Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2012 to Jun 25, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.501 (scored by 9775 users)
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Jan 10, 2012
To my knowledge, not many people liked Genesis of Aquarion. It was an overly melodramatic, awkward, very episodic and somewhat girly mecha series where the robots were essentially powered by orgasms(You read that right) and it had to compete in an era where good mecha anime was still a thing. It was a show that couldn't take itself seriously even when it was trying to take itself seriously. Audience response was mostly apathetic, but people loved the theme song and the OST had some of Yoko Kanno's best work. Hell, that OP was the sole reason I decided to blindly download the whole show on dial-up back on Christmas of '05. It took 4 months to finish, and was actually my first subbed anime.
I loved Aquarion. It was stupid and weird in all the best ways, and to this day it's still a very different spin on the super robot genre. The melodramatic characters and their reactions to everything, the complete nonsense shouted by the leader that would lead to victory in every episode, the omnisexual, ten-way, cross-dimensional love story... All of it was just grand in retrospect. I had no idea of what to expect from this series' new art direction and the effects of a near-decade hiatus, but ho-damn am I satisfied.
Aquarion EVOL opens 12,000 years after the end of Aquarion, with the main character, Amata, watching his favorite decade-old movie that (poorly) depicts events of the prequel series' final episode. This is followed by his boss coming out and telling him "Amata, no one likes that movie but you, really. The theme song got popular, but that's about it." So yeah, the opening of this new foray into the orgasm-powered mecha genre is Shoji Kawamori brazenly declaring that he gives not a single fuck to the haters out there. I can't even tell you how happy that scene made me, I felt like Amata.
After that, you get treated to what's easily the prettiest god damn show of the season, and maybe year, as Amata takes this big-boobed blue haired girl on a date through the rivers of neo-Venice. The environments are always painted in absolutely beautiful detail and color, and many shots are screencap worthy because of how genuinely pretty they are. I strongly suggest watching this in HD.
The character and world designs are all very unique and memorable, infused with an injection of sharp detail, personality and visual originality that you don't see in many anime anymore. The world and characters feel alive, and there's even two full fictional alphabets that show up in the show that contribute to this. Also, each scene is well-composed on screen and because of that, Aquarion Evol is never a bore to look at.
So far, Aquarion Evol's new cast of characters is what makes it shine, at least in my opinion. Rather than the really odd focus of the first episodes of the prior series, Evol began strong by introducing a cast of lively, thought-out and memorably designed little mecha pilots and having them ping off of each other.
The antagonists are presented in a very neutral and borderline desperate way. They don't appear evil and their motivations and details about their pasts are kept as a mystery for a while, but the show gives many hints and allusions as to who they really are and keep the viewer interested rather than starve them for details.
The writing is strong and sharp up until about 2/3rds the way through, and then it gets a little dumb near the end when old plot lines end in anticlimactic ways, pointless new plot lines appear and things get pretty drawn out in general. But then the final episode is pretty great and brings all the important stuff back to the forefront for the most part, and the series ends on a strong, melodramatic cheesy note that it should.
This is all in contrast to the first series, where the story and characters were a little unfocused until the final 6 or 7 and episodes, and then those were all amazing and climactic.
Then you have the titular fighting robots. Shit looks absolutely fantastic, though, honestly, the 3D animation is a bit stiff and the original Aquarion has a leg up on it in terms of good choreography and smooth movements.
EVOL makes full and complete use of the "orgasm when combining" joke throughout the first episode, but actually lightens up on it as the show has progresses. So far, the only real mecha orgasm sequences have been for particularly climactic moments and new character introductions. The gag is used sparingly and after the first series it's apparent the creators took note that it alienated some people. This whole project in general looks like it's taking the widespread criticism of Aquarion both in stride and into consideration, creating a series that satisfies both old fans and newcomers.
The OST is still amazing. If you watched the first series you'll probably recognize a number of the background tracks, remixed or reworked, along with a bunch of nice, new pieces. This show's opening theme is an orgasm of Japanese vocal work. Yoko Kanno knows what she's doing.
All of the base elements of Aquarion remain intact, for better or worse. It's still pretty cheesy and melodramatic, but this time they're hamming it up even more while at the same time keeping a good focus on down-to-earth elements like the cast, for the most part. I appreciate the hell out of it, but I'm sure some people still won't 'get' it. It's also still really, really pretty and the energy produced by the visuals and sounds carry the show's asinine writing like a thoroughly lubed bullet train.
"So should I watch the first series before getting into this one?"
Yes. Or at least maybe the OVAs to get a feel for the characters and stuff. One of the main draws of this series (for me) was that it's actively referenced Aquarion quite a bit, such as one of the main villains basically being an evil version of the main character in the first show. Kawamori's also stated that the main cast in this show are reincarnations of the previous cast. Eventually learning how the two stories and their characters will tie together is going to be, as I predict, one of the most rewarding aspects of EVOL. So if you want to enjoy Evol as much as you can, experience the previous project a little bit first.
Also, honestly, while Evol might be more "likable", Aquarion was a better put-together show in the end, in my opinion.
"They... orgasm in the robot? that's stupid!"
And ironically this show has far less ecchi and has more thoughtful writing than any series it's directly competing with. But really now, you probably just got done watching tit-infused garbage like Lagrange, you can't criticize this show lmao
"So, is it better than Lagrange, the other girly mecha show this year?"
Yes, in just about every single possible way, shape and form.
"Is Fudo Gen in it? He was the only good thing about Aquarion"
Yes, and he's a fucking pirate ohmygodit'sgreat
Aquarion Evol gave me colorgasms and excitement for something to see every week for half a year, and I hope it did the same for everyone else. Give it a shot. read more
May 13, 2013
The original was good but the main problem I had was that I didnt really think a whole lot of the characters. There wasnt that one guy that I was like, hey I can relate to this; it just didnt happen. Here however they did a far better job creating appealing characters which is the biggest step up in my book. Another change is that the show isnt about the orgasm powered robots, in fact they kinda go away from that. I like that because while I can say it was funny as hell at first it got old after so long and I was scared that that was all it was gonna be for a second season. Instead its used more in a symbolic nature, saying yeah thats whats up, but we're not here to make a vulgar display.
The story itself starts 12000 years after the stuff in Aquarion goes down, and as you probably know it follows the reincarnates of those characters, and of course the characters before that. As was the case in Aquarion, Evol follows a group of teenageish characters as they pilot Aquarion to save the world from abductors. It focuses on their relationships with one another and shit like that, but at the same time it is able to maintain an interesting story that keeps you going all the way through.
One thing that the story does is this: it changes alot of stuff that happenned in the original Aquarion, as in details that mattered alot to the story. This was risky because if you start changing stuff people can become confused, but I didnt and I doubt anyone will because they do such a good job in just the overall story-telling effort. It answers all of your questions which is very very important in any show.
The art was beautiful. I thought that the art in the original was pretty decent but damn, this just takes it all up several notches. The fight scenes are terrific and everything is so clear. The character models are done far better than in Aquarion and that was just fantastic to see.
Now on to the characters themselves. As ive already said, the characters were far more appealing to me this time around and I found myself rooting for them, which is something that didnt happen in the original. It follows Amata and his friend (who he'd like to be more than friends with) Mikono as they enter the Neo-deava academy and become elements for Aquaria. As you should have figured out by now, or will shortly these are supposed to be the reincarnates of celian and apollonius which is kinda true but at the same time not and as it goes on you'll see what i mean. Also in this you have a villain who looks suspiciously like Amata and some others make return appearances such as that shadow-angel dude from Aquarion and that crazy bastard Fudo shows up(yeah 12,000 years later).
As the story progressed, it got more and more tragic. There are just sad situations and the whatnot popping up everywhere at a point and I was all depressed and shit like "aw damn, this is gonna have a sad ending" which was the vibe I was getting. The actual ending though is very good and all the sad stuff that goes down at least gets brought to points where theres closure if nothing else. The ending also provides an actual end, by this I mean that the whole 12,000 year repeating cycle can finally be ended by the end to this.
On a whole I was really happy with this show. It had subtle humor, good characters, orgasmic animation(sorry I just had to use that pun) and it fixed alot of the crap that Aquarion didnt do so hot with. I will recomend thsi to anyone who liked the original, hell, Ill recomend this if you didnt like the original because this is just on such a higher level. Enjoy. read more
Jul 17, 2012
Episodes 1 - 13 = 7
Now, the series started off very good, I wouldn't say it was amazing, but it was enough to pull me in and get me interested in the series. It was lighthearted and comedy filled at points, but it also had plenty enough action and mystery involved to keep you looking forward to what might come next.
Episodes 14 - 21 = 5
Unfortunately at this point, the story seems to start getting thrown all over the place. Some episodes I liked and some were just not so good... and I'm sad to say that it continued to get worse.
Episodes 22 - 26 = 2
This is where everything in the plotline just falls apart. Revelations and twists are made and it all seems to turn into a horrible joke. It didn't end well either as there will a lot of plotholes and loose-ends in the series that were left unanswered. You know it's bad when you root for the antagonist in the series to win and hope that the heros will lose.
Overall, the plotline was decent, but definitely no where near amazing.
Total Average: 4.5
Tha animation quality was overall pretty, but not overly fantastic, especially since the CG wasnt really well done on some points. It had a lot of recycled footage through out the anime and unfortunately the reused footage from Sousei no Aquarion stuck out like a sore thumb against Evol's animation. But for the most part it was very pretty to look at, especially the first ending.
Ah, the saving grace of the show and probably one of the few things I will remember from Evol. The music is just astounding; I could listen to it all day and not get tired of it. Gekkou Symphonia, Paradoxical Zoo, Eve no Danpen, Kimi no Shinwa, Yunoha no Mori, Aquaria Mau Sora... they're all wonderful songs, there's not one I do not like.
Main Characters = 2
The main characters are some of the worst I have ever experienced in a show. I started off liking Amata quite a bit; he was a weak willed character but he seemed very devoted and it looked as if he would develop into a stronger character; how wrong was I. He continued to be weak and couldn't seem to function without Mikono around; it was unbearable to watch him near the end. I think most will agree with me when I say that I definitely won't miss his "MIKONO-SAAAAAAAAANNNN!"
Mikono... she starts off as quite a snotty character a little bit in the beginning and shes always looking down on herself and calling herself useless... at one point it seemed that she stepped up and looked as if she would actually do something and help out, but in the end, remains to be useless and forever stuck in the damsel in distress mode.
Zessica- as much as I love Zessica, she was a poorly developed character. She started off amazing and had the potential to be a great person, but gets stuck in her mopey and dull self as her unrequited love for Amata beats her down repeatedly into a deeper depression. If Zessica's character taught me one thing, it's that no matter how you try to go against fate/ destiny, you can't and it will beat you down.
Kagura started off as an interesting character, but I also think he was poorly developed. Has a very beast-like personality and his sole focus is to get Mikono and anyone in his way will get hurt/killed... there's really not much else to him. But the thing that will continue to bug me to the end of days is his OOC'ness at the very end of the series... he is suddenly shown capable of being a human being and rather intellectual when that was definitely not the case from before.
Supporting Characters = 8
The supporting characters, to me at least, outshown the main characters by far. Jin and Yunoha were some of my favorites, separately they were both very good, but when they were together, something sparked and they quickly became my favorite love interest in the show. Andy and Mix provided a lot of comedy, especially when they were together, but their love at the end really moved me. Both JinxYunoha and AndyxMix were by far better love interests than AmataxMikono and much more enjoyable. The other side characters were also very enjoyable in their own way- Cayenne and Shrade, along with Sazanka and Malloy were just wonderful.
Total Average: 5
The first half of the series was very enjoyable and I was always looking forward to the next episode, unfortunately my high expectations from the first half led to a lot of disappointment in the second half. It became a trainwreck; the plotline became something that I didn't look forward to and I found myself groaning at a lot of scenes or just not really caring.
I think it was my high expectations from the first half that led to my great disappointment, but Evol just stands as average to me. The terrible plotline, poorly developed main characters, and lack of enjoyment for the second half really hit me. Despite the not so good things, there was still enjoyment from the supporting cast and especially from Mykage(whom was a great villain), so overall it wasn't terribly awful, I just felt it could have been handled better. read more
Apr 25, 2012
Story: The story is really good imo. You have 2 guys who clash together in order to win over the girl they love. The season isn't over yet but in my opinion it feels like 1 side represents "old love/destined love" and the other represents "new love/breaking chains of fate". It's a typical space/sci-fi/school life anime where a boy gets involved in a cross-planetary war and his whole life is changed. He gets introduced to various "special" people who possess unique powers that are used to protect the planet.
Art: The artwork is beautiful. It's basically a 2012 looking anime so of course the colors are vibrant and very nice.
Sound: This show reminds me a lot of Macross Frontier for some reason. Music plays big rolls in major events that happen throughout the show. New powers = music, dramatic events = music, etc , etc.
Character: The characters are really good. You have the perverted male friend who clashes with the tsundere boy hating goodygoody girl and the typical bishounen guys that the girls are head over heels for. Then you have the various girls that are in love with the MC (One is more open, the other is the typical conservative shy soft spoken girl).
Enjoyment: This show is really really good. I honestly only watched this for Zessica Wong (she's cute :3) but I wound up enjoying the show a lot. It reminds me a lot of Macross Frontier + Isekai No Seikishi Monogatari which happens to be my favorite anime :3
ENJOY IT and don't forget! ZESSICA IS #1 F*CK MIKONO
EDIT: I finished watching the first season. I recommend it to those of you that want to a get a better feeling of the whole Aquarion history. However, it is not necessary to watch S1. All you basically need to know is that 12000 years ago 2 lovers fought to save the world from destruction and through self sacrifice they were separated from each other, destined to fall in love again when they were "reincarnated". It's basically a recurring 12k year cycle of lovers. All of this information is shown in EVOL (episode 1 for that matter).
If you would like to get to know more about the past lives of some of the characters you should watch S1. You can see how Kagura and Apollo share MANY traits which leads viewers to believe he is the true reincarnation of Apollo, yet Amata has the Sun Wings.
Even if you watch S1 you still won't understand why Mykage does what he does or why he looks like the dude from S1 (forgot his name... wait it's Toma, now I'm too lazy to change what I just wrote -____-)
Basically the reincarnations as I see it are:
Amata/Kagura = Apollo
Silvia = who cares, she's a betch :3
Toma = Zessica (can't say why because that's a spoiler, message me if you want to discuss)
Silvia's Brother = who cares, he's a loser. Seriously, he really is. Go watch season 1. read more
Jul 11, 2012
It was at this point I lost all enjoyment from the series, as I enjoyed the previous series although melodramatic, it still came around for a decent romance drama. Which was founded on the fact apollo was apollonius that gets thrown out the window near the end of this show.
Besides the horrible turn of events for the story, the characters are good and develop very well, they entertain multiple relationships between characters which is nice. I mean theres not much to say besides the story was going well until that horrific twist, other then that it was pretty good. read more
May 27, 2012
Aquarion Evol is no doubt better than the original considering that the original (Sousei no Aquarion/Genesis of Aquarion) was already one of my top ten favourite anime.
Having said that, Aquarion Evol is far more superior than the original in all aspects be it the story, the character development or the overall enjoyment factor.
The new characters all share traits with characters from the original Aquarion series which makes it a delight for those who have watched the original to guess the identities of these "reincarnated characters". Some obvious similarities are drawn in the first episode between Amata/Kagura (Evol) and Apollo (Genesis)...and Mikono (Evol) and Sylvia (Genesis).
It's nice to also hear some of my favourite Genesis Akino songs reused in this series.
But my favourite part of the series is the clash between the mysterious Kagura character with the humble Amata. Both desire "the hand" of Mikono but both share a secret that makes the relationship between the three so much more complicated than "just another love triangle".
So for those who love action mixed with romance, this is definitely the anime for you. read more
Mar 14, 2012
When I watched the first episode I though I will stop,but then I heard ending song. Its words are beautiful and music is just great. The more I'm watching this anime the more I feel like it's going to be my favorite ! Story is awesome,art is awesome,sound is awesome,in short this anime is just awesome.
I don't like mecha very much but here it's different,mecha is combined with ecchi and romance,perfect !
Every character is different. I know I didn't watched the whole anime cause it's still airing but I still love it.
I founded Aquarion Evol several days ago when the 11th ep came and every day when I'm at home from school I'm watching new episode.
After I watch the whole thing I'll read manga...and one more thing I didn't watched the first season. o.O ups,ahaha xP read more
Jan 11, 2012
I first started this anime because I thought it would be about evil fishes, no joke. I translated the words at random and developed this idea that it would be like Finding Nemo with a twist. Don't find that too surprising, it insults my creativity (lets call it that) since my mind read the title as "Aquarium Evil." Anyway, I was a tad disappointed.
Don’t get me wrong; evil fishes would have made my day but I’m trying to be “cup half full” for the New Year’s crap. So I decided to watch even after the first five minutes confirmed that evil fishes were, in fact, nowhere present, but it was better in a way.
For those wondering, this is a review based on one episode (long one it is!) that I’ve seen. I know nothing of this genre or if this has any previous works but there’s always a first and I’ll forget to write my thoughts on it later, I’ll share them now:
The first couple of minutes create a sort illusion that Aquarion Evol is just about Sora Amata, who’s name I only remember because of Kingdom Hearts. He’s a loner, who works at a movie theater and is in love with a movie (Skies of Aquaria) and wishes people loved it as much as he does. While talking to a girl about his favorite movie he blushes at something she says and starts floating in air. At first I thought it was a weird-anime-guy-thing and he floated when he got turned on or something, even though that isn’t weird by anime standards (meaning I’ve heard/seen of weirder). I decided to postpone that thought and let the show tell me why he has to stuff his boots with metal pieces to keep from floating up.
The story’s attention shifts and action drops into our lap (finally!).
We learn about their world, how it’s divided and the boys and girls don’t “mingle,” so to speak. How members from their force have elemental powers (can it be called that?). How Aquarion has been battling with beings from an alternate dimension who wreak havoc by kidnapping citizens from Aquarion with spirit like machines called Abductors(not very creative there but it gets the point across and if your memory sucks like mine it’ll also help you remember) and take them back to their dimension. Aquarion fights back and sends their army called Aquaria to defend Aquarion.
Along the way we get confirmation of what we already suspect, that Sora isn’t an ordinary boy but a chosen one who is “destined” to be fighting alongside Aquaria in his own special mecha spirit thing that he eventually unlocks by calling it by its name:
“Aquarion. He knows the forbidden name.” -----Are you kidding me!
The animation is very nice and sort of reminds me of a role playing game sometimes. The characters each have their own uniqueness even in their own particular hair color. It’s a colorful world that’s for sure, but it gives it the aquatic feel to it that the anime wants to express (I guess). Something’s looked out of place for me, like one minute they were in a high tech building where everything seemed robotic or futuristic and the next it looked like a street in Paris. Threw me off a bit but I expected evil guppies so, eh.
The characters, it's too soon to tell and I can't get a feel of them right of the bat, I mean I can make assumptions and say it'll be like so and so but I like to assume they'll surprise me even if they end up not doing it. The main cast pair, you know who it is right off the bat, I wasn't a fan of much after 40 minutes just because the girl is annoying, but she's cute (in an Princess Euphemia way) so that'll make up for it.
The soundtrack is good, but honestly I would only notice something is off if it didn’t belong, like if Taylor Swift started playing during a fighting scene, otherwise I just notice that the music and instruments were in sync with the action scene and the mellow ones.
I wasn’t a fan of all the “aqua” to everything but I was surprised that I was enjoying the first episode more than I thought I would.
Why did I keep watching this show even though I don't watch sci-fi? Well because apart from the fish thing (above) it was the one show that I clicked on that during the first five minutes didn’t use the phrase, “wet panties.”
It’s an entertaining show and even though I am probably not making sense in this review since I don’t review non-romance anything I think it has potential and it reminds me a little of the fighting scenes in Code Geass which is the only other mecha anime I’ve watched, ever. Aquarion Evol is also one of the few anime I liked from the winter lineup.
Jan 11, 2012
it came at a time where anime was just starting to be popular where i came from, and where i lived, to love anime as much as i did, or rather, japanese games, art music, etc etc, was anathema to the social ladder. didnt really care. point being i watched it years ago. i still watch it. i have the damn thing in my hard drive right now. when the characters said that the movie the characters were watching was a let down and only the music was good, good enough to warrant its own show, i felt so vindicated.
nvrmind, after all this years thinking how underappreciated it was kinda riles me up. the music it uses now is a variation, remixed and improved. if you loved the music 7 years ago, you'll love it now.
graphics? arts? i had a fucking orgasm over the beauty. nuff said. the venice like river of the first date, absolutely beautiful. the characters are drawn far more aesthetically pleasing compared to the original. i mean, put amato and apollo side by side and start laughing. i dont really follow anime as avidly as i used to, but i can honestly say this might just be the best animation of 2012.
characters? eh.... just two spisodes..... no comment except that most people in the show seem to have a stick up their arse. especially the single sex ladies in the robot. to be honest though? the first thing that struck out to me when i watched the first ten minutes were how the Celiane and sylvia was depicted in a movie. i had visions of Apollo and Appolonius bursting out of Amato's back old school style and LAUGH at how girly the heroine is now compared to the real thing 12000 years and 24000 years ago. i kid you not. basically so far the blue haired heroine has shown herself to be a typical japanese Yamato Nadeshiko. soft spoken, sensitive, utterly beautiful as opposed to the rough housing, amazon warriors the first two heroines were.
overall? i sat in my chair and ate salted peanuts while staring at a blank wall for 12 hours straight because i was waiting for the thing to be released. so i have to say i might be a little biased. if you like visually pleasing shows though? this might whet your appetite and if not the characters dont, the story will drawn you in. read more
Jun 25, 2012
Art and sound: Mediocre 5.
I just have nothing to say about these parts, since the art is similary with "Sousei No Aquarion." Plus, the fanservice is kinda off, though Zessica looks hot in her skimpy outfit. As for the sound, I kinda like the mechs changing theme.
Character: Good 7.
I like the romantic role that Amata and Mikono played as lovers who are fighting to reverse the destinity that keeps them apart, also I kind like that role of Andy breaking into Mix's heart I guess you may say that the comedy genre of this anime is them, as for the other characters like Sharade, Cayenne, Kaguya and Mallory they really did their part well as part of the of this anime for as they represent the anime's action genre . I also like that the antagonist is solely reside in Mykage, in fact his role is a total representation of evil behind that angelic look. For Fudo.... well I guess since this anime has a fantasy genre, he may well be that genre.
Enjoyment and Overall: Very Good 8.
Ok, so for me, to give it such rating is because I've always expected that the arc would be a Mikono X Amata arc and it did happen, ok so most would expect a Kaguya X Mikono arc and a Zessica x Amata arc.....good thing it didn't happend which it the enjoyable part of the anime. Overall, this anime is worth watching every episode and this is one anime which you don't have to watch its prequel, since the way that Mari Okada of studio Satelight created it can stand on its own. In fact you might say that it is unrelated to the prequel- even if it is, then again who cares? This anime is all good, and that's that.
I hope that Satelight studios would make another sequel or a spin-off of this anime.
Btw: Mykage X Fudo (or Apollonius) arc?????????EEEEEEWWWWWW I hate shonen-ai or should I say Otoku-ai. No offends to LGBT's out there, just my personal opinion.
Feb 26, 2012
After watching the first episode, all i can say is that i got really into it. not to mention about a boy liking a girl, super powers, robots and separating the boys with the girls in a school to stop them from becoming in love. I would always wait every week for this anime. This anime has everything I'm looking for; Cute Girls, Robots, Comedy and Romance.
At first i had no clue where this anime was going, so i deiced to watch the first season "Genesis of Aquarion". It was okay, i just needed a clue what the whole series was about. Mostly about fight invaders who were harvesting humans so they could stay alive or so, and the only way to stop them are to use these people so called "elements" to pilot a Robot.
Aquarion Evol revolves around a boy name Amata which i THINK who is the recreation or Apollo. Amata is a boy who is an element (he has wings in his feet) user who meets a girl name Mikono and starts liking her. Mikono seems to be a shy and timid type of person. They then get involve in the Robot fighting with the invaders, and then has been made to stay at this school that is separated between girls and boy. Lets just put it to that for now, I'm still watching. (x
To be honest this anime will drag you in, with great art as if you are watching in HD, and with also great Opening and Ending songs. I love the Characters. This show is Random and Weird at the same time, that's why I love it. read more
Mar 30, 2013
- The story is quite interesting and there are some new things which you don't see in other anime.
- Although you can sometimes guess what will happen in the next few episodes it's still exciting and I didn't care even though I knew what was going to happen.
- I love anime which have a nice drawing style and Aquarion Evol was definitely one of them. Although there were little mistakes (which happens in nearly every anime) it was nice to watch. Also it's quite colourful which makes the anime even better.
- I love the soundtrack of Aquarion Evol, there were some songs from the prequel but also new ones and this was definitely an anime where you noticed that there was music but it also matched the scenes perfectly.
- Well, there are good ones, bad ones and if I had to say which I didn't like I couldn't really name one. Although I liked some of the characters better than others, all in all, all of them were quite funny and interesting.
I watched Aquarion Evol in 2 days! I really enjoyed watching it, becaue it has a nice feeling and is perfect for a little break between some other anime.
Overall: I don't think Aquarion Evol is a Must-Watch Anime if it is about all genres but if we speak about the mecha/romance genre I think it's quite interesting and I recommend watching it...I think I also liked the anime because it has so many different elements (genres) in it. read more
Feb 3, 2013
The first Aquarion series was based on an interesting concept that was trashed by the lack of an interesting plot and by lots of retarded fan service. It remained known as nothing more than a train-wreck called roborgasm for trying to sound serious and dramatic when it had over the top erotic humour and silly robot action. So after some years they decided to make a sequel to it; something normally ludicrous for a title so loathed by most. The good part is that they flavoured the main idea to look more interesting. The bad part is that it’s still the same retarded presentation.
The story takes place 12.000 years after the previous battle AGAIN and has the same cast AGAIN although in slightly different roles because they are reincarnations of the original characters. In this setting, the world is now revived and humanity is flourishing, so you are presented with much more than a wasteland. There is a whole city full of buildings, nicely detailed, colourful and definitely more bright and cheery than that gloomy dark world of the prequel. At the same time there still is a second dystopian world, so you are offered a nice antithesis as the two planets clash. The action scenes are also more complicating and have more interesting choreography than before. In all, there is a lot more for the eye to keep busy even when the plot is not going anywhere. And to the most part it doesn’t, at least not significantly.
Speaking of the plot, it is not serious at all AGAIN as most things happen for the sake of comedy or really stupid internal logic. If you try to see this in a reasonable manner then you will be greatly disappointed, as it is just a patchwork of silly clichés from various mecha titles of the past. Individually none are that great to deserve their own show (especially when they already have one) but putting them all together in the same show leads to an interesting chemistry. Here is what I mean.
1) Just like in the prequel, the main idea is present. We have people mentally bonding in order to fight in a mecha, which leads to a condition akin to orgasm (thus roborgasm). They also try to expand on the idea by including how using divine weapons through this union is very dangerous and thus they install special seals to prevent that. Those seals are called… chastity stones! Taking the whole ludicrous idea on the next level is rewarding on its own. They even make a villain to be the reincarnation the hero of the first series, thus making you think that something went wrong along the way and what was good back then, is now evil. Thus trying to reverse the roles is an easy way to hook you into a premise you already have experienced and would probably find boring.
2) Since the union is considered unholy, boys and girls who pilot the robots are not allowed to be together, much less have relationships. So the school they are in has this huge wall to keep them apart called Berlin (just like than wall in Germany). This separation is a very interesting scenario generator to see how they will cope now that they need to cooperate (and boy do they seem like they are not getting any smexy love all their lives). I remember seeing something similar in the mecha show called Vandread, which was very good for its time. It fondles nicely with taboos by considering heterosexuality to be wrong, while homosexuality being granted as normal.
3) The alien invaders of the show (humans from a different planet actually) kidnap people in order to harvest something out of them. This is also interesting as a concept and reminded me of Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross.
4) The events of the previous show have been turned into a movie, which reminded me of Macross Frontier. It is also a nice opening to see how the characters try to find the truth out of the myth and later on you even see clip scenes from the first show. So they are trying to blend in the two series instead of considering them separate. They even flavour it further by revealing how some things were not as they told you in the first show.
5) The villain being able to teleport or use escape pods after he loses? This is so kitsch, it fits like a glove in this show.
6) Gender bending curse on top of a split personality that went amnesiac. Further details are unnecessary; you will be watching this for the sake of watching this.
Of course all these good ideas can only help you to have positive first impressions. They still need to develop them if they intend to keep you interested and, guess what, everything is completely chaotic. You quickly find the same huge asspulls that ruined the first season by making everything possible if the scriptwriter felt like making it so. It ruins all sort of strategy, as well as the emotional conflicts if you can accomplice anything with some magic gizmo. I mean they have a huge selection of superpowers to use in each possible situation so nothing seems impossible to them. Thus although the premise is constant and attractive, it is never taken seriously. All issues the characters have are always resolved in the same episode they begin in. Heck, they even form teams of three, based on antithesis instead of uniformity. Then they are thrown to fight invading robots while still hating each other, with wise guy Fudo expecting them to solve all their problems in the most improbable moment: During a battle for the salvation of the world. And you know what, after awhile saving the world is less important than getting their silly teen issues resolved. Thus here is what you get in pretty much every episode:
Enemy pilot: I will destroy this place because it has horny hot girls and my place doesn’t.
Girl pilot: You only like me for my boobs.
Boy pilot: That’s not true, I love your ass too.
Nun general: Will you please cut that out and just fight the robot that is trying to destroy our world?
Wise guy Fudo: (plays with cards, says some weird stuff about passion and life and shit).
Girl pilot: Oh, I get it now.
Boy pilot: Me too. Let’s teleport in the person we need, get into an orgasm, and beat the robot in a most improbable way.
Enemy pilot: That’s not fair! They use any special attack they like and gang up on me!
And despite their defeat once again, the evil Gaylord leader Mykage will play with some rose petals, say some weird stuff about love and duty and shit, and makes anything he likes to happen with hax powers, thus rendering the previous battle completely pointless.
Just like before it was interesting at first before the lack of doing something with its premise and the retarded roborgasms full of asspulls made it too stupid to care about it after a few episodes.
Although many viewers can claim that this is a super robot show and realism is the least you should be expecting, it still doesn’t work out in the longrun. Even guilty pleasure shows like this one need to have some sort of internal logic in order to work and this one in particular doesn’t even try. The proof of which are the motives of the villains for attacking the world of the good guys. After they reveal the reason, you will be scratching your head without the faintest idea of why this war happened in the first place. They could have just asked them for some humanitarian aid, or permission to relocate. We could assume they were denied all that, or they are too proud and prefer to fight than beg, or that their leaders are insane megalomaniacs, or whatever else generic villains do in fiction. The problem is, we don’t see any of all that; the villains act like normal people and thus you will feel like the whole war was not only pointless but could also have been avoided altogether. And sure, avoiding the war in a super robots show is the same as saying we won’t “have” a super robot show in the first place. But the excuses for it are just retarded.
Going further than that, Fudo clearly knows everything about what has happened in the past and is even the leader of the whole robot organization, yet he doesn’t explain the enemy’s motivation up until the final episodes. It would make sense if he had enemies that would abuse the hidden information. But clearly nobody can stand against him so revealing the truth from the start could have helped his team in knowing for why the devil they are fighting for. But instead, you get this stupid plot where they are fending off the attacks and don’t even know why they do it but are otherwise too preoccupied with their unimportant sexual frustration. So what’s the point of telling them at all in the end if they don’t care? There is another scene where a heroine is possessed by an evil spirit and although she had full control of her body for several episodes didn’t even attempted to tell the others about it for no given reason. I mean sure, the show would feel a lot less mysterious if everything was clear right away but there was no reason to withhold information. It runs on mysteries that have no reason to be mysteries in the first place.
And skip that, even the explanations that are offered towards the end make no sense. They are closer to trolling as the scriptwriter is constantly rewriting the events of the prequel every time he feels like it. It makes the story even dumber than it already is.
But let’s try to see past all that. Pure dumb fun comes first and thus all the attention is given to over-the-top situations and extreme doses of action. The mecha battles are great, there are cool transformation sequences, energy beams that fill the screen and special attacks that have all sort of improbable results. Even the music themes are very good in uplifting emotion, despite being just silly j-pop nonsense. Plus we have characters who are all hormone-crazy teenagers who are never allowed to have some fun with the other gender, so imagine their sexual tension as they board the same ship and with their burning passion reach to a state of orgasm and rain havoc upon the poor aliens. Crazy stuff. Who cares if nothing makes sense in the plot?
As long as you see it as nothing but guilty pleasure and don’t think about how pointless everything feels, chances are you will enjoy it. Even so, it may feel tiresome and stupid after awhile, as it still tries to be serious and dramatic even when it makes no sense, plus it lasts too much and has too many secondary characters that don’t seem to matter much in the longrun. In all it is quite weaker next to other similarly action packed titles, such as Tengen Toppa’s constant escalated action or Red Line’s short and tight duration. So although it tries a lot, in the end it is just random nonsense and it won’t appeal to an audience who prefers some elaborate plot and seriousness.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 9/10
General Artwork 2/2 (good looking)
Character Figures 2/2 (generic but cool/sexy)
Backgrounds 2/2 (wonderful)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 2/2 (lots of pretty colours)
SOUND SECTION: 8/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (silly but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 4/4 (great)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 5/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (loose and random)
Complexity 2/2 (rich context)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy)
CHARACTER SECTION: 6/10
Presence 2/2 (funny/sexy)
Personality 2/2 (cheesy but well founded)
Backdrop 1/2 (simplistic but it’s there)
Development 0/2 (it’s there but it’s completely random)
Catharsis 1/2 (cheesy)
VALUE SECTION: 3/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 1/3 (low because it gets too stupid after awhile)
Memorability 2/4 (the roborgasms are a very memorable trait but other than that there ain’t much to remember it about)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 5/10
Art 1/1 (looks great)
Sound 1/2 (the dialogues are stupid but the music is great)
Story 1/3 (nice ideas but presented too silly)
Characters 2/4 (cool and sexy but eventually hollow)
Funny and sexy but loses steam fast. read more
Feb 25, 2012
My friend insisted the first 45-minute episode was worth watching, based on pure ridiculousness. I was, to say the least, incredulous.
Finishing episode one, I wasn't exactly impressed, but the art was so well done that I decided I'd stick with it.
Boy, am I glad I did.
On top of being a visually stunning show (I mean, seriously, exactly what kind of budget did these guys get?) Aquarion just has a completely off-the-wall, what-the-fuck-are-they-thinking kind of plot that I can easily get a laugh out of.
I won't try to give you the illusion that it isn't completely and utterly retarded, because, oh, it is. But I'm the kind of person who can take a ridiculous plot and find alot of enjoyment in it, and the fact the animation is consistently and extremely well done, Aquarion is a great choice for some good old mindless fun. read more
Jan 19, 2013
Wait what? But alas, that's exactly what it is. First time you'll see it, you'll be like wtf; second time you'll see it you'll be face-desked and probably crying tears of laughter. That in a nutshell, is what Aquarion Evol is about. It's a bit of every genre (musics included) and it manages to make them work together at that.
Aquarion Evol is not meant to be taken too seriously though. It has unimaginable amounts of cheesy-corny moments (take that orgasm-driven mechas for instance) and quite a bit of melodramatic high-school scenes, but it's all perfectly bearable if you'd grin and laugh at it. If you seek military or action driven mecha anime, you'll probably be bitterly disappointed.
The main story is simple. One futuristic world experiences systematic human abductions due to unknown entities called "abductors", and the students of futuristic academy being the mecha pilots they are have to fight this unknowable unknown. With time, the intentions of abductors become clear and our heroes will be faced with tough choices. Meanwhile the main hero, a freshly enrolled student of aquaria academy, discovers mysterious competitor for the love of his life which is revealed to be tied to a sinister prophecy and a legend. The story per se, is not bad. Apart from main protagonists the series explores a bunch of secondary characters and gives some insight into the events of previous series, so you won't be left in the dark. The issue with this kind of story is that any side-story episodes do feel like fillers and the series would have been better without few of them. Otherwise this anime loses some of its event-driven focus. Unfortunately, this lack of focus and coherence becomes even stronger towards the end of the series, some events prior the ending come off as baffling and illogical.
The art is gorgeous. You'll want to stare and stare at beautifully rendered backgrounds inspired by Shanghai and Venezia. The light and sfx are also quite on par. The anime boasts memorable character designs. Animation is smooth and lively, particularly during the battle scenes.
The soundtrack is filled with loveable ambient music, consisting from instrumental pieces, most notably crisp and dreamy piano arrangements. It also has quite a few songs in it, Aquaria Mau Sora probably being most beautiful out of all. The OP has classical epic feel to it, and it basically carves itself in your memory.
Overall characters are a likeable bunch. It's shame though that Aquarion Evol suffers same disease as most shounen anime: the protagonists are much less appealing than secondary characters. Hell, even antagonists look better against main duo. By main duo I mean Amata and Mikono by the way. Amata no thanks to his way too meek demeanour comes off as spineless, and Mikono pretty much embodies that I-am-useless-but-I-try-to-be-better girl stereotype. Naturally these two would engage in all sorts of silly melodrama, but hey something gotta sustain romantic suspense, no? Having said that, I very much prefer secondary characters including minor antagonists. They offer much more badassery and humor. In the end of the day, even villains of Aquarion Evol are not that villainous. Misunderstood, driven to despair, having no other choice, but not inherently evil evil.
Pretty enjoyable anime spiced with cheesy moments and humor, with both action and mystery involved. Well, minus the fillerish melodrama. A little awkward considering it's both high-school AND mecha, but still watchable. Me, I personally loved the music most. And Kagura's manner of speech :D read more
Jan 17, 2013
Aquarion Evol takes place 12,000 years after the events of Sousei no Aquarion. The world has changed a lot and no longer is there a struggle over Earth, but a clash between the "Abductors" of the planet Altea (Altair in some translations) and the humans of planet Vega. Altea is a dying planet struggling for survival while Vega is a prosperous, Earth-like planet. As the conflict continues, the world hurdles toward disaster and history is set to repeat itself once more.
While Aquarion Evol still references the legendary battle of old between the Shadow Angels and humans (often referenced by an in-series film titled Skies of Aquaria), that conflict has been laid to rest. DEAVA has given way to a new organization named neo-DEAVA under new leadership while operating as an academy for young pilots, or Elements. Men and women are separated and there are two "Aquaria," one for each gender, meaning merging is strictly unisex. The Aquaria are similar to the Aquarion of old as it is also a three form, three component mecha composed of Vectors. During the first encounter with the “Abductors,” Sora Amata and Mikono Suzushiro, two civilian teenagers who both claim to have no special talents, take control of a Vector and form AQUARION with students of neo-DEAVA, much to neo-DEAVA’s surprise and dismay.
Unlike Sousei no Aquarion, the story in Evol progresses much cleaner and each episode builds on the episode prior. Additionally, the plot does not seem to disappear compared to its predecessor. An explanation may be due to the fact that the plot is only slowly revealed episode by episode, not totally laid out for you as Sousei no Aquarion had. Additionally, gone is the formula Sousei no Aquarion used to mold their episodes that revolved around some special training that were just simple team-building exercises that added nothing to the plot. While there are some training aspects in Evol, they do not consume the entire episode. What may be the biggest departure from Sousei no Aquarion is that it also is no longer predictable in that not every episode leads up to some grand merging of Aquarion to combat an enemy. In Evol, characters also rely on hand-to-hand combat in some instances, while other instances show the characters in their daily lives outside of neo-DEAVA. Ultimately, what makes Evol’s story so compelling is that it keeps you guessing. If you had watched Sousei no Aquarion, you often wonder when what you already know about the story comes into play. It makes going from episode to episode much more enjoyable than watching meaningless battle after meaningless battle waiting for the plot to return. However, Aquarion Evol does tend to fall into the same corny traps as Sousei no Aquarion—mostly from attack names—and also does get a little too “cute.”
What a difference 7 years makes. The animation is much more vibrant and consistent. The clipping and quality issues that led to unflattering appearances are no longer there. The animation is very crisp with a wider array of colors. I recommend watching Aquarion Evol in HD to fully appreciate how beautiful this series is drawn. The scenery, the cities, the character designs, everything is leaps and bounds beyond what was presented in Sousei no Aquarion. The CGI is on par with what was presented in Sousei no Aquarion and the fight and merge scenes are very good. One welcome change is the introduction of Aquarion Gepard which features projectile weapons, signs of evolution and adaptation to the changing world. The character designs are a little more “fan-servicy” as most all the females have enormous breasts and some wear highly revealing clothing.
Much like its predecessor, Aquarion Evol earns high marks for music. Akino returns with two very loud, vigorous, and exciting tracks for both its openings. The endings are dialed back into somber ballads; the second performed by voice-cast member, Yui Ogura. As you learn more of her character, Yunoha, it becomes a very touching track. Many OSTs from Sousei no Aquarion return, namely Genesis of Aquarion. The consistency of OSTs and opening artist is much appreciated and lends to the idea that it is indeed one big story spanning many generations. There is a heavy reliance on the track “Aquaria Mau Sora” which appears in the in-series film, Skies of Aquaria. The voice cast in Aquarion Evol is stacked with tremendous talent and is executed brilliantly. Aquarion Evol also scales back the orgasmic moans and grunts that were far too prevalent in Sousei no Aquarion. While merging still seems intense and full of bliss and passion, it no longer seems to equate to sex, though it still is inferred by character interaction.
In my opinion, this is where the biggest upgrade Aquarion Evol has over its predecessor. Where Sousei no Aquarion had no overly spectacular characters where they all seemed somewhat annoying, Aquarion Evol has more characters, and most of them are thoroughly appealing and likable. There are two areas of character that Aquarion Evol far outdoes its predecessor. First, the characters receive a lot of development throughout the series apart from their own character-centric episodes. This makes characters a lot more likable as you see their development episode by episode. This makes the characters highly relatable and sympathetic. Second, the formation of character relationships is far more prevalent in Aquarion Evol than Sousei no Aquarion. Sousei no Aquarion focused much on the relationship between Apollonius and Celiane. While other characters often intimate at love, nothing ever develops. In Aquarion Evol, deep friendships are forged, romance is found, loss is experienced, and heartbreak appears. This also leads to characters being relatable and sympathetic. Aquarion Evol also has a clear evil that needs to be defeated.
I highly recommend that Sousei no Aquarion be watched before watching this series, though it not be entirely necessary. However, it alludes to the story quite frequently and may seem confusing to those who are unfamiliar with the events of Sousei no Aquarion. While Sousei no Aquarion seems, at times, boring, Aquarion Evol takes the story to a whole new level. For 7 years, the creators were sitting on this thrilling conclusion to a highly captivating story. In watching the story in whole, the plot twists are much more twisted and you may even start to question what you truly even know. As a standalone series, it still is very strong. It carries its own rendition of the legend that sets it apart from Sousei no Aquarion (even though both renditions come into one plot-line in the latter part of the series). A story of love and betrayal, a story of vengeance, a story of survival, a story that spans 24,000 years, Aquarion Evol is a must see. read more
Aug 2, 2012
Jul 7, 2012
Before we start i didnt watch the first series of Aquarion Evol cause imma beasty kent so i didnt knoe what to expect from it [if you going inot the anime frist time this season fills u in well and you dont feel lost] and im not into mechca animes. im not gona tell ya about the synopsis story line cause u can click on teh link to read dat shiiit. Overall I really liked this anime because of a couple universal themes that were displayed in it.
you knoe like friendship~bonds~believing and never backing down
this anime is good i only watch good anime hence the reason i watch this anime nuff said
nah better explain why it was good...
looks good got a bit of fan service and ecchi (well now it believing its common in most anime now dayz) and its made this year so it cant look bad (I drop alot of animes becauz of thier artwork)
Sound: OP and ED both awsome nuff said
Character: the characters in the anime are BEAST the awsome character development and interactions and understanding one another is amazing one of the biggest highlights of the anime is the characters as the viewer u have that sense of dramatic irony and get connected to them like glue. people u hate u start to love, characters change and keep changing and display universal themes can can apply to you as well. you will fall for em
Plot: One gaint Cliché but oath when watching it I felt like I was watching Gurren lagann combining rebots wining unbeatable battles and romance, even though its a Cliché and somewhat predictable i looved it finsihed the anime in 12 hours? non stop watching for 2 nights thats how goood it was.
fking enjoying as fk
alrite due to my shitty review of a beastly anime I REALLY SUGGEST U WATCH Aquarion Evol, its in the same class as code geass, Gurrenn Lagan and other class winning animes. but not as popular
i really cbf explaing myself properly cause im lazy but if u take ONE thing from this fail review take this WATCH IT!~!!!!!
and why is this anime good? A: cause Itz fken Beasttt
righty-o im out. (I fail all my essays)
Mar 31, 2012
Like any lover of an original, I was scared when I heard they were doing a sequel, because, as a in general, sequels have usually sucked. I know, huge over-generalization, but it felt like that to me. I will admit, sequels do seem to be getting better and better, so if this trend keeps up, I'll be willing to change my opinion. I hope I get to.
I'm not very far into the series yet, so this will of course need to be changed when I finish the series, or even get more into it, but I wanted to start with how much I'm actually excited to watch it. I thought I was going to hate it, but I was completely wrong.
The visuals of this anime have blown me away, absolutely breath-taking, and the characters are unique and have depth. I'm confused by some of them, but I know it'll all make sense in the end. I won't give spoilers away (darn!), but I'm excited to see how the characters will end up relating to their counter-parts in the original series, and for some of them, how they will relate to the characters from 24,000 years ago.
For now, I'll just have to watch and see. Expect a revision when the series is done! read more
Mar 14, 2013
The story overall was good, very complex and detailed. However, some details within the story killed me! I couldn't stand some of the ways things happened and the ending. If you turn out to be a MikonoXKagura fan, this ending is not for you. Also many of Fudo's 'special training' episodes were not very good either when it came to the story. BUT! out of the entire thing I would say that it was generally a good concept but in some ways it was just too hard to belive.
The art in this anime however to me was spectacular! I loved how each character was detailed, unqie, and had amazing coloring. No matter if you pause or are in the middle of a fight scene the detail is amazing and you can really see how much time and effort was put into Aquarion EVOL. The landscapes were also another part of my enjoyment in this anime. I am a relatively picky person when it comes to anime art and I gave this section a 10. Then again, it is very similar to the art in Code Geass. Oh well! I loved it! :)
Falling in love with the music was also another great thing for me and I would assume many others. The first OP and ending songs were fantastic to me, Sharades music was wonderful as well along with SOME of the battle music. Later on though I think there was more focus on wrapping up the storyline than attention to the music and sounds of the show. I gave this section a ten though because they included a lot of detail with the sounds. The never forgot to add in the sound of the weights in Amata's boots, ect. ect.
DUN DUN DUN! Characters! Every single god dang one of them was amazing! Each had their own unique style and personality, some of them really fit together and made things more believeable. I wish I could cosplay many of these characters for their outfits alone. The only thing that bugged me was the ending with Kagura. He went very OOC in my opinion. But! I will leave those details out, you will have to see for yourself why.
I throughly enjoyed this series even though I felt Kagura never got a chance to even whoo Mikono, that a lot of the battle scenes were relatively cheezy (so cheezy it made me laugh and actually enjoy them), and that the ending could have been better. That said this review explains the good and bads of the anime in my opinion as a now Kagura fangirl, and as someone who is picky with the artwork and musics in an anime. read more