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Highest resolution of this video is 720×406, what?
man, i hate this anime. I know it’s get so violent that it’s hard to be taken seriously, but i’m so squemish towards anime like this…like good lord…..and i am fine with anime and video games with certain levels of violence, but this one….nope nope nope. there was no reason for this to be brought over…
As the saying goes:
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
This show was trash it tried to be 2 genres that had nothing do with each other one part gore porn and one harem.
It’s not really a harem, there are a lot of girls, like 4-5, but only two of them are romantically linked to the main guy, the other three are just friends/enemies.
True but it’s still the single guy ending up with a bunch of girl moving in his home shtick
did, did someone say “I hate you spoony”
So this is Elfen Lied. It looks really trashy and really full of itself.
YAY! I love this anime/manga.
Was that Woolie? What’s he doing there?
The girl that Bando smacks at 10:11 looks kinda like Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite in her first outfit.
Hmm. I know I’ve run across the *title* for this one a couple of times, but I can’t say I knew anything about it going in. That said, you’re right, this has been done before.
I picked up Uzumaki recently, I liked it incidentally, and I found the book more disturbing in some parts than what you showed of this one. Partly, also, because you showed worse before. The thing about the one girl wanting to bone her *male* cousin I’ll give to this, though.
Oh man, that one guy with the cue stick. hehehe. I’m surprised that you’ve gone on record since shooting that part that you didn’t even have more of a bruise than what you showed off at the end of the vid. hehehe.
Here’s to 150 more.
I don’t live or despise Elfen Lied. I watched the first couple of episodes, found it uninteresting, and have avoided it ever since. But I guess this was a “WELL ACTUALLY” post, so let me do that thing where I push my glasses back with my index finger as they glint slightly. I don’t wear glasses, so you’ll just have to imagine.
Congrats on the numbers, Sage. I haven’t even reached my episode 100 yet. Not that it’ll be special, since so few watch my videos anyway.
I once had a girlfriend who wanted to get into manga and anime. She chose Ai Yazawa’s “Nana” for her first manga, and loved it. But for her first anime she chose “Elfen Fucking Lied” based solely on the fact that she found the character designs cute. I had no idea what it was about, but I got the DVD’s for her, anyways.
So we pop it in, and it starts out with that great Gustave Klimpt opening. Then things go south really quick, when heads and arms start getting twisted off and exploding like rotten zits. It was such a tonal shift that she was kind-of mad that we had bought them.
But the whole show bounced back and fourth between high school comedy and Cronenberg body tortured so much that it became kind of funny, because we could never figure out what kind of audience the show was trying to please.
We powered through the shows thirteen episodes over the week, and the whole thing became such a blur that I don’t remember how it ended. But two scenes disturbed the hell out of us and I’ll never forget them. The first was Lucy’s dismemberment of Nana, which was so grotesque sadistic, that I never had sympathy for Lucy after it. The second is when that male diclinous tried to mate/rape Lucy in her Myu persona. We were so relieved when Lucy cut his head off, and then we both burst out laughing at the absurdity of how it was portrayed.
We never revisited the show again.
Sage just needs to learn to appreciate child murder more.
I would give you a like for that, but don’t want my profile associated with child murder 🙂
21:10 Yeah that went about as expected…
What did he do to make the Two Best Friends mad?
It’s a running gag that The Sage manages to piss SOMEONE off with every video, because Anime Abandon is funny until it hits something you love.
Also, the split on the Violence Jack review has become a running gag too.
Sufferin’ for your art, eh, Sage?
I must admit, I saw that bit with the cane and thought “ooh, that looked like it hurt!”
Congratulations on the 150th. I’ve heard of Elfin Lied being mentioned, but now I actually know something about it, put a face to the name as it were. (Starting with the fact it’s “leed” not “lied” (an untruth) apparently. The more you know and all that…!)
The Author is not the best storyteller out there, but I don’t dislike it. But its more of a Shounen type then a Seinen type, so try not take it too seriously.
Check his the newest work Gokukoku no Brynhildr
Commenting early on in the video here, so forgive me if this has already been spoken about:
I remember seeing an episode of this late night at a convention years ago; it was a scene where this character first breaks out of her confinement.
As I recall, not only did she rip apart the soldiers firing at her, she also ripped apart and USED AS A SHIELD the body of a poor secretary, who was just running for her life!!! 0_0
I couldn’t stomach any more to finish watching it, but I’m sure that they hadn’t established the secretary was mean to her in any way, so that was just a senseless death.
This is one of those titles I sort of remember hearing and seeing around a lot in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when I was still more or less trying to figure out just how into this anime thing I really was. For as frequently as I remember it being brought up, this is actually the most in depth thing I can recall having taken the time to sit through fully. My intent, until now, is that maybe one day, I’d perhaps make time to watch an episode or two. Now that I’ve seen this review, though, I think I’ll pass. It seems a little heavy on the violence for my tastes.
Congrats on the 150 episodes, good sir Bennet, and thank you for all your hard work. Here’s to at least as many more. There’s so much more out there that folks like us need to learn about
This review reminds me of why I avoided anime back in the early 2000’s. Truly a dark time for the medium.
I mean, I *get it* if this is someone’s thing that’s totally cool, but christ – just looking at the uninspired character designs and harsh digital paint style that permeated anime in those days I remember why I avoided it so hard.
Thankfully things have gotten better. I know you don’t watch current anime, Sage, but there are so many good titles that have come out in the last five years I can’t even keep track (and this is coming from an incredibly picky oldtaku who still pines for the days of Suncoast and Media Play where each VHS cost $27.95 and only came in one format)!
so…that was not following by plan. but good special effect than 😛 next time saw breaking point better 😛
…Damn. That’s brutal, and a major sit of an anime.
Never watching that one, just like Violence Jack.
Also, anime like Vision of Escaflowne are the other side of the “great music elevates an anime” crowd. VoE is an enjoyable series in its own right, and Fox did ONE thing right in their entire butchered run:
They had Dance Of Curse blasted over each major fight scene in an episode.
In the Japanese version of VoE, Dance of Curse was played twice, at the most dramatic moments of the series, and there was a separate song during the other battles, if there was music.
God Woolie’s cameo was amazing
what was said before the line of “you made me lose my bad” and “I liked your game reviews better”
Yeah. Honestly I don’t think I could sit through this one. It’s weird, the horror and violence in Berserk don’t bother me but just watching this review made me feel uncomfortable.
For some reason, all I wanted to do after watching Elfen Lied was listen “Nine destinies and downfall”
Elfen Lied drew me in and never let go. Well, except for the OVA. That was a thin soup of nothing.
Congratulations on your 150th episode. I found this show recently, and marathoned through all the episodes over a week.
I’ll be following Anime Abandon from here on.
I’m firmly in the hater camp with Elfen Lied. Actually, the fact that they took one of the few beautiful German expressions and gave it to this steaming pile of shite is offensive to me.
With that said, I don’t think the child murder is bad, especially in anime. No one is actually getting hurt, and the truth is that some children are very adept at murdering their peers, be it intentionally or otherwise. It’s a reality, especially in places where they coop already unstable, scarred children up, and then poorly supervise them (i.e. orphanages). So I’m not opposed to shows making use of this element.
Also, I can’t understand why people get so hung up on “motivations for murder”. I mean the Japanese authors of anime and manga, among many others, that feel like the audience positively needs murders to be justified (to some extent). In the real world, there’s people pointlessly, and even mindlessly killing other humans and animals, often driven by simple “fun” or “exasperation”. How many times has a crackhead not only mugged someone, who hands everything over, but then also stabbed or shot them?