12,000 years after the events in Genesis Aquarion, humans live on the star Vega under constant threat of trans-dimensional beings called Abductors. These enemies originate from Vega’s sister star Altair and raid Vega for human life. As a countermeasure, an organization known as Neo-DEAVA formed to combat the Abductors. They pilot advanced mecha suits called Aquaria and are strictly separated by gender. Boys and girls are not allowed contact; they are even restrained from fighting on the same battlefield. However, events take a shocking turn when an advanced Abductor mecha suit joins the fray. Two teenagers, Mikono and Amata, are dragged into the conflict. Unknowingly, Amata performs a taboo when he summons an Aquaria and initializes what is called the Forbidden Union between male and female Aquaria. Neo-DEAVA is shocked, and the repercussions of Amata’s actions are much farther reaching than he realizes. How was he able to summon an Aquaria? Where did he learn to form a Forbidden Union? And why was Mikono also able to pilot the mecha suit?
#1: "Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou (君の神話〜アクエリオン第二章)" by AKINO with bless4 (eps 1-15) #2: "Paradoxical ZOO (パラドキシカルZOO)" by AKINO with bless4 (eps 16-24)
#1: "Gekkou Symphonia (月光シンフォニア)"by AKINO & AIKI from bless4 (eps 1-14, 23) #2: "Yunoha no Mori (ユノハノモリ)" by Yui Ogura (eps 15-22, 25) #3: "Aqueria Mau Sora (アクエリア舞う空)" by The Member of LSOT (ep 24) #4: "ZERO" by AKINO from bless4 (ep 26)
Aquarion Evol is about a legenday robot named Aquarion, that takes diffrent forms with various powers, it is about an alien civilization that lost their reproductive capabilities thus being on the verge of extinction.
Aquarion Evol is about 2 planets that are the setting for the story of 2 gay angel-men in love, then 1 of them (Avallon) goes straight and falls in love with a human girl. The one that got dumped, (Mykage) wants his revenge and after 24 thousand years he still seeks revenge, he is the villain of this series.
The story takes place in the
present, 24 thousand years after the gay break up. We have the reincarnation of the woman that caused the break up, Mikono, and the former gay couple, Avallon and the white haired dude, Mykage. We find out that Avallon got separated in a good side, Amato, and an evil side, Kagura. Both sides of Avallon are fighting for the same girl, Mikono, the reincarnation of Avallon’s former sweetheart.
It contains lots of pointless, sickening drama, lots of annoying characters overreacting and talking about their first time „merging” in robots like they are loosing their virginity and lots of gibberish talk trying to sound celever, complex and deep. After a while hearing the characters talking about „merging” like they are having sex, you ask yourself, why don’t they just have sex?
There is a lot of useless drama, for instance, the Djin drama. They all know him for 2 days then discover he is a spy sent by the enemy and after he dies, all the characters are heartbroken and they keep showing these pathetic scenes of Djin being alive, characters saying pathetic lines like „I wish Djin was here”, „Let’s do this for Djin”, „I want to be with Djin” and characters being sad because of his death for the next 5 episodes. Really? You knew him for 2 days and he was a spy anyway.
The characters are generic, cliched, pathetic, irritating and constantly overreacting.
Amato is the good side of Avallon and the MC, but he has no charisma, not a particulary strong character or special abilities, he is not the smartest in the bunch either. Amato is just a nice guy that is doing his best to get the girl he loves, there is not much else to his character.
The female lead, Mikono, is your generic damsel in distress, she is mostly crying, whining and having mixed emotions over Amata and Kagura.
Mikono once said – „I’ve worked to hard to stop now” and I’m just sitting there thinking „Exactly what the fuck have you been doing that is so hard?”.
Kagura, the evil side of Avallon, is the generic "cool" character that wants to steal Mikono from Amata, creating pointless drama.
The support characters are just there, you will forget about them as soon as you finish the series, at least they were not as annoying as the main characters (Amato, Kagura, Mikono).
The animation is decent, mostly fluid but nothing special or memorable about it.
The openings are decent but ultimately forgettable, the OST is just bad.
I have not enjoyed one second of Aquarion Evol, not the fight scenes, not the backgrounds, not the dialogue, nothing. It is a series that makes you throw up in your mouth and it is a insult to the anime industry.
The moral of the series is: Love conquers all, in the end, love ended the conflict between the two planets and as a symbolic idea, the strongest form of Aquarion was named "EVOL" backwards spelled resulting in "LOVE".
Memorable ludicrous and idiotic lines:
„The reasons holes are made is to bring people toghether”;
„I want to fill the hole in you”;
„Hey wretched bitch, make up your mind!”;
„Boy or girl, we’ll be toghether”;
These are a small portion of the stupidity this series delivers.
One sentence: Stupidity at its best. This is truly a series that makes you feel sick and at the same time bothers you with the stupidity it contains. The only reason I don't rate it as a 1/10 is the fact that people actually worked to create this crap anime. I regret watching it and I DO NOT recommend this anime.
Story - 2
Art - 6
Sound - 4
Character - 1
Enjoyment - 1
Overall - 2
This is my first time writing a review, so please bare with me, but for this series I felt like I needed to write my opinion of it.
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.
If there was one thing that absolutely stood out for me in Aquarion EVOL, it was the artwork. Aquarion EVOL shines brightest in its absolutely gorgeous setting and consistent animation. Each location is drawn with such care and beauty and there were plenty of places for us to see. The artwork is what I'd would call "eyegasmic" or "scenery porn". It was a completely positive surprise. As of 2012, I can only list a handful of TV series that had such amazing artwork on display.
Unfortunately, aside from the delightfully eyegasmic setting it was in, the story and characters leave a bit to be desired. At
it's core, it's not a story to be taken seriously. Like the prequel, there are a lot of ridiculous and ludicrous events that happen throughout the show. How about a punch move that wraps the entire planet just to punch the enemy into space? How about each time the characters combine into the Aquaria mech they experience near-orgasms? If you can suspend a great amount of belief, you can enjoy this show since there are lots of funny and exciting material here. For some, the lack of a serious and well-thought out story can really be a disappointment. Indeed, the story in Aquarion EVOL had a lot of potential. The villains of Altair and their motives belong in a moral gray area, but the planet Altair is mostly left undeveloped and unexplored as the credit rolled.
The characters also suffer from wasted potential in terms of depth and attitude. The main characters, especially, come off quite shallow and frankly, annoying. Both Amata and Mikono are shy and often unreliable, and they often misunderstood each other for both comedic purposes and really shallow and cliche reasons. On the opposite spectrum is Kagura - the bad boy villain who lusts over Mikono and Zessica - the scantily dressed confident girl who lusts over Amata. These main characters came off as largely one-dimensional. While they do receive character development, it was often too late in the series to really appreciate them. Kagura's sudden change of character near the end is frankly just sloppy writing. Their one-dimensional personalities became repetitive quickly.
Character writing was undoubtedly not a strong point of Aquarion Evol. However, the side characters certainly were pretty entertaining even if they were one-dimensional. There is Andy W. Hole who is completely obsessed with holes, Mix who is obsessed with neatness, the loli president Crea who amuse with weird puns, the immortal Fudou who speaks in riddles, and many more. Their character interactions are usually amusing to watch even if the main characters comes off as annoying and boring.
Each episode often starts with light-hearted character interactions, and usually ends with the mech Aquarion in action against an opponent mech. The CG in these fights is really obvious and differs in style from the beautifully rendered artwork, but it doesn't really take away any entertainment value. Combat flows fluidly and is entertaining in general since each fight seem to end really differently. Sometimes, it's just not enough to destroy an opponent with a punch. Aquarion EVOL will punch with such profound disregard to physics that will make other mecha series tame in comparison. Still, the problem with Aquarion EVOL is each episode becomes formulaic. The series is what I'd call mindlessly entertaining, but it really could've had more depth if it spend more time developing the villains and developing the world instead of spending time on flat characters and formulaic mech fights.
Other than that, the presentation value is really high and I was pleasantly surprised. AKINO returns to this sequel with catchy j-pop insert themes and OP/ED credits. The soundtrack is varied with grand orchestra pieces, solo piano or violin pieces, as well as light-hearted or solemn moody pieces. Character models are pleasing to look at and remains in quality even if zoomed out. And of course, the gorgeous landscapes and space artwork whether it was day or night made lasting and unforgettable impressions. Words can't really describe the beauty I've seen, but I highly recommend it if anyone enjoys what the anime medium could offer in looks.
Ultimately, Aquarion EVOL was an enjoyable series full of heart and ridiculous combat, albeit often ending up as melodramatic and exaggerated. The artwork and sound are gorgeous and catchy, but the story and characters came off as wasted potential. For someone looking for a serious and well-thought plot with realistic characters, this is definitely not the series for you. But if you are simply looking for some fun, Aquarion EVOL is definitely an entertaining series.
I saw this anime because of a Funimation Trailer on Youtube. And when i saw the trailer i saw Good looking characters and animation, and i could tell right away it was of a Romance genre. This show has alot of Fan service, but some of the fan service thats shown is shown when they begin to use the Aquarion as a group and i wont spoil what its called
(Im guessing thats what those robots are called since they always shout out "GO. AQUARIOON" when they start to fight which can give a corny feel. I watched it all but if i sound ignorant of
it its cause i watched it a few months ago.)
So the "Fanservice" during those parts can get corny.
It definitely has some funny moments so you will laugh while watching it, but most of it is based on the romance.
Now the story....im not gonna spoil it but the story is understandable but its explained horribly, you just have to use the information you get while watching it to get the story.
This show is very hard to explain because it is hard to understand while watching it. I havent watched the Original Aquarion because others told me this is the second season, and i heard the first is better than this one.
Its watchable, but if you have other anime you know has good recommendations and you're itching to watch those then go ahead and put this one on hold.