Elfen Lied’s the name, and I conceive it as one of the first, if not THE first anime series to feature great quantities of blood and gore being directed to the main public. So come now, enjoy yor Turkey, Ham, Chicken, or Hot-dog and check this out!
Made by Genco and VAP studios in 2004, this 13 + 1 OVA series made a new standard on what could be imagined, what could be drawn, and what would make the audience go “wow”, without going to puke the second they see some gallons of blood spurting around.
It would be. . . hmmm. . . Gore / Horror, and Action since guns appear now and then.
The anime starts with something that seems like a military bunker, and the emergency button was pushed. Next thing we see is a naked girl with a helmet that starts killing EVERYONE IN HER PATH. She’s trying to escape, but she doesn’t get out without a scratch: A bullet hit her head (not perforated) and made the bad girl turn to a pseudo-catgirl that talks in “Nyuu”. That’s all you need to know, anyways you are watching this for the blood!
The character design is aceptable, not too big eyes, fit for the plot of the story, because having MELON EYES would make you take this anime lightly, and having eyes too realistic would just. . .well, it would ALSO make you take the plot lightly!
A thing that I think they made strategically to call more viewers would be the bright colors on the action scenes, or the anime in general, except for the OP and ED. The gore scenes are just too bright! I don’t like it! If I wanna watch blood it’s in a bad-lit room! It just takes the fear-factor away!It’s like watching only the last 2 minutes of Star Wars Ep. III. Where are the things that surround what everybody wants to see? Or better yet, it’s like watching Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with ANY OTHER SOUNDTRACK on the “Also Sprach Zaratustra” parts. It takes the feeling away pretty bad.
On the good part, and something I really appreciated, is that some animation sequences for the opening are copied from Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, here are some pictures:
There are 2 more, but this is a supposed PG-13 page (bummer.).
SOUND & MUSIC
The opening song (LILIUM) is in the form of secular chant, that means it’s a melody that’s sung by all the choir, with the slight alteration of introducing some soft strings every now and then. Still, it’s pretty cool, and there is a male version and a female version (female for the OP).
Sound effects are overall-good; bones crushing, blood gushing out under high-pressure, gunshots, etc.
A pretty interesting approach of violence-filled animation to a wider audience, starting from 13 year-olds. I just hope these small fries always realize the difference between real and fake. . . and the damn animators realize the difference between bright and dark. . .
SOUND & MUSIC
OVERALL 8.5/10 Diamonds
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