Basically its Carrie.
It's captivating. Starts off with a bang and lets you know "yo this is completely stunning mentally". It ebbs and flows with the action and fights. Letting you deliberately breathe and relax into a mundane story. And then smacks you in the face with a hammer. The stupid parts really bring the violence and psychological aspects into sharp focus. The side characters are purposely annoying. The bad guys are terrible. The entire time I was hooked waiting for her to destroy them all. It's crazy how you not only sympathize with her but you start to agree that exterminating the human race is the wisest course.Any anime that can transform your mind like that is brillant. Lucy/ Nyu carries the entire show and then some. Everything eles about it is pretty crap but her story and character is compelling and mesmerizing.