elDLIVE Episodes 2 + 3

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Review Episode 2:

While there isn’t anything wrong with playing clichés for laughs, parodying earlier time periods, or even being derivative, if that is all you are offering and you aren’t particularly funny then your show is in trouble. Chuta may gain some confidence as a person this week but as a character he is pretty unimpressive. I’ll leave it to Misuzu to put him in his place though, either that or a soccer ball that remarkably didn’t hit him square in the face only because they wanted to go lower for their laughs.

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Then we have the monster of the week who kind of looks pretty much like a villain from the Powerpuff Girls or any of the shows around that time.

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Before Misuzu gets her very own magical girl transformation (alien girl transformation?).

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Needless to say I wasn’t too impressed with the happenings this week and while the show could have legitimately had every single cliché it rolled out and still been good, the visual issues, pacing and, fairly flat delivery made this amusing but only in the laugh because they are trying so hard kind of way.

Review Episode 3:

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I wonder if the writers realise that when someone says ‘cue the violins’ they are usually being sarcastic or metaphoric? Probably not given after Chuta messes up we are stuck watching him go through semi-depression while we get a strings piece in the background. Honestly, a lot of this episode was painful and I was kind of thinking I was done, and then the last 5 to 6 minutes of this episode happened kind of giving me some hope that this story might actually be ready to do something. I’ll probably be disappointed but I’m going to give it another episode.

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elDLIVE Episode 1

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Overview:

Chuta has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember and unfortunately he ends up arguing with it or misses things in the real world which means a lot of hie classmates look at him as though he’s a little weird. Then he gets transported to a space ship and is recruited into the space police force. Don’t ask me what’s with the capitalisation in the title. I have no idea.

Review:

My honest opinion is this episode was not particularly good. There’s a knowing we’re walking you through a clichéd plot line nudge, nudge, wink, wink mentality during the first half that is kind of tedious and not many of the jokes hit their marks.

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Chuta and his conversations with an unseen voice kind of rescue this and make it bearable but the first half of the episode is either dull or derivative depending on how negative you want to be about it (pretty though).

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The second half doesn’t really score any points for originality either but the pacing works better and more of the jokes seem to hit their marks. The fight sequence is kind of amusing to watch. It isn’t a spectacular battle by any means but then again Chuta isn’t exactly a sword welding warrior so the fighting actually seems to fit his character and the sequence is handled well. I really like the concept behind this show but the first episode is definitely a little rough. My hope is that now we’ve kind of established the story that things get a bit better in the second episode.

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