Andy escapes from his cell and begins a futile search for Mix, as Izumo confronts Amata in the Alicia room and tells him about the Curse of Eve. Mikono finds Fudo in a town, and he begins to reveal the truth to her, including the fact he’s 24 millenia old. Yunoha and Zessica are starting to deteriorate, and Shrade unions with them and attacks the Altair command tower. After rescuing Andy and Amata, they form a boy’s union and duel with the new male Mix, now called Mixy. The revelation makes Andy go out of control, but Shrade harnesses his nano black hole to blow a hole through Mixy’s barricades and reopen the gate to Vega.
This is the episode where Amata learns everything we’ve known for a while now about Altair, Mikono is on the cusp of learning the “full truth” (whatever that is at the moment), Yunoha starts swearing like a sailor (which is pretty funny), and Andy learns his one true love is now…a boy (bad luck, mate.) The rescue mission ends without success, and both Zessica and Yunoha are in a pretty bad way; in fact, had they stayed longer they’d probably turn into boys as well – their throats and chests hurt, hinting that they may be growing Adam’s apples, though the previews hint that Zessica’s bust wasn’t reduced any significant amount…
Amata certainly has every right to be angry with Izumo and Altair in general – they’ve been holding his mother all this time, after all. But he can’t look at this as a black-and-white situation; we’re talking about an entire world that’s slowly dying, where most women can’t survive and those that do become men. If you’re thinking about the big picture, Izumo is somewhat justified in doing anything he can to preserve his world. Vega can spare a few women if it means saving a whole other planet from extinction. Only one problem: nothing he’s tried hasn’t worked; all his abductions have been for naught. While he’s within his rights to do something, he needs to make sure what he’s doing will actually work before sacrificing more innocent women.
Car Cameos: A Nisssan Murano and Subaru Legacy wagon are among the cars that make up the traffic in the town where Mikono finds Fudo.
Thee newly united, co-ed elements of Holy Angel Academy are broken up into groups of three and unleashed into Neo-Kowloon to enter into all manner of suspiciously-date-like situations while the newly arrived child chairman Crea, High Commander Fudo, and other faculty observe them. All elements are fitted with armbands that shock them if feelings of love grow too intense. Amata is teamed up with Mikono and Zessica; the former gets upset that Amata is excited by Zessica’s shameless flirting. She stalks off, but Amata follows her and they almost fall in love before a romantic sunset when the Abductor Kagura crashes the scene.
We’ll tell you, we’re a bit surprised we were totally okay with the premise of this episode – in which the boys and girls essentially go on dates for school – which is awesome in and of itself. But it isn’t just for fun or for purposes of coupling off. Far from it: with the wild card of the electro-armbands, this is about training the raw and excited elements to control their emotions – the things that power their mecha. The goal is the ‘edge of love’, not true love itself. Two elements falling in love is what caused the last Aquarion catastrophe. Donar Dantes was a copilot, and he lost the love of his life along with his arms when the mecha went berserk.
This makes Donar quite the tragic figure, but also underscores the dangers of what Mikono and Amata are playing around with. Besides Donar, we see more of High Commander Fudo, who lays down some devastating donut metaphors, the academy’s doll-come-to-life chairman, and peripheral students like MIX and Sazanka. We also must note just how amazing the series continues to look. Everything is polished to dazzling and the colors are as intense as the emotions flying around.
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…