At long last, I have hit review number 25. It's been a very long road to this point and once this is posted, I will take a temporary break. This last review for a while will be Elfen Lied. It is another series that I thought was amazing and truly revolutionary. Then I grew up and discovered it was really just crap. Once again, ignorance is bliss. As usual, no cursing or spoilers in my reviews. Comments and criticism are appreciated. Check out my other ones and thanks for reading. On with this review then, shall we?
Story; There was a coherent story? Somebody please enlighten me. Let me read what this was about again. Oh right, that was okay. Elfen Lied's story made no real sense to me in retrospect. People cry out like its the second coming of anime god. It has massive amounts of blood, limbs and everything else flying around. That is pretty much the plot. That's all the substance you get from this anime. Yes, that is all. Then it's not even stylish or fancy when it is done. How lacking.
Animation; There are certain points where the animation just looks like dreck. In the overall sense of things, it was a mediocre series in the animation area. When I compare it to other series of the time, it just looks plain awful in comparison. Even the backgrounds were bad, that is pretty hard to mess up. The character designs are hilariously generic.
Sound; The only remarkable thing about Elfen Lied is the music. The opening is fantastic and one of the best ones out there. The ending is okay, but not as great the opening. The background music is generic "ooohhh, freaky stuff happening" music. Listening to both audio tracks, I give the edge to the Japanese because the English is just awful. Opening and endings are worth four points each and the Eng and Jpn tracks are worth just one together.
Characters; Bland, stupid and uninteresting. That's the core words I could find to describe what I felt as I watched these people do ridiculous and stupid things. What they do is beyond what they are capable of doing and they put themselves in harms way almost every darn episode. It pansied out numerous times in not killing off characters. It would have been far more interesting to kill off all the characters because then the Elfen Lied's world IQ average would go up greatly.
Overall; It's just too awful. I'm not even going to run this through a grammar check. It's not worth it. I can't believe I decided on this for my last review in a while. Darn you Randomizer! Avoid at all costs, you have been warned. Find something else to watch, do yourself a favor. Keep your sanity and intelligence intact. I can only hope this review has helped you not make the same mistakes I made in my youth. If you like blood and nonsense, this will be up your alley. Otherwise, avoid. Really.