This short piece details a brief study on the emotional makeup of the anime Elfen Lied’s first episode. To aid this endeavor I will be employing some lite statistical techniques and scientific methodology.
Please note that this is very much a subjective piece, being simply a personal study for the purposes of furthering my own understanding of how this experience was crafted.
Shave et al described the following list of Primary and Secondary Emotions in 1987:
I grouped the Primary Emotions, and their respective Secondary Emotions into High and Low categories. Where High connotes happy like feelings and Low connotes sad like feelings as follows:
High = Love, Joy and Surprise.
Low = Anger, Sadness, Fear.
Known Problems with Methodology
There are a number of issues with my study that should be pointed out:
- Model Validity – There are many models of emotion and the one I have chosen may be incorrect.
- Model Completeness – It is likely that sections can be broken down even further, but I have chosen to record the main emotion of the section. In addition I have not gone down to the level of Tertiary Emotions which coarsens my analysis.
- Lack of Data Points – Since I am the only test subject this study the results are completely reflective of my own perceptions. This effect could be lessened with collecting data from more test subjects.
- Application of Model – One assumption I have used is that in a section only one emotion is occurring. It is likely though that emotions blend with much more complexity through sections.
With a method of ’emotion classification’, I classified [ithoughts_tooltip_glossary-tooltip tooltip-content=”<p>Sections are time periods defined by a perceived emotion.</p>”]sections[/ithoughts_tooltip_glossary-tooltip] of the first and last episode of Elfen Lied. Each section was assigned a Primary and Secondary Emotion.
The data collected was then analyzed by means of simple statistical breakdowns, as well as subjective commentary on notable employed techniques.
With the raw data I created a number of number of pie charts that detail different information. Information was broken down by [ithoughts_tooltip_glossary-tooltip tooltip-content=”<p>A scene is defined as a collection of locations often tied together by recurring characters.</p>”]Scene[/ithoughts_tooltip_glossary-tooltip] & Complete Episode in the following way:
- [ithoughts_tooltip_glossary-tooltip tooltip-content=”<p>A sum of the number of occurences of a category of emotion.</p>”]Totals[/ithoughts_tooltip_glossary-tooltip] & [ithoughts_tooltip_glossary-tooltip tooltip-content=”<p>A sum of the time spent during the episode on each category of emotion.</p>”]Screen Time[/ithoughts_tooltip_glossary-tooltip] .
- Primary Emotion.
- Secondary Emotion.
The following are posts of a more detailed look at each of the four scenes of Elfen Lied Episode 1. The final link is brief overview of the entire Episode.