Posted by psgels on 28 May 2012 with categories: AKB0048, Aquarion Evol

Next week’s episode of Aquarion Evol: that will be the time for you to show yourself, Mikono. That will be the time where you need to show that you’re more than a damsel in distress. You have been guided, you have been trained, but so far… you haven’t really done anything. You are very close to stepping in the pit of the generic Kawamori female love interests, and that will be your time to either jump over it or go into a completely different direction. Zessica is about to do it, so you can do that too.

For the rest of this episode: this really was action-packed. Nice action, amazing soundtrack, it all was very entertaining, with the spotlights reserved for Shrade. The tension around this guy is actually much more interesting: he and Amata both have huge powers, but the difference between them is that he actually uses it well. Amata doesn’t know how to use his.
Rating: *+ (Great)

AKB and pandering. Of course you can have a cast with females. When it becomes a problem is when the creators start using moe and fanservice as an excuse for not trying, which unfortunately still happens way too often. AKB0048 doesn’t have that… or didn’t at least. I really began to fear that right the first episode after I decided to blog this show, the characters suddenly got a day off, we got a bath scene, a bunch of very stupid antics and this disturbing focus on pheromones.

So yeah, weakest episode of AKB0048 so far. But as it went on, I did notice something: the sheer amount of characters that the creators managed to stuff into just this episode. Heck, I believe that they actually succeeded in fleshing out the entire cast of named characters, giving everyone a bit of a moment or scene to show more about herself. That’s actually pretty impressive to balance well.

Also, this show doesn’t actively criticize, but some of the ideas in this show nearly seem like they were put in to subtly provoke this. I’m mostly referring to the pheromones talk, but especially that bizarre family that breeds idols to look like each other…
Rating: * (Good)

9 Responses

  1. Scruffy says:

    My guess about Mikono is that her ‘power or connecting’ or whatever it is will be used to recombine Amata and Kagura into one person. It’s the only reason I can see for fer to have that power. The question will be however, what personality will dominate in the new person.

    As to AKB0048 .. did anyone find this week was very creepy with the succession?

  2. Gottis says:

    Yeaaaaaaaaah. I usually tend to shy away from all female cast shows like AKB0048, or rather, I avoid it like the plague, but so far AKB0048 has actually managed to draw me in, since it kept away from the usual moe clichés. This episode… not so much. It was a chore to sit through, with the only highlight being that dance teacher. I am hoping for a better episode next week. I guess I’m – when it comes down to it – just one of those fujoshi gals who needs either a well balanced cast (gender wise) or an all male (or mostly male) cast to be able to enjoy anime. *shallow omg*

  3. kuromitsu says:

    It’s not that Amata doesn’t know how to use is power, it’s just that Kagura’s power is so off the scale it’s ridiculous. Being able to reverse whatever he wants is already a pretty “unfair” power as it was demonstrated in the graveyard fight (reversing a punch? the car’s gear? what?? ^^;; and he once threatened Amata with reversing his blood flow, now seriously, come on!), and one has to wonder why it never occurred to them to use Kagura to reverse the women-turned-men back to women. But in this episode he is also able to do stuff that is completely unrelated to reversing. Like, blasting Amata into a wall. I can’t see what was reversed there, unless we’re supposed to believe that he reversed Amata not crashing into a wall. Meanwhile, Amata… can fly. ^^;;

  4. Kamen Grinder says:

    Hey look at that guy, he is fighting with himself!

    Let’s pretend we didn’t see anything.

  5. RABUJOI says:

    It’s not surprising Shrade is a more interesting character than Amata; after all, he’s WHOLE, not half of a whole like Amata. We’re thinking Mikono’s “connecting” power may play a role in reconstituting Amata and Kagura into a whole. It would certainly solve her problem of who to choose. Of course, that’s if exposure to Altair doesn’t make turn her into a boy. ;)

  6. DmonHiro says:

    AKB0048 05: Suddenly, death-flags, dozens of them!

  7. Space Eater says:

    Aquarion is finally filling up some “obvious” holes, from Amata and Kagura existence to Zessica’s fate from crushing debris. Also, how many times can Shrade avoid all the death flags set on him? This guy must have some Chuck Norris blood in him.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 06:02 AM)
    Although given that the the Japanese film industry is steadily improving, this still would’ve worked much better as a big Hollywood flick, mainly because it’s just an over-the-top story with big action sequences, but also because pretty much all the cast (with the exception of Mikasa) have western features.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 05:55 AM)
    Well it looks like the Japanese have taken it upon themselves to make a live-action Attack on Titan movie, which sounds like a pretty bad idea:
    http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/LatestNews/News1/Liveaction-Attack-on-Titan-Visuals-Revealed-6057.aspx
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:51 AM)
    I mean I’ve watched some awful stuff like hidan no Aria to take the piss out of it and infinite stratos might as well get to continuing Ass-ange/crass-ange.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    *Ange
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @Emma: and that’s why you should watch Cross Ante.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    @Emma: you know what? I’ve been trying to find a good version of X for a few years now, but nobody seems to be seeding the torrent anymore =/
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    Sometimes I’m pretty glad I have the ability to get guilty pleasure/so bad its good/funny enjoyment out of genuinely awful things and sometimes end up enjoying them more than actually good series.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:18 AM)
    One other good example of an old ova I loved was the X/1999 movie, I didn’t overly care for the manga or second anime adaptation nearly as much by comparison. Yes the voice acting is terrible, the character development was cut out but the fact is I never really cared all that much for Xs characters/drama to begin with and the voice acting makes the final scene laugh out loud hilarious. Beyond that I just enjoyed sitting back and watching the gore play out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:12 AM)
    I also miss the days where incest was reserved for the villains in anime.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:09 AM)
    @Bam: I remember giving John dies at the end three out of five and deciding that it was never a poor film but never an excellent one.

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