A story of self-discovery.
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12 Apr 2017 - 4:18 PM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2017 - 4:28 PM

I had high hopes for Studio Pierrot’s adaptation of Akira Amano’s eIDLIVE.

The show follows high schooler Chuuta Kokonose, who after discovering that a voice inside his head is actually an alien life-form living inside him, joins the Space Police defending Earth’s solar system from extraterrestrial threats. What follows is a story of self-discovery as Chuuta learns to overcome his fears and prove his worth to his partner and classmate, Misuzu Sonokata, who doubts his loyalty to the department.

eIDLIVE struggles to deliver memorable character development. It’s cast is too big to develop in a a 12 episode series, and relies on one-dimensional shounen cliches. Chuuta’s issues of self-doubt and lack of self-confidence mirror the protagonist of Amano’s other series, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Tsuna; which works well in a series with over 200 episodes, but here, feels forcefully developed.

The fight scenes aren’t overly polished and battles lack the engaging strategy and tension found in Reborn!.  eIDLIVE is the first series in a while that I’ve struggled to watch all the way through. There are better shows from last season, like the charming Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, World War One seinen, Saga of Tanya the Evil and slowburn drama, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

If you’re keen though, you can watch the show on Crunchyroll.

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