ēlDLIVE (Winter 2017) – There’s a Voice in My Head

“ēlDLIVE” is one of those shows I dropped a lot for no apparent reason for years. This is coming from the same author, Akira Amano, of “Reborn!”, one of my favorite anime when I was a teenager. However, seeing how “ēlDLIVE” turns into something enjoyable is making me astonishing. Going into this show, and besides I didn’t know that this came from the same author as my teen anime, isn’t the way you would live. You just didn’t expect too much with this show in terms of quality and others. It’s just another average show that people never talk about it after this.

This is a simple show or more like a shounen enjoyable yet simple dull series with no complicated things to talk about. Everything about this anime is just so straight and one-dimensional from the protagonist, main heroine, predictable story, cheesy plot, yet I can’t say it’s a bad show as well. Despite many issues, the continuity and twist were there, besides it’s stupid and corny, and it usually has something to do you wouldn’t talk but just keep the flow to yourself. It gives you something that most average anime generally don’t have. It didn’t feel rushed regardless of the tropes and inconsistent characterization.

The story is just simple, but for people who are new to what anime is, even though maybe it isn’t, it’s unique. So, the coward protagonist, Chuuta (Ayumu Murase), had an unknown creature from the very beginning of his realization even though he never knew where it came from. The voice comes from a small chibi cute creature who will help our hero through the story. Then, he realized that he was truly special after knowing he was entangled in a conflict between two organizations. And that it’s, that’s the main plot. Although there are quite things to talk about, like where these creatures came from or why their sentence sentences when they respect their superiors seems funny to me, you have to watch it if you want to know how interesting this anime is.

There are so many characters that put directly into the story besides this is just about the protagonist, Chuuta. The show focuses closely on Chuta’s development from a coward who always runs to… a coward who always runs but gets stronger slowly. Most of the time too, he has a crush with his classmates at the same time a member of the organization he works for. The story focuses on Chuuta being a better person. The chemistry, and quite a romance too, grew up between our main protagonist and heroine, Misuzu (Saori Hayami).

Not many characters didn’t develop fully. Most of the characters are only characters without personality. Even all the villains are horrible. The side characters were just the side characters, nothing else. But, I quite love the Stanley Kubrick character reference in this anime, Dr. Love (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka). With a rather huge cast, the show leaves a decent development and loses its potential suddenly. Especially 12 episodes feel long but at the same time feels fast too, I don’t want to be honest but I enjoy this show so much.

The art is nothing special but the color palette is just so vibrant yet not memorable. It’s quite appealing enough to make you watch this without thinking too hard the simple story and simple art style. The design characters are also nothing interesting especially the protagonist. The soundtrack isn’t too memorable as well. It’s a typical shounen score that you would seem familiar with. There is the action theme, slow emotional cliche piece, but it fits well in all those aspects.

It’s kind of hard, to be honest with my mixed feelings. It’s the same as the average film I watch. I find it hard being honest and being a liar at the same time. But, I don’t know if this is my honest opinion or not. I don’t know anything. I can’t be honest if I enjoy this show. But, at the same time, I can’t lie if this show is bad in terms of stories, characters, etc. “ēlDLIVE” comes with something, simply, you would turn off; this light-hearted straightforward uncomplicated shounen is enjoyable regardless of bad aspects.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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