The anime series premiered in 2004. Is season 2 still happening?
This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of April 29, 2021.
'Elfen Lied' is one of the edgiest and most violent anime series ever made, but it has left a great legacy and even inspired recent hit shows.
The series follows Lucy, one of the newly mutated species called Diclonius, who has escaped the facility built for experimentation.
While wreaking havoc outside, Lucy got injured. As a result, she developed a child-like persona.
'Elfen Lied' is based on a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto.
The series ended in a cliffhanger. However, more than a decade and a half have already passed, and we still don't have season 2 news. So what are the odds of seeing 'Elfen Lied' Season 2?
Here's what we know.
16 years have passed, but Arms Corporation still has not renewed the anime series for season 2. The anime isn't officially canceled either, so we are now left hanging for such a long time.
Arms Corporation did a splendid job in producing the anime. It's a shame that they did not come up with a follow-up season immediately.
One of the possible reasons why the anime is not renewed is that the studio behind the anime filed for bankruptcy back on July 22, 2020. The studio closed the following month, on August 4, 2020. Arms Corporation was initially known as Dandelion. They later changed its name to Triple X. However, they are no longer operating following the bankruptcy.
The only hope for 'Elfen Lied' to return is to get picked up by another studio.
Another possible reason why the anime isn't renewed is the lack of source material. The manga, which the show is based on, finished serialization in August 2005. We know that anime series are often created to drive more sales to the manga. With no more manga to sell, the interest for an anime could simply die.
The anime series met mixed reception from the anime viewers. It underwent several controversies because of its plot and for containing disturbing scenes that are not for the faint-hearted.
However, there were positive reviews from critics too. Anime News Network praised 'Elfen Lied' for its story and technical distinction in production quality, animation, and color.
'Elfen Lied' became an inspiration for Netflix's hit series, 'Stranger Things.
."More recently, I had seen an anime called Elfen Lied that is clearly inspired by Akira. And that was really influential. When I watched it, I thought it felt like an ultraviolent E.T. There were a lot of things in there that I really liked and that made their way into the show, particularly related to the character of Eleven," creator Matt Duffer revealed in an interview.
It's sad to think that 'Elfen Lied' might no longer return, but the legacy that the anime series has left behind is worth celebrating.