*ACHTUNG! SPOILERS FOLLOW!*
Since this sub-forum is in dire need of new topics...and I have nothing better to do, I shall recount my first encounter with the manga that we know as Elfen Lied.
I first discovered EL whilst searching for YouTube videos of the Gantz anime (which is excellent, go watch). The first impression I got was actually one of a shonen supernatural action horror anime with a dash of romance. The animation style did not appear to be suitable for the ultraviolence which EL is now known for.
Then I went on Wikipedia, and was deceived. Somehow I got the impression that the manga wasn't all that gory (I'd just finished a bout of Omanga scanlations and was in the mood for something less bloody >_>) Boy, was I mistaken.
The first chapter of the manga wasn't exactly too bad. Typical seinen supernatural subject matter. Then Kisaragi (the secretary) appears, and because of the background information given on her I naturally assumed she was one of the major supporting characters (remember, I haven't exactly read the Wikipedia article in-depth). But alas...
five panels later her head gets ripped off.
I'm only on chapter 10, but already this manga is beginning to...piss me off, for lack of a better term. It plagiarizes other manga (Chobits, Monster, etc.), and the level of violence depicted (i.e. the number of victims) is somewhat overboard. Unlike Battle Royale, where the kids actually have a reason to kill each other, in EL the deaths come one after another, and the reader is hardly given enough time to adjust before another "NPC" is dead from having his or her head removed from the body.
I actually received quite a number of recommendations regarding this manga (both from this forum and others I frequent), but it's been quite a let-down. I think I'll go back to waiting for Gantz now...
although in the meantime I'll probably continue reading since nothing is being released ATM.