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  • Actors: Kira Vincent-Davis, Adam Conlon, Nancy Novotny, Cynthia Martinez, Sasha Paysinger
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OK0YU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,972 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Critics have described Elfen Lied as "weird," (Anime Planet), "surprisingly sadistic," (Gamers Edge), and "addictive"(Animesou). No wonder, when you consider what makes this series hum! Lucy, a beautiful young mutant, is bred by the military to be the ultimate weapon. Now, with government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five year old, and a hair trigger for ultraviolence, Lucy and her young friends must unravel the dark secret of her legacy before it's too late.

Customer Reviews

It has some great characters and a good story.
I really don't want to say anything else about the plot because the best thing about watching Elfen Lied is going into it not knowing what's going to happen.
It is one of the best anime series that I have seen.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By H. T. Roberts on November 12, 2011
Format: DVD
This is one of best stories I have ever seen. There are so many fine details that the storywriter and director actually paid attention to that makes this series so wonderful, so sublime. The story is the star, but the details make this story shine like a polished diamond. The music, the artwork, the character development, the roller coaster ride of violence and tenderness - all are carefully thought out and shown with care. This is no anime for the faint of heart. There are scenes that are simply so horrifying and gut wrenching that it may leave an indelible impression that you can't get rid of. This is true of both the violence of the "monsters", as well as the evil in the hearts of men. At times in the story, you will understand the violence, even expect it- maybe even want it. However, be prepared for what happens to the "innocents" and the innocence. Like I said, this is not for the faint of heart.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By T. P. Lawrence on June 28, 2009
My niece (age 13) and a lot of other random anime fans that I know, would go on and on about how they loved this particular anime, so I thought I would watch it to see what in the world they were talking about.

This series reminded me a lot of the Tenchi Muyo series where there just happens to be one boy that all these women seem to be gravitating to, although in this series there is just happens to be a bit more nudity and a lot more blood.

With that being said, I found the underlying story itself very endearing of how this outcast who was subjected to brutal teasing just for being different by her peers was pushed to the edge and when she finally found someone who didn't see her as "different" but "cool" she ended up destroying their friendship by her own jealous nature.

In short, this was an entertaining tale and worth watching, the ending though leaves you wanting more, which is really my only problem with the series. It just seems like it was unfinished.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DL on April 10, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had heard so many things about Elfen Lied. Mostly how it was so violent, brutal and horrific. I finally watched it and I'm kinda blown away. I'm left with a mixture of feelings. So many brutal moments, so many sad moments, so many nice moments. And the ending is also a mix of happy and tragic. I guess what I'm so impressed with is how everything fits together in this story. Its actually a pretty complex story for only 13 episodes. But as the series goes on, everything comes together and fits together like pieces of a puzzle. It seems like it was a really well thought out story! Different events happen during the course of the show, which may seem unrelated, but in the end you see how everything is interconnected. The 1-star review trashed this show and said it was a combination of every cliche in anime. Well, I cannot speak to its 100% originality or any ground-breaking new concepts, as I am not that experienced or vexed of an anime viewer. All I can tell you is that in my opinion, this is an amazing show. If you dont feel touched emotionally at some point while watching, then something has got to be wrong with you. There are horrendous and heart-wrenching parts, but there are also heartfelt scenes about loving, caring, values of family and friedship. If themes like this have become too cliche for you then you might as well pass on Elfen Lied, as you have probably watched too much anime for your own good anyway. I think its amazing how they managed to combine so many different aspects together in 1 show, and it does NOT seem forced in my opinion. I was afraid this show was going to be too dark and depressing. But there is enough happiness to balance out the dark, and somehow through all the horror it manages to have a satisfying ending. Highly Recommended.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mvargus on January 26, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a series that starts with a naked girl kept captive by some government agency and wearing a helmet that blocks her vision escapes from a top-secret facility, laying waste to a lot of people in the process.

We aren't shown who she is, or how she can seemingly cut down hordes of people without lifting a finger.

The series then seems to jump to a young man finding a strange girl washed up on the beach. She has no memory, but latches onto him as a friend.

Such is the world of Elfen Lied. As the tale spins out we learn the history of the main characters and how they both ended up in the situation. We find out the great secret the government keeps regarding this girl, and others like her. We find out about the betrayals committed, the vengeful mistakes and the many unshed tears.

All of this is wrapped up in just a few episodes.

If I had any major complaint it would be that the series shortens some of the storylines, and there are a few Deus ex Machina type events used to spur the tale along. Add in the typical over-the-top villains who got beyond even unreasonable levels of force trying to capture/kill other characters and I had to take away one star. This series is interesting and fun, but lacks a little in the plot and character development. The villains especially are two-dimensional.

Good, but very bloody series. I wouldn't let your children watch this.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By ThatLankyBastard on November 28, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Finally, a decently priced Complete Collection of Elfen Lied...

This is a show that I would consider a "core show" of anime. IE: it is not unreasonable to say that any fan over the age of 18 (and most fans under it) need to have this show under their belt. It is almost common ground for all fans of anime. The beauty will astound you, the gore and themes will shock you, and, at the very end, Elfen Lied will leave you in awe.

Now then, onto the actual collection.

This set comes in 3 disks, having all 13 episodes of the show (and unfortunately not the OVA) all wrapped in a nice little case! No special features with this set, which is a bit disappointing, but not unexpected.

All in all, very happy with it. It could be better of course, but for this price I won't complain. I'm going to give the rating based on the show itself, and I give it a big 5 stars simply because I can't give it a 4 and a half. There are a few things that could be better about the series, but there aren't any things I would call "glaring problems".

... although admittedly, the English voice acting could be better ;__;

If you haven't seen it, watch it
If you have seen it, make other people watch it
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I don't know, but I hope it will be soon. At the moment even the DVD is out of stock so I hope that means a rerelease, or, even better, a redubbing!
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