Aquarion EVOL – 13: Jin’s Charge

An eternal reminder for a persistent nightmare.

Aquarion will soldier on next season but sadly it will do so without Jin. Granted Jin did not have that much screen time but nevertheless his death was painfully tragic. I guess I should have known better that pineapple insert last week was no mere jest as Kawamori reminded us that pineapples are dangerous. It may be inert in cakey but on pizza the mere mention of it can kill. As anime deaths go Jin’s last charge was glorious and enabled a victory. Fudo might be powerful but sadly he is not all powerful and this victory is going to be a costly one once the final casualty count is in. I never would have imagined that Yunoha would be the one to shoulder such a burden, but while Mikage murdered Jin I hope that Yunoha will uphold the legacy of Sally. Jin did do me proud though, his dilemma was a forgone conclusion but in the end he made the right choice. I hope Izumo will understand at last that his alliance with Mikage has been a terrible mistake and conclude that Mikage is the one who has been actively sabotaging his efforts to save Altea.

Tragic as the short romance that Jin and Yunoha had it was still glorious to behold as well as very amusing. While they never shared a kiss at least they shared a brief union and for a time enjoyed happiness. If only Andy could have given Jin the blessing of Saint Patrick, alas Mikage is just that terrible an enemy of love. Psychic projection or not Mikage is simply that deadly, Donar found that to his cost all those years ago, and now Yunoha will share the same pain. Thankfully though, Jin was not dragged off to a fate worse than death. While I am not sure how he was able to, Jin was able to give Yunoha his last words. The last Son of Altair leaves behind many friends and Yunoha, but his sacrifice did help avert disaster when Kagura was about to toss Mikono through the dimension gate and into Mikage’s clutches. I do not have the words to describe how painful a death I wish Mikage to have. Jin made quite a journey from that cloistered rabid Sylvie fan that piloted Radius Gniss. It was a change for the better and if the mecha gods are good Jin’s sacrifice will be a factor in Mikage’s demise.

On a happier note while Donar is reliving a nightmare at least there is some hope for him to find love again after having his last love torn away to a terrible fate by that odious bird person. Slowly but surely it seems that Suomi and Donar on a collision course, hopefully tragedy doesn’t strike twice for Donar. I hope that the mecha gods are good and that Yunoha and Donar will have a good shot at Mikage if they cannot have the honor of delivering the coup de grace. Andy and Mix seem to be getting along exceptionally well with Andy maximizing his blessing of St. Patrick to save Mix and put Kagura into a hole to save Amata and Mikono. Quite why Mix and Andy are so embarrassed about embracing is beyond me, I would think that just about everyone knows that those two have been exceptionally friendly after working out their differences.

Kagura isn’t the nicest guy in the series and I suppose that the mere act of forming a coherent thought may well be beyond his capability, but he is, if nothing else devoted to his smelly girl. I did have a good laugh when Kagura started throwing Mikono into the air and spinning her around. “You stink deliciously” probably would have garnered a better response but I suppose that “I’ll crush you in my arms forever” carried the point. Amata might be able to fly but I think that Zessica vs. Kagura would probably be a most excellent fight given the offensive disposition of both their element powers. Zessica may be alone for now but I am glad that when the shooting starts she is more than willing to step in to save Mikono. Mikono’s resitance was futile but I both appreciate and deplore the effort. I appreciate that she isn’t content to be some weak kitten that needs to be saved, though her lack of combat ability is really dreadful. In all fairness I don’t think anyone can really take on Kagura in one on one element duel. I deplore Mikono’s resistance as it now seems that Mikono is not going to be distracted too much by Kagura.

Now that Jin Muso is dead and will be buried with full honors on Vega I wonder how Izumo is going to respond. Jin did back track but the situation was already out of hand once Mikage let Kagura loose. Izumo must know that Mikage is going to be a detriment now more than ever now that Mikage knows that Kagura is seeking Mikono. Still Izumo is playing against as stacked deck and Mikage seems to be holding all the cards now that Jin is gone and is with Roy Focker. Jin’s death eliminates any possibility of dialogue between Neo-Deeva and Altair, though I hope that Jin enough behind for his friends to piece together his mission and why it was so important. Fudo might know but it will be difficult given how Altair is Mikage’s in all but name now.

If the mecha gods are kind I hope that Jin’s spirit will be able to guide Yunoha during these trying times, it’s going to be a tough stretch for Yunoha, but if she survives she will be all the stronger for it. With any luck Andy, Mix, Amata, Zessica, and Mikono will be able to give her some comfort. If Sazanka has any sense she will be donating that money she won for guessing that Jin had a dark secret.

To Jin! He had a grateful fatherland and a glorious struggle. He gave his honor and blood for the Northern Cross. Focker bless his soul, St. Noe preserve his widow’s heart and True Tears, St. Patrick uphold his love, and may Zeus give those he left behind the strength to crush his murderer.

Fuck you Mikage, FUCK YOU. I have never hated a goofy looking Kawamori character as much as I hate you, a pox upon your schemes and may your death be slow and painfully presaged by the plucking of all of your feathers! It is not enough that you die, you must be made to endure the pain you have unjustly inflicted a two and ten thousand times over! Perfidious Enemy of Love, YOUR DAY WILL COME!

The course of true love never did go smooth.

I was hoping the spirit of Patrick would go Zessica's way.

At least Zessica is taking this fairly well.


What sorcery is this?

Her friends are your friends, and friends forgive each other.

No, it is to save Altair.

Glad you won the betting pool Sazanka.


He did but he's having trouble sorting things out...

Yunoha needs you.

Do not say no to this face.

Nothing is impossible with the power of love.

As if you would allow Jin to succeed.



I lost track at two thousand and a hundred million.

I wonder if Fudo has published a poetry anthology yet...

Poor Yunoha is still being nice to Jin.

That stinky smell.


Hey do what you want but just don't hand her over to Mikage...

Yeah about that next time you should change your fragrance.


I have to admit I was amused by the Mikono toss.

Andy better top that.

Then again he should have stuck with "you stink deliciously."

That would be a bad way to die.

Thank you, I was growing tired of Mikage running his mouth.

I just hope her suffering was short.

Donar will never forget you...Mikage.

Ah the touch of death...


I hope that your little trip underground was a fruitful date.

So you can turn Amata into a baby?

Hey you forgot about someone.

and not just anyone...

It's still Jin to just about everyone.

He belongs to you, congratulations.

Well you found more than that...

Damn it Mikage why are you such a jealous bitch?

Mark my words you will pay dearly for being an enemy of love.

Damn you Mikage.

Jin will not serve the likes of you any longer you creepy bird person.


I prayed that this was true.

Well at least Jin was awake for it.

It's not him, it's just a puppet of Mikage.



I am so happy for them.

Together they can do anything.

Well I guess that is one way to increase skinship.

What's better than one big giant robot? TWO BIG GIANT ROBOTS.

Commence primary ignition.

That should be Zessica.



Damn it something bad just had to happen.



Crap I was hoping the mere mention of pineapple was nothing to worry about but damn it we were warned.

I am throwing sense out the door and into traffic, it's just so sad.

At least in the end Jin was worthy to join the likes of Roy Focker.


You have my condolences.

That it did...goodbye Jin you were a true son of Altair, I just hope your countrymen will see Mikage for the vile traitor he is.

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  1. kaon
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink


    • Crusader
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      We salute his courage.

  2. Wraith
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    FUCK MIKAGE, FUCKING PINEAPPLES, I actually cried during this episode

    • Crusader
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

      I almost did too then I just felt the urge to kill Mikage.

  3. SQA
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    This needs to be classified as a Horror series now. Rape-face Mikage in Donar’s dream is not something that can be passed over lightly. Donar is now the most sympathetic character in the series. Having to live through those dreams. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone but… Mikage, but he might get off on seeing himself like that.

    Jin did proud by the series. And the message was probably what he wanted to say to Yunoha but simply couldn’t do in person. So, well, he said it to his recorder in the hopes of saying it later. “Later” didn’t happen. :(

    Got to give Kawamori some serious credit for this series. It might be mostly about “The Power of Love” and a send up to old mecha series, but Mikage is one of the easiest to hate villians in ages. And he probably won’t die in the end. >_< But he cements his legacy as an all-time "Enemy of Love". May Zessica rip all of his feathers out slowly.

    On the technical story stuff, I'm seeing people say that Mikage doesn't seem like he's Toma but another Shadow Angel. And that Fudo isn't the same as last time around but is actually Toma? That'll take a while to sort out, I'm sure.

    A funeral on Vega and a war starting on Altair. Things are only getting messier from here.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

      To JIN. May Zessica avenge him in a manner most fitting.

      Poor Donar has lived through that nightmare for far too long, may Suomi save his heart.

  4. Whatsht
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    That line in the ED with Jin’s picture
    “The story ends before it could even begin”
    Their love ends before it could even begin.


    Enough with the rage, since Aquarion was full of life lessons, I’m sure episode 13(LOOK ITS THE UNLUCKY NUMBER!)’s lesson was to never wait to confess your love, it’ll be too late then.
    I expected the Shining Finger/Burning Finger caption.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      It was so damn fitting and despite the signs and the episode number I did not see it coming for Jin.

  5. ReddyRedWolf
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    Now we are getting somewhere. Mykage knows about Apollonius, Aquarion and the Wings of the Sun. But he doesn’t know where Aquarion is. Ever tried digging? Worries for Andy.

    Fudo and Mykage knows each other 12,000 and 24,000 years ago. Fudo has changed his body while Mykage remains the same. These two opposite chess masters. Not directly interfering with their pawns. Apollonius and Sangrila 24,000 years ago/ Apollo and Deava 12,000 years ago vs the Touma and the Shadow Angels.

    Mykage broke the unwritten rules of engagement killing Jin. And Fudo is pissed.

    Which leads me to think Zen Fudo is indeed Gen Fudo and Mykage is really Elder Johanes, leader of the Shadow Angels. We nver did see his true face as it was covered in a mask.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps but right now all I want to see is that Mikage dies, PAINFULLY and SLOWLY. I hope Fudo is going to make Mikage pay a hefty price for interfering.

  6. Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Fuck you Mikage!

    I mean seriously that’s the message of this episode. I hope someone literally rips him apart. My biggest worries were about Yunoha getting hurt or killed and instead Jin gets taken down. I hate that hax driven jerk. I mean that guy can literally assassinate anyone at anytime. How are they supposed to get by while worrying that this guy will stab you?

    This was rough. I hope someone terrible is done to Mikage. It really just took away all focus personally from Zessica’s situation or Kagura. Maybe the next few episodes will help bring that focus back. Right now just feel bad for Yunoha and Jin.

    • Xard
      Posted March 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      My theory is that Mykage can only attack those in love who are piloting Aquarion – this explains why he has only acted like this twice so far under similar circumstances. Even more than that it would perfectly explain why Fudo has banned love relationships. They open the door for Mykage to fuck shit up royally

      inb4 Fudo is Toma btw

      • Crusader
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

        You are probably right Mikage seems to only go after the ones who are in love, the FUCKING BASTARD.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

      Zessica has time to recover but alas poor Jin Muso.

  7. mangaka-chan
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    After this episode my motivation to watch EVOL has decreased by 50%. Why Kawamori, why did you have to sink my ship! And just when they were becoming so cute too!! Gah! Hell, I know why you did it, so you can gets your hands around our hearts and twist it. That’s right isn’t it? DX.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

      It was a fine ship that now belongs to the ages it never sank and now it will forever be remembered.

  8. Magnus
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I’ll add a FUCK YOU MYKAGE!

    Otherwise, a very powerful episode. I’ll miss Jin, although I understand why he had to die… the plot is simply not ready for a peacemaking process to be commenced between Altair and Vega. And with Jin alive, it would have been all but impossible to not go there.

    But, man, poor Yunoha. If anybody would have told me at the beginning of the series that I’d root for a Loli x Bishonen ship, I’d called them crazy.

    And I didn’t really see the fun part in Kagura wanting to crush an obviously terrified Mikono to death forever. Since he knows well enough what killing is, I think we can discount him being terrible at communication.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      I guess peace coming early was a risk, but I still want Mikage dead. As for Kagura, well I guess that I enjoyed it more sine Mikono was speaking rather forlornly about him. Kagura could be reasonable at communication though it could also be that his vocabulary is rather limited. Still Mikono is smelly.

  9. Lilly
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Fuck Mykage…

    Jin didn’t have to die…HE JUST DIDN’T!!!!!!!!!! He’s gonna come back…Yunoha needs him!

    *A fangirls denial…*

    • Whatsht
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Its possible for him to come back, remember Kagura’s ability? He might just be able to reverse Jin’s death.

      • Crusader
        Posted April 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

        If Kagura did that he would have become an instant hero instead of that crazy dog person who threatens to crush Mikono in his arms.

  10. alchfilosofer
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Maybe, just maybe if they make resume movies about evol like the first acuarion it’ll be like Mucheil in the the macross F movies. I just want Jin to live on and love Yunoha fully.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      It would come as no surprise if there were OVAs that was another re-telling.

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