Posted 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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  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 09:07 PM)
    @Raggers Yeah that’s pretty much how I feel about Guardian Enzo. I don’t always agree with his taste but I respect his appreciation for the art form. In terms of randomc writers I find that I relate to Zephyr the most.
  • Wicked
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 08:12 PM)
    Man, did Saline get fucked over
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 08:12 PM)
    *should add
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 08:08 PM)
    Probably sure add in regards to terror in resonance while yes I feel there have been improvements the rival character brings somewhat it did take me an hour or so to finish this weeks episode.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 06:15 PM)
    As for Guardian Enzo, I find his and my tastes are very similar. And I like how he gives chances to shows that many would turn their nose up at, and appreciates what they do well. I respect that.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 06:04 PM)
    @Aries: I don’t think that’s the issue. The problem is that intellectually it has leaps in logic, and the whole thing just seems way to superficial at this point. It feels like nothing more than a roundabout way of getting a petty revenge on something, and even that’s been derailed by Five (who is more a caricature than a character, and doesn’t fit for that reason).
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 05:58 PM)
    Raggers, I just think it hasn’t revealed a whole lot in the amount of episodes aired. Isn’t this series like one cour anyways?
  • Friend
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 05:57 PM)
    For reviews, I usually watch Chibi Reviews because he is really proactive.
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 05:57 PM)
    (i am aware that randomc has multiple writers lol)
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 05:56 PM)
    I’ve always lurked lostinanime and randomc but i’ve never connected with the writing style that much and guardian enzo loses credibility for me with some of the shows he gives his time of day to.

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