Watched 2008 roughly
One of the earliest anime i ever watched, I remember watching this with enjoyment but there ware some pretty heavy issues in it. Notably slavery and the rights of those who can turn into weapons. Yes, that it right. In this world there are living weapons who appear human but can transform into swords of great destruction. hey are called the Eden Raid. The only real sign they are different to normal humans is a jewel located somewhere on there bodies.
Enter our main boy, Coud Van Giruet. Coud is a pirate. He’s not the brightest one of the bunch but like most heroes, he has a good heart. During a raid he accidentally awakens, Reverie Metherlence also known as Ren. A quiet girl who is seemingly anti social. In truth it is because she hates humans. Due to her being a powerful weapon, they always just use her. Coud on the other hand treats her like a normal girl and even fights to protect her when her pursuers appear. Impressed/touched by this, Edel transforms for him and helps him. This leads to the two of them going on a adventure to try to change the world. The Arc Line want to purchase Ren due to her being of a strong bloodline, but Coud refuses. Wanting to protect Ren. Coud is very loyal and the two work well together. You will find yourself rooting for their fragile romance to bloom.
One of the best characters however is Cisqua. A kick ass short girl who has a ridiculous arsenal of weapons hidden in her clothes and hat. She’s brave and slightly unpredictable, unlike most of the characters who are very much what you get. While she works for Arc Aile, she doesn’t use a Eden Raid because she thinks its wrong to force someone to fight for you. Though it is debatable if how she let her candidate down was hurtful or not.
The art in this is pretty standard. Its well designed and has some good effects in it. Though they do re-use the transformation scenes. The main down side for most people seems to be the ending is very clique. However this was in my early days so to me it was a good ending. Really what the matter with a happy ending every now and again?
All in all, Elemental Gelade is your standard teenage boy saves the world story and gets the girl. Its full of action. Its full of emotions and has some pretty serious issues about how people treat other people. Just because the Eden Raid can turn into weapsons, does that give people the right to treat them like tools? Either way this anime is gold to me and I fully recommend people give it a try. In some ways it has a lot more charm to it then a lot of more recent animes in my opinion.