Five supernatural factions have been fighting against each other for who knows how many centuries, with the beginning of Aquarian Age always in mind. Kyouta, soon begins to see visions of mystical girls fighting, except they do exist. Soon he and his girlfriend Yoriko become involved and the battle for Earth and Aquarian Age lies in their hands.
Personally, I found Aquarian Age to be extremely boring and confusing, although the 'boring' part can be accredited almost entirely to the 'confusing'. There's way too much going on in the background to make a cohesive story line. The descriptions I'd read of the anime always made it sound like this epic, earth shattering story, when really not much happens in the end. If they'd taken out all the weird supernatural aspects, I think you'd end up with a pretty average romance/drama anime. And to top it off, they never even fully explain WHY there's a bunch of weirdos with super powers going around, nor
is the main character all that disturbed by this revelation.
The art is okay, but certainly nothing special or memorable. Honestly, there's not really much to say one way or another about it.
The characters are probably the worst part of the show. There are just plainly too many to keep track of, and because of this a majority of the characters end up feeling flat and underdeveloped. To make matters worse, the characters that do stick around long enough to gain development end up making me wish they hadn't. The two main characters ended up being incredibly annoying and (Kyouta especially) fairly typical.
Aquarian Age's one and only saving grace is the music, and even then it isn't all that great.
I really enjoyed watching Aquarian Age. It provided a clever spin on the entertainment industry in Japan as well as the mysterious feeling that something else is going on under it all. Even though this anime series is tagged mainly as an action, there are very few times that actual physical fighting occurs,well...let me restate that. There are very few times that physical fighting occurs that you can SEE. Most of the fights take place in the blink of an eye...literally, or maybe the flash of a light. However the fighting did not draw me in, it was the struggle between Kyota and Yoko, and
their love that could not be. The plot is filled with several twists and remains mysterious throughout.
Story: 9/10 Lots of romantic twists.
Art: 7/10 The art is pretty good, but doesn't really set itself apart from any other anime.
Sound: 6/10 If you're into Japanese love songs, you'll love this.
Character: 8/10 Each character had their own likable traits as well as problems.
Enjoyment: 9/10 I just couldn't stop watching after the 3rd episode.
Overall: 8/10 I recommend watching this!
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the twisted circus.Here we have everything your every day masochist wants.
Do you want anime straight from the dark circles of hell?We got it.
Do you want entertainment similar to the Nazi's gas chambers?Hell yeah we got this too.
But what if you're mad?What if you go past a pet shop,see cute little puppies and feel an uncontrolable urge to lick their paws?
Well as it so happens we have the perfect solution for ya..It's called Aquarian Age and let's not fuck around it's rubbish.
It's one of those anime that has the story,has the potential to be something good but the ones in charge
are too soaked in bourbon they make a complete hass of it.I cannot think of another explanation for this anime's existence.
Ok,so the story is about a group of youngsters that decide to form a band..Thankfully this band isn't like Backstreet Boys or anything but they share a similar audience.Namely crazy as fuck chicks that throw their knickers on stage when the band appears.
And in the midst of all the screaming and bra throwing madness we also get some supernatural chicks fighting for the singer's dic.....Sorry for the singer's power....Why you ask?That's obvious dummy..His voice triggers some future apocalyptic events of course..I should know about this cause every time i try to sing while taking a shower an angry mob gathers round my house and throws rotten fish.
Gone a bit off topic there...So next to ride the supernatural wagon is his "girlfriend' who also has some major powers..Yoriko,we're told,is the leader of an ancient race of Ahusimbi something or rather-i don't gave 2 fucks anyway-and has two identities,yes two identities..One is the Leader who will save the earth and the other is the Medusa who will destroy the world.
So far this sounds nice..This sounds like it could be a masterpiece...Well kinda no..You see i liked the thought behind the story and i liked the fact that for once there are no hints of girl bands...Yeah yeah i know it sounds strange but come on,we are literally drowned with girl idols anime..
What i didn't like was the end result..For starters the opening song which doesn't fit the tone of the anime one bit.Try to imagine Batman with Britney Spears singing the opening sequence..I didn't like the animation,it was mediocre all around and inconsistent.I also didn't like that harem vibe,it's nice and all to have girls swooning over the bandmates but this is borderline stalkerism.Honestly most of these girls should be in the most wanted police list not left in their own devices.
And i would understand if the MC was in any way interesting or even Elvis Presley..But this guy is your basic male in every possible way..It's not like he has the voice of Rob Halford either so i cannot understand why every time he opens his mouth pussies in a 5 km radius are being drenched..Maybe it's the fact that he plays hard to get when we all know he wants to eat that pussy.
But most of all i didn't like the fights..This is supposed to be a supernatural war but all the fights are just some lights on the screen clashing with each other...SOME FUCKING LIGHTS..Need i say more?
Even the voice actors weren't into it that much..You can feel their need to go to the pub and get drunk as fast as possible.And who can blame them?This anime is atrocious.
Once again we have a missed opportunity here..Nice story but no will to tranfer it onto the screen.And it's a pity cause i'm sure it would be epic...But as it stands i'd rather watch Big Bang Theory or something equally unfunny.
Ok I would first like to say that this anime is NOT for everyone. If you are the type to analyze the plot, logically find the character development and connect the pieces you will not enjoy this. Parts of the story and background dont make any sense, and have no explanation. On that note...
To start this anime is very slow paced. Nothing altogether plot related even happens until halfway through it, and there are constant flashes of background plot that are altogether confusing. This is the first 6 episodes in a nutshell.
The next portion is spent with actual development, things are explained and you
finally begin to understand the scope of the story (if you are not still caught up in the confusion from before that is) it actually takes some piecing together before things finally start to make sense plot-wise, and several of the scenes are not explained until the last episode, which i had completely forgotten about by then, which made it more awesome.
This makes it seem bad so far, as its mostly confusing, but from here is where it picks up. Episode 9 exploded for me, I was so absolutely hooked i watched the rest at 6am when i had to work soon, no sleep. Everything finally made sense, all of the past episodes finally clicked as a buildup for the finale, and the character development comes crashing down.
By this point most everyone has negative views on this show, and lack the interest to actually follow through with the close. The ending is not logical, absolutely not at all. Its not the battle of massive powers fighting for dominance, which I feel left a lot of people disappointed because of the synopsis. Instead its an emotional conflict with the characters acceptance of themselves. In a quick comparison think Soul Eater's ending, but on a personal level with the characters.
The art was amazingly perfect for the series, but people are getting to used to CG now to enjoy the previous art style. If you like tradition its for you. The music was amazing, but it got kind of repetitive towards the end, just in time for it to match the tone of the climax. Characters started off boring, as it was mostly a non-comedic slice of life to introduce everyone, which they did very well, you are forced to watch them on their average lives so much that its sickening before it gets good. I fully enjoyed the ending, but again the first few episodes were slow. I find it totally worth the wait though.
Overall, a 9/10. They could have added a bit more flare to the beginning to get the viewer hyped up, but it fits with the overall flow of the story.