The story begins with a young girl named Lucy escaping under odd circumstances from an insular research facility off the coast of Kamakura in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. Lucy manages to nonchalantly dismember and slay a fair number of the staff and guards with a form of seemingly supernatural power and gets outside. A sniperis seen trying to shoot her, only managing to ricochet a bullet off her metal helmet. Lucy then falls off a cliff into the sea, bleeding from her head but ultimately surviving and evading the research staff.
Lucy is not a normal human but rather a diclonius: a mutant variant of humans with two small horns on their heads that resemble cat ears. The diclonius race possesses telekinetic powers through use of their "vectors", long arms that resonate at a speed that causes them to be undetectable by sight. The number and reach of the vectors depend on the diclonius.
The day after Lucy's escape, a boy named Kohta arrives at Kamakura to meet his cousin Yuka. Kohta has come to study at the local university and has been given lodging at an old, family-owned inn, the "Maple Inn", provided he acts as the caretaker. After meeting with Yuka, they go for a visit to the beach and find Lucy washed up on the shore, still naked and bleeding from her head. The head trauma Lucy experienced causes her to develop a split personality. In stark contrast to the cold and sadistic Lucy, this personality is completely docile, harmless and is incapable at first of saying anything other than "Nyū". Not knowing what to do with her, Kohta and Yuka take her back to the inn to look after her and name her "Nyū". Yuka quickly decides that it will be best that she also live at the inn.
My thoughts: Elfen Lied is only 13 episodes long...but each episode is one of the most amazing 25 minutes you will experience in an anime. This anime is so beautiful in every way..its a must see, I cant even explain in words how great it is really..its just something you have to watch for yourself..I've never felt so sorry for a character in my life until I watched this. Its really emotional at times and others its funny and action packed. One more thing i want to add, is the opening theme for Elfen Lied.. the art is amazing..its justa puremaster piece and the music that goes with it is one of the most beautiful melodies i have ever heard. go watch this now!!!!!