ANIME & MANGA - Review
16:22 - 20th March 2013, by David West

Elemental Gelade Complete Collection

Cou is a young Sky Pirate whose life is turned upside-down when he meets the demure Ren. She is an Edel Raid, capable of transforming into a powerful weapon, and she dreams of finding the fabled Edel Garden. Along with their friends Cisqua, Rowen and Kuea, Ren and Cou set out to find this legendary Garden.

Ren is the epitome of the quiet, submissive doll-like girls prevalent within the Magical Girlfriend genre. She may be able to become a living weapon, but she can't do so without 'Reacting' with a man. The character exists as a vehicle for men to impose their desires upon - truly, a feminist's nightmare.

The show gets off to a shouty start and emotions are always expressed in the simplest, loudest terms possible. The comedy is subtle as a sledgehammer to the forehead, but the series is clearly intended for pre-teen and early teen viewers who should enjoy the boisterous, energetic style. The animation budget is modest, with the React sequence replayed many times like He-man's 'By The Power Of Greyskull!' routine.

A stronger, less passive heroine would be truly magical, but Elemental Gelade provides plenty of noisy action.
SCORE: 3/5
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