Being Different – Elfin Lied
I just finished watching Elfin Lied for the first time. I had been avoiding it for a while, then I forgot the reason why I had an aversion for it and finally watched it. I’m still not sure why I hadn’t watched it. I didn’t read any reviews right before I watched it and I’m not going to read any reviews until after I’ve completed this post. Seeing as I just posted about fanservice, Elfin Lied had it, in almost every episode. However, it wasn’t the annoying kind and there were only two scenes that I could say it was seriously annoying. That is not what I want to talk about; been there, bought the t-shirt.
I want to discuss differences. For me, Elfin Lied was about how we handle differences in others and how we handle differences in ourselves. It seems lately we have been hearing a lot about bullying in the media. Bullying that can lead to the bullied child committing suicide or the bullied child committing a single or mass murder. These children are usually bullied because they are different in some way. I’m aware that adults get bullied as well but for the purpose of this post, I’m going to focus on children. But what is so wrong with being different? Why do some feel the need to antagonize others based off a difference? Can you really blame a child for snapping and losing control under all that pressure? Building up a hatred for others and themselves. That is a painful life and is absolutely not enjoyable.
Forgiveness was also an underlying theme in Elfin Lied. Forgiving those who have hurt you and there was some serious damage caused to people in the show. I couldn’t say that I would be able to forgive someone for something so egregious that happened to the main character (Kohta) of the show. But there are those who are able to forgive, to understand the pain that was behind the act. To still love someone when they did what I would consider one of the worst things that could happen to a person is amazing. The ability to see past someone’s hatred to the loneliness and sadness inside is a gift. Now that I think about it, Mirai Nikki might be exploring this but that’s another post for another day.
As fans of anime, we’re not exactly the norm. I have friends that tease me regarding my fandom and one friend even referred to my blog as “kinda creepy”. But what does he know? He doesn’t watch anime and hentai doesn’t count. I know there are people who are in the proverbial closet with their anime fandom. Thankfully, I have not read or heard any stories regarding people bullying those who are fans of anime. I will say one thing, from watching anime, Japanese bullies can be pretty harsh. There was a scene in Elfin Lied that was absolutely horrifying and if you have watched this series, the scene I’m referring to probably popped right in your head. It was probably the most disturbing scene of this show.
Have you ever been bullied? If so, how did you handle it? Do you know someone who has been bullied? Do you know any other anime series that deal with being different?