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Anna （アンナ/ あんな/ An'na/ Anna) is the seventy-second chapter of the Elfen Lied manga series, and the first chapter of Volume Eight. (Note : This chapter marks off the first serious divergence of the anime and manga plots )
Inside the underground grotto of the Diclonius Research Institute, in a rambling discourse, Chief Kakuzawa contemplates the world, citing the Judaeo-Christian creation story and his family's suffering over the centuries, driven into hiding for their horns, saying they must become gods in order to displace non-Horned Humans. He asks for and is granted the understanding of a monstrous figure in the water he calls Anna, who addresses him as Father.
In a dream, Nana sees Kurama walk off with Mariko, telling her goodbye while Nana begs him not to leave. Waking with a start inside her room at Maple House, she is asked about the nightmares she seems to be having by a concerned Mayu, and told that breakfast is ready, prepared that morning by Nyu. Cold and tired as she leaves her bed, she is warmed by the table blanket, taking note of the snow outside, still a new thing to her. It is in fact so cold, Wanta is inside with the rest of them, held by Mayu inside a blanket.
Nana's narrative begins to relate that it has been six months since the death of Mariko, and she has not seen or heard from her 'Papa' Kurama in all that time. She takes note of each resident, all of whom she now gets along with. Kouta she now knows, has amnesia about his childhood, and also that Yuka loves him very deeply, but that she is put off by his lack of childhood memories concerning her, which in turn makes the still-picky Kouta seem indecisive at times, while still doing his best to try and protect the house and its residents. Mayu is still sometimes sad, and is very poor at dealing with guys. Nozomi, now a regular and almost a resident, studies like mad for her exams, is paler for lack of sleep, and no longer bothers to hide her use of diapers. It is Nyu who has changed most of all, becoming mature and coherent, able to go out since the loss of her horns, and has not reverted to being Lucy even once.
Yuka realizes that the coming spring will mark one year since Nyu arrived, as she, Kouta and Mayu recount her past escapades which she cannot remember, embarrassing her and causing her to say 'Nyu' without realizing it. Nozomi, still self-conscious about her bladder problem resists cheering by the others reminding her of her high standing in mock university entrance exams. As Nyu finds a baby bird outside and begs Kouta to let her help it, Nana wonders how she would react to knowledge of the murderous Lucy and the possibly thousands of people she has killed. Nana also laments that this incredible happiness cannot last, realizing that those who want Lucy for their plans will come for her, and that she must kill Nyu if Lucy ever comes back. As Kouta and Lucy prepare to leave for school, another change is revealed when Nana is placed in charge of the house while they are gone.
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