Aquarion EVOL – 14: A Eulogy That Will Live In Infamy

It just wasn't the time for a happy OP.

Jin’s death is in the end no jest, while the service at Neo-Deeva was solemn and respectful, Mikage just piled on with even more dark deeds. I was give a rude shock when Mikage was the one giving Jin’s Eulogy on Altair, that duty should have been Izumo’s, but FUCKING MIKAGE.  If there was any one character that wanted to be the most hated villain this year Mikage is making a strong case for himself by being that unrepentant enemy of love, and with this appalling eulogy I just found out I have yet another level hate. Bad enough the murderer is getting away with it but apparently on Altair only Izumo realizes how the whole thing was a sham. Jin maybe dead but given how it seems that Izumo is the only one with a lick of sense on Altair, I guess it falls to one old man to save his people now that Jin is gone. Mikage essentially has Altair in the palm of his hand with Jin gone he appears to be their only hope of salvation. Peace will not be coming soon as it seems that Mikage is has set his plans in motion and right now it seems that Kagura is all but unstoppable. I hope that Altair can be saved and it does look like Mikono is the person to re-establish their cycle of rebirth, however, so long as Mikage holds dominion on Altair this will never happen.

It was sad to see Yunoha blame herself for what happened and slowly lose her will to live. If you don’t feel for Yunoha you really have no heart, she just found love and in an instant lost it. I can’t blame her for feeling down, but she came awfully close to contemplating and executing a love suicide. Fortunately it was rather short as a long slide would have reduced the impact. Outside of Yunoha it seems that Andy took Jin’s death the worst, perhaps deep down he knows that Jin and Yunoha had attracted the attentions of a most vile and powerful enemy of love in Mikage. Jin’s death did have some effects although thankfully only two people deserted once it became clear that things were heating up again. I have to hand it to Andy for being a bigger man and asking Mix to leave the cowards alone. Others may run but Andy is going to stay and fight in the name of love. Amata may be slated to bear the brunt of the fighting but right now it seems that Andy is the only one with his head still on. Shrade is unhappy that he wasn’t the first to die and Jin’s death only seemed to reinforce his fatalism.

Fudo was up to his old tricks and instituted buried alive test after making Andy dig their temporary graves. While Mix still doesn’t like holes I am glad that she puts so much faith in Andy these days. It makes one wonder what kind of long discussions they had last week. Shrade was as ever first but Yunoha was an unsettling second. Thankfully Mikono was able to bring every one back from their grief and save Yunoha from following Jin to his grave. Had yunoha’s grief lingered I would have thought that she too was not long for the world. Zessica might be alone for the moment, but this episode made me feel even more for her. Amata fears being passed over and with Mikono and Kagura seemingly becoming more and more destined with each episode, there is a very real chance that Amata is going to be left behind once again. I just hope Zessica would be able to reach him in such an event, but I am glad that Zessica isn’t one to play foul even if it breaks my heart to see her love go unrequited.

Kawamor really indulged himself with his take on Kanji characters and likening Mikono to a mushroom. It isn’t the most flattering comparison but I guess for a new age hippie it’s quite a complement. While Jin was sent off with all due ceremony and a ghastly eulogy from Mr. Enemy of Love himself, the rest of it focused on the issue of death. There is something reassuring about the notion of reincarnation and to an extent Kawamori is right we are reborn after a fashion. It’s not that beautiful a thing but I’ll give Kawamori a pass for skipping over the carbon cycle and how our corpses really return to the earth. Mikono might be every one’s new mother and wishing everyone a happy birthday, but Kagura seems to still want to crush her in his arms. Judging by the PV Kagura is going to be leading them all on a chase through Neo-Hong Kong and with any luck Zessica will finally get some notice from Amata.

Zeus rest Jin’s soul, and while the day of Retribution will be a long ways off at least they kept Jin in the ED.

So many were lost.

Andy is taking this hard. Mikage is an enemy of love, and now Andy will be hard pressed as the only agent of love.

Rest in Peace Son of Altair.

You have to be kidding, Mikage is giving the eulogy?

At least someone pointed it out.

All the more reason to kill Mikage now and revel in his demise.

Time is of the essence, Izumo...

More like Mikage killed Jin because he was jealous.

No thanks to you I might add.

No one on Altair cares about this but you...

I hope you are willing to avenge Jin when the opportunity presents itself.

Poor Zessica.

Fudo has no time to mourn.

So stop whining and do as Fudo says.

Jin might have lived but you would be worse than dead.

Stay useful Mikono, stay useful.

Poor Yunoha.

Yeah, but the circumstances are still not clear.

COWARDS!

Andy wants only brave men and women to help him fight Mikage not scared little girls.

Andy is just being overly kind.

If not Andy then who?

Oddly enough it will be the women that will be at the greatest risk

Spoken like a true hero.

Slowly but surely Andy will win your heart and your love.

This has been a costly war.

That's not all he knows...

Indeed for Andy will save you should danger arise.

They will find the light and you will rue the day you dared challenged True Love.

If only...

IF...

A definite possibility, do your best Zessica.

Then try EVOLving.

I hope Mikono now knows just how valuable Andy is.

Indisputable as the rising sun?

I hope that Andy will realize that you need the most help of all.

This was hard to watch.

For one I agree with Mikono.

So in essence Mikono is a mushroom that reprocesses dead matter.

They are multiplying as well.

Well at age 21 your body is technically brand new.

I had no idea that kanji/Chinese characters had so much meaning...

I guess Fudo thinks that this is worth repeating.

I just lost my appetite.

Could it be?

Jin's spirit is quoting the original OP.

Also the music never ceased.

So you're going to be their mom?

1up.

I guess Mikono is releasing spores now.

I guess your vest got re-purposed.

Since you are the eldest now they will all be looking up to you.

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27 Comments

  1. whatsht
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    This episode more or less confirms Mikono as Sylvia.
    And Mikono is now a human-sized Aquarion, allowing gattais everywhere, even with the dead.

    • skylion
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Holy Crap with a Mugen Punch, I had never thought of that…..

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Soon Mikono will have her own Zombie Army, think of what she could do w all of Altair’s dead!

  2. Magnus
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    A rather strange episode. Kawamori may have consumed a lot of mushrooms when he was thinking it up. :p

    With Mikono more or less confirmed as Sylvia, I once again want to point how how good it feels that the reincarnation of Apollo is on the side of the bad guys… I hhhhaaaated his character in the first series ( he ruined the whole thing for me ) and it is just much better with all the interesting, non-annoying characters on the side of the good guys.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

      Kawamori granted your wish though at times he can make you regret what you wished for…

  3. mangaka-chan
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Man, I laughed every time I read a Mikono-is-actually-a-mushroom comment. So Mikono is the fruiting body then, huh…

    As much as I dislike Mykage, he did say something that caught my attention. He said to Izuomo perhaps Jin “will be reborn in the first of Altair’s new generations.” I wonder if that’s Kawamori’s way of hinting that Jin might in fact be reborn once the whole mess between Altair and Vega gets cleared up and Altair’s populace is saved from extinction. I don’t know, maybe a young Jin will show up in the epilogue to let us know that he was reborn. That certainly would be nice and there won’t be a 12,000 years wait for Yunoha and Jin to be reunited again though it would mean Yunoha might end up with a version of Jin who’s now 15 years younger than her. XD;;

    …Or it could just be Mykage trolling Izuomo, and Kawamori trolling his audience and getting our hopes up. Which is far more likely to be true. :p

    • whatsht
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:49 am | Permalink

      Or… Yunoha died somehow and yeah..
      I prefer an epilogue which depicts the world after 12000 years, and we see them meet each other and we hear that nostalgic gattai phrase.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know with Kawamori can we really rule out Resurrection? What can I say she’s a deep person, with extensive connections to a significant radius.

  4. Anon1
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Is Izumo suppose to be Amata’s biological father?

    • SQA
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 5:52 am | Permalink

      We know Alicia is his mother, for sure. Izumo as his father makes some logical sense, but we can’t say for sure, yet. Though I’d sort of expect it.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Unconfirmed, but probable. Unless it was immaculate conception.

  5. MrTerrorist
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Well that’s a sad episode. Anywa, Crusader, whens the next episode review of Bodacious Space Pirates?

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

      Most likely a 3 ep post, things have been hectic as of late.

  6. SQA
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Sad but awesome episode. Mikono’s power as as mushroom actually kind of works for the “power to connect” that they setup, at least as a visual reference. Though I have to admit, when Mikono said “Happy Birthday!”, my first thought was to the old Frosty the Snowman cartoon, haha.

    I believe they played an acoustic version of the TV-sized first Aquarion OP under the Mikono = Mother Mushroom scene. I thought that was a really nice touch.

    I’m pretty sure we can assume that Izumo has lost most of his authority on Altair. Losing Jin & Kagura going nuts probably cost him the ability to actually operate. It’s Mikage’s planet now. So might we be seeing a Izumo + Alicia return flight to Vega?

    Oh, can I also call now a later episode where Andy & Mix are in a Union, their love blossoms, Mikage shows up and Andy beats the ever living hell out of him? In a reverse situation to what happened with Donar. Then we can put captions on screenshots with “Andy’s Power of Love is stronger than Mikage’s Rape Face”. With the way the Andy & Mix relationship is going, I could see something like that. Oh, and was that Andy’s first actual Union? haha

    • whatsht
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      It’ll be awesome if that really happens, Andy’s gonna be all like “FUCK YOU MYKAGE”and punch the everlasting gayness out of him.

      The biggest worry I had is… Aquarion seems to have awakened, if Vega started falling apart due to Aquarion… who is going to seal Aquarion underground? I’m afraid Mikono is going to be involved and also Amata. Then this time, nobody will be left alone.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      If any one can defeat RAPE face Mikage it would have to be Andy, if we are so fortunate Andy will knock his ass back two and ten thousand years.

      Izumo is running out of options and time, his response to Jin’s death will certainly be telling of his goals.

  7. Mido
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    My god, this was hard to watch. But this post was funny to read.
    Lesson of this episode:
    - Jin is “undead”
    - Andy is important
    - Everyone, excepted Shrade, has mental problems.

    • dbm
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      Everyone, excepted Shrade, has mental problems.

      Also not Sazanka nor (maybe) Malloy (whose name I had to look up). I had thought that Sazanka had given up partway through and was surprised to see her there at the end.

      • Crusader
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

        I am not sure if one can classify Sazanka’s blatant Fujoshi flag as a mental problem…

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      To be fair Shrades’s brokeness is unique but if history is any indication then Neo-Deeva is going to be a land of broken toys.

      • Whatsht
        Posted April 5, 2012 at 1:46 am | Permalink

        Well, if you compare the setting of Evangelion and Genesis of Aquarion, you get similar stuff… whose to say Aquarion is Satelight’s attempt at making Evangelion?

  8. ReddyRedWolf
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    The Elements being buried, Jin saying goodbye and that he’ll love Yunoha not forgetting her through millienia, the constellations representing Jin and Yunoha, Mikono’s connection power, THAT SONG!, Fudo being Fudo this is all reminiscent of Aquarion’s final episode.

    Heck the Golden Aquarion showed up. Where Apollo, Sirius and Touma lay within buried at Earth’s core. Silvia connecting all three of them. Their constellations merged in Rena’s vision.

    Zen calls Zessica’s power Distortion. While Zessica’s data calls it Impact. Her power is a form of telekinesis. Zessica has a vision of Kagura and Mikono as Apollon and Sylvie. She feels get can’t get close to Amata….

    My goodness Zessica is OVA Silvia! The Mugen Punch that Silvia, Apollo and Reika did to save their world created the Great Catastrophe due to the dimensional distortion. Somehow its effects led TV Silvia to acquire OVA Silvia’s memory that Apollo is Apollonius.

    Which leads me to theorize some part of their OVA counterparts merged with them because of the dimensional distortion with differing effects. With Silvia its OVA Silvia’s partial memory. TV Reika inherited OVA Reika cursing herself causing bad luck. Apollo… He lost his memory before meeting Baron. Even OVA Apollo had family such as his grandfather.

    Both Silvia’s reincarnated into different bodies. Mikono is TV Silvia with her connection power. Zessica is OVA Silvia with her impact/distortion power.

    On another note Izumo believes Altair is dying. Which leads me to think the Tree of Life there is dying as well. The connection between Altair and Kagura’s Mithras Ignis through the portal looks to me like a tree.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      This is very confusing though very plausible for Kawamori.

  9. Taka
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    It really confused me that the way they depicted Aquila looked a whole lot more like Cygnus because I thought: that’s one ugly-ass drawing of a swan. Even if Deneb would be in the wrong place it looks a whole lot more like the Northern Cross to me.

    In other news: don’t hate on mushrooms brah. Mycelium mats are a healthy part of any ecosystem and can remove certain pollutants that might otherwise get into the groundwater. Hard to have healthy soil without mycorhiza. Also: largest organism on the planet is a mycelium mat that stretches across Oregon.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      It’s a healthy and much needed part in any ecosystem, I am just not sure how kindly women would respond to be likened to mushrooms.

      • mangaka-chan
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        That would depend on whether said woman is a mycologist.

        • Crusader
          Posted April 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

          True, but I would not recommend anyone try it outside that demographic.

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