Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート) Manga Review

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Alright. Time to go back in time to my days of being a teenager and reading this manga.

Elfen Lied is a psychological horror created by author Lynn Okamoto and tells the story of a young woman named Lucy who

What Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート) Is About

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Author(s): Lynn Okamoto
Artist(s): Lynn Okamoto
Known As: Elfen Lied, エルフェンリート
Official Translation(s): English, Japanese
MangaDex: Title Index
Status: Completed
Genres: Action, Psychological, Romance, Drama, Horror, Tragedy

A Small Synopsis

Two college students stumble across a mysterious horned girl on the beach who can only say “Nyuu”, they decide to bring her home while being totally unaware of her bloody past.

Where to read Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート)

This manga is available to purchase from popular sites such as Amazon, however, it is also available as an unofficial fan translation that can be found on scanlation sites such as MangaDex and MangaNelo.


What Is Good About Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート)

The Setting

The world of Elfen Lied is set in the town of Kamakura, a beautiful place on the coast of Japan.

The Art

While I do like SOME of the character designs, like the Diclonii girls’, my main interest is the SET of the manga. The backgrounds, weapons, vehicles, houses etc. are all drawn very realistically. Now if only some of the characters had realistic personalities…

The Finale

Anybody who’s read the final chapter of the manga will know what I’m talking about. It’s beautifully tragic that makes you reach for the nearest tissue box every time.

What Is Bad About Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート)

The Characters

This is only aimed at certain characters. Many of them, such as Lucy/Nyuu, Mayu and Nana are very interesting and sympathetic. However, the two cousins? Ugh. Kouta is absolutely oblivious half the time and Yuka is straight up irritating. There’s a reason why she made this list a while back.

The… Moral?

When I first checked out this title, I adored it but going back and reading it now that I’m a lot older?

I can sum it up like this: Humans bad. Humans evil. The end.

Overall Conclusion

While I have critiqued this manga quite considerably, I must say that it DOES hold a place in my heart. It brings back memories of my teenage years when I was still quite new to manga, anime, manhwa etc. If you’re a fan of gritty action with plenty of gore and tragic moments, give Elfen Lied a go and see what you think.

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Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート)
Art style
The positive
The Setting
The Art
The Finale
The negative
The Characters
The... Moral?
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