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Title:
  Elfen Lied vol 4

UK distributor: ADV Films

BBFC Certificate: 15

Suggested Retail Price (SRP):
19.99

Episodes: 11 - 13 (of 13)

Audio Options: English 5.1; Japanese 2.0

Subtitles: English

Reviewer:  Tom (Webmaster)

 

The final volume of my favourite series so far this year, the previous volumes of Elfen Lied have improved with each instalment so this ultimate volume has a lot to live up to.  If you are reading this then you will know by now that the main strengths of Elfen Lied is drama and shocking violence.  The comedy that featured nearer the beginning of the series is now gone and only the drama remains, which made the previous volume the strongest yet. 

Volume 4 continues on from the previous volume and we are introduced to the most deadly of the genetic creatures (Diclonius) yet.  The creature #35 is unveiled after spending all her life in containment.  She turns out to be the youngest of the Diclonius, the most powerful and the most bloodthirsty.  #35 is made to track down Lucy in order to destroy her.  The stage is set for an epic final battle on a bridge (where else?) between the pair.  When the pair do meet, Kohta will finally realise the truth behind Lucy. 



The terrifying #35
 

Although the conclusion of Elfen Lied is made obvious half-way through the series, that does not take any impact away from it when Kohta eventually discovers the truth about Lucy.  The grief of both characters is strong and is more moving then expected.  Also the story of #35's father being one of the scientists which helped contain her certainly add even more emotion to the ending, particularly the atonement of the father.  There are some unanswered questions as well, although not enough to warrant a second or OAV series.  These questions will no doubt have you going back to watch the whole series over again to see if you missed anything. 
 


How will Kohta cope with Lucy's revelation?

Volume 4 of Elfen Lied offers a satisfying conclusion to what has been an excellent series.  Despite being shockingly violent and very controversial in places, it has remained gripping throughout and the quality of the story and characters has meant that it is more then just a shock-jock series.  If you can stomach the violence then you will be awarded and volume 4 is the biggest award of all.  Dramatic, violent, moving and exciting - the essence of Elfen Lied
 

  Extras

The original Japanese DVD cover is included on the reverse of the standard English cover, much happier in tone then it's Western counterpart.  Credit-free versions of the haunting opening and closing sequences are included, as well as two excellent galleries of the production and character artwork.  Production notes and a selection of ADV trailers are included as well. 

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