Aquarion Evol – 04

After she fails to exhibit any element powers, Neo-Deava sends Mikono on her way. Andy introduces Amata to Shrade, who can manipulate emotions and draw out the power of others with a piano. Amata, Andy, and Cayenne are sent out to deal with a new Abductor attack, but even uniting into Aquarion and getting boosted by Shrade, they are overmatched. High Commander Fudo Zen turns the boat Mikono is on around and back to the academy, where he exchanges Andy for her in Aquarion. She gets her chance to finally protect those who protect her, and together with Amata and Cayenne reform EVOL. Their Mugen Fist not only reaches out into space and defeats the Abductor’s ringleader, but circles the globe before bashing through the Berlin, reuniting the genders. Fudo is fine with this, but decrees that “love is forbidden.”

Aquarion Evol is high-powered, peppy, ridiculous, infectious, FUN. We’re glad the amazing visuals appear to be here to stay, and every episode leaves us wanting more. In addition to looking like several million bucks, there’s a lot of heart and raw emotion backing it up. Battles and their participants work themselves up into a frenzy, and their climaxes are, well, really climactic – as in visual and emotional explosions that provide huge exclamation points and leave no doubt as to their outcomes. Hell, High Commander Fudo actually tells Amata to start yelling. Naturally; mechas won’t perform optimally without yelling. A pretty young lady in the cockpit always helps, too. And there are few statements as huge as tearing down a Berlin-style wall. Gettin’ all Reaganesque up in this bitch!

Fudo’s arrival means a new order for the Academy, as boys and girls will no longer be segregated. And why should they be? In every episode now it’s been proven that whenever the genders get together, the resulting weapon is far more powerful than when they’re separate. The Abductors are no slouches in the powerfulness department, and it just makes military sense to do what it takes to muster the most powerful defense they can against the enemy. Of course, Amata was pretty comfortable coming into this episode; it was Mikono’s turn to awaken her power and tell her brother and her would-be boyfriend that she’s sick of being Useless®  and letting them hurt themselves to protect her. She wants to get hurt to. We swear to God, the double entendres ingrained within this series are going to kill us…


Rating: 4

Aquarion Evol – 03

Amata wakes up in a dorm, where he learns Cayenne is Mikono’s big brother. He’s given tour of the Neo-Deava Holy Angel Academy, where elements are trained, and he’s subjected to a series of tests to determine his worthiness to enter himself. That night, while pining for Mikono, he falls down a deep pit, which is being dug by fellow element Andy W. Hol beneath the “Berlin”, a wall that segregates the male and female wings of the academy. They dig to the other side, coming up right beside Mikono, causing a…misunderstanding. In a mock battle the next day, Amata not only unions with Andy and Cayenne to re-form Evol, but prostrates as an apology to Mikono, who is watching along with the rest of the academy.

In some other dimension, on a world called Altea, the Abductors plot and scheme and prepare to attack Neo-Deava again. But their battle is for another episode; this was about Amata getting acquainted with his new surroundings. He, like Cayenne, Zessica, and Mikono, also have a reputation around the academy for being in boy-girl unions  which is talked about like it’s sex. The nigh-impenetrable “Berlin” wall is a nice touch; what we have here is essentially back-to-back boys- and girls-only schools, with the genders in constant states of both rivalry and flirtation. Those who unioned with the opposite sex aren’t just gawked at; they’re envied. Kinda makes you wonder what calamity occurred that led to gender segregation in the first place, eh?

Whatever the case, it would seem Amata has a clear path to Mikono’s heart, and while he shoots himself in the (winged) foot by lifting her high into the air by the crotch with his head in the middle of the night, it would seem she acknowledged his apology, made at the cost of winning his first mock battle. The foreboding bookends of the episode foretell rough times ahead, so the kids need to have their fun while they can. We can also gladly report there was no discernible downturn in production values; everything was tip-top. Yoko Kanno’s distinctive score has some corny numbers, but we’ve always loved her eclectic sound that’s somehow both nostalgic and forward, perfect for this series.


Rating: 4