Elfen Lied

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Elfen Lied
Written byLynn Okamoto
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintYoung Jump Comics
MagazineWeekly Young Jump
Original runJune 6, 2002August 25, 2005
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byMamoru Kanbe
Produced by
  • Kazuaki Morijiri
  • Manabu Tamura
  • Osamu Koshinaka
Written byTakao Yoshioka
Music by
  • Kayo Konishi
  • Yukio Kondo
  • Arms
  • Studio Guts (#2, 5, 7, 10, 12)
Licensed by
101 Films
Original networkAT-X
English network
Original run July 25, 2004 October 17, 2004
Episodes13 + OVA (List of episodes)

Elfen Lied (Japanese: エルフェンリート, Hepburn: Erufen Rīto) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes. Elfen Lied revolves around the interactions, views, emotions, and differences between human beings and the Diclonii, a mutant species similar to humans in build but distinguishable by two horns on their heads and "vectors", transparent telekinetically controlled arms that have the power to manipulate and cut objects within their reach. The series is centered on the teenage Diclonius girl "Lucy" who was rejected by human beings and subsequently wants revenge.

The series' title is German 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 involves themes of discrimination, social alienation, identity, prejudice, revenge, abuse, jealousy, regret, and the value of humanity.

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