Ever since Chuuta Kokonose could remember, he could hear and talk to a voice that no one else could hear. This has caused him a lot of embarrassment in school, and anywhere else.
However, one day, he was suddenly transported to a spaceship and was told that he was chosen to be an officer for élDLIVE, the space police. And despite being totally unprepared, Chuuta manages to pass the entrance exam with help from Drew, an alien that had chosen Chuuta to be its host, a.k.a. the voice.
Now, along with his team member, Misuzu Sonokata, who also happens to be Chuuta's cold, aloof, classmate, and the other élDLIVE officers, Chuuta must be prepared to protect the universe from danger.
Written and drawn by Akira Amano (in full color), who is most known for creating Reborn! (2004) and being the original character designer for Psycho-Pass. It began serializing in 2013 in Jump LIVE, and moved to Shonen Jump+ in 2014, where it ran to its completion in 2018 with a total of 11 volumes. élDLIVE differs from other manga series by being separated into seasons, with a break between each.
On March 3, 2016, élDLIVE was announced to have an anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot as part of the Winter 2017 Anime season. It is available for streamingnote subtitled on Crunchyroll here, and with an English Dubnote on FUNimation here.
élDLIVE contains examples of:
- Aliens in Cardiff: Most of the aliens we see pop up in Chuuta's unnamed Japanese hometown.
- Auto-Doc: They treated Veronica during Ninotchka's and Chuuta's fight in Season 3.
- Beam-O-War: Chuuta engages in one of these with a Brainwashed and Crazy Ninotchka.
- Bishōnen: Not as many as the author's previous series, but they're still there, such as Laine, Dr. Love (his rejuvenated body), Madigan, and King.
- Breather Episode: Season 4 is definitely more relaxed compared to the tenser Seasons 2 and 3. While Chuuta and the others still fight aliens, they're a lot more harmless than the ones from the previous arcs. This all comes to an end with the last chapter of the season, with Gucchi killing himself and Heaven Sider's introduction.
- Child Soldiers: Chuuta, Misuzu, and even Chips are this. Though we don't know Veronica's and Ninotchka's ages, they look around the same age as Chuuta and Misuzu. On Demille's side, there's Gucchi, who's a ship captain.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Before Chuuta joined ēlDLIVE, he used to be friendless and depressed due to his past trauma of seeing his friends fall to their deaths and being made fun of for always talking to himself. It was so bad that Mimi was afraid he'll always be isolated and friendless. She even cried when she met Tateyan and heard him talking to Chuuta like they're good friends.
- Didn't Think This Through: Chips trying to interrogate Shakion, a huge, scary monster who can't speak their language, like any other criminal. Ends as badly as you would expect.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: The end of Season 5, chapter 7. Only Chuuta, Misuzu, Veronica, Ninotchka and Chips survived a highly lethal virus implanted in elDlive's Solar System District Station, because they were outside the spaceship. Also, Chief Laine Brick, Dr. Love and a fellow subordinate survived due to being in another planet. But the rest of the SSDS staff are all dead. Even those that were friends for them. Chuuta and the others watched them in their final seconds.
- Headbutting Heroes: Chuuta and Misuzu, at first. But they gradually start to get more friendly. Veronica and Misuzu,on the other hand...
- Human Aliens: Only in the main cast. The other aliens have much more diverse appearances.
- Kid Hero: Chuuta and Misuzu are middle schoolers, and Veronica and Ninotchka could pass for them as well. Justified, as they were all chosen by the Mother Computer.
- Marionette Master: Darie Lime uses a mind control SPH on the people he interviewed to use them for his plan. in Season 3.
- New Transfer Student: Gucchi, Dr. Love, Veronica, and Ninotchka...to name a few.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Laine beats up Beralgo's subordinate to get into the interrogation room where Misuzu is.
- Production Throwback: In the first episode, while going home, a TV Chuuta passes has a report mentioning that the new head of an Italian Family is Japanese.
- Space Station: What the Solar System District station is.
- Teleporters and Transporters: How the élDLIVE officers get to the station.
- Translator Microbes: There's a translator chip floating around the élDLIVE ship so everyone can understand each other.
- Verbal Tic: Chips adds "-chu" after all of his sentences.
- Wham Episode: Season 5, Chapter 7. A virus implanted by Heaven Sider kills EVERYBODY in the Solar System District Station. In one chapter.
- Wind Is Green: All instances of wind powers used have had a green aura surrounding it.
- World of Action Girls: The female officers of élDLIVE all of this, of course.