Elfen Lied Tankōbon Volume Twelve is the twelfth and final collection, or Tankōbon, of the Elfen Lied manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto, published by Shueisha, and released in Japan on November 18th, 2005. The cover features a regretful Lucy standing next to an angry or resolute-looking Kouta. It's a fitting cover, as the contents of this volume pertain to the drama between these two characters that comes to a head as the story nears its end.
Volume Twelve contains the following nine chapters:
Postscript by Lynn Okamoto:
"Slightly more than three years have passed since the serialization started. I could finally finish Elfen Lied without mishap.
On looking back, this manga was a blessed one. Twelve Comic Tankobon Books were published and the anime version was also made.
Although the story of Elfen Lied came to an end with this volume, it would be my big pleasure if you could occasionally think back on this manga even some years later.
It is uncertain whether I could remain a [professional] manga writer in future as well, but in case I could write another manga, I earnestly wish that many people read that one as well.
I am very thankful that you have been with me until now. I dream of the day when we'll meet again."
- Lynn Okamoto, November 23rd, 2005 (the date of the first publication of Volume 12)