I have a bit of a rant related to Elfen Lied so I'm posting it here.
Ok, I'm really tired of people saying Elfen Lied is a terrible anime because it's "just gore and nudity." If you say that, you just proved you only watched two minutes of it. I understand it's not for everyone as many people can sit through all the violence. I had trouble getting through it myself. But if you only watched so little of it, you can't really say what it is. To quote wikipedia it "involves themes of social alienation, identity, prejudice, revenge, abuse, jealousy, regret and the value of humanity." Those are some pretty deep themes.
The diclonius have all been cast out of society to the point most people don't know they exist. Every diclonius character we meet has some sort of mental trauma from the abuse they received. Lucy became a murderous psychopath, Nana sees her abuser as a loving father, and Mariko sees killing as a game. Even the human characters have these traits. Kouta has created false memories to shield himself from the horrible truth behind the deaths of his sister and father. Mayu is probably the most functional character but even she has problems due to being molested by her step-father and having an uncaring mother.
This is just talking about the theme of abuse and the trauma is causes. However going into just that I believe proves the show is a lot more than "gore and nudity."
I really loved the opening, I remember watching Elfen Lied a few Summers ago. I never finished watching it, though I thought it was pretty good. I've never read the manga, though IMO, the manga is usually better on the anime (it sometimes just depends, though, honestly). smile I'll have to read it on the web sometime.
The opening is pretty god damn nice, but here is my opinion on the anime. I have a sweet spot for any type of gory anime or manga, but this anime, I found way overated in the beginning with all the nudity crap. I have no probully with nudity in anime, but just don't go all the way to make it even more stupid. Especially where they make her go "mew!" I found that really annoying and the scene where he undresses her. Thank you for your time. kthxbai.