Violent and grotesque romance action series, Elfen Lied, is releasing a Blu-ray set on December 19th this year – and the cover artwork of the collection has now become available, proving a rather complex illustration.
Reminiscent to the many intricacies of the series’ opening sequence, an unmissable, and rather peculiar, facet of this art piece is that it has an extensive series of spiraling pattern in the background. Now as unusual as such may be in itself, the entirety of it also consists of a metallic orange glow, amongst some other rusty tones – all of which are rather unconventional in practice, especially with anime artwork.
The abstraction background leaves the image feeling as if taking place in its own condensed realm – having the eloquence of a museum, and the oddity of a surreal painting.
Notice how the winding patterns escape onto our heroine in center – this intends to represent that she is part of the abnormality, and the shift in hue from orange to red exhibits the transitions and aftereffects of her encounters. One could speculate that the usage of red is intended to mean blood, and the orange rusted tones mean to show how life decays with the presence of our heroine – although a detail that can be said with certainty is that neither orange nor red represent life or happiness.
Whilst the heroine may be free of ensemble as seen here, it is not a tact of lustful implication – she’s enveloped by the background, and the present depth doesn’t flesh out her physique in an overly emphasized manner. In fact, the value wrapping her form only goes to show her entrapment as it seems darkness is encroaching upon her from the right. Not to mention, the entire illustration has an odd texture laid atop it – a coarse, albeit seemingly viscous material, spanning across the canvas in a fashion which contributes to the profoundness of our heroine.
A final aspect worthy to recognize, the asymmetry of balance is astounding – perfect symmetry may be present in the center arrangement of our heroine, however a variety of miniature additions make the illustration sway into informality. Her hair of a striking crimson weaves around freely – and more interestingly, do take notice of the gradual stream downward from the eye. The accent on a single eye is something often seen – although rarely executed to a level of such marvel, in part as the eye seen here is truly endowed with definition, and a deep sanguine tone.
Of course, the overall complicated nature of the image is in part what contributes to its message and meaning – our heroine, unsurprisingly, has quite an involved life.