elDLIVE The Complete Series – Review

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.Middle school student Chuta Kokonose has been hearing a voice in his head ever since he can remember. When a strange person recruits him to the space police force, he learns that the source of the voice is a Monitalien, a symbiotic creature living inside his body! Now, Chuta must prove his mettle to the entire department by protecting the universe from otherworldly criminals.

Review

elDLIVE follows the unbelievable events that befall an otherwise un-notworthy middle schooler. Chuta Kokonose always heard a voice in his head all his life and was made fun of for talking to himself. What he later finds out is that it was a symbiotic alien creature living inside him. He is picked to be a member of elDLIVE, an organization of intergalactic space police. There he finds out the girl in his class that he has always liked is also a member of the space police. Chuta agrees to become a member and prove that he is more and isn’t just a burden to others.

The animation style and feel of the show is very early 90s. It also reminds me a lot of men in black. The series itself is fun and interesting but the main characters lack any real distinguishing attributes or personalities. Each are your stereotypical leads. They either totally lack confidence in themselves or are complete jerks (while actually caring deep down).

There are many points in the show where the Monitalien’s reminder of Chuta’s confidence level going up and down just got overused. The rest of the world building was otherwise well done. I really wanted to see more involving Chuta’s childhood friend who turned out to be alive. Chuta’s believe that they all died when he was younger in the accident was the trigger for many of his insecurities. The show never revisited it after the initial reunion. The show had a lot of potential to expand itself outside of 1 season but the soggy writing in the middle lost a lot of its charm.

The dub itself was well done, Morgan Berry always has a way with the young male leads that she ends up voicing. Her unique tones gave Chuta some redeeming qualities when he wasn’t being a self-deprecating whinny teen. Still if you like the men in black style space comedy story plot, its a fun enough series to tune into. The nostalgia for 90s cartoons is enough to make me recommend it to others who want to relive that feeling from their childhood.

You can pickup elDLIVE over at Amazon or Funimation.com. The complete series comes on DVD and Blu-ray.

Robert Prentice