Posted by psgels on 23 January 2012 with categories: Aquarion Evol

What the hell did I just watch?

In any case, in terms of soundtracks, there are quite a few good ones this season. There is of course the usual Natsume dreamy soundtrack. Rinne no Lagrange is also quite intense and well timed. By far the best though, is Aquarion Evol. This is pretty much the best thing that Yoko Kanno has done in a really long while. I really realized that once that piano guy started playing: that is some really complex music. And on top of that, the soundtrack is just huge.There were so many different epic tracks in just this episode, and it doesn’t look like the creators are running out anytime soon. A lot of effort really has gone into this thing.

Now, going back to the infinity punch: wut?

I must say, I did not expect things like that from this series. I thought it was just a regular mecha series that would show a bunch of normal battles between a bunch of giant robots. The battle in this episode however, really was something else. I mean, a show like Star Driver used the concept of using one’s libito to power a mecha before, but this really took the cake with that punch that circled the earth several times, only to break down the Berlin Wall. that separates the males from the females. Um, symbolism anyone?

I also love that at the end, that infinity punch didn’t disappear or something. So right now the entire world is now polluted by this gigantic arm that is wrapped around it twice. That must be one bitch to clean up in the end. Speaking of the end of the episode, it promised total chaos next week. Knowing the creators, I have no idea what to expect. It’s especially unlike Shoji Kawamori to pull twists like this this early in the game already?

Also, what was up with that flamboyant headmaster? On hindsight it just seems so surreal what he had been doing. He knew about Mikono, so he dressed up like this drifter, and got into the boat she was supposed to take away from the island, only to drive her back again. Again, this feels like some weird satire on Star Driver of all things.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

14 Responses

  1. Lia says:

    I do believe you said you didn’t watch the first one, am I right? Fudo is a regular in that one, and you get to know him better so he doesn’t surprise as much. :)) Also when I saw the infinity punch I jumped out of my chair since in Sousei no Aquarion Apollo used almost the same move to punch a crater in the moon.
    The episode was indeed excellent. I can’t help re-watching “the fall” of Berlin also not get all fluttery in side every time I hear the background music. <3
    I really hope though you will watch the first one too. It sheds more light concerning EVOL, or at least it gets you in the mood to play Sherlock and try to find the connections. ^_^

  2. kuromitsu says:

    “I must say, I did not expect things like that from this series.” :DDDDD Watch the first series. It might prepare you for things to come. :DDD

    Seriously, though, you’d probably like Sousei no Aquarion. Just like Evol (or even more so) it walks that very fine line where it’s not a satire but not serious either, being very self-aware and a bit tongue-in-cheek, and still keeping a straight face. (Mostly.) Which is I think the main reason why it gets so much bad rep. It essentially does what Gurren Lagann did – later, might I add – but with much more flair and romance and Kawamori being Kawamori on drugs or I don’t even know anymore. It’s hard to put my finger on why it worked so much for me, but it did. And aside of the general silliness and melodrama, there’s real charm and creativity.

    • kuromitsu says:

      Btw, the music, I wonder to what extent Kanno contributed to the new instrumental pieces. Much of Evol’s soundtrack is actually recycled from the two soundtracks of first series that Kanno co-wrote with some other guy (and which is REALLY, REALLY AWESOME). I think these pieces, and the songs are Kanno’s contribution to Evol’s OST – the new pieces, including the piano pieces, just don’t really sound Kanno-ish…

  3. Frost says:

    The funny thing about this is that I actually wasnt sure if I had watched the first or not… Because I thought this was a sequel for Aquarian Age… LOL since they sound so similar I thought they were related

    Of course, when I saw the whole apollo stuff and the mecha merging where it looks like the characters are having a collective orgasm, I knew it was the other one… So yeah, when I saw the infinity punch it was like the 100% confirmation, I DID watch the first series

    It was decent I guess, but I think I got bored at some point and started skipping lots of stuff just to get to the end… hopefully that wont happen here

    I dont think youre missing out on anything though, since story wise this is typical 2 sides battling each other stuff

    • niverik2k says:

      Yea I thought around ep. 12-20 was the weak point in the original aquarion series. But I do appreciate them spending a little more time to flesh out the world in this series. So far I find the characters more like-able, and each episode has been more epic than last season (and I just finished marathoning last season before watching the last 4 episodes). We’ll see how it goes, but it’s off to a running start.

  4. kurini says:

    I felt like I was watching Utapri! XD
    I really laugh when they used those funnt terms LOL “snow melting union” etc

  5. c160 says:

    Told you the attacks will be awesome ^^ 00 Raiser’s giant sword, eat your heart out. That punch is longer than your space elevator, has better music to accompany it too(just can’t help myself there XD)

    Anyways this is what I mean, the battles have very nifty ideas behind them, so much that you’ll force yourself to bear and wince through even the not so good parts.

  6. The boat that got hijacked says:

    Prepare for trouble PSGEL! For “ZEN” Fuudo and his antics of sheer craziness will once again rain down-

  7. Ransom says:

    A satire of Star Driver? Oh no! This is what Aquarion is all about! Loved the first series, Loving the second one :D

  8. AzaKana says:

    No wonder your reaction if you did not watch the first season. Aquarion is always like that :

    – the hero + at least 1 girl fight
    – orgasmic gattai
    – Kanno music
    – wtf powerful attack from nowhere
    – wtf story plot from nowhere
    – but no Yui Makino ending this time :(

    • Anca says:

      The *cough* climax gattai was between three guys. And it was pretty much always the very male hero + 1 girl + 1 guy. Most often said guy and girl were siblings too! (Yes, I totally loved that series.)

      And that last point – that’s just you :D I still watch the Omna Magni ED after each episode.

  9. Cadentia says:

    I’m really liking it, too. My favourite part is how it doesn’t take itself seriously AT ALL.

  10. Aegd says:

    I watch it because of the lols, and the creators are huge trolls.

  11. Alec says:

    This anime is good, but it’s really hard to take Aquarion seriously due to it being ridiculous

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  • prince
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 10:04 PM)
    I have commented on your Schwarzesmarken episode 4 review and also answered your questions so please check it out
  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.

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