Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Elfen Lied The Complete Collection|
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films Release Date: 06/16/2009 Run time: 325 minutes
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T. P. Lawrence | Fountain Valley, CA USA | 06/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
A review more of the edition, not the series.
Anansi | 08/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hey all. I bought this edition recently, and was pretty disappointed with the packaging. The outside box is sturdy enough, but the inside discs are all kept on one spindle, rather than in separate cases or separate disc holders. While this isn't definitely going to mess the discs up, I believe it does increase the possibility of damage happening. If this type of packaging bothers you, then I'd suggest going with one of the previous editions.
A Brilliant Haunting Psychological Anime Masterpiece!
Always Samsung | New York, NY | 06/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I brought this box set at Best Buy when they had a special buy one get one half off anime sale, so i got this and a Dragon Ball Z box set. EL ended up being fifteen bucks. I actually didn't even want this title, but I couldn't let this deal pass me by.
I saw episode one once on the anime network & don't recall anything except that the beginning contained an ultra violent scene with blood everywhere and I just didn't care enough to be interested. I've brought many anime titles in the past few months & non have the x-factor to keep interested or hooked in the way Sailor Moon does.
I couldn't sleep last night and all i wanted to do was watch some anime before i finally got tired enough to go back to sleep. So i decided to finally give this series a second chance. I unwrapped this set since it was gathering dust on my DVD shelf, popped it in and from the immediate opening song i felt i was in for a good show. I've noticed that most series that have awesome opening songs tend to be good shows. Elfen Lied was no exception. To my surprise, i was hooked from the first episode and was doing my best to cram in as many episodes as possible before 3AM.
This is a great series and is only thirteen episodes. I'll provide a quick recap since everyone has already gone into full details in their reviews. The story is about a girl named Nyu/Lucy who escapes from some facility where she was held captive & under lock down. She has extraordinary powers and in one last attempt to capture her, a shot was taken to her helmet which skewed her memory somehow and has created a temporary memory loss or dual personality. Nyu/Lucy wakes up on the beach the next day completely unaware of what happened the night before. She meets 2 people on her journey to finding out what's going on. The show does have a sheer amount of violence, but at the same time balances the comedy, and light hearted areas really well. It wasn't non-stop violence. There were actually many moments of intimate friendship.
Anyways, this is a great series and ranks up there with some of the best anime titles in film history. Buy it and you will enjoy it. The price tag is a bit over the top on AMZ but it does occasionally go on sale so pick it up. But for thirteen episodes, try not to get this item at full price. I'll be spending the day copying the DVD onto my iPod Touch, so i can enjoy this on the way to work. I'm in shock i enjoyed this so much because it is an addictive series and i really liked that this wasn't as dull as all the other titles I've been watching recently. This coming from a fan of Sailor Moon only who isn't into gore, violence, or guns."
Truly a Masterpiece!
Jamil J. Johnson | Wilmington, USA | 07/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am very picky when it comes to anime series. I just can't stand series that do not have a good story line and charaters. When it comes to this anime series, this one has it all. There were very little things that I did'nt like in this series. I will tell you a little about the story line in the next paragraph.
It starts out with Lucy who is a mutant( She has invisible arms that can kill people and horn like bones sticking out of her head) escaping the facility that had trapped and kept her for experiments. Then the story shoots over to the other main character Kouta. He just got off the train and is heading to his new home that his relatives are letting him use while he is in college. On the way there him and his cousin pick up Lucy(who cant remember anything at all) and has developed a language problem. Eventually they go through all sorts of trouble trying to keep Lucy a secret and try to figure out where she came from. She sometimes returns to her normal self though, but only for short periods of time. The crazy part is that Kouta has memory loss as well and him and Lucy met in the past. I really can't tell you anymore.
This series takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. You will experience emotions like love(indirectly if that makes sense), hate, happiness and sorrow. I would have easily have paid ten times more for this series if I had to. This is one of the best series I have seen(I have viewed around fifty) and has one of the best sound tracks as well. The characters in this series are great and even the characters with the smallest roller play a major part. I would recommend this series for any anime lover, but this series is not for people under the age of sixteen."