Elfen Lied Vol. #2 (of 4) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, April 14, 2006
Release Date: Monday, April 17, 2006
What They Say
At the core of a conspiracy for a new world order lives a mutant girl who's made an army's worth of enemies. Protected only by a couple of college kids, Kohta and Yuka, the horn-headed Nyu is pursued by those who would destroy her and those who would use her to destroy humanity.
But, as her caregivers catch glimpses of Nyu's past as the vicious Lucy, will they continue to risk their lives to protect hers? Is Lucy's blood trail of carnage somehow connected to Kohta's past? It won't take much to upset this fragile peace.
In this volume we only get three volumes of nekkid girls and buckets of blood.
I listened in Japanese and English 5.1 and both are good to go. Not a whole lot of directional sound though, so it's mostly front only sound, still, at least it's (crystal clear 448Kbps) with decent bass. As ever, I switched sound tracks between episodes, with just a tiny sound problem 5 minutes into episode 6.
The opening theme song Lilium is sung in either a haunting Soprano or Gregorian Chant style. The closing song is called Be Your Girl and is a modern up-tempo piece, which at first seems in congress with the series, but does make sense if you think about it.
We get the 16:9 aspect with nice colours " one scene in the hospital looked terrible in yellow though " for the most part. Character lines and details were clean and well drawn, but I did see a couple of blurs during some action scene transitions, nothing intrusion though and no other visual problems were seen.
We have a clear box, with reversible covers. On the front cover we see a timid Nyu crouching by a gun and pool of blood On the back we have a graphic of, well, I don't exactly know, plus the usual DVD information. The reverse cover side we have a happy Nana plus an interview with composer Takawo Yoshioka, which is worth a quick read.
The disc itself is red, very red, with more red and a white hand print.
A really creepy main menu- I loved it! Spooky music, blood splatters and a cute Nana smiling at you (awww). All links worked and no dead ends were found.
In Extras we get; clean Op & Ed; 4 mins of character art, which is nice if you like looking at lolli; 3 minutes of Production art; ADV (USA originals?) previews of Cromartie High, FUMOFFU and Madlax, all presented in a really DEEP VOICE.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain some spoilers)
Episode 5 finds Kohta and Yuka discussing whether or not they should go, find, and take in homeless Mayu: Mayu has run away as feels uncomfortable "freeloading". Then we get a little back-story as to why Mayu ran from her real home and her sad life on the street, icky and sad to say the least....... and if this doesn't get you misty eyed, you must be 'ard, well 'ard.
And so the extended family of Kohta, Yuka, Nyu-Lucy and Mayu settle down to a life of school and chores. Of course this doesn't last very long, and at school Nyu-Lucy is recognised by her Uncle Kokuzawa (a University Professor). And so Kohta and Yuka say goodbye to Nyu-Lucy as they leave her with Uncle to be looked after. Of course what they don't know is that Uncle is as nutty as a fruit cake, and plans on making a new species of Homo Sapien (with Nyu-Lucy's unwilling help)- I feel a bucket of blood coming on >.<
In the next episode Kohta decides to go back and check on Nyu, as he needs to be sure that she is OK with Uncle Kokuzawa. He runs into a lab assistant and discovers that Uncle Kokuzawa doesn't have a brother, just a father who runs the high security facility somewhere. Kohta also discovers Kokuzawa minus his head (ho-hum), but blanks the experience from his mind.
Meanwhile a bad (and slightly mad) Bandoh breaks out of hospital and goes on the lamb, as he has a score to settle with Nyu-Lucy, not to mention he didn't fancy discovering a new talent for singing Castrato. And as he strolls along the beach he meets and roughs up little Mayu, thinking that she might know where Nyu-Lucy is.
Yuka and Kohta go out searching for Nyu-Lucy. Along the way they have a little hanky-panty fracas while it rains, but they do eventually find a fully cognisant Lucy, although she doesn't stay lucid for very long, and slips back into Nyu just as she's about to reveal a dark secret from the past.
The episode ends with Nana being sent away in order to save her from the Director's death sentence..... where will she go, what will she do? The poor thing. Then she runs into Bandoh!
In episode 7 Bandoh gives poor Nana a good roughing over, as he wants to find and kill Nyu-Lucy ASAP. Eventually they both discover that Lucy is their mutual enemy and agree to battle her together.
Nana wanders around town in all her naivety, but she runs into Mayu and they become good friends. So Mayu invites Nana back to Kohta's place, where she encounters Nyu-Lucy and immediately goes on the attack.
This volume plumbs new depths in icky~ness by adding a touch of sexual abuse to the story, although they do ease up on the blood, with just the one bucket thrown against the wall. And why do all the bad things keep happening to poor Nana!
Japanese Language DD 5.1,English Language DD 5.1,English Subtitles,Character & Production art gallery
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 19" SM930BF LCD, ATI X700 & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & HS400 headphones and a duck.
Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: A-
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 15 & Up
Region: 2 - Europe
Released By: ADV Films UK
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Elfen Lied