Judge Mitchell Hattaway thought there would be singing Keebler guys here, but he got scary monsters instead.
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The first four episodes of Elfen Lied were a grab bag of violence, gore, nudity, dark comedy, and more violence. The three episodes on this disc feature more of the same, but also toss in some mystery, a boatload of character development, and even a little romance. If you enjoyed the first batch, you will probably be even more impressed with these.
Here is a brief recap of the essentials from the first volume: College students Kohta and Yuka live in what was once a restaurant owned by Yuka's mother. They take in a teenage runaway named Mayu. They also give shelter to Lucy/Nyu, who is a Diclonius, one of a race of horned mutants who posses lethal phantom arms known as vectors. Lucy is the murderous half of this particular Diclonius's personality; Nyu, so named because "nyu" was the only word she initially could say, is the innocent, childlike half. Lucy escaped from a secret island lab by slaughtering more than a dozen guards. Once she reached the mainland, the Nyu half of her personality kicked in. (Confused yet?)
Now that we have that out of the way, here is a rundown of the episodes included on Volume 2:
• Episode 5: "Receipt"
• Episode 6: "Innermost Feelings"
• Episode 7: "Confrontation"
The first four episodes of Elfen Lied were gleefully nasty and incredibly stylish, and I enjoyed them as such. I wasn't expecting the show to deepen the way it does in the three installments on this disc, so I was surprised when I suddenly found myself just as engaged (if not more engaged) by the story. Sure, the rampant decapitations and bloody fights are still fun, but there's now a genuinely engaging emotional undercurrent to the proceedings. This is shaping up to be a great series.
ADV supplies another beautiful, flawless transfer. Both audio options are excellent, although the voice acting in the English dub is grating. Extras include clean opening and closing sequences, a couple of art galleries, as well as the ever-present previews for other ADV releases.
I used to like Elfen Lied, but now I love it. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the next volume.
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