Well, that’s what I get for observing that the last volume of Elfen Lied was a bit tame to previous entries in the series. Much as I expected, Lynn Okamoto decided to up the disturbing factor of the series, and while it still isn’t as psychologically scarring as the volume where we discovered Lucy/Nyu’s backstory with Kohta, we’re getting an idea for just how sadistic and sociopathic the evil government agency in this series is (are they with the government though? I can’t really tell. I just know they are bat shit insane and genocidal). Also, while the series did an excellent job of making you fear the diclonii at the beginning of the story, we’re really starting to learn just what it is that is maybe pushing them to being such omnicidal maniacs in the first place and that their destructive/murderous tendencies are perhaps the fault of humanity. We’ve reached the halfway point of this story, and while it’s certainly within the realm of possibility that I’ll wind up giving up on Bleach at some point in the future (though I’m still enjoying it so it won’t happen soon), I can’t see myself turning stopping Elfen Lied until I draw this epic tale to a close.

If there’s one thing that this series is starting to do that I find irritating is make us think that Lucy’s powers are going to suddenly awaken (and have her go on a massive killing spree) only for it to be a false alarm. this volume doesn’t quite do that (like say last time) because Lucy manages to wake up, finds herself being taken care of by Kohta and Yuka, and forces her Nyu personality back. It’s almost like she’s combining Nyu and Lucy though because suddenly Nyu is miraculously capable of many more words than she was before. She’s becoming more intelligent (which means when she’s hurt, she’s liable to do all sorts of damage if she ever realizes the full extent of her powers). Nana feels guilty for attacking Nyu because while Nyu might share the same body as Lucy, they’re obviously different people. Nana is easily the most empathetic person in the Diclonius race (until she ends up getting pissed off later). She apologizes to Kohta and Nyu and is welcomed back into the Kaede residence. That house is quickly becoming full. This peaceful turn of events quickly takes a turn for a worse though when Director Kakuzawa reveals that he knew that Karuma would let Nana escape and he sics Karuma’s biological daughter Mariko (who’s an incredibly powerful Diclonius) on both Lucy and Nana. Mariko is so powerful that they’ve installed explosives throughout her body as an insurance policy should she get out of control. Since they blow up one of her arms the second she’s let loose and tries to kill everyone around her (even though this girl is like five), the explosives aren’t a blufff. She runs into Nana on the beach and while she starts to kick Nana’s ass at first, when she insults Karuma, Nana’s inner Lucy-style pure evil side awakes and she turns the tide against Mariko. She’s about to kill Mariko when Karuma arrives and we learn just how he came to be infected with the Vector Virus and the origins of the agency’s program to study the Diclonius.

Those scenes where they were performing the experiments on the diclonius children (who all began to be born at around the same time. Sounds like someone was intentionally trying to impregnate women or this was caused by Lucy suddenly infecting a large number of people at once without realizing the consequences) were very, very difficult to read. Watching the scientists shoot the children in the face with lead balls at increasing velocities to test the strength of their vectors was just cruel in the sort of way that you’d expect the Nazis to behave. Although it’s interesting to learn that even though Karuma felt terrible about what was happening (which is why he eventually befriended Nana because one of the diclonius that had to be put down bore a great resemblance to her), he didn’t actively do anything to stop it. While he’s meant to be a sympathetic villain, he’s still quite a bit of a bastard. And he only appears somewhat likeable in comparison to the real psychos that are Bando (who’s softened some as well) and Director Kakuzawa (who wants to destroy humanity). It also seems that Director Kakuzawa believes that over the course of one year, he could completely destroy humanity and prop himself up as a God to the new Diclonius. I’m really interested to see just how he thinks he can accomplish that.

I could probably write more (I think I use some variation of this phrase in 80% of my posts on here) but I still have to write my “Song of the Day” post and Glee is coming on at 8. This week’s episode is a Whitney Houston tribute which means it will either be brilliant or completely terrible. I really hope it’s the former because ever since it came back from it’s winter hiatus, the show’s been sort of struggling to find traction. Still, I may have a friend coming over to watch the episode with me and it’s always easier to enjoy Glee when you have company to laugh at all of the absurdity of the show. The cast members can’t seem to stop tweeting about which is also either a good or a bad sign. The sugary-sweetness of Glee will definitely make for a strange contrast with the bloody, over-the-top violence of Elfen Lied.

Final Score: B+