Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember, he's had a voice in his head, but other than that he's a normal boy—right until the day when a strange-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It's a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he's been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force. Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta's school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke's subordinates, doesn't think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take the aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong.
It’s a shame talking about a show like this. Something with so much potential, with A-class seiyuu working behind it being so. Boring. This simply is one of the most disinteresting shows of the season based on its dull storyline; which follows a kid who joins a space agency police thing. That to me sounded different, but still had the same premise as Space Patrol Luluco therefore I had high hopes for it. The boundaries were limitless, they could put whatever type of space alien they want in it and any wacky premise could be covered with the ‘It’s Sci-Fi’ label. But they through this
free reign away and opt for just a typical show.
For some reason they decide to still include aspects of school, perhaps they feel they have to keep it relevant for their audience. A romance between a one dimensional main character and a girl who has a black hole of emotion with an eternal resting bitch face. It’s even on the cover! They get up to wacky shenanigans every episode boiling down to ‘Alien shows up, they beat it’. And nothing other than is expanded upon making you probably most happy when the end credits appear on the screen.
The art style is odd to me. It looks bad yet good at the exact same time. Any of the action scenes can be noted for how dull all of their powers and weaponry act and look yet the character designs and backgrounds are pretty decent. Well expect for the annoying thing coming out of his chest which is included… for some reason.
This is a show I had actually some hope for which were burnt to a crisp as soon as I finished the first episode with it now having a fitting score. Studio Pierrot are perfectly continuing their trend of producing half-assed shit, other than Naruto related shows. Judging by the quality of everything in this, it just feels like they are choosing the wrong manga to adapt which is causing this slump of their company which I hope they will eventually get out of.
Seeing how its rating isn't exactly high, I thought I needed to justify just how good (or bad) this series actually is.
As most of you reading this might already know, this series was written by the very same author who brought us Katekyo Hitman Reborn. However, going into this series thinking and expecting it to match the quality of Reborn isn't the way to go.
elDLIVE is really just a simple, shounen series with not much complications regarding the plot or characters. Almost everything about it is as straightforward as it can get or, as some people would call it, predictable. But this doesn't
necessarily mean it's not worth a watch, though. Despite the simple plot line, the episodes have a good flow to them and usually have a sense of continuity between them. This gives you the feeling on wanting/needing to watch on to find out what happens next, which I thought they pulled off decently well. Overall the series didn't feel that rushed, although I thought the ending did fall victim to that a bit. That said, the series ended on a decent note and was quite open, although I highly doubt a second season would come but it definitely has made room for a possibility.
The art isn't exactly extravagant, but it's appealing enough to make watching it comfortable. Simple art for a simple story. Because this series featured aliens and similar life-forms, character designs were rather interesting for this one. When I first saw him I seriously thought Chips looked an awful lot like Manaphy (Yes, the Pokemon). There's also a cat girl, a talking muscular crescent moon... It was just fascinating to see really weird characters all around. And also, not to mention the main girls (Misuzu, Veronica, Nina) actually looked pretty cute too.
If anything, the soundtrack of this series has to be one of its highlights for me. The OST composer is none other than Yasuharu Takanashi, who is the same guy who brought to you the soundtracks of Fairy Tail and Naruto Shippuden. So yes, great and familiar shounen music to accompany this series really worked well for me. Battle themes during the action, and slow emotional pieces during supposedly sad moments; it all fit well. They also had, in my opinion, one of the best EDs of the season. Not just in terms of music, but the animation during the ED was simply beautiful. Even if you don't plan to watch this series, I'd recommend you to just watch that ED.
If you had watched the PV, you'd have known that our protagonist Chuta had a terrible incident happen to him when he was young, and had been traumatized by it ever since. And then you'd think, a coward like him... becomes a space police officer?! Indeed, most of the series focuses on the growth of Chuta as a person. How he attempts to overcome his past fears, how he convinces himself that he is not actually a useless dimwit who always runs away in the face of adversity... through these 12 episodes you will see him change his perceptions. There are hardly any characters in this show who are worthy of being disliked (even the villains, because they hardly did anything horrible). Even though the focus is mainly on Chuta, Dolugh and Misuzu, over this series we are also wll introduced to the side characters like Veronica, Nina and Dr. Love. I particularly like Dr. Love's character, but that's just how I feel of course. Maybe you'll think differently of him... Seriously, though, which a rather huge cast it was always going to be hard to give every single character decent development, and I thought what they pulled off in 12 episodes was adequate for one to enjoy the show.
I actually really enjoyed this show over the course of the last 12 weeks. This was something I looked forward to at the start of every week. Right from the start, this series was never meant to be a super serious one. There was never going to be brutalities or cruelties. It's simply a light-hearted shounen series. If what you're looking for is a simple series which doesn't have a complicated plot, features decent action sequences and has a great soundtrack, then elDLIVE could be one for you.
Well, leave it to them Japs to come up with something like this that either underrated or overrated , and don't expect anything just right here , now I don't know about you guys out there, who the fuck is Akira Amano?, Oh yoyosa, he is just the one who did the cheesy "Katekyo Hitman Reborn!" were to me is a nonosa, so how do I find it? Here's how:
Storywise, it could have had a cool story, but, the plot itself was pretty much a knockoff of the ff: Men in Black, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, 12 monkeys and Star Freak. but instead of
grown men who does everything, they still have to let kids do a man's job, even so, it was still "Decent" (4) enough, to such extend.
Art, the only reason I'm giving this category a "Good" 7 was for Veronica's panty shot, geez, I really hate the fact that they only limit it to her.
Sound, well we can safely say that Studio Pierrot , completely fucked up the right voices for the characters, like Chuuta, whose VA Murase, Ayumu sounds like a pussy. Sonakata whose VA Hayami, Saori, doesn't fit a typical tsundere, there is also Dlough whose VA, Kugimiya, Rie was just too retard, Frankly , even if chuuta should sould like a pussy , the character still deserve to have a boyish tone, also Sonakata, should have been voiced by someone like Itou Kanade. My score for this category: Pathetic 1.
Characters: This is were everything is underrated, we have a pussy Chuuta who has a Montialien name Dlough that looks like a dick, we have his classmate Sonakata, who's is just damn annoying,Veronica, Nina and Dr Love being introduce apparently late for the series and a bunch of aliens that adds to this anime's underratedness. So it was just too Pathetic .
Enjoyment: Fair 6, cu'z though it may be a chore watching this seeing some of Veronica's fanservice has broken the mediocre.
Overall: It was decent enough, but then again , watching it was more of a chore.
This is my first review ever so I'm just going to go with what the numbers say.
Also, I am a huge Katekyo Hitman Reborn fan so this will be little you know...
Story = 8 - Very Good
I watched a few shounen anime so this feels like the other shounen animes except that it has a Space Theme so that gives it something. Also, since this is just Season 1 and they didn't follow the manga on the last two episodes (They followed the manga from EP 1- 10), I'd say the characters are well introduced. As for further/deeper character backgrounds, I'm afraid I have
to say this but read the manga if you wish. As for the story, they didn't reveal much but the whole "We are space police, we protect the galaxy" thing sooo... go read the manga if you wish, the plot thickens!
Also even though they didn't follow through at the last two EPs, it's still well executed but it felt like the other shounen anime endings so there's that.
Art = 8 - Very Good
As long as the art is pleasing to me it automatically gets a "Very Good" response to me. Though they have different art styles in the manga and in the anime, it still strikes a "Very Good" to me
Sound = 8 - Very Good
I love both the OP and ED chosen for this anime, it's so fitting. As for the sound themes for every situation, fits fine for me. As for the voice acting, I'm not one to judge who gets to voice who but to me they sounded like what I imagined them to sound like when I was reading the manga (except for Dolugh, I imagined him sounding like a werewolf for some reason).
Character = 7 - Good
Like I said, nothing much going on in the characters yet except for getting introduced. At least they showed Chuuta's little character improvement as the episodes pass. As for in the manga, character developments are great if you ask me. I like how they all improved there.
Enjoyment = 9 - Great
One of your favorite manga gets an anime adaptation? Very Good!
They followed the manga? Great!
Woops, they didn't follow through in the end... Stay at "Great!"
Seriously I think IMO, they should have followed through! The ending-cut in the last EP if executed well, will show the viewers that the plot thickens and they will want Season 2! Oh well!
Also just in case, they have reached ALMOST the current chapter in the manga except for the last few chapters which where the plot thickens and will be (hopefully) Season 2. So if there's gonna be Season 2, it will take a while.
Overall = 8 - Very Good
They should have followed through!!!
Anyways, it's just Season 1. Like most animes, Season 1 is like the introduction of everything and the following seasons, if executed well, are the great ones!