In 2029, a large scale ground sinkage occurred in the Mediterranean Sea. Chemical elements such as oxygen, carbon, gold, molybdenum, and cobalt disappeared from the earth's crust suddenly. The human population was decreased by 90% in sixty years. Researchers found out that the disappeared elements were drained into a planet "Nega Earth", located in another dimension. To save the Earth, a special team called the "Element Hunters" is organized. All of the members are under 13 years old, because young and flexible brains are needed to access "Nega Earth".
I think two years ago i attempted first episode of this anime and dropped it. Again on 6th of November 2015, i watched it till 8th episode thinking it as boring. But i watched it this time with my mom, sister and her 9 year old son and it did excited us till the last episode. Literally i hated Chemistry especially periodic table and electron configuration while i was studying 10th class. But after watching this anime i remember that silver is Ag. What i mean to say is that anyone can fall in love with chemistry, especially the topic i discussed above.
Story: It is
complete fiction story of creative imagination of what will happen to Earth and its residents if the elements of the Earth evaporate resulting in wholes in the surface of Earth, which is termed in this anime 'Element dematerialization". International Government forms a colony in the outer space near earth's axis, where it trains special children who can enter the Nega Earth where the dematerialized elements of earth escape to. These children are called ELEMENT HUNTERS. In the earth every child goes through screening test for eligible candidates and once selected will be sent to the colony. So the colony children are the heroes for the people of Earth. But none knows that their actual saviors are amidst them namely -Ren, Chiara and Homi. These three children accidentally enter a building which is invisible to others of the Earth. After passing the test given by an android named juno, these become "UNOFFICIAL ELEMENT HUNTERS." Our heroes constantly go to Nega Earth and defeat QEX and obtain the relevant posi-Element.
I would not reveal much but the three children's personality and the BRAIN develop during their adventures.
Characters : Juno's character makes us sad at the end. Ally's character might have been shown more actively. Tom is a genius who invents gears for their transportation in Nega Earth. But his words had lot of meaning, which is not vivdly shown as his laughter wipes away the impact of his words. Tom seems to be sadistic who enjoys in twisting others relationships but he is essential Genius besides Dr. Aimee Carr, the scientist who is responsible for all this.
I might have given 10 but the romantic relationships were too confusing in this anime. There were some scenes where our heroes and space heroes go for Alien rings, but later on alien's issue was completely nullified at the end.
My family and i had enjoyed it very much. It starts with collecting material, but there are puzzles, adventures and in essence teaches THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SPOKEN WORDS in terms of how a bitterly spoken word can change the world.
Ok, as others have mentioned, this series has a bad rap. However, the concept is amazing! I really enjoyed this series, since I am a scientist... I loved the idea of nega-Earth and element dematerialization. The story wasn't too complex, but it had a sense of learning, which is important in its own right. The animation was alright but I really liked the music. I thought it was catchy. The characters were straightforward and sweet. There were some "twists" that arose, which made the plot more interesting. Overall, don't knock it till you try it!!
I'm one of those people who doesn't judge a show by a slow start. This is because it is not unusual for shows that start slow to become better and more interesting as the story becomes deeper, the characters grow on you and become interesting, and specific features of the show, like action or drama, become more intense.
Unfortunately, Element Hunters is not this kind of show. It starts off slow and stays slow. The entire time I watched the show I never felt much in terms of interest. The main reason I kept watching it was because of my
earlier statement about slow starting shows and I don't like quitting things I started.
Something that always bugged me about this show is that it feels like it was made for a younger audience, but the conversations can become so complicated and detailed that it would remind me a little bit of the overcomplicated conversations in shows like Ghost in the Shell. I suppose this is due to the fact that the show revolves around a complicated science, but it just doesn't feel like it mixes well with the show in general.
Now even though it sounds like I hate this show, the thing is that I don't hate it, but I don't like it either. It falls into that weird middle ground where you can't figure out how you feel about it.
Story - 5
The story is unique, Elements being sent to another world and kids trying to retrieve them is something I have never heard of in a show before. As mentioned earlier though, the story telling felt slow to me though. A lot of episodes deal with characters mostly talking, which I don't mind, but only if the conversations are interesting. The show tends to revolve around characters speaking long winded conversations about the pseudo science dealing with the elemental dematerialization, or talking about how to combine elements in a fashion that feels like you are supposed to be watching the show in a science class.
Art - 6
Art was pretty good, the characters looked pretty normal, the environments were OK, and the design for some of the creatures stood out to me as cool.
Sound - 4
This gets a 4 because a lot of the character's voices would often get on my nerve.
Character - 5
Characters are fleshed out throughout the series, but I found myself not caring when they did. These episodes didn't feel that deep, so that even though I came to understand the characters better, I didn't feel like it actually mattered really.
Enjoyment - 4
Just didn't get much enjoyment from this show. Too many annoyances kept getting in the way.
Overall - 5
Despite all my gripes about the show. I still found myself interested when a new episode came out. To me this means that I liked the show to a degree, but just not enough for me to give it praise.
I took Element Hunters as a kid's show, and with that in mind I thoroughly enjoyed the show. It is a cut above kid's shows today and I even learned some things, with amusing characters and compelling friendships along the way. You would enjoy this show if you want one that is mostly light, but with an important goal in the end - the first episodes are quite light-hearted and stand alone, while later the show culminates without getting too heavy. Anyway, I thought Element Hunters was adorable and I would definitely want kids to watch it.