Posted by psgels on 16 May 2012 with categories: Aquarion Evol

Really Aquarion, this is more like it. Finally your plot is developing significantly. Ideally this episode should have been earlier, allowing for more time for all of the things to develop, but this was nevertheless glorious.

I am really surprised at Andy by the way. He started out as the typical best friend: the guy who is just there to support and never stands out. And here his subplot with Mix has actually been quite interesting. I feared that it’d turn into yet another kidnapping story, but the twist of reversing her gender was really used well here. The real main characters, Amata and Mikono meanwhile served in this arc as support characters: finding out what’s going on, helping others. That’s actually quite neat and I’m glad that unlike Macross Frontier, Shoji Kawamori actually allowed this. It allows for much more interesting character dynamics if the roles of these characters aren’t so constrained.

This episode also finally turned into that emotional roller-coaster that the first episodes had been promising. Just about every character acted differently in this episode and there was a wide variety of emotions all coming together. Finally! The most hilarious of which was Yunoha and her sudden out of place male speech patterns.

And that glorious music! Seriously, my opinion of Yoko Kanno increased significantly after listening to this soundtrack. Her best work still is Cowboy Bebop, but this really is a good contender for second place. The action in this episode also was better than usual, and the interesting thing is that this was not because of an increase in budget, but rather better directed fights and a better use of shots and colours. Especially that Andy scene was a very interesting visual idea.

And then there is Fudo with his donuts again. And the weird thing is that his symbolism all oddly makes sense. It’s completely silly, but rather than being pointless symbolism for the sake of having silly symbolism, it does fit in to the context. This show is weird.
Rating: **+ (Excellent+)

9 Responses

  1. Pew Pew says:

    So, I guess my speculation from the previous episode was correct. They are turning into males!!!

  2. Pew Pew says:

    So, I guess my speculation from the previous episode was correct. They are turning into males!!! I’m looking forward to next week’s episode.

  3. Pew Pew says:

    Well double post…. Psgels, your site is trolling me.

  4. Anca says:

    Fudo’s random-seeming symbolism that makes sense is one of the many changes that I’m really grateful to Mari Okada for making. In the first season Zen just threw some random completely unrelated piece of symbolism out there that did not make any sort of sense whatsoever, and then the rest of the episode forced itself to conform to it so it becomes VITAL ADVICE for a new attack move or whatever (the never used the same attack twice).

  5. Kamen Grinder says:

    Andy hates yaoi and pettanko.

  6. ChocoBar says:

    You’re joking right? This episode was pretty terrible

  7. Friedrich says:

    No love for Macross Plus’ Soundtrack?

  8. KaZuHiRo says:

    I think this episode was a step up from the terrible past episodes. I did enjoy it and looking forward to the finale :)

  9. Son Gohan says:

    The problem with giving more screen time to the secondary characters like Andy and Mix is that the main characters are not developed well. The Mikono-Amata-Zessica triangle is stuck in the same place since episode 6 or something… Kagura has been conspicuously absent from the last FIVE episodes (barring some short cameos).
    I hope Kawamori and Okada have planned the final well because I felt the series is kinda dragging in the last few episodes. I still like it, but it’d better step up its game.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 05:18 PM)
    Almost forgot to recommend this one: http://mangafox.me/manga/apocalypse_meow/
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 02:15 PM)
    show might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but its a detailed look into anime production that’s pretty damn rare, especially in english.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 02:09 PM)
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1287579779/art-of-making-santa-company-a-complete-guide btw, if anyone’s interested in animation, this might be of interest.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:23 PM)
    oh ok. that explains it lol. quite…brilliant,
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:21 PM)
    wait what. why is a love hotel so close to an amusement park. jesus, the permits they must’ve paid.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:21 PM)
    @Bagel: My brother and his friends don’t allow me to mention that film, it is a dirty word.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:20 PM)
    especially that earthbending. i will never forget how off-sync that earthbending was with the effects.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:19 PM)
    @Emma oh it better. The Last Airbender would’ve been watchable if it at least had the action to warrant it. But those sorry excuses of martial arts…it was like watching a parody movie.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:18 PM)
    @Emma well yeah, but those are from the past. speaking of which, don’t know if we can get films like that anymore. even the critics seemed to have moved onto the faster pace of contemporary films.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:17 PM)
    @Bagel: Oh it was still a middling film that I gave a 3/5 to but its moreso not as bad as people say, focus on the action, which there was enough of and its watchable.

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