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Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート Erufen Rīto) is an anime based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was directed by Mamoru Kanbe, animated by Arms and produced by Genco and VAP. The series originally aired in Japan between July 25, 2004 and October 17, 2004 on AT-X. The anime began airing before the manga was complete; as a result, the plot differed between the two, especially the ending.

Synopsis

Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
ElfenLLucy.png
ElfenLNyu.png
Lucy/Nyu/Kaede Sanae Kobayashi Kira Vincent-Davis
ElfenLKouta.png Kōta Chihiro Suzuki Adam Conlon
ElfenLKouta kid.png Hitomi Nabatame
(child)
Christine Auten
ElfenLYuka.png Yuka Mamiko Noto Nancy Novotny
ElfenLMayu.png Mayu Emiko Hagiwara Cynthia Martinez
ElfenLNana.png Nana Yuki Matsuoka Sasha Paysinger
ElfenLMariko.png Mariko Tomoko Kawakami Luci Christian
ElfenLKurama.png Kurama Osamu Hosoi Jay Hickman
ElfenLShirakawa.png Shirakawa Hitomi Nabatame Shelley Calene-Black
ElfenLBandou.png Bandō Jōji Nakata Jason Douglas
ElfenLKakuzawa.png Director Kakuzawa Kinryū Arimoto Andy McAvin
ElfenLYu.png Professor Yu Kakuzawa Hiroaki Hirata John Swasey
ElfenLArakawa.png Arakawa Eriko Ishihara Jessica Boone
ElfenLKanae.png Kanae Maria Yamamoto Monica Rial
ElfenLResearcher.png Isobe Naoki Kinoshita Rick Piersall
ElfenLLogo.png Narrator Osamu Hosoi Marty Fleck

Episodic Characters

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episode
ElfenLKisaragi.png Kisaragi Maria Yamamoto Tiffany Grant 1, 10
Guard Yūki Tai Xero Reynolds 1
Sniper Hajime Iijima Christopher Ayres 1
ElfenLSato.png Satō Ken Takeuchi Xero Reynolds 2
Bakery Woman Fumiko Osaka Kelly Manison 4-5
Crepe Seller Hajime Iijima Ty Mahany 7
ElfenLTomo.png Tomō Reiko Takagi Chris Patton 8
ElfenLOrphan.png Girl Noriko Shitaya Allison Sumrall 8
ElfenLHiromi.png Hiromi Kurama Akemi Kanda Luci Christian 10
ElfenLOmori.png Ōmori Kazuma Horie David Matranga 10
ElfenLNo3.png Number 3 Mikako Takahashi Allison Sumrall 10
ElfenLSaito.png Saitō Maria Yamamoto 11
ElfenLKotapapa.png Kōta's Father Daisuke Ono John Swasey 12

Additional Voices

Elfen Lied (OVA)

A year after the anime broadcast, a special episode with a story that chronologically takes place between episode 10 and 11 was created separately and released on April 21, 2005 in Japan. For that reason, fans call it 'Episode 10.5'.

Synopsis

Nana struggles to fit into her new home and get along with Nyu. After an argument, she decides that it is best to deliver Nyu to Bando to eliminate her. However, when both are trapped in the rain; Nyu trips, hits her head, and becomes unconscious. During that time, she remembers the day she was captured by the laboratory and how in the process she accidentally murdered a friend of hers.


Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
ElfenLLucy.png
ElfenLNyu.png
Lucy/Nyu/Kaede Sanae Kobayashi Carli Mosier
ElfenLKouta.png Kōta Chihiro Suzuki Blake Shepard
ElfenLYuka.png Yuka Mamiko Noto Nancy Novotny
ElfenLMayu.png Mayu Emiko Hagiwara Cynthia Martinez
ElfenLNana.png Nana Yuki Matsuoka Sasha Paysinger
ElfenLKurama.png Kurama Osamu Hosoi Jay Hickman
ElfenLBandou.png Bandō Jōji Nakata David Wald
ElfenLYu.png Profesor Yu Kakuzawa Hiroaki Hirata John Swasey
ElfenLAiko.png Aiko Takada Maria Yamamoto Allison Sumrall

Notes

  • The OVA was never originally dubbed alongside the series, never being released on ADV's original releases. It was finally dubbed by Sentai Filmworks for their Blu-Ray release. Due to the 8 year gap, some voice actors did not reprise their roles; most notably Nyu/Lucy and Kōta.
    • Blake Shepard replaced Adam Conlon as Kōta, due to Conlon's retirement.
    • Carli Mosier and David Wald replaced Kira Vincent-Davis and Jason Douglas as Nyu/Lucy and Bandō respectively. While the two voice actors are still active, they were unable to reprise the role for whatever reason; both likely being busy voice acting in Dallas.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Content Region Country
ADV Films 2005 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
4 Volumes
2006 The Complete Series
4 Discs
2009 The Complete Series
3 Discs
Sentai Filmworks* 2011 The Complete Series
3 Discs
2013 The Complete Series / OVA
3 Discs
BD The Complete Series / OVA A
DVB-T
2 Discs
2019 The Complete Series / OVA Steelbook

OST CD, Booklet and Manga Short

3 Discs
2021 The Complete Series / OVA
2 Discs

*Under the ADV Films label

External Links

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