Mitch NZ wrote:
Elfen Lied is one of the most hated animes of all time by many people, but I personally loved it. I will probably never watch it again. The fucked-up-o-meter is high, even by anime standards. Apparently the manga is even better/worse.
Same, it tends to get a lot of flack for using shock tactics--nudity, gore etc to lure people in. Personally I see it as an almost Shakespearean tragedy... The manga is terribly drawn but has more of an edge, in a way, as opposed to melodrama.
I just don't buy Elfen Lied's logic. Usually when you find a naked retarded girl on the beach, your first instinct is to call the police, not take her home (well, I'm sure some people would take her home, but the series leads us to believe the main characters are fine upstanding citizens). And then things just get too coincidental when it turns out the main guy and Lucy had crossed paths before, I'm sure mind-boggling coincidences like that have happened, but it's still hard to wrap your head around. A simple solution would be to imply that Nyu subconsciously went to the main character because of Lucy. But even if it had been about 10 years, don't you think the main character would have found her suspicious, you don't run into to many naturally pink-haired girls.
I don't know, maybe things are just different in Japan.
I still think it's an intriguing story that had much potential, but was overall poorly executed. I recognize suspension of disbelief, but when every other scene stretches it, it gets hard for me to be pulled into the story.
Very valid points. It's been a while since I've seen it, but my guess is that Kouta or the main guy didn't recognise Nyu/Lucy because he'd blocked out the past due to the trauma he suffered in his childhood.... I remember quite clearly it was explained he'd psychologically tricked himself into creating a mental block, and there are moments within the anime where he just reaches a blank, like when his cousin was trying to connect with him over childhood memories and he couldn't remember... and she had a little cry over it.
The Lucy-Kouta love story IS the basis though, it's not meant to be a coincidence, I thought it simply followed Lucy's life, and that after she'd been held in the cells for dodgy experimental science experiments she escaped to the only prefecture she knew---where the only person who'd shown her love was. That may be wrong though, I'm just going by memory.