Here’s an anime I’ve developed some mixed feelings for. Elfen Lied is a story about a dude named Kohta, who decides he’s going to move into a big ass building, courtesy of his female cousin. But it’s also the story of pink haired teenage girls with super strength, super long invisible arms who go around ripping people’s limbs off. And there’s boobs – lots of boobs. Honestly, it sounds like the perfect series right?
Well, that’s what I mean by mixed feelings. While the action is, in my opinion, perfect, there is a subplot of romance that seems a little forced. The plot is, one of the killing-machine girls gets loose, and the people she gets loose from are trying to hunt her down. Problem is, she’s suffered a bad bout of amnesia, and can only communicate with a series of “Nyu“s.
Which brings me to the next point. WATCH THIS ANIME SUBBED. I made the mistake of watching the dub, and I believe it’s lowered my bias for the series. The Japanese voice acting is pretty good though, from what I’ve heard, so you should live through that.
If I were to recommend this, I’d be careful who I recommend it to. It’s nice if you like a bit of a harem style romance, but this is only a subplot to the uncensored decapitations and disemboweling. An entertaining series, but I’d warn that it’s not for the faint of heart.