Coud Van Giruet is a sky pirate of the wind, a rather inept
member of the Red Lynx gang, who hopes to one day to become
the boss. On a raid against another ship Coud rescues Reverie
Metherlence (Ren) who turns out to be one of the Shichiko-hoju,
an Edel Raid, who, in conjunction with a human being can become
the ultimate fighting machine...
Volume Two of Elemental Gelade contains episodes
six to nine of this twenty-six episode show. Like many other
shows the major premise is the exploration of a set of characters
on a quest, especially between Coud and Ren, though it is
early days to decide whether their ongoing sexual tension
will be sustained across the twenty-six episode before it
becomes tired and staid. In these early episodes the show
still holds promise.
Episode six: Eyeing the Pleasure. Coud is not having
a good time; Ren is literally on his back as Cisqua trains
him hard. Coud is still learning to use the powers which melding
with Ren gives him. Well,
to be honest, nothing really much happens in this episode
as the characters are still getting to know each other. If
Coud is trying to get Ren back to where the Edil Raids are
born, he's taking his sweet time about it.
Episode seven, Determination, and the quest continues.
Coud and Ren witness the destruction of a Sky Pirate ship.
Initially this seems like manna from heaven, as Coud is able
to cannibalise the ship for transport. However, the Edel Raid,
which had caused the destruction is, on their trail with a
mission to kill Coud and Ren, leading to the inevitable confrontation
with the Chaos Choir. Finally
the show gets off the ground, literally, with an episode that
advances the overall plot.
Episode eight: The Edel Hunter. Having survived the
attack by the assassins, Coud and his friends continue their
journey. Having been forced to land their plane to refuel,
the gang discovers another Edel Raid trying to escape from
the mysterious Edel Hunters. Ren and Coud decide to help her
return to her village, whilst Rowen takes on the Edel Hunter.
Episode nine, The Secret of Razfe Ankle, and the gang
has come across a certain practical problem of going on a
quest, money. Cisqua volunteers Ren and Coud to enter Razfe
Ankle to get jobs, the others are then attacked to stop them
entering. This means the town has a secret, a secret that
Rowen and Kuea mean to discover.
is English or Japanese stereo with subtitles. Both the Japanese
and English dub do a good job with this fast paced, frantic
show. The extras consist of a textless opening sequence and
a nice interview with three of the Japanese voice actors.
The show is presented in a very clean 4:3 aspect ratio.
Although I had my doubts about the animation on the first
disc, I do find myself warming to it. Generally,
the show is starting to pick up, let's hope it just keeps