Imagine if your constant companion was one part annoying fairy sidekick, one part alien chestburster. You don’t have to. Welcome to ēlDLIVE.
Do you remember Navi from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? If you’ve played the game, you’d know that she’s a fairy who guides our Hero of Time through various obstacles on his journey to save the world.
Or, well, she was supposed to. In truth, she mostly just ended up pissing off gamers with her habit of stating the obvious, as well as her constant yelling. Who wants to hear “Hey!” and “Listen!” over and over when you’re fighting the disciples of evil?
The protagonist of the ēlDLIVE anime, Chuta–an awkward boy who just happens to end up joining the space police force ēlDLIVE–might have it even worse than Link; while the Hero of Time has the luxury of having the fairy floating around him, poor Chuta has to have his navigator live inside of him like the chestburster from the movie Alien. Actually, yeah, that’s exactly what his navigator Dolugh is. Except unlike in Alien, when Dolugh escapes Chuta’s abdomen, there isn’t any fountain of blood. He just has to have the parasite live on his chest for the rest of his days. Huzzah!
Before the story of the series begins, Chuta lives his everyday life being plagued by a mysterious voice in his head. This voice always comes up at the most inappropriate of times, always causing trouble for our poor protagonist. He can’t even make friends at school because he can’t help but talk back to the voice inside him, though he doesn’t know exactly whose voice it is. The voice can even be dangerous, distracting Chuta during a pivotal moment and leading him to being traumatized in his childhood. And despite causing this trauma, the voice inside him doesn’t hesitate to state the obvious. “Chuta, there’s something over there! There’s something over there!” Sound familiar?
Things don’t get any better when the alien navigator Dolugh decides to emerge from the inside of his body and manifest himself on Chuta’s stomach area–now, not only does he have to listen to the furball’s comments every single day, he has to sleep, wake up, take showers, go to school, and fight against other aliens all with this…thing…on his torso. It’s not like Chuta had much privacy beforehand, either, but now the thing is a part of his physical body 24/7. And, if Chuta tries to pull Dolugh off and manages to succeed, Chuta will die. Great. So basically, Dolugh is Navi, but physically attached to the hero’s body for eternity.
Luckily, unlike Navi, Dolugh actually does something. In fact, Chuta couldn’t have possibly joined the space police without his parasite partner’s help. Unlike Chuta, Dolugh is able to pick up the scent of SPH–a smell unique to aliens that is undetectable to those who live on Earth. Not just that, but by using the powers of Dolugh, Chuta is able to turn his imagination into reality–in the case of fighting crime, for example, Chuta can use Dolugh to summon strings of energy in order to tie up his enemies.
But it’s really a question of merits vs. demerits, though–would you be willing to sacrifice privacy and quiet time for kickass alien-busting powers? Or would you rather the guidance of a fairy like Navi, who is loud and not all that helpful, but at least gives you some space once in a while? Too bad for Chuta; he doesn’t have that choice, and he’s going have to deal with the hand he’s been given. Or in this case, the alien protruding out of his chest.
ēlDLIVE is available to watch subtitled on Crunchyroll.