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Elfen Lied takes place in basically the current day and age of Kamakura, Japan with a twist. The story centers around a girl with long pink hair named Lucy aka Nyuu. It all starts out with her imprisoned on an unidentified island where she is bound and her face is covered with a metallic mask. She is nude the rest of the way and once she escapes and her captors feel her wrath, she is still continually nude. Basically, the series is quite gory, as the main character Lucy uses an invisible set of hands (called Vectors) which rip apart her enemies without her ever having to raise an actual physical finger.

Lucy ends up escaping the island, leaving a trail of mutilated victims in her wake. She jumps off a cliff and into the sea just as she's shot at. Eventually, she's swept up on the shore of a beach where a young boy named Kohta and his cousin Yuka find her.

This is where Lucy's split personality of sorts comes in, when she's named Nyuu instead of Lucy. Nyuu is an innocent version of herself, another part of her personality that when it comes to surface, all that she can say is "Nyuu!" Lucy herself, on the other hand, is the more dangerous part of her persona. Lucy, as you can imagine, is not human but is instead a new strand of human being called a Diclonius. Diclonius were created by human experimentation and upon creation they have some visible differences, the most notable being little horned protrusions from their heads and of course the translucent group of arms that branch off of them in order to tear up their enemies in times of confrontation.

It's eventually revealed that Kohta had known Lucy in their youth but that it hadn't been apparent at first. Lucy was terrorized as a child and as a result has developed a great dislike of the human race. Of course, this does not include Kohta. Other Diclonius begin to arise in order to take out Lucy and that's when a great many battle starts in order to fight for Lucy's freedom and her new friend's safety.

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2 Seasons, 15 Episodes - Ended
July 25, 2004
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  • This episode was made after the original series. Events take place somewhere within the timespan of episode eleven.Trying to fit in, Nana gets scolded and runs off. She meets Bantou and promises to bring him Nyuu. But when it begins to rain and Nyu hits her head, will Nana survive? Parts of Lucy's past are revealed, including her connection with Kurama.

  • Nana almost falls into the ocean, but Kurama arrives to save her. Since Nana damaged Mariko's vectors, she is unable to use them and is taken to a place to be watched over. Kurama tells Nana that he must kill Mariko and they go search for her. Lucy tells Nana that she wants her to do what Lucy can't do. Lucy goes to see Kohta and apologizes for making him feel sad so many times.

  • Mariko enjoys playing around with Nana since she is only allowed to kill her. Kohta arrives at the scene and Nana saves him by falling into the ocean. Nyu then arrives, calling out to Kohta and the research work gives orders to kill Nyu and Kohta, but she reverts to Lucy and saves Kohta by repelling bullets using her vectors. This makes the sealed memory of Kohta's sister's and father's murder surface.

  • #35 has been released and Saitoh, who has been taking care of #35 tries to talk to her and #35 kills her. However, Shirakawa tells #35 (Mariko) that she will listen or she will explode the bomb implanted in her body. Kurama leaves the facility to talk to Bandoh; they make a deal that involves the destruction of Mariko. At the Kaede House, Nana hopes that Nyu doesn't transform to Lucy so they don't have to fight.

  • Kurama's past is explained in this episode. He was a good friend of Professor Kazukawa, who invited Kurama to work with him and his father on the diclonius project after leaving university. He reluctantly agrees, however, as he is performing research, he is infected with the diclonius virus via transmission through their vectors, and as a result, his daughter Mariko is born a diclonius. He decides to kill her, however as his wife dies from complications after giving birth, begging him to spare her, Kurama chooses to let her live under Kazukawa's condition that bombs must be planted inside her to kill her in case she turns aggressive. Meanwhile, as both Lucy and Nana are now part of Kohta's household, the facility decides to send "the most powerful" diclonius, known only as "No. 35".

  • Lucy's past links with Kohta are uncovered - after her dog was killed, she began to show contempt for humans, until Kohta briefly befriended her. Kohta plays the series' opening theme "Lilium" in a music box which he bought in Kamakura. They go to the zoo and later play in the water, where she thanks Kohta for the most fun she'd ever had in her life. Her hope in being re-acquainted with humans is briefly regained. However, when she discovers Kohta's cousin (Yuka), who he claimed to be a boy, is actually a girl, she loses hope and begins her future murderous path.

  • As a result of living her entire life inside the facility, Nana is found to be naive and sensitive about the events surrounding her. Mayu discovers the real Lucy behind Nyu as Nana tells her of their diclonius powers. As Lucy is recovering from being hit in the face by Nana, she goes through a flashback of her childhood, where she was raised in an orphanage all her life where her peers constantly bullied her. Feeling lonely and ignored, she begins to develop her hatred for humans. When her peers discover that she has made friends with a stray dog, (discovered when a girl pretends to be Lucy's friend) they force her to watch as they beat it to death with a vase, and in her despair, Lucy activates her vectors and commits her first murders against her schoolmates.

  • Bando escapes from the hospital, still trying to find Lucy to satisfy his grudge against her. Professor Kakuzawa Yu's decapitated body is found by his assistant and Kouta. While searching for Lucy, Kohta and Yuka develop a fondness for each other as displayed through a kiss. Finally, Lucy is found by Kohta and Yuka and taken back home.

  • Mayu's past and why she ran away from home are revealed. Mayu's mother remarried, and her new stepfather repeatedly molested her. When her mother refused to offer her any help, she ran away from home, where she encountered a stray dog, whom she named "Wanta". As Kohta and Yuka enter university and take Nyu with them, Professor Kakuzawa, the son of Kurama's boss (and, by coincidence, the university lecturer) discovers Nyu and she is taken from Kohta and Yuka. Kakuzawa is revealed to be partly diclonius, and intends to breed with Lucy. However she simply kills him, claiming that he is worthless in the evolution towards a diclonius-populated world. Kohta finds out it is also Mayu's 14th birthday, and invites her to stay permanently with them, where she finally feels that she has a family who cares for her.

  • Nana, a Diclonius, has accepted the request to find Lucy.Nyu hits her head and becomes Lucy, but after having a flashback of Kohta, leaves.

  • Nana is sent retrieve Lucy after the other assassins fail. Meanwhile Yuka looks back on a festival she went to with Kouta when they were kids.

  • Kouta and Yuka search for Nyuu after see runs away. Meanwhile the assassins have found Lucy.

  • Lucy escapes from the lab. Kouta and Yuka find her, name her Nyuu (she can't say anything besides "mew"), and invite her to live with them.

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  • Season 1 Episode 13 No Way Back 10/17/2004
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