Finally! This is where the important information comes out.

    After having been hinted at since the very beginning of the series, the back story for Lucy and her involvement with Kohta are brought to the table. The next episode looks promising.

    The contents of this episode showcase how terrible the human race can be. They're motivated only by personal gain, destroying others' hopes and dreams simply so that they can feel superior. I enjoyed this accurate representation of how sadistic we can be. Nana's discussion with Mayu seemed to be pointless, though there was one thing that will likely affect the outcome of the next 5-6 episodes, if one counts the OVA.moreless
  • poor puppy!!!

    this episode was so sad!!! so so sad! that poor scientist!!! she was almost killed cuz that boss guy is freaking crazy!! then nana getting yelled at poor her she doesnt understand and now mayu knows, i bet she will handle it well. and oh my gosh poor lucy!!!!! no wonder she is pyhco!! thoes boys deserved to die!!!! cuz one they picked on poor lucy and then they killed her poor dog!!! what a** holes do that?!?!? monsters! thats who! and im glad that girl died too! i trusted her not to tell!! ugh! im glad they are all dead!!! but lucy seems to still be mad at nana, i hope she gets over that, and at the end she ran into kouta when he was young, oh boy i am so nervous about what will happen!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In every instance Lucy appears, her eyes are narrow (unlike Nyu's who's are wide). However, in this episode, when Lucy tries to go after Nana and is forced back into bed by Kouta, her eyes are as wide as Nyu's

    • In the manga, Lucy actually laughs at first when her pet dog is beaten to death by Tomo before proceeding to tear apart everyone in the room.

    • Chronologically, Lucy's flashback sequence happens much earlier in the manga.

    • The tune that plays in Kouta's music box is the song, "Lilium" that plays in the opening credits

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Lucy staggers out of the room, trying to go after Nana. She makes it as far as the clock and stops)

      Kouta: Hold on! Where are you running off to?

      Lucy: i'm going to teach that stupid girl a lesson.

      --Lucy falls down...

      Kouta: You're the one who's acting stupid. You're not going anywhere but right back to bed.

      Lucy: Kouta...

    • (Next Episode Preview)
      Narrator: The sound of a ceasing rotation. However, eternity puts the gear on track. The light of self-purification that wanted to shine, even though it could not conquer the profundity of her personal darkness. What kind of a meaning did that memory carry for her? Next time on Elfen Lied, episode nine: Reminiscence.

    • Chief Kakuzawa: I should be the one giving my condolences.
      Arakawa: Huh?
      (Kakuzawa pulls out a gun and points it at Arakawa)
      Arakawa: W-what? H-hey, that's dangerous! Put that thing away, okay?

    • (Nana starts to leave and Mayu grabs her arm)
      Nana: Let go of me!
      Mayu: You mustn't!
      Nana: Let go of me right now!
      (Nana's fake arm pops off)
      Mayu: (after seeing the arm, she screams and runs away)

    • Lucy: Everyone in this place is unhappy, and since they're unhappy they probably looking for someone worse than they are...

    • Lucy: The ones who aren't human.. The one who are inhuman... Are you!

  • NOTES (2)