Aquarion EVOL – 10: School Daze

You are far too kind Zessica though Jin does have potential...

Kawamori it is only the beginning, for it seems that Patrick spirit lives on in Aquarion EVOL, and it falls upon Andy to once again to spread love. This week’s target is another poor soul, while the Abductors are not the least controversial people they seem to have become rather Zentradi after the women were gone and their birth rate crashed. Jin may profess to love Alicia along with many other Alteans, but the sad fact is they have forgotten how to behave around women. It’s not their fault but while Patrick has found and acolyte in Andy to carry his legacy; Warera, Loli, and Conda have just inducted Jin into their brotherhood. While the Zentradi were warriors first, last, and always prior to Minmay, Jin is basically an idol obsessed otaku with his baggy clothes and emo hair. Not to say that Jin can’t pilot, but if you gave him the choice between Alicia and Radius Gniss he’ll take Alicia every time. I am not too concerned about how Sazanka is going to classify Jin, but I am sure she will do her due diligence and make correct assessment.

So yes Jin is now operating in a world where there are Reaiglers and to say the least he seems to be shocked and awed by their AWESOME POWERS. Thankfully Jin wasn’t watching some of Kaifun’s old films but seeing women for first time in person seems to have gotten to him. Despite his desperate clinging to his hologram of Alicia and longing for her songs, destiny has other ideas for Altea’s only hope. Jin was competent enough to make his way into Neo-Deeva but I think that has more to do with lax security measures and Fudo simply allowing Jin to waltz in. Certainly at this point anyway Jin may well go native after having met the terrifying Reaiglers. Jin seems to harbor some ill will toward Izumo for not flying him home to be with Alicia, but considering that the other option involves Mikage I cannot blame Izumo for making the most of it. Given how the last sortie fared, they will be more cautious the next time and it would be their first chance to get human intelligence on the foe. As much as Jin misses Alicia at least he is able to understand that his mission is to find a way to save his people. Altea might have the technological edge, but clearly even they are perplexed by Reaiglers. No matter how many books are written on them Jin really has no clue like most guys, only he has to deal with more unknown than most.

I had a grand time laughing at Jin’s YAKKKK DECULTCHA moments given how he thinks that only Reaiglers like Mix have special powers. Furthermore while Donar and Suomi seem to on their way through shipping procedures, Jin has no idea regarding the operation of prostetics and assumes that Suomi is capable of tearing a man’s limbs off. He could have done worse and assumed that Kaifun also shot lightning out of his hands. While Reaiglers fight viciously over melon-pan, Jin is right that Reaiglers have an ultimate weapon in TRUE TEARS because at end of the day men all but powerless to stop tears and if we care about the Reaigler in question there is an overwhelming sense of inferiority as we desperately seek a solution that probably isn’t there. Warera, Loli, and Conda can rest well knowing that their successor was every bit as confused as they were, although Jin has yet to be caught wearing a dress. I wonder if Millia is smiling a bit too knowing that Jin is behaving just like she did when she was shot down, though thankfully we were spared the knife fight and went right balcony.

Jin maybe confused about Reaiglers in general and while his dealings with his growing affection for Yunoha are just as confusing if not more so, at least Jin has Andy to help him. Right from the start Andy recognized that Jin needed help to dig a hole for someone, and while Jin repeatedly refused his aid, Andy never faltered and waited patiently for Jin to come around. Mix may say Andy has holes in his brain but there is no denying that Andy has an eerie sixth sense where he can see how things truly are and not simply how they are seen. Andy deduced the presence of an invisible girl behind Yunoha’s doll, Mix’s holes in her sad yet still lovely heart, and now Andy has figured out Jin’s true name and how Jin needed a hole as well. Jin probably isn’t going to confess publicly so soon, but that balcony scene with Yunoha was something special, or at least special enough to warrant a special BGM. Perhaps the Altean propensity for high tech was the direct result of having no known element users, Jin seem stunned that he was able to use a barrier to protect Yunoha. I think that whatever Mikage’s agenda is, it likely has something to do with him wanting to keep the Alteans in the dark about Element powers. Certainly it seems that Jin never knew he was an element user, and I get the feeling that love is needed to really bring it out.

Yunoha despite the mild crush on Amata seems to have moved on after seeing how heated the competition is. It’s not that she quit, more like she realized that it was a crush and it’s time for her to be stronger and stand on her own while fully visible for a time. I am glad that Yunoha isn’t ditzy moe blob and is compassionate enough to see a kindred spirit in Jin who is also a transfer student though he comes from a land that is very far away. It sucks being the new kid when you don’t start school along with everyone else. You stick out, don’t know who your friends are, and you are always playing catch up. Jin probably wasn’t feeling all that, but certainly he was alienated through a grand misunderstanding or simply having no understanding at all. Still Yunoha might not know it yet but while she and Jin will be in uncharted territory, Andy will likely help them along the road to happiness. Andy did bring Yunoha out of the shadows and Jin is already a digging brother.

Zessica has been absent as of late and I am beginning to miss her, but it is still good to have a few good ships to see sail. Her time will come, hopefully. In the meantime Cayenne seems to have Jin figured out though what they will do with Jin then is any one’s guess. I don’t think that they will kill him though, Jin is still the first Abductor that they have taken alive and certainly they would want to know more about why they have been taking people for all these years. Jin is likely to eventually side with Neo-Deeva and it would be something if his first sortie was to be against Kagura who is going wild next week. Maybe Kagura will feel betrayed that Jin left him to infiltrate Neo-Deeva to steal his smelly woman. Kagura seems to be the myopic type as he only sees the one who stinks deliciously and no one else, little does he know that Jin is thinking about the yunoha who humbled him in battle. On a happier note it seems that Mix and Andy are getting along fine with Mix now talking to Andy and not simply ignoring him. They got through the confession now comes the hard part of learning how to live with each other and getting use to each other’s quirks. If nothing else it seems that Andy is not the jealous type and abusing Amata for taking his place. Mix should be happy Andy may have trouble connecting dots but at least he sees more than most or at least enough to save her heart.

I wonder when Sazanka going to start selling her fanfiction...

Yeah, because Mix has the best guy.

I applaud Zessica for following Andy's lead, still Jin is going to need the most help, but feel free to help Yunoha. Just make sure you help yourself as well.

Kawamori waxing poetic...

Fear not for Izumo is already booked the wedding.

I wonder what criteria you will use to define powerful...

I see that Andy and mix are now taking walks together...

This will take some time to get use to, you still have to house break Andy.

Clearly Andy will have to learn to love Mix more than he loves holes.

Apparently Jin was unaware that Reaigler had super powers.

SHIP IT, SHIP IT OVERNIGHT!

Donar shouldn't have said that but love will find a way.

Apparently he applied too much grease.

I heard of getting a piece of it but this is not what I had in mind.

I know who will really pay attention to Suomi's classes.

Apparently Alicia is their Minmay...hopefully her songs will live up to that legacy though I am sure Alicia was able to avoid a Kaifun.

Yeah, they're like awake and moving... though I think Jin would be most shocked to know what Sylphie was really like.

Slyphie enough for ya?

Zessica doesn't mess around.

BURN HIM!

Thanks for trying, but not even close.

Andy can see through any disguise, for he sees only hearts and not merely people.

Fear not Jin, I get the feeling that Andy will be the best bro you ever had.

Andy has this feeling that you are in need of one, though you may not realize it yet.

The world may never know...

Poor Yunoha, sad thing it was all her.

Trust me science cannot help you here.

Jin has both eyes open for Yunoha...

Incidentally you can both cure the other of this dreadful condition.

TRUE TEARS.

Jin will come around sooner or later...

I still wonder what Zessica's element power is...

Oh tell me more...

But they are still beautiful to behold...and are very nice when you are nice to them.

I guess they do posses something that make the power to destroy a planet seem insignificant.

But not just any tears, TRUE TEARS.

Millia is 100% behind you.

I choose you, DIGGING BROS!

Thanks to Andy, Jin is making rapid progress. Be sure to thank Andy later.

Good to see Jin forgo the knife fight.

If only Jin showed up with a boom box blasting a song of love.

Well at least he didn't attempt "Where yonder window breaks..."

Jin is tired of being alone he wonders if you are too.

But that answer did not deter him one bit.

Cayenne is none to happy with Jin playing Romeo.

I am not sure Jin would even know what to do once he got there...

Who cares? Jin is not going for that smelly sister of yours.

Let's see what the power of love can do for you...

What better way to show you that you will protect her from anything and everything that would harm her.

Jin can do amazing things to protect the ones he loves.

Apparently Jin had no idea he could do that.

DESTINY.

I guess Jin is capable of being a prince for Yunoha after all.

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19 Comments

  1. Nazarielle
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    I choose you, Dugtrio! The digging bros bring a new member into the fold.

    My only regret is that there were no silly gattai sequences this week. It’s too bad :<

    • Crusader
      Posted March 7, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

      Those will come what is important is that Jin and Yunoha are not wasting their screen time. Besides Jin’s presence will at least help clarify some story elements. Its not like Kawamori is going to stop being silly.

  2. Magnus
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Although I am leery of Yunohas overtly loli design ( and clearly so, compared to the other girls on the show ), I really dug ( heh ) the budding Yunoha/Jin romance. Shows that the other side isn’t all bad… although their methods of just abducting people ( most of whom die in the process, it seems ) is still damn callous.

    I’ll say that them being kind of a Zentraedi analog lessen that impact a bit, although it is not really that they have the excuse of not having a real culture. Honesly, I hope the show doesn’t completely gloss over the fact that they willingly abducted high numbers of people, most of whom died. And I don’t really think that the ones which were “unsuitable” to be the real eve arrived in a good condition, either.

    Still, I totally loved that scene on the balcony. Kawamori knows how to do teenage romance.

    • Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      Well if its any comfort to you, Yunoha is actually FIFTEEN, while Jin is listed as just fourteen years old. Everyone else in the cast seem to be in the same age range, barring Cayenne and Shrade.

      • Crusader
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

        Jin is the younger of the two? I’d never have guessed it…

      • mangaka-chan
        Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        People in other forums have been saying that too, but I can’t figure out where the age thing came from. Was there some information about the characters in a recent magazine or something?

    • Crusader
      Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      I am sure if they had a choice all of the people the took through the gate would have lived. The way they venerate Alicia seems to indicate that while they are dooming many in their struggle to survive, the still mourn those that die and take no joy from their grim task. They are at least willing to use a more surgical approach once they narrowed down the most likely position of their True Eve.

  3. Whatsht
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Seriously.. I’m pretty sure the characters in Aquarion Evol are representing something, Jin’s actions seem to be a representation of how much men know about women.

    Anyway, it looks like the couples in Aquarion Evol can be deduced by matching their personalities, abilities and their pasts.
    Amata and Mikono – Shunned for being the odd one out, generally nice people
    Andy and Mix – opposite abilities
    Jin and Yunoha – similar abilities, both abilities formed from their similar desires, to be invisible and to be left alone.

    • Crusader
      Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      I think Jin is more of a rip of otaku in particular and men in general.

  4. ReddyRedWolf
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Yak Deculture!

    The way I see it history repeats itself at least with Jin and Yunoha. They are Apollonius and Celiane of this generation. Deava’s era didn’t have a Romeo and Juliet as Apollonius was born a human to begin with.

    Much like Apollonius and Celiane Jin and Yunoha first met in the field of battle. Apollonius was the Solar Wings and the Shadow Angels best warrior for human harvests. Jin is the Last Son of Altair and was in charge of the Abductor mecha and superior to some pilots. In the OVA Apollonius 24,000 years before try as much to understand humans. Here Jin try to understand women much to his culture shock. Being a hikkimori didn’t help.

    Much like Deava’s network having holes so does Neo-Deava. Not the first time they recruited a hacker. Jun was caught though. Here Fudo allows him around so he’ll join.

    As for Andy yeah does have an uncanny talent for bringing out those who make themselves alone.

    Oh According to Zessica’s profile her Element power is Impact.

    On another note I figured out why women crossed over to Altair either die or are disabled.

    Crossing over is basically Teleportation. In Aquarion there is a stated risk to a pilot’s mind and body during teleport change. They could be disabled.

    Hence a strong female Element can cross over. Which suggest the True Eve could be just any strong female Element that can survive the dimensional teleportation

    • Crusader
      Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      Teleportation might be lethal in most cases but it still begs the question as to why all the women died off on Altair. If what you say is true I wonder what became of Donar’s co-pilots, Mikage was the one who dragged them through, so it seems unlikely that Izumo would know much about them.

      • ReddyRedWolf
        Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

        Well besides the True Eve it occurs to me Altair may need an Aquarion of its own to do whatever they are planning to save their race.

        Izumo wants a Vector or a whole set. Neo-Deava happens to have two sets.

        They call the Aquarion the Machine Angel which tells me they know about one in the past but much like those in Vega they forgot the name.

        • Crusader
          Posted March 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

          Maybe, Altea seems to have forgotten that the still had element users. perhaps they did have an Aquarion of their own, the one eyed giant would seem to indicate that it does or did exist at some point.

  5. SQA
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Zessica’s power is effectively “Bitch Slap”, given what was shown during the Ep 1/2. And I do get the feeling she’s being setup to be the one they’ll want to take as the “True Eve”. Though Kagura is going to get his ass handed to him if he tries to lay a hand on her. Just saying, haha.

    It should also probably be pointed out that Kagura seemed to be the only Altean that had personally passed through the interdimensional portal until the recent episodes. Which would explain why the Atleans didn’t just outright invade the entire Vega. They can’t really send many across the portal in the first place.

    Though I get the feeling Sazanka might be the only one really happy about being the “True Eve”. Just saying, I’m sure she’d love Altair. haha. Mothering an entire new race, maybe not.

    • Crusader
      Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      It has to be said that Altea could have simply invaded and conquered Vega through their remote piloted drones if they wanted to. At which point they could have started to march reaigler through the gate en masse that they did not indicates that they can still be redeemed. Looking to Jin to save them instead of Kagura also means that they have no faith in Kagura’s obsession with the smelly woman.

      • Magnus
        Posted March 8, 2012 at 3:02 am | Permalink

        Could they really have conquered Vega so easily? That they are continually fended off doesn’t talk too well about the general quality of their machines, outside of a few outliers.

        • Whatsht
          Posted March 10, 2012 at 12:18 am | Permalink

          They need to mass-produce them, UN Spacy style.

        • Crusader
          Posted March 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

          Previous harvests had been all but unstoppable without the Aquaria. Even if the Aquarion is around it cannot be everywhere at once. It would have been a slow campaign but Altea seems to have more military power than Vega, not to mention there is not way for Vega to strike directly at Altea.

  6. kaon
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    aaa que sexy¡¡

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