Aquarion EVOL – 20: Mixying it Up

Mikage has a way with making trouble...

Andy’s anguish continues this week as he is still unable to save Mix, as I suspected the curse of Eve is far more insidious than a merely lethal virus. So it seems that even the Iguras who survive the journey their troubles are far from over as the very air they breathe turns them into men. Yunoha nearly became Yunoha-kun, and while it was mildly amusing it seems that Izumo does have the crappiest job on Altair. Mikage is being everything but helpful, and it seems that the hard decisions to stave off extinction have fallen upon him. They are running out of energy to open the gate and Alicia remains the only Igura to have stayed a woman upon her arrival.

Not a lot happened but it does confirm a few things about Altair, their problems did not end with just a lack of women, even the women they take at best turn into men over the course of a few days. It seems very likely that Alicia did leave for Altair on her own volition and barring a Kawamori curve ball Izumo is likely Amata’s father. It seems fairly clear now that up until Alicia Izumo wasn’t taking every Igura he could get, but after seeing how some Iguras would turn into men assuming they even survived and with Alicia in eternal sleep there wasn’t much he could do with the limited number of jumps he had left. It seems clear that the Altean military follows Izumo not only out of loyalty but because they still desperately hope for a solution in the face of extinction. Izumo is a powerful man but it seems that he isn’t power hungry nor does he relish making all the hard decisions. All that he has done he did for Altair, on that I think he is telling the truth. That he did not expect to see Amata so soon indicates that Izumo was at least aware of Alicia’s son if he wasn’t in fact the father.

Given how the journey is limited to a few individuals it is likely evacuation isn’t possible for most of Altair’s population. The prevalence of unmanned units seems to confirm this and given how they have trouble getting people alive from Vega, it is likely that the inverse is also true. Altair might be the most subtly oppressive setting in recent memory, it was not war, government, nor corporations that created this dystopia, it was a population crash that left all the women dead and a planet of mass graves. There is no more love and there are no more children. It seems to be a planet that goes slowly towards the abyss. Joy, happiness, and love have all left Altair. Still there has yet to be a full blown invasion of Vega though it may come to pass the eventually Izumo will throw in his lot with Fudo now that Mikage seems to have possibly overplayed his hand. If fate is unkind then Izumo and Altair will back Mikage after the latter starts spreading his hateful flower petals here there and everywhere.

Amata is going to have a few things to mull over now that Izumo has told him everything; hopefully Amata can find a reasonable explanation as to why Alicia has a shrine. Maybe we will find out if Alicia simply abandoned him or if she did not wish to risk her son through the long journey through Altair. I guess we will find out at a later episode. Poor Andy however did not take kindly to letting Mix slip through his fingers. I am sure he will be kicking himself even harder now, and with any luck Mix will be making a sortie to Vega. I admire the amount of effort Andy put into his failed rescue attempt, it wasn’t from a lack of trying. Even though fate has yet to grant Mix and Andy lasting happiness at least now they seem to have escaped Mikage’s notice for the short term. I just hope that Andy and Mix will not have to kill each other now that they are on opposing sides.

Now that Mikage has played his new and terrible hand perhaps Izumo will finally take steps to oppose the vile enemy of love. Mikage has started his invasion of Vega with Kagura leading the vanguard, I shudder at the thought of what vile betrayal he will force Zessica to make but this series is drawing towards the final showdown. I did not see much to give me hope that Zessica can now change her terrible fate, but I hope that somehow some way she can still do her part to impede Mikage’s plans.

HER NAME IS ALICIA.

How could he? You have not told anyone.

Yunoha-kun was waxing manly.

Yeah you're both dying and seem to have a peculiar lack of women.

This is the most philosophical that Captain Morgan has ever waxed.

I wonder if this is how Kawamori talks on a daily basis.

Well...

So much for the Touma theory.

They tried, they really tried.

Well scratch that, Donar's lost love is likely dead.

Jin-kun certainly was adorable in kindergarten.

Sadly this doesn't seem to get you much sympathy.

If only there was a better way to find her.

This tale of woe is by no means short...

I am sure it is.

At least Andy did not staying down for this one.

Oh and by the way don;t you even think about stealing from that locker.

Oh so that's what Mix was talking about.

I hope that the power of love will eventually prevail.

I wonder what caused such a terrible curse...

They would have stopped at Alicia if they could have.

What kind of Iguras?

Ah...

I wonder what Element powers Alicia had.

Well...that is the million dollar question...

Clearly Izumo has the crappiest job on Altair.

It's not just a curse it was extinction.

I guess they didn't pay much attention to Yunoha's powers.

Hello I am looking for Mix and her Andy have you seen them?

So this is how Minmay felt...

THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE.

Oh wait we haven't gotten to the dad part yet.

I know...

Yeah Izumo would have sooner believed in flying rocks...

Yeah you can't refute that.

I take it that you input was limited.

Please do tell...

Obi Wan never told you what happened to him...

Yeah on that we all seem to agree.

It would be something if Shrade didn't die.

Yunoha-kun says the funniest things.

Fighting Mikage by moonlight, saving Mix by daylight...

Here's the proof...

Can't treat that guy like an unmanned unit...

All too real...

What did you think Izumo killed them?

Which makes me wonder where the rest of the survivors were posted.

Such a rare and terrible.

Well at least now we all know the reasons behind the desperation.

I still think that Mikage was the once who doomed them all.

Well at least she isn't KIA or in the clutches of Mikage.

I think you sensed it, sort of.

Your Love for her will make you powerful.

The Gods did weep at Andy's anguish.

Well if nothing else Mix will be easy to find in future fights.

I forgive you Mix you are not yourself.

LOL all Kawamori had to do was add a Y... Chromosome.

FUCK YOU MIKAGE FUCK YOU.

Sure but when it happens I hope if Mugen Punches you in the nuts.

It's not like you are helping or doing much than being an asshole.

Goddamn it...

Shit, and here I was hoping Kagura was howling in some cage.

Mikage you SON OF A BITCH. I hate flowers...

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22 Comments

  1. Whatsht
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    As usual, Aquarion Spada is awesome.
    I think the reason Alicia remained as a female while the others became male is because the love between Izumo and Alicia was strong enough.(but not strong enough to break the curse)
    Gay flowers has taken over Vega, Great…

    If Kawamori killed another character in this episode, “Episode 20″ is going to be quite dangerous for characters of future anime that Kawamori directs.

    • SQA
      Posted May 17, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink

      Ah, good point. The “True Eve” would need to be in Love to keep her alive on Altair. Or something. Goes to the title and a point we’ve laughed about but should expect it to come back up. (Also explains why Izumo hasn’t turned off the life support system)

      But, following that point, since Mikono has the “power to connect”, she’s pretty much stuck ending up on Altair. I hope she can drag Sazanka along. (The power of the fujoshi can withstand the curse!) Mikono I guess just gets a choice between Amata and Kagura.

      • Whatsht
        Posted May 17, 2012 at 1:41 am | Permalink

        Since Altair is running out of energy, Mikono could connect the planets, Vega’s energy can be shared by both planets, the original Aquarion won’t be needed to hold Vega since the energy would not burst out.

        • Crusader
          Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

          Well I wouldn’t put it past Kawamori to tie up some loose ends even at this late and hour. If nothing else EVOL did turn out to be better than it’s predecessor IMHO.

      • Crusader
        Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

        If love is the deciding factor Sazanka will thrive, sadly she would not be the Eve they were hoping for. Sazanka would have a hell of a time but something tells me she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to create numerous BL ships. Still we need another round of her Hurricane of the Rotten Girl.

    • Tenryu
      Posted May 17, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink

      wasn’t there speculation that Amata is from Silvia’s bloodline? If we take that into account and assume he got that bloodline from his mother ‘Alicia’ then that makes her part Shadow Angel, no matter how minute.
      Now if we assume that this ‘curse’ is put upon by Mykage and he is a Shadow Angel than any curse he puts on ‘humans’ will probably have a less effect on some one who is part ‘human’, no matter how minute.

      and something interesting i found, according to animenews network Silivia’s fulll name is Silvia De Alisia.

    • Crusader
      Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      Well knowing Kawamori love being the deciding factor wouldn’t be a total surprise. Not sure how I would feel about Episode 20 being a perpetual Danger Zone if it gets established.

  2. SQA
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Kawamori had a bunch of puns setup with Mix’s name. Gotta give him credit for that.

    And, yes, I do believe Kawamori probably orders food in that method of discussion. He’s pretty close to the Shatner of Anime, as it stands. Might as well go all-in.

    We do have an interesting time-line issue, as well. Though I can’t find it, I did see a list of character ages. At the time, the important bits were Yunoha at 15 and Jin at 14 + Mix at 19 and Andy at 17. But I believe Amata is 15 or 16? Which would imply Izumo arrived on Vega before the curse. That opens up a world of possibilities…

    I.e. they some how found Mikage on Vega and he completely f’d up their planet. I’d put money on that one!

    So Fudo is Fudo again, but Mikage isn’t Touma. Mikage’s knowledge of the actual details at the end of Genesis of Aquarion weren’t accurate (so he wasn’t there to see the details + doesn’t know where the Wings of the Sun are buried). We’ll get an answer, but it could actually be a number of Shadow Angels. Obviously, it’s assumed he is one. I’m still confused who he’s supposed to be, besides the most vile Enemy of Love in anime history.

    • Ryze
      Posted May 17, 2012 at 5:41 am | Permalink

      Toma is Shcrade. in my opinion. he is so obsess with Aquarion. and Mykage i think he is the head of the Shadow Angels . the one that has a mask of some sort. and Who the hell is Amata’s father!!!?

      • SQA
        Posted May 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        Shrade as the reincarnation of Toma would actually make a solid amount of sense. And his personality/kind of looks like him.

        Mykage as Johannes (head Shadow Angel) from the first series has been banging around for a while, and that does seem a likely outcome. Though, this being Kawamori, I’m still expecting 35 curveballs before the end.

    • Crusader
      Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      All Kawamori had to do was hammer home the addition of “Y…” Age differential is very much in Andy’s favor, invoke the Immortal Spirit of his Patron Saint should hopefully provide a happy ending.

  3. KLAC-vengers
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    it’s rule 63 http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RuleSixtyThree in the worst way!!!

    yikes so that women who enter altair would later on turn into men?!

    we’re screwed we need women keep them safe.

    indeed ONORE Mykage!!!

    • Crusader
      Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      I wonder how many bricks would be shat if Kawamori worked in 63 at some point.

      • KLAC-vengers
        Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:07 am | Permalink

        who knows give really this reveal whole female turn into men yea i seen shows or eps involve like that yea if this recall http://knd.wikia.com/wiki/Operation:_F.U.T.U.R.E.

        so mikage main plans turn all women into men yea i’m guess zess is the “bomb trigger” to make it worse.

        indeed ONORE mikage i’m guess he also create whole turn women into men virus so yea with 6eps left i’m sure way to save all the women

        cause we need women!!!

  4. Magnus
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Amata got it right, even the situation on Altair didn’t really justify kidnapping women from Vega, killing them in the process.

    I wonder if they ever tried diplomacy.

    • Crusader
      Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      Right or wrong no one wants to preside over a slow painful extinction, Izumo was the de facto leader of Altair, it probably would have been civil war if they didn’t use the dimension gate to save their world. It’s not like the abductions were their first choice, and even then they weren’t relishing it.

      Diplomacy was attempted it ended very badly if you recall the circumstances that led to Mixy… Like I said before if aliens asked to have a a few women would you have given them away? Donar’s reaction is the knee jerk reaction there was but a slim chance for it to work. They were running out of jumps they had little choice but to use mass abductions to maximize what jumps they had left. When they found out about element users they re-prioritized. Yes it was a terrible thing, it could have been much worse, but plenty of peoples have done terrible things for the sake of survival. It’s not right but it is human, and not every one has the luxury of being a saint.

      If you were Izumo would you have let your people die? You speak of diplomacy but that is a lengthy and uncertain process. Every jump means that the Ianthe is going to overload somewhere and kill your people, can you ask them to die for the sake of a mere conversation? They tried just about everything, they never wanted this but this is how it turned out. Should all of Altair perish for their desperation? Izumo is dealing with diminishing resources and a population that is a few steps away from extinction, I doubt that they would simply die out slowly more likely would be that a war would start over the dimension gate as desperate Altean factions started raiding Vega on a larger scale. I’ll give Izumo credit for trying to be principled even if all the choices before him stink. He has no easy out, there is no easy out. It’s easy to pass judgement when you have more resources and more time. Izumo is running out of both, and Mikage is fucking up every little success he has.

      Jin is dead, had Jin lived things might have been different, but now Mikage has invaded Vega. It’s not as if Altair hasn’t paid a price for every jump.

      • Magnus
        Posted May 18, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

        Well, first off, I am not sure if Ianthe was exploding parts of Altair in the past. As far as I understood it, that’s a recent development. After all, the Altarians send masses of unmanned crafts through their dimensional gate for years. Altair should look even worse than it does now if there had been large explosions every time they did that.

        Secondly, I am not sure where you saw in the series that they tried diplomacy with Vega. At the beginning of the series, nobody on Vega ( aside from Fudo, I guess… ) had an idea what the motives of the Altarians were… if there had been official diplomatic talks in the beginning, people would know what Altairs deal was.

        So, as far as I can see, Altair just began abductions. And kept them going after all the persons they abducted kept dying. And dying. And dying. The only exception being Alicia, but we still don’t know what her exact deal was. It could be that FUCKING MIKAGE knew it but didn’t tell Izumo, but that scarcely makes a apology to the thousands ( or hundreds of thousands, who knows? ) dead women and the families on Vega which have been destroyed.

  5. SQA
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    You know, as much as we think Izumo is Amata’s father… what if it’s actually Mykage? Maybe I should remove that thought from my head.

    It’s gone, now what was I thinking about?

    • Whatsht
      Posted May 18, 2012 at 2:29 am | Permalink

      Mikage is too gay to have kids.

  6. Metaphysicist
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Mykage is a gigantic raging faggot(South park Definition), just be cause you lost out in love doesn’t give you the right to make to entire planets suffer. Yes I do believe that the Curse Of Eve is likely Mykage’s fault, even if he didn’t unleash it deliberately;it’s still the byproduct of his actions.

    Now there are some perfectly respectable charterers that happen to be not only Homos they are Bromos!

    Bon Clay from One Piece,GARby from Macross Frontier,Leron from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann,sweet and pure of heart Haku from Naruto. Fred Lou from Outlaw Star, though by no means badass he was a TrueBro(albeit with a few ulterior motives) to Gene Starwind.

    Not only is Mykage the greatest embodiment of the word Fagatory, that i have ever seen in a work of fiction to date. He is most likely Hetero beauty and effeminacy not with standing.

    Seeing the foul mouth that Yunoha-chan had devopled as she turned into Yunoha-kun,was so Atheismo damn hilarious.; that I kinda wanted to see the curse run it’s course.

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