@Mecha I felt the extended part of the story was really pitiful. It was cool initially but as soon as they got deeper into the backstory and among the drama that I felt didn't work, the whole story just collapsed into bad scifi that's used as a skin for a love story that isn't all that effective for me. The original keeps enough allusions to points that it kind of smooths over a lot of the worst parts of it. I find it to be superior from that standpoint but at the same time I don't think it to be a 10/10 or 9/10 anime. At one point and time I did but as I've gotten more into anime, Elfen Lied just doesn't work as well for me.