Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the Japanese manga and anime series. For the poem by Eduard Mörike, see Elfenlied. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It elfenlied / Die Elfen Bd.5 PDF originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes.
Författare: Bernhard Hennen.
Albenmark versinkt in einem ungewöhnlich frühen Winter. Alle, Natur und Elfen, leiden an der bitteren Kälte. Als jedoch die zauberhaften Blütenfeen sterben und mit ihnen ihre magischen Lieder, erkennt Elfenkönigin Emerelle die Gefahr. Ihr Schwertmeister Ollowain und die rebellische Koboldin Ganda müssen den Schlüssel zum Geheimnis der Kälte finden: Für das ungleiche Paar beginnt eine Reise an einen weit entfernten Ort voll düsterer Gefahr-
The series‘ title is German as well as Dutch for „Elves‘ Song“ or more formally „song of the elves'“ and takes its name from the song „Elfenlied“, which is featured in the story. Elfen Lied takes place in Kamakura and Kanagawa, and focuses on the „Diclonius“, a newly mutated species. Their appearance is similar to humans, but with several differences, namely horn-like protrusions on the forehead and the presence of telekinetic invisible arms called „Vectors“. Lucy is found by two locals, Kouta, who studies at the local university, and his cousin Yuka. They take her in, and become involved with the numerous, often brutal, attempts to recapture her by a Special Assault Team and a number of other Diclonius, who shift frequently from oblivious to murderous. Temporal bone and Parietal bone regions of the skull.
Diclonii powers involve the use of invisible arms, known as „vectors“, that can grasp and impact things as if they are solid, but also become insubstantial and pass through objects. They can slice objects as well, which is how Diclonii usually kill their victims. Vectors usually have a limited range of a few meters, but the length varies among each Diclonius. Diclonii also demonstrate the ability to sense one another. A key point of debate throughout the series is the Diclonius propensity towards violence. Many have a vendetta against humans, and have ambitions to wipe out the human race and populate the world with their own species.
It is disputed and contradicted during the series as to how Diclonii develop their violent behavior, whether it is part of their genetic DNA or whether it stems from abuse by humans. When Elfen Lied was being adapted into an anime series, director Mamoru Kanbe was recommended to work on the series by the series composer, Takao Yoshioka. Yoshioka believed that Kanbe’s general drawing style and composition would be ideal to adapt the manga, still in publication at the time, into an anime series. Kanbe himself, originally reluctant about joining the production, gained interest in it upon reading the manga. While the manga was still ongoing at the time, Kanbe and the production team were forced to condense the plot of the series into thirteen episodes, even though they felt it was necessary to make more as several significant plot details in the manga which Kanbe felt he could have used to make the series more emotive were left out.
According to Kanbe, he considered Elfen Lied as a „love story,“ and he wanted to „bring viewers to tears. Thus, he made attempts throughout the series to provide a contrast of emotions, commenting that he could make the violence exemplify this throughout the series. A segment from Lucy’s escape scene in the first episode of the anime, which is notorious for featuring nudity, graphic violence and transgressive themes. Here, Lucy is using the beheaded body of a secretary as a shield. In comments made by director Mamoru Kanbe on the Elfen Lied website, he stated that he intended for the anime to question and discuss values relating to the way in which humans divide each other by difference, as well as the belief that atrocities such as those committed by Lucy in the series are strongly influenced by the way in which people are treated by their fellow beings. Themes such as genocide and the attempts to „purify“ the earth from each other also appear in the anime. Both Diclonius and the human species feel the need to populate the earth with their own and wipe the other out.
Kanbe quoted this in relation to the desire of humans to cast each other out and segregate one another. Throughout the series, there is a great deal of blood and gore, graphic violence as well as psychological violence. One of the most prevalent motifs of the series is the humanity of the Diclonius, especially contrasted against the inhumanity of ordinary people. The introduction scenes of the Elfen Lied anime are a reference to Gustav Klimt’s artwork such as his Stoclet Frieze paintings.
Most of the episodes contain graphic violence, including instances of torture, and at one point the series addresses consequences of the rape of a child. The opening and ending sequences feature artistic drawings of the principal characters. Written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto, Elfen Lied was serialized in Weekly Young Jump from June 6, 2002 to August 25, 2005. The series‘ 107 chapters were later published in 12 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha from October 18, 2002 to November 18, 2005.