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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  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:36 AM)
    Sometimes, she even gets people who trick her into keeping the dogs. This happens from time to time, but this is what happens: A customer with a dog comes in. The customer writes their name and phone number on the list, drops off the dog, and she calls them back in a few hours when the dog is all groomed. The number turns out to be fake, and no one picks up the dog…
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:36 AM)
    @Bam I have a friend who works in a pet groomer’s and she also has people trying to drop off their dogs every other week.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:36 AM)
    I’m not sure animals care for me as I do them, dogs seem to be terrified of me..yet I hugged a deer before and a chimp climbed on me in a safari park.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:33 AM)
    I never had a cat other then this one that got dumped on me, but I wish people would at least just drop cats off here. Someone left a baby Iguana here a week ago and I can’t locate it for a few days now. Oh well … I’m sure it’s wherever it needed to be.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:31 AM)
    @Friend: not familiar with it, but chances are that we’re not that similar. I think if a lead character in a manga/anime does the kind of shit that I do then it will be perma-banned and then destroyed, with the ashes thrown wherever they are storing the Fukishima’s radiated water.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:28 AM)
    @Emma I also like to kiss my cat. When I first got him, I thought it was gross to kiss an animal on the lips, but now I do it all the time :3
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:28 AM)
    The cats name, Grendal, automatically makes me think of the comic book of the same name.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:27 AM)
    The cat returns! =P
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:26 AM)
    I heard it takes a week for the cat to lose senses of attachment.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 02:25 AM)
    …Yes I have found myself talking to things like animals and babies/infants despite they have no idea what I am saying probably, the endearment kind of takes hold and it leaves the mind lol

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