Monday, March 24, 2008

Elfen Lied, the best anime I have seen in years

There was a time when I was a hardcore fan of anime (otaku if you will), but then there was somehow some decadence in the quality of the shows on 2003 so I stopped watching for a while. Recently I have been trying to catch up with what I have missed since 2004 and that's when I came up with what is possibly the best anime I have ever seen... Elfen Leid!

The show has a perfect mix between really funny stuff and an extremely sad and tragic main plot. You just can't stop feeling sympathy for the main character, Lucy/Nyu, although she is a massive sanguinary killer. The soundtrack is amazing, is like right from the opening it's art, not just another forgetable tv show. They don't follow old tired formulas, they kill even people you thought where going to be important for the plot. The animation needless to say is outstanding, you will feel guilty of enjoying so much the massacres, but it's like watching Giger's art, it can be brutal at some points but it's still beautiful somehow.

The only flaw of the show is that it's too short, only 13 episodes long. I heard the manga is way longer and has an alternative set of events. I hope I can get to check it out soon.