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From Tokyopop: Coud is a young sky pirate who discovered a girl with mysterious powers on what had seemed like a routine mission. Ren has the ability to lend Coud bizarre fighting capabilities (his arm turns into a giant blade of some sort), being part of a race of beings called Edel Reid, but being the possessor of a stone called the Elemental Gelade, she has powers even beyond the norm.
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It was great, but it didn't end very well
I used to rant and rave about this series. The characters were unique, the story was simple but not boring, the art was pure eye candy yet it didn't sacrifice clarity just to boost the art. My problem was with the ending. It was so ambiguous that I kept this series on my reading list for over 6 months thinking it had been dropped by scanlators. When I found out it had ended I felt unsatisfied. Even though you could find out what happened from making assumptions and noting some small hints, I still think an extra chapter is in order to really clarify things and give a better sense of "tying off all the loose ends" In more official terms, this story had everything up and including the climax, but was completely lacking a conclusion. (No, i don't consider 2 pages at the end of an 18 volume series to be a sufficient conclusion). Then again, the very last panel suggests that the author is planning to create a new series from the ashes of this one. I hope he does and that he manages to truly finish the story as there are a lot of loose ends and untouched aspects of the plot.
I like the art in this manga. Haha chibi mode is funny. The plot is okay and the funny moments always come somehow hehe.
Great art, good plotline, although kind of resembles pokemon in the moral lesson of dont treat use things as if they werent real (i guess you gotta read it to understand what im saying)
18 freaking volumes and it ends like THAT?
Oh man I'm pissed! That's an incompleted story! What happened to Coud and Ren again? What was Keath true motive? Was their any twist that Sha's memory was of vague? Who the hell was that masked, cloths-covering dude? Why did Cisqua smiled when she saw some silly thing on some recording device? I've waited for volumes after volumes to get there and what did I get? The author decided to to a spin-off and stopped the whole freaking progression of the story!
Now I have to read that spin-off too to get a hold of my questions? Hell NO! Everything restarts again with the new love of the tragedy of human and eremetar gerad. And the scanlator stop scanlating for ages already --- _---- So hopeless
The right mix
Its a great manga i would give it a 7 maybe an 8 but it entirely depends on what you are looking for. The story line is indeed a clinch but its not that important the focus is the relationship between Ren and coud to see how it develops and the bad guys who seek to interrupt it. And ren is also freaking damm cute Could say love at first sight ^.^ but apart from that don't expect it to be a typical manga like bleach or naruto -.-. that's all.
Really I was into it for the adventures and action initially... maybe if I found this as a video game prior, I'd have been more into it than this.
I'd still recommend anyone to check it out for a read if interested.
So good I want it more
Because soooo much that haven't been discovered yet! Very good. The character development told well and the story goes in balance. Passion, romance, friendship, fun and sad moment... Maybe Coud's character like his stupido or strong will is not something new, but he's still interesting and loveable though. Hehehe I like it to the point I'm relieved that the story has spin off, and still ongoing And made by the same mangaka!
I notice there's so many romances story, but since the mangaka is female maybe that's normal.
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Eventhough the only sweet romance is between Coud and Ren, since the others ended as tragedy. Like Rowen and Viro, Grayarts and Cocovet, Sha and Keath... Awww
Btw, the artwork is very very very good. The name maybe a little hard to be remembered, but eventhough there are many characters, I never wrong to recognize any chara and could recall this one from what events, eventhough their appearance separated by some volumes. And the chibi version is deadly cute. Very. 12/10 for artwork.
Another incomplete generic shonen
Read similar stories so many times I couldn't care for it, I was actually interested since this was a complete story under 100 chapters but in truth it's not complete at all, it's axed or in need of a continuation, there is no closure at all to the story and the present ending is really bad. Other than that the chars and bad comedy are my main issues with this one, other than Cisqua all chars are boring and Cisqua is both interesting and annoying at the same time too. Had a few laughs at her outbursts in the beginning but soon became repetitive and expectable. Last, the setting is weak, there is little explanation on all factions, Ail Arc, Edel Raids, Organight (mainly this one and their "paradise"), or how and why Edel Raids are able to survive after all done to them, how they procreate being all woman (one pregnant woman is not explanation enough, she's the exception, not the rule and it's not even clear if she had the baby), or why they so blindly accept being human slaves and tools when they can resonate among themselves, and so many other unexplained things and inconsistencies. In short, I found this shallow and written without much thought.
The art, development, pacing, premise, plot, characters, humour, are so on are all superb. This story seems to be about humanity and perseverance. That said, the ending leaves so many things open, too many things, many of which were subtlety hinted at in the whole of the work. In fact, my feeling is that all of these are answered in the side-story and sequel (at least I think it is one), Erementar Gerad - Aozora no Senki. As such, I can't say more about it. That said, I have to give it a high rating for its enjoyable complexity, and the vague feeling that the ending is not "THE END," nor is it pointless or empty; this was the story of one journey which has been followed through to the end, the next journey is to be found in a different set of pages.
... Last updated on March 20th, 2017, 7:07am
love but ending is wtf
I love this manga and hate how there no more phiscale copy i can pick up after tokyopop last book was publish. everything ells is digital. the ending of the manga was a wtf momment. Anime great too even if a different ending.