Episode Title: Chuuta, the Voice, and the Qualifying Exam
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.
ēlDLIVE was on my list as an alternative to watch for the Winter 2017 season. Since a number of the series that we were planning to watch are not being ran simulcast, we ended up picking this up. I was admittedly hesitant about ēlDLIVE , something about weird creatures in space didn’t seem appealing to me. Pretty strange since I’m a huge fan of Guardians of the Galaxy.
While I’m not 100% sold on this series yet, I found myself laughing out loud (literally) several times while watching the premier episode. Since I was really tired while watching this, my humor might have been misplaced. Either way, I had expected ēlDLIVE to be more serious, but I appreciate the direction the writers have chosen to take. Visually, the series is appealing, nothing spectacular, but decent. Oh and fun fact, the main character Chuuta is voiced by Ayumu Murase, who is also the seiyuu for Masaru from Hand Shakers (currently airing)
Plenty of humor
Engaging, distinct plot
Amount of humor may not appeal to everyone
Plot has potential to become boring (if more exciting arcs are not introduced)
With a bunch of our original show selections out of the picture, this was the first of our alternate swaps. The premise sounded a bit wacky, as if it was trying too hard to have a ‘cool’ plot, and didn’t seem like it had anything solid to grasp onto. I’m normally a fan of science fiction, but with so many disparate elements pushed in I wasn’t sure where this was going to go. I was in a bad mood going into it given that our winter lineup of available shows was getting gutted. I think I would have normally started ēlDLIVE with a better attitude otherwise, but by the end of the episode this show did mollify me.
Chuuta is a pretty interesting character, set apart from the rest of his peers not because of anything perceptibly special about him, but because of the voice in his head – something he assumed everyone had until social alienation proved otherwise. Of course there is something special, but we don’t get into it until nearly the end of the episode. The actual mechanics of how everything works in this show is extremely sparsely explained thus far. Sticklers for logic, like myself, latch onto these things but they didn’t stop me from being able to enjoy this episode. Chuuta is charming with his unfamiliarity in how everything works, and his reactions are played for laughs at every turn. By the way, are they trying to say “eld-live” or “el-drive”?
I thought the animation style was very simple, but it didn’t bother me after a short while and I grew to like it. They have a tendency to use a recurring plaid pattern for scene transitions and cast inner monologue with pop-art coloring which is an interesting effect I’ll have to look at more closely regarding the color choices. It’s a neat visual style that I think gives this show a unique touch. Seeing Rie Kugimiya and Saori Hayami on the cast almost guarantees that I won’t have any complaints with voice acting so this backup selection may be a winner yet.
Entertaining main character
Consistent but not over the top humor
Interesting visual style
Large cast of odd characters means some will be ignored
General lack of explanation about anything
This post is part of our seasonal episodic review series. To view all the posts in this series, click the following link: Viewing Party