Posted by psgels on 29 January 2012 with categories: Aquarion Evol

wtf… just wtf.

I have to give it to this series: it’s creative. This episode once again was completely weird, but on a completely different level than the previous episode. Instead this turned into this bizarre romantic comedy. It’s like the previous episode promised, but I did not expect electric bracelets that would go off whenever the wearer had an impure thought. It’s even more surreal that all of this was monitored by the people in charge of the academy.

Because of that, this episode was hilarious. And this comes from a guy who normally finds romantic comedies to be really boring. There was a lot of good chemistry between the characters, but I also really liked how well the serious parts were directed. That robot guy’s past, and the climax of this: that really was some well delivered stuff here. On top of that, the art department of Satelight really got to flex their muscles again in this episode, with some really gorgeous pictures as a result. These guys really know like no other how to draw huge and grand landscapes with a ton of detail in them.

Seriously, comparing this to the first five episodes of Macross Frontier, and Macross Frontier pretty much loses out on every area aside from the animation. The romance in this series feels whimsical and fun, rather than forced and contrived as it did there. The overall storyline is much more interesting and has much more potential (for me, “guy dates two idols while bug aliens attack” is much less interesting than what this show is currently doing, exploring the tensions between males and females while actually sentient aliens are attacking).
strong>Rating: ** (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. Lia says:

    The episode was just brilliant! Ohh and Kagura geting into the game! XD Ohohoho.

  2. leokiko says:

    Every episode so far has been great, this one was the best for romance.

  3. J says:

    what is the song that was played from 6:27 for like 3min, lol i need to know

  4. c160 says:

    Oh gosh that was good. Lots of nifty ideas and genuinely good scenes outside of battles, a really nice improvement from the original. This is the first episode that really made me think that maybe this will actually turn out any good.

    Somehow I really like the Zessica girl, though I know she has no chance in the triangle and will probably do a face heel turn later on :/

  5. valinor89 says:

    Just got my hands on the ost of the first series… mindblown.
    It was just a coincidence but a month ago I just watched that show and now I get some jokes that relate to that series. BTW the choral parts of both series are the same or very similar, I think…

    • kuromitsu says:

      They sound similar because they’re the same: EVOL almost entirely recycles the music of the first series with new theme songs and maybe a couple of new BGM pieces.

  6. lostsage says:

    “I only want you to fly for me”
    “You smell disgustingly delicious”

    This show
    trolling
    so
    hard

  7. imredjimmy says:

    I’m so surprised that I actually really liked this episode. I was expecting cliche and annoying romance, but I kept laughing at the bracelet trick. The sexual innuendos are kind of funny XD And yes the visuals + the great music helps in my enjoyment of the show.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:57 AM)
    Or more accurately the feeling that I’d watched a grown up anime for the first time.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:57 AM)
    The feeling at the time of “This is my first “REAL” anime.
    And I was a cyberpunk nut ever since.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:56 AM)
    Call it nostalgic nonsense, but randomly video hopping on youtube, I find myself listening to the bubblegum crisis soundtrack, laughably dated yes but its taken me back to that moment when I was 11 and those ovas were the first thing I saw that wasn’t pokemon and how blown away/emotional I got and felt.
  • MCAL
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:47 AM)
    Seems like they’ve licensed Umineko.
  • MCAL
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:46 AM)
    @Emma Well they are the kind of company who will license those kinds of titles.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:16 AM)
    Honestly, I’m a bit concerned about Mangagamer licensing euphoria and some lolicon game I can’t remember the name of, it might be sending a bad message of VNs in the west.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:14 AM)
    I really, really want to see Aiyoku no eustia licensed as far as visual novels are concerned and I’m willing to give comyu another shot if it gets fully translated.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:12 AM)
    Not sure if I like what they’re doing with Charlottes protaganist, fair enough he’s a badass, he may become funny/entertaining, but he also kind of comes off as a loser/gary-stu/forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:09 AM)
    Yeah, I’m pretty cynical when it comes to kids targetted stuff I guess, but I found the first witch academia thing kind of endearing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:07 AM)
    @;(: Welcome aboard.

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