Elemental Gelade (called Erementar Geradby some, including the US copyright holder) is a manga and an anime series which ran in Japan in 2005.Coud van Giruet is a brash and adventurous young rogue who dreams of becoming the greatest Sky Pirate in history. One day, he stumbles upon a strange girl named Ren who turns out to be an Edel Raid: a special type of human able to form a contract with a "Pledger" and become a powerful weapon. Together, they embark on a quest to find the legendary "Edel Garden", which is supposedly the birthplace of all Edel Raids.Joining them on their journey are members of Arc Aile, a military organisation seeking to put every Edel Raid under their protection. But a common enemy soon emerges in "Chaos Choir", a group of religious extremists that worships the power of Edel Raids and wishes to capture Ren for their own purposes.A sequel called Flag of the Blue Sky was also released, taking place two years after the original story but with a new set of characters. For centuries, the Edel Raids of the Velsown family have served the regent of the Fuajarl kingdom, also known as the Kingdom of the Sun. The latest Edel Raid to inherit this position is Jelio "Jean" Velsown, a determined and stoic young knight. When a hostile force invades the kingdom to capture Jean, she is ordered to flee with the young crown princess, Princess Acheaburca Fuajarl XIV. With the fall of the kingdom and the murder of the king, Jean and Acheaburca form a pledge of vengeance and plan to restore Fuajarl to its rightful glory.See also Soul Eater for a similar concept, liberally mixed with the quirky Gothic sensibilities of Tim Burton.
Affably Evil: Orga Night executive Bienenritter is a manipulative, ambitious woman who is capable of anything to obtain what she wants. And she does her evil machinations with the grace of a Lucky Starcharacter.
Animal Motifs: Primarily Rasati, who is heavily associated with tigers. When she's angry or even just aggressive, one or both of her eyes are drawn like a tiger's.
Art Shift: How any of the characters is drawn at any given moment can vary widely, but it's usually Cisqua who leads in this regard. A notable example of this is her tendency to crank up the girlish charm when violence called for. Twice, at least, she hits upon a solution to her problem and presents it looking like Card Captor Sakura.
Little Miss Badass: Cisqua, who has enough firepower to bring down an army, if only she had enough ammo.
Achea can also hold her own with a sword.
Bad Ass Normal: How do you survive in a world with humanoid weapons that you refuse to use out of principle? You dress up like Wild West Sakura, call yourself Cisqua and have the armory of the Nadesico, Macross and maybe the Yamato under your poncho.
Also, Mel in Blue. Of course, she's Cisqua's older sister...
Bi Faux Nen: Jean. Doesn't stop the guys from wanting her, though.
Big Bad: The head of Organight who appears to be Keith.
Big Eater: Kuea. It becomes a plot point in the Milliard Trey arc, as Rowen points out that if Kuea is enters into the tournament, no matter how much money they win, it will all just go to feeding Kuea. The grand prize in one million gold.
Interplay of Sex and Violence: Most if not all Edel Raids appear as beautiful human women, and the name of their human partners (mostly men) seems to be largely a creepy play on words; to the day, you can still translate it from the original Japanese as either "Pledger" or "Pleasure".
MacGuffin Girl: Ren and Jean are both Shichikouhouju, along with Suuchi, the princess of Runbuuram, and the ice adilraid Range, a very rare, powerful type of adilraid. The enemy tries so hard to get their hands on them, and keep failing.
Spell My Name with an "S": Has this problem with the show title and other plot elements; for example, Pledgers (initially introduced as either "Preja" or "Pleasure"), Sting Raids (misspelled as "Stream Raids" or "Sitting Raids"), or even the Eden Raid (called "Edil Raid" by the first fansubs of the series).
NOT helped by the Geneon US release of the series, which has the series title both ways, one in the English subs, the other in the title sequence itself.
Official spelling in the Japanese versions is "adilraid."
Stripperific: Kuea's attire. It's more evident in the manga. Her reasoning is that mobility is all-important, even trumping protection. Her outfit consists of a length of chain, a petticoat, a black leather G-string, and a curdoroy mini-tanktop, as well as a a pair of long black gloves. When she gets Ren in a similar outfit, all Ren can say is "I'm cold..."
For those of you with the Japanese version, see Range's outfit. She makes Kuea look modest!
Tempting Fate: Cisqua. During her training session with Cou and Ren, she states that she won't have to worry about an opponent on Cou's level. Thing is, what Cou lacks in finesse Ren makes worse with sheer power, and it is precisely that combo that saves Cisqua from having her head slashed to ribbons. Not as much can be said for the grove of trees the pair logged.
Wrong Genre Savvy: At one point, Cou finds himself on the receiving end of Viro's affections; when he glances at Ren, he notices she has her cold eyes out and immediately assumes she's less than pleased with him (though she's actually only a little chilly). To compensate, he runs off with her to explore the ship everyone is on.
Years Too Early: Kuea: "It'll take you another eleventy billion years, before you can defeat me in a battle!"