Aquarion EVOL – 11: Battlelines

She's alive after a fashion...

There was some surprising information given this week though how much of it can be considered reliable depends on how much you trust Mikage. I for one am willing to take his word on the early years of Izumo’s plans while I am unsure that Mikono is Sylvie reborn. Still given how Kagura remembers her smell it is a definite possibility and right now it seems that Mikono is thinking of Kagura as well. First though there is the rather important matter of the fraying of the Izumo and Mikage alliance. While I am sure that Mikage has been behaving badly for a long time and well before he met Izumo, I wonder if they are headed towards a showdown given their different, though not yet antagonistic, goals.

While it was Mikage’s chance to show us all what he is about, I am far more curious to see what Izumo’s circumstances are. Clearly while Mikage seems to be unique among the Alteans, Izumo seems to be rather average even if he is a potential element user. While the cult of Alicia needs a little more context, for now though it seems that Alicia is Amata’s mother but as to whether or not she was abducted or simply left for Altair remains to be seen. I say this because it is rather odd that Alicia was wearing her Sylvie outfit at the time of her abduction and if Amata’s memory is correct she wasn’t exactly taken during an abductor raid. I am sure that at some point we are going to find out more but it certainly would be something if Alicia was a former actress who wasn’t going anywhere career wise and was convinced by Izumo to help save his people. Certainly at the early stages Izumo was trying to be selective with the Rare Igura candidates and the mass raids weren’t the norm.  Izumo’s attachment to Alicia in particular despite the previous candidates indicates some history at the very least, though whether or not he and Alicia loved each other or if he was just a loyal fan remains to be seen.

It is good to at least know that Alicia is still alive after a fashion, though having been in stasis so long means that she will be in for a rude shock if she meets Amata again. Still I have to hand it to Izumo for spending the resources to keep Alicia alive despite the fact that she is not the one who will bring salvation to Altair. Mikage seems to have gone through plenty more Rare Iguras and given his attitude towards the ones who failed Izumo seems to be more human in that he does everything he can for those who come through the gate. It doesn’t make up for the fact that he is doing something horrible in the struggle for survival. Given the pains he goes through to avoid mass abductions and believes against all odds that Jin will find their savior, there is some hope for Izumo’s redemption. It is surprising that the Alteans have not descended into an anarchic horde that was spilling through the dimensional gate taking every woman they crossed paths with given their situation. One would have expected the fall of civilization but I guess Izumo has been able to put them on the path of least evil even as time is running out for them. In all likelihood it seems that Mikage is being set up to be the final boss while Izumo and most of Altea seem to inch slowly towards redemption.

While I still long for more massed mecha combat I did appreciate how they aren’t making the standard Mithra a garbage grunt suit. It may not transform but it is rather reminiscent of the batteriod form given the variable weapon load out and the possibility of mission packs like the one for Radius Gniss. Kagura might be all but impossible to take out but I did like how the Altean grunts responded with focused fire and combined arms. Sadly despite ample opportunity to pop a cap into Kagura’s cockpit, they needed him alive. Quite why they need him is a mystery but I am sure that they wanted Kagura to be Jin’s back up, even if Kagura isn’t going to let Jin have all the glory.

Mikage is likely the most vile mecha fan to ever have existed as he seems more than willing to see two planetary populations perish so that he could see the giant robot that is sleeping inside Vega. Kagura seems to have very limited cognitive abilities and I would not surprise me if all he has for a soul was Apollon’s animal side. Amata must be getting nervous though because it seems that Mikono and Kagura have a legitimate shot at making their forbidden union, but at least that gives Zessica some small hope in the Amata sweepstakes. I really feel bad for Zessica with all the ships sailing after Andy brought the rising tide Zessica has benefitted the least from it. Granted that Andy has not been giving Zessica and Amata his undivided attention, I hope things do change for her now that Andy has started to take a part in the mess that is MikonoxAmataxZessica. If nothing else I hope that even if Zessica is loser in the Amata sweepstakes that Andy and Mix will be able to repair her self-esteem as it seems to have taken a hit. Andy seems to be focused on goading Amata into making a decision early and at least confess to Mikono. In a perfect world Andy would be shipping Amata and Zessica hard, but it seems that Andy wants all three of them to sort it out.

Amata really should sort things out with Mikono and clarify what she means to him. If Amata can dig a hole to connect them both then Zessica can be helped along the path of recovery. As it stands Zessica is waging a losing battle where she seems to be her own worst enemy at times. Where once Zessica was acting boldly she has backed off in recent weeks and while Zessica is getting along well with Mikono, she is getting nowhere with Amata. It is good though that Andy and Mix have paired up as they seem to be on the same wavelength when it comes to indirect kisses. They have opposite reactions but I don’t think that their differences will drive them apart as it seems more complementary for the most part. I am glad to see that Mix is able to like Andy enough to go shopping with him as well as go out in public. Perhaps Mix still holds out hope for jumping Zessica, and if Zessica is truly doomed then I hope Mix will save Zessica’s heart. Andy may have saved Mix’s heart, but if Mix is Bi then I don’t think Andy will begrudge her for going after Zessica.

Andy can’t be everywhere at once but it seems that he was able to help Jin and Yunoha get started. At this point it seems that Yunoha doesn’t need any help in saving Jin’s heart. Jin probably has more to adjust to, but for now it seems that Jin isn’t likely to be executed for being an Abductor, in fact it is highly likely that Fudo and Crea are already aware of who he is. Both have a vested interest in keeping Jin’s powers of isolation, and if it helps them defeat Mikage in the long run then so be it. Moreover it seems Jin will be the eventual avenue of dialog between Altair and Vega. Jin was rather muted this episode but it seems Yunoha is doing everything she can to open up Jin including making an approximation of Alicia. Soon Yunoha will have Jin in the palm of her hand and even if she does not, she still has the ultimate weapon to break him.

Next week seems to promise a little more information on Alicia as Amata is going to be screening Skies of Aquaria. Jin will likely die of moe, but I am sure Yunoha will make a date of it even if Andy is forced to intervene to make it so. Kagura is well on his way to make a bid for his smelly wench and that would be a golden opportunity for Jin to make his first sortie.

Duly noted but you are wrong...

It would have been one hell of a welcoming party...

Wow...I wonder what Alicia would think of her son now after all these years in stasis.

Or at least until Izumo kisses her...

It beats looking at Mikage all day...

Some one forgot that LOVE WILL NEVER DIE.

SHIP IT.

For once in his life, Mikage might be right about something.

According to some anyway...

Wait this has happened before? Tell me more...

What a diva...me, me, me, me...Me-kage.

At least you are doing if for the mecha.

I am glad that Jin didn't sell out Andy and Amata for helping him get there.

Jin would rather have you do the cosplay... but I like the effort.

Were you expecting a clone?

Nothing ever is kid, but you did great.

Hey no need to make "yo mama" jokes at Amata's expense.

Don't worry Jin needs new manners anyways.

So moe he nearly died...

Why do I get the feeling you know more than you are letting on...?

You already have a cat, no need to get greedy.

I see that Mix and Andy are now going shopping together...

PLEASE DO.

I am just waiting to see how crazy the nail designs are going to get, I can feel them coming....

MIX IS BI...

Both thought the same thing at the same time, sadly Mix isn't able to stop Zessica from wanting Amata.

ZESSICA IS BI.

Well it's mostly that Mix doesn't want Zessica hooking up with Amata...

Hmmm...you know Mix is rather tall almost the perfect height for Zessica...

Mix wants to have a midnight tea party.

Sadly it seems that Mix can't save Zessica's heart.

Hey you can do arts and crafts together.

I wonder if he remembers her at all...

Andy is upset that Amata has not addressed Zessica's feelings.

Andy wants Amata to pick a ship and move on. There are plenty of other couples that have not yet met that need his help.

FACT. Andy's powers of precognition are dead on once again...

Mikono can't forget him...

If nothing else it seems Izumo was the only person keeping Kagura from Vega.

That Mithra should have pulled the trigger.

Kagura is running wild, I guess next week is the perfect time for Jin to sortie.

It's like Mikage is Dark Andy...

I got my MASS PRODUCED mecha combat this week, and it wasn't half bad.

At least get her name right...

An annoying cat thing, and...I think that's it.

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall...

I guess Zessica is special after all...that or her mirror has AWESOME POWERS of time travel.

Wait something's not right...

Zessica can't believe it, Mikono is a two timing harlot.

Or is it?

Apparently Amata can't talk of holes connecting them to her face.

You aren't going to wait that long are you?

If only the commanders had slightly customized Mithras.

Next time aim for the balls.

If a corpse is all you want maybe you should kill Mikage instead.

Fuck...

Is that a no, or a varying degrees of want?

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23 Comments

  1. mangaka-chan
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    I think something Fudo said in this episode has been overlooked in the general discussion about the episode because of the live triangle/square and all the creepy and fabulous things Mykage did, something which you touched upon: that is, Neo-DEAVA needs the power of isolation. It’s implied Fudo and Crea are letting Jin stay in Neo-DEAVA because they need Jin’s Element power and that Fudo may well know that trouble is coming. From the looks of the preview it seems Yunoha’s presence will lead to some internal conflict for Jin (not to mention giving him a heart attack or two from the cuteness). If Jin is made to sortie in Aquarion I’d imagine he’d be in a catch 22 situation, where he be caught between his mission of stealing a Vector and his bond with Yunoha. Personally I’d love to see something along those lines happen and seeing Japanese fanart of Jin in an Element pilot suit isn’t helping any.

    • Crusader
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Jin seems destined to have Yunoha and love show him the way to save his people. I can’t see Mikage or Kagura having the sense of duty or desire to put Alteans first and themselves second.

  2. SQA
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    There’s a very real possibility that Amata is Izumo X Alicia’s son. That would make a whole lot of sense, really. We probably won’t know for a while, but it would explain Izumo’s attachment to Alicia.

    As for Altair’s entire society, Jin is supposed to be 14 and the last child born on Altair. So, while the society is dying, it could probably hold out that long, when there’s “hope for a True Eve”. That and an society of mostly men would become very military in nature, very quickly. So, there’s that too.

    When it comes to traveling through the dimensional portal, it might not be possible for most. They’ve only actually shown 7 from Altair make the trip. Mykage, Izumo, Kagura, Jin and Jin’s 3 buddies (possessed by Mykage). It might be that only a few can even make the trip, which makes sending a physical invasion force not possible. (Though I imagine bundling up everyone that can make the trip, like all 40 of them, and going to Vega is the last option) Also, I believe we can say, assuredly, that Donar’s girlfriend is quite dead. Or one of the flowers in Mykage’s room. One or the other.

    Also, if I remember right, they said the “Abductors” only started raiding 9 years before the series started. Which suggests they spent several years attempting to revive Alicia, before moving onto “randomly capturing women and hoping they can make it back through the portal”. For a series with lots of “12,000 years in the past” stuff, they’re actually pretty thorough with their current time lines.

    • Whatsht
      Posted March 16, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

      Altair is probably the beginning of the Zentraedi.

      • Skribulous
        Posted March 16, 2012 at 7:42 am | Permalink

        So would this make the entire Aquarion franchise the prequel to Macross?

        • Whatsht
          Posted March 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

          That means Vega would be the Protoculture, and the fold technology could be modified Altair technology. And Tori no Hito would suddenly become an abomination based on Aquarion.

        • SQA
          Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

          “Kawamori, you magnificent bastard”? That could be one unique take on the canon.

          And would probably get some writers killed.

        • Crusader
          Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

          Anything is possible with Kawamori, hell we already have a precedent with Tomino and Turn A Gundam…

          • SQA
            Posted March 18, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

            I, unfortunately, need to ask about what happened with Turn A Gundam?

            Plus, has Tomino ever trolled a series as possibly being a follow up to Ideon? :)

    • Crusader
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      Yeah they are making the effort to make as much sense as possible thought they have a very loose sense for plausible. You are right about Jin being the last one at 14 years young so in hindsight I was wrong and while extinction was imminent they didn’t go through decades of decline. At least they are still people who have scruples and are trying to minimize the damage in their quest to find salvation.

  3. Whatsht
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I notice something, its like a stealth title drop.
    Mykage said “I want the rebirth of the Machine Angel of Genesis slumbering in Vega”
    Machine Angel of Genesis -> Sousei no Kikai Tenshi
    Replace “Kikai Tenshi” with the true name.
    You get “Sousei no Aquarion”

    If Alicia was “taken away” by the Aquarion, how did she end up there in Altair? Did Alicia left her soul in Aquarion after she regretted going to Altair? (Hence Aquarion appearing in Amata’s past, she wanted to watch over him) Either that or Amata has some messed up memories.

    • Crusader
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      They’ll try and make sense of it, but hey it was inevitable for Kawamori to put Aquarion in your Aquarion like he puts Macross in your Macross.

  4. ReddyRedWolf
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Well that was 12,000 years too late. Deava thought the Solar Wings/Wings of the Sun would be reborn in the Alisia family line. When in fact he is born to an Alisia. Alisia in Aquarion was Apollonius and Celiane’s daughter.

    Mykage wants the Aquarion buried in Vega. That would make Vega the TV Aquarion universe. He is using Kagura to find it. He doesn’t care of the Humans of Altair.

    Mykage alludes to Apollon and Sylvie being reborn countless times. If we take into consideration parallel universes such as the OVA universe he has a point. Infinite Apollonius with infinite Celianes and infinite Apollos and infinite Silvias. Some would be known as Apollon and Sylvie.

    Now there is a possibility that the Sylvie of Altair’s universe was reborn in Vega. In the OVA Reika was willing to accept punishment of misfortune for her and Scorpius mistakes in exchange of joining Apollo and Silvia. In the TV universe the Reika there was cursed with misfortune. Also at the end of the OVA and before the beginning of the TV series Silvia who did not meet yet Apollo knew his name.

    • whatsht
      Posted March 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Now what if their love being reborn countless times simply means that Apollonius and Celiane were reincarnations of a couple from millions of years ago?(note the english version of the theme song “one hundred million and 2 thousand years from now aishiteiru..”)

      • Whatsht
        Posted March 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        And also Evol’s theme song, theres a line that goes something like this
        “Its been millions of years and we can finally open the door to our legend”
        “Our legend” probably means the love between that couple.
        “Millions of years” would mean that they are reincarnations of that couple.

      • ReddyRedWolf
        Posted March 17, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

        It’s implied to have been already 12,000 years. Else the cultural drift would have been too much. For example any cute animal is called a Cat.

        People consider the events of Aquarion a myth even a religion. Though it seems clear people have forgotten some things only Deava knew like reincarnation.

        The Earth has changed so much that there is an obvious continental drift and there is a ring of asteroids around Earth.

        Interestingly enough Neo-Deava’s underground hanger is virtually identical of that of Deava. Which in it self was built over the city of Sangrila, the ancient human capital.

        As seen with the OVA there are other realities where things played differently. For example in the TV series Fudo was the third pilot during the final battle of the original Shadow Angel-Human conflict. In the OVA it was Scorpius who was the pilot and killed Apollonius. At the beginning of the series with Reika as narrator ancient Elements joined Apollonius in forming Aquarion. Fudo and Scorpius were both Elements as third pilots but the fork in the road would be who was with Apollonius and Celiane at the last battle.

        Mykage presents us with another version of events with a Apollon and Slyvie. Mykage could be a AU version of Toma while Apolon and Slyvie are AU versions Apollonius/Apollo and Celiane/Silvia.

        • SQA
          Posted March 18, 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

          In other words, we need a really complex infographic to explain this all.

        • Crusader
          Posted March 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

          I need a visual aid as well.

  5. kaon
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    thanks you¡¡

  6. Tenryu
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    while i’m in the ‘parrallel universe’ camp of things the other explainaton for Kagura is that he is not Apollo’s reincarnation but got an imprinting of Apollo from the ‘movie’ on ‘vega’ by Mikage…
    Otherwise why ‘Apollon and Sylvie’ unless its really a parrallel universe.
    if ‘Altea’ and ‘vega’ are indeed in the same universe than Mikage might just want the original Aquarion to do what the Dark Tenshi of the first series wanted to do with it. Thus going back to the imprinting on Kagura i mentioned above to find it.

    and i’m looking forward to a double Mugen Punch, either in future episodes or in a SRW game

    • whatsht
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      Mugen Brofist

    • Crusader
      Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

      Amen for a double MUGEN PUNCH.

  7. hipster
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Rare iguana …

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