|The Heart and the Uterus|
|Release date:||March 19th, 2004|
|Last Chapter:||Backup Measure|
|Anime adaptation:||Quagmire ~ Taumeln|
The Heart and the Uterus is the sixty-eighth chapter of the Elfen Lied manga series.
In shock and horror, Kurama, Shirakawa and Nana stare at the explosion of the fake weather satellite. The plan of Chief Kakuzawa to spread the Diclonius virus worldwide was enacted before their eyes, seemingly the successful culmination of his megalomaniacal desire to become like a god to the new Diclonius race.
Kurama realizes that humanity may well be doomed, so he takes what joy he can in his reunion with the still infantile Mariko, capable mostly of saying 'papa' and 'Myu'. He also prepares to finally kill Lucy while she is still helpless in the form of Nyu, so that the other major pillar of Kakuzawa's scheme, to have her serve as his mate, will be removed and she can pay for her crimes. Fighting loose from the soldiers holding her down, Nyu frantically grabs Nana and urges they go back for dinner at the Maple House.
Kurama shoots at her heart and seemingly kills her in front of a shocked Nana, but even as the bullet touches her heart and she falls back from the impact, Lucy awakens and stops it, springing forward and recognizing him. Remembering a bloody scene from their unknown shared past and declaring that she owes him, Lucy prepares to kill him. Nana intervenes and is taunted for her past losses by her, saying she has only her head left to lose. In the midst of her vengeful gloating, she fails to notice that Mariko seems to be waking up as well.