I am not sure how many of us actually watched Genesis of Aquarion, but if you did I am sure you had a good kick out of guessing who was who in the reincarnation cycle as such please use the spoiler tag where appropriate. Given the rather low fanfare back in ye olde days and resident Kawamori Watcher ghostlightning’s vote of no confidence in Genesis of Aquarion, Aquarion EVOL is probably going to be the first jump for a lot of people into the series. For the initiated Kawamori is a New Age Hippie who more than capable of drawing the “LOL WUT?” moment and this franchise is known more for literally orgasmic gattai. If this bothers you this probably isn’t your series. That said it sure went off nicely despite the useless ramblings of Mikono it certainly is different from how its predecessor opened. I have seen a bit of Genesis, but will try and blitz through it while EVOL airs. Right now though, I just LOVE the mechanical design changes that they made.
It just looks so pretty, and judging by the rest of the series Satelight is working on EVOL is going to get the lion’s share of Satelight’s attention. Whereas Genesis had a more mystical foe with abduction bots that weren’t very mecha in design, this time everything looks mechanical. I loved how they changed the abductions from herding machines to gigantic walkers that take people away like War of the Worlds tripods. While the Vectors aren’t exactly Valkyries they share enough similarity that they can still apply all that they learned from doing Macross Frontier with their Aquaria modes filling in the battriod mode. I eagerly anticipate more frenetic battles and the one we got wasn’t too shabby. Also the technology level is much higher and I love how they are still establishing a good setting. It looks nothing like the Hong Kong I know but there is a certain charm to this war ravaged Neo-Venezia. Having Yoko Kanno and Kawamori together again always brings the promise of good things.
Amata certainly is nothing like his Genesis predecessor, not quite the wild child but a whole lot more self-doubt in that one. I just hope he doesn’t whine our ears off given that Mikono is even whinier and revels in her uselessness. That strange cat does bode ill though, but it remains to be seen if there is a correlation between strange cute pet and the Ranka effect. Amata may grow up but for me the star of the show is clearly Zessica, she has some fight in her and hopefully between her and Cayenne they can shoulder most of the burden until Amata becomes a man worthy of his destiny. I am not sure if chastity is really a requirement but they sure do make a big deal out of it. Supposing it is true though I hope Mix jumps Zessica not only for BEST PAIR but so that Zessica never has to get out of piloting.
Aquarion can get ridiculously campy but I do hold out hope that each crew male and female will be more Immortal 4th Team than a bunch of misfits trying to go at each other’s throats or getting into each other’s pants. Fortunately there was some professionalism on display even if Mix is petty and Andy is being Andy. I just hope Zessica and Cayenne can keep their teams on the straight and narrow. Given how Commander Doner has it out for Andy I don’t think we have to worry much about Andy making a nuisance of himself. Commander Doner just looks so bad ass though he has two fists of steel and has an integrated taser, that should help him maintain order.
Not sure how things are supposed to work in this society but I am curious given how the boys and girls have radically different training regimes. The girls seem to be going to a church school while the boys go through a military school. It’s an interesting dynamic, and I am curious about the hokey religion they have build in the last 12,000 years and the origin of the Guize Stones and Barrier of Chastity. More importantly though I want to see how the humans have adjusted to the Abductor incursions. The bright colors seem to indicate something that will generally be happy but I wonder what depths of depression they have up their sleeves.
While it’s great you get the M-Type and F-Type Aquaria I hope the presence of armored vehicles indicates that there are more conventional forces that have yet to come into play. I dearly would like to see a big battle given how much Macross Frontier tech carried over, besides the abductors have piloted mooks of their own, so there is no reason for the humans not to have some support forces of their own. If the humans only got stationary turrets of questionable use then the humans are in plenty of trouble if Islagnissa is just the first of many. In fact the humans better be taking this near defeat to heart as Islagnissa can kick their Aquaria’s ass fairly handily as it did in the first outing. In any case there was plenty to be happy about especially the gorgeous mecha action. I just hope that they maintain this level of quality during the entire run as much as possible.
Next week looks to be Training Day for Amata I hope he doesn’t embarrass himself too badly. I am not sure what they plan to do with Mikono or how they plan on using her. Mikono doesn’t seem like piloting material but maybe she can surprise us and prove that she is not so useless after all. At which point we can all pile on Cayenne for being a paranoid fool for wanting to lock her into a tower. A terrible Union between Kagura and Mikono might occur but in that event I fully expect a Wedding Crash for the ages.