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!
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.
I'll start this review with a brief summary. 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.
That's the synopsis of the show, and that's really all you'll ever want to know about the show. I recommend you to stay away from checking it out any further. It's basically a rip off of 1984, The Tempest, and
a board game very similar to Yu-Gi-Oh.
So, there are these 5 supernatural factions, right? Well the thing is, there are actually 6. The anime got it all wrong, according to the synopsis there are supposed to be 5. Like, were they even paying attention? But that's just a trifling concern, sorry for digressing so far from the subject.
The story isn't half bad. It's almost half good, but just a little less. About 4/10ths of it was bad. I marked the story category a "4" as a result, I think that's pretty appropriate. The bad parts primarily revolve around Yoriko. She's a horrible character and not fit to love Kyouta. I can see how some people think they are a cute couple, but Yoriko belongs with Junichi. The chemistry between them is so good. Kyouta is more like a Jack Bauer kind of character, and every woman Jack Bauer ever gets with dies on the show 24. That is a spoiler for both 24 and this series, so please take it as such.
In conclusion, the story deserves a 4 because 4/10ths of it was enjoyable but the other 6/10ths left a lot to be desired.
The art is not half bad. It's almost half bad; approximately 4 out of 10 drawings in this show are shoddy and leave me with a bad taste in my mouth.Madhouse did a good job with the art. The backgrounds are especially good, like when Kyouta sees his visions at the beginning of the series. It looks like a true LSD trip, I kid you not. I have never taken the drug, but I am an expert in this particular field as a result of taking a psychology course.
I asked my friend who is studying art in college what he thinks of the art. He didn't particularly care for it. I'd chock that up to him being biased against anime. I constantly try to get him to watch shows with me but he refuses. This particular show I actually did convince him to watch. I've personally never seen the show, but he told me a couple important things about it that I'm trying to convey in this review for you guys.
I didn't like the OST. This is kinda a personal preference thing. Objectively, there's nothing wrong with it. But this is a review. It's all about subjectivity. If I were to be objective, all I could write is facts like "This show primarily uses an orange color scheme" under art, or "The music generally tends to be at around 140 BPM, tempo-wise" in sound. That's why I have to draw the line somewhere and put out my personal opinions rather than just facts.
In an effort to remain objective I consulted with 4chan's /a/ to get a good idea of what they thought of the characters. I am really biased because I hate Yoriko. I would have given the "Characters" section a 1, but the average of all the votes from /a/ was about 8, so I added 8+1 to get 9. I hope that will suffice. The characters are quite good, very fleshed out. At least that's what a 9 tends to imply.
My friend in art school didn't enjoy this show. He hates anime with a burning passion. I wanted him to remain open minded so I could get an unbiased report to write this review, but all he had to say was "The animation was trash" and "I would have rather watched Adventure Time", so I figure it must have been pretty biased. He did write an essay about the show for his Animation class, which I am plagiarizing a lot from to write this review.
This show is a mess. Please do what I did and avoid watching it entirely.