Erementar Gerad (TV)

Title:Erementar Gerad (TV)
Elemental Gelade
エレメンタルジェレイド
Overall:Buy
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Notables: Music - KAJIURA Yuki
R1 License - Pioneer (Defunct)
A young boastful pirate named Cloud manages to open a large treasure chest just acquired on their last raid, and awakens a beautiful young girl. It is only later when treasure hunters and ninja raiders attack the pirate airship does he learn that her name is Edell Raid, one of the seven Shickikou Houju treasures, and that she is not human. In a desperate struggle, he is brave enough to fight a loosing battle to protect her from the raiders. Despite her strong dislike of humans, she is moved by his feelings and declares her acceptance of him. In taking his hand, she speaks of wanting to understand love, and transforms into a bizarre sword weapon attached to his arm. And so the story of adventure for Edell Raid and Cloud begins.


[TV series, 2005, 26 episodes, 24 min]

Manga Author/Creator: Mayumi Azuma
Animation Production: Xebec
First aired on Japanese TV in 04/2005
Licensed by Geneon Entertainment as of 04/2005

1:30min Series Opening - YouTube Video
1:29min English Language Promo - ANN (high res) Streaming Vid
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Buy 9 9 9 9 9 Kei [series:1008#2234]
*WARNING>SOME SPOILERS!!!

Having only seen the first three episodes of this series, I can pretty much see that there are certain influences from outside sources. The premise of "sky pirates" reminded me alot of Final Fantasy IX, except Coud is way cooler than the lead from FFIX (gomen, the name escapes me for the moment). There is a great balance of action, comedy, drama and romance, as well as mystery behind the organisations trying to obtain the "Seventh Scintillating Treasure Tree" Reverie Metherlence, the beautiful Edel Raid and last of her bloodline.

Coud comes off easily as a regular guy, cocky, brash, foolhardy, yet he still has good qualities that make it easier to believe his connection with the other characters, especially the romance he has with Ren.

As for the 3 members of Arc Aile, it's easy to see they'll be quite the supporting cast, as they provide the help and comic relief to make this series more well-rounded.

All-in-all, this is fast becoming one of my favorite action/romance/comedy shows, and hopefully I can add more to this review when I finish the rest of the episodes.

^^ ~Kei~ ^^

EDIT

Phew! Finished watching the entire fansubbed series in a day. I kinda wished that only one group did the fansubbing though, as the translations barely match each other (Edel Raid, Eden Reid, Edil Rade), and it would be nicer if they reached a consensus on the proper spelling. (Even Coud's name is spelled differently, and the last episode had so many spelling errors in the subs). This anime is a definite "Buy", as it has all the elements that make the story interesting, and complete. The character development is such that one can easily identify with the emotions of the the characters at any given level, although I wish they threw in a bit more detail on the relationship between Rowen and Kuea.

I found the romance that bloomed between Coud and Ren very nicely done, as it did not simply go into "Oh, Coud saved my life, I love him!" or any other typical reaction. Instead, as the series progressed and they got to know more about each other, they find themselves admiring and falling in love with each other. (I loved the touching scene in the final episode, when Coud's love broke through to Ren, and then the scene where they both recite the Lost Psalm (it was spelled "Last Slam" in the fansub, grrrr...).

I also loved the way the series ended, and left room for a possible sequel. Too, I liked the little funny bit about "Do you think we can breathe?" spoken by Ren as they sailed off into the moonlit starry sky.

Last updated Tuesday, April 18 2006. Created Saturday, April 15 2006.
Rent Jan-Chan [series:1008#967]
I saw this too long ago, but I still kinda remember it.

It is fun if you like kid-adventurer stories in which the main character finds himself looking after a cute magic-girl who has strange powers. And of course there has to be a quest in which she has to go somewhere, and he joins along to keep her safe.

This series reminds me soooooo much of Eden's Bowy, that I had to laugh.

Last updated Monday, September 22 2008. Created Thursday, April 14 2005.

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Official Erementar Gerad Website http://www.mag-garden.co.jp/erementar-gerad/
The official website with story synopsis, character details, gallery, and a kickass background music. In Japanese, so you better brush up on your Kanji...

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