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.
Mahou Sensei Negima! (Magical Teacher Negima!)
Watched roughly 2009
In summary an almost ridiculous show with too many characters and far too much going on. We have cyborgs, witches and more. You name it, this show has it. The characters are half fleshed in and this show attempts to take on the highs and lows of an entire class, in 26 episodes. Giving everyone ‘unique’ powers that are often almost the definition of a ‘Mary Sue’ character.
We follow a 10 year boy, from Wales of all places, as he becomes teacher at an all girls boarding school. Negi Springfield. A mage, whose dream is to become a master mage and find his father. Class 2-A. A class of 31 girls. Honestly, this show would have been twice as good if they had cut the girls by half and actually thought about them a bit more. They are just walking tropes. Down the girl who will destroy the girl by her very existence.
The ending was sweet and the show does give some excellent laughs. As a comedy it succeeds. It’s just not an anime I would actually recommend because it lacks in pretty much everything else in my opinion. Also it is classed as romance. Lots of not right situations with the girls and their 10 year old teacher. Some are funny, others are just a little uncomfortable.
I give it a silver because it is worth a watch for the comedy.