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Nyu Motivational by TheRisenChaos Nyu Motivational by TheRisenChaos
Motivational poster for Nyu, better half of the protagonist of "Elfen Lied", Kaede/Lucy. I put this up to defend this character some.

I can understand why Lucy is a divisive character, and I can't pretend that the hate she gets is unearned, even if the wrong things get thought and said in order to bash her. But what bothers me is when the character gets referred to as "Lucy/Nyu" by the haters. Uh, wouldn't "Lucy/KAEDE" be more accurate? Because Nyu is an entirely different personality, thus the equivalent of an entirely new living, breathing, thinking entity, born inside Lucy's mind and inhabiting Lucy's body as a result of her getting a shot to the cranium during her escape from the institute that had been holding her and experimenting with her. From Nyu's perspective, she literally never did any of the things that Lucy did, especially her crimes from the past like slaughtering Kouta's parents and little sister, because that was when Lucy/Kaede was a child LONG before the Nyu persona came into existence. In the manga Nyu eventually starts retaining memories of Lucy after Kaede's mind switches back to Nyu, and from there she grew as a person who, in addition to getting smarter and more articulate, took responsibility for the crimes her other self had committed but still kept her innocence and goodness and love for the humans who'd been taking care of her.  Even at the end, Kouta admits while that he resents Lucy and could never forgive her actions, he'll always love Nyu, making the distinction that he views Nyu as a different person than the homicidal maniac who she shares a body with. To say nothing of Nyu and Nana's relationship - despite Nyu sharing the form of Lucy, the two of them got along great! :D

Basically, Kaede is Lucy and is a f**ked up individual who did unforgivable things, but Nyu, while born from the depths of Kaede's psyche, is not Lucy, and is a kind and innocent individual who did nothing wrong. Cut Nyu some slack when you're hating on Lucy, 'K? :)
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:iconidris2000:
idris2000 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
Nyu is definitively a victim unlike Kaede/Lucy...
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
She's the only persona who had no choice and no true culpability in anything the other ones did.
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idris2000 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
I always felt like Kaede had little character development compared to Nyu.

In a similar case, many people think that XANA-William is way better than William, yet XANA-William stayed the same and had no character development compared to William.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
Probably cause we barely ever saw the real Kaede. We usually saw Kaede only when she was acting under the influence of the DNA voice, so most of her true self was seen only in childhood backstory.
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idris2000 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
True.
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 11, 2017
Yeah, Nyu is a completelly separate person, she and Kaede/Lucy in manga got even reincarnated as two separate people, if sisters, so it shows much of a different person she is from Lucy.
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Exactly. Nyu doesn't deserve to get lumped in with the crazy murderer 'cause she's never intentionally harmed anyone.
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A-chan-The-Great Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor sweet Nyu... :D She's just so innocent, cute and freaking sweet... I just love her so much, how can you not? And she's SO forgiving too, she immediately forgave Nana for attacking her (even though she kinda had a right for attacking since all she saw was Lucy) but still, she forgave her AND Kouta in the first episode for yelling at her :3 
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
That's so true! :) Lucy's an awesome character but her Nyu persona is a far better person than she is and actually underwent some great growth in the manga. You just have to love how sweet and kind she is! :D
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A-chan-The-Great Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know! :D Yeah I do love how Nyu is such a good, sweet person, it was SO cool how much she grew in the manga, she started talking! :D :3 
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
Oh, absolutely! :) Lucy likely might have never found any redemption were it not for Nyu, and Lucy indirectly helped her growth as well! :D
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A-chan-The-Great Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup that's very true I SO agree! :D That's how I feel about Lucy/Nyu :nod: :3 
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
They complete each other! XD
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A-chan-The-Great Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They really do I agree! :nod: :3 
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Of course! :)
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RIK-E01 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Nyu's as innocent and gentle as a lamb. :)
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
That's why you gotta like her! :D
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RIK-E01 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Oh yes I do! :D
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Best Diclonius girl! XD
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TheDeviousDude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Bless Nyu.
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:icontherisenchaos:
TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
She's so adorable and innocent. :D
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TheDeviousDude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
She's my favorite Lucy incarnation. ^_^
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
She's the only one who is wholly a good person, so yeah. ;p
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TheDeviousDude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Plus, she and Nana's interactions are just adorable. 
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
A friendship between Nana and ANY version of Kaede seems wrong in theory, but you're right, they're so cute together! :XD:
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TheDeviousDude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Nana/Nyu/Mariko BROT3, make it a thing!
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
I love imagining that! And a less evil Kaede persona there too if this is an AU!
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Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey she is my waifu
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
She's not mine. xD But I do like her.
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Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True cause she is Mine :lol:
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
You can have her. ;p
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Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anytime, Amy day :) ;)
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Any day, you mean. xD
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:iconkiro-kurusu:
Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes and i Note you something
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:icontherisenchaos:
TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Yeah, I saw.
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Toon-Girl-Abby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
People hating on Nyuu? Really?!
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Yeah, really. The character gets referred to as Lucy/Nyu when getting hated on, even though Nyu's not guilty of anything except being innocently stupid in how she gropes and harasses people at times.
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Toon-Girl-Abby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Yeah.
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:icontherisenchaos:
TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
:nod:
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Toon-Girl-Abby Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
:D (Big Grin) 
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TheRisenChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
^__^
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