For thousands of years after its development, mankind used the written word for communication between people and generations. As millenia passed and technology became more prevalent, writing - and thus, communication as a whole - diminished, until it could only be found on cell phones and computer screens. Seeing an opportunity, the sorcerer Sogan Kenzaki starts infecting words with the Nesta Virus, which brings them to life and turns them into monsters called MJBK (Menace of Japanese with Biological Kinetic energy).
To counter this attack against humanity, an organization known as DEAVA (Division of EArth Verbalism Ability) assembles a group of youths with the ability of "Verbalism". They have to pilot the vector machines, which are used to form the mechas dubbed "Aquarions". The one wild card in the situation is the self-dubbed "savior", a young man who is the direct relative of a famous calligrapher, named Akira Kaibuki.
Well, as a fan of the mecha genre who liked the previous Aquarions, once I heard this one was bad that people even dropped it, well, I thought about trying it myself long after it was released, and I had a number of surprises.
First, unlike Evol, it's not a sequel, nor a prequel, it's not part of the same timeline. The whole fight between humans and angels, aquarion as being almost like a divine entity, that's not part of the story. The story is completely new and isolated, and the usual entities like DEAVA and Vectors, while keeping the same name, are completely different entities.
I was worried it would try adding a 12K years love relating to the original series, and fortunately, that didn't happen.
Anyway, the whole problem to be solved is related to the concept of words and their meaning, and if the true meaning of the word is messed up with, anything that can be described with that word goes crazy. Also important to note, by word I mean Kanji, so this series needs some understanding of how the japanese language works, which runs by methods like taking apart the individual kanjis of a composite one, or even taking individual kanjis from their names to create new attacks. It's a very western unfriendly concept indeed.
Seems like some people couldn't understand the plot, maybe they didn't knew these things, maybe I just got lucky cause I'm reading a Visual Novel with concepts very much like that (Owari no Chronicle, 1st Gear's Words have Power) so it was easy to absorb.
Some characters seemed slightly unrealistic, though still very entertaining until some "bad" points, but those were intentional as problems related to that character, fortunately, upon learning the past of the characters near the end, those behaviors made a lot more sense.
I was also surprised on hearing May'n voice on the theme songs, it felt weird at first, but I got used to it, felt a little like Macross Frontier without the Love Triangle, besides OP2 is great. The art also felt weird at first, specially the eyes, but it's not bad, just different from the other Aquarions, also the format of their heads reminded me of the first Macross, so it kinda gave some nostalgic feelings.
It's a great anime, but maybe the problem is really the fact that it carries the name Aquarion, maybe if it were to have been released prior to Evol, so as to make people think it would run more like Gundam, with many alternative universos, and then release Evol as the sequel to the first anime it would have been better, but they got people hyped for another sequel, and that wasn't the case.
There are two types of people who would be interested on watching aquarion logos:
the ones who already saw sousei and evol and want to see the new aquarion anime and the ones who doesnt know about sousei and evol but something on logos catch their eyes. By the way Im from the first group.
For the former logos will be a little dissapointing because it doesnt follow the story of the previous sousei and evol, its a spin off in a different universe with some elements in common with the previous seasons and for the latter it really doesnt matter and can view logos by what
it is, an original mecha anime on its own right.
To be fair evol concluded the story very well so a third season with another 12,000 years time skip could have felt a little bit too much forced so start a new story was a good choice.
Character design, mecha desing, plot and music all take a change from the original works but, some basic things that make aquarion be aquarion are still there like the fusion orgasms, references to whatever happen 12,000 years ago, a somewhat well played love triangle, and the silly plot, but other things changed for good or bad and made logos had its own identity.
Starting for the character design it took a weird turn, I dont know if they changed personal or what but the characters design are very different from what I see on sousei and evol and sometimes it looks somewhat... not bad but is just not enough appealing, for the personalities all can I say is that they start a little akward but they have a good enough character development.
With the mechas it was something different they made cool robots, but for the aquarion veteran fans watching the aquarion fusion be a rabbit or a firefly-like thing would be a little weird, but still mechas and also word monsters are well designed, what would be expected from a mecha anime.
The plot its still as silly as the previous series so there is not much problem there, is soon noted that they have all or atleast most of the writers of the original series working here.
And for the music all can I say is WHERE IS AKINO!?!?
Dont get me wrong the openings that mayn did are catchy and go well with the anime but an aquarion without an akino opening doesnt feel 100% aquarion you know what i mean?, but again for the new ones in the franchise this doesnt matter so good for them, for the endings and soundtrack in general all i can say is that they are good and go well with everything else.
Overall I cant stop comparing logos with sousei and evol but doing so make me realize that logos its a good, pretty decent mecha anime that refreshed the franchise and I really enjoyed it.
In conclusion if you are a fan of the previous aquarion just take in mind that this is a different aquarion, if you havent see the previous ones if you like or are interested in this one give them a try before or after watch this one, is more of the same but a little different.
This is more of a spin off that a continuation of the actual aquarion series. But overall i enjoyed it. It's not the best but it's not bad either. For those who are new to the mecha genre, this anime would be a good start. Art? Sure it ain't good, but it shouldn't be the one factor that deters you from watching it.
Music/Sound? There's no Akino/bless4 so far, but May'n makes it up for that imo. As for the seiyuu, they fit the characters, that's pretty standard.
Characters, this is where Logos shine. they are all weird people with funny aspects to them, and their personality
mash well together. The best parts of the episodes is always the interaction, Akira being totally disconnected from the others from his savior obsession, Maia not knowing anything other than her mission, etc. They make good use of their quirks and made their interaction entertaining.
Enjoyment: Refer to Characters.
I personally give it a 9. I like good/entertaining characters, and they gave me the latter, in a silly premise.
Decided to add one extra fairly positive review here after seeing that most of them are pretty negative overall, couse why not?
Anyway bear with me. This isn't gonna be super detailed (or so i thought before writing this), couse this is only my second review EVER and i kinda suck at doing them because of that but wanted to try again for the hell of it. Bear in mind that i have seen both sousei and evol too so this isn't my first aquarion show.
- Soundtrack, i mean it's just too awesome and really gets you pumped up, especially in the fight scenes.
Definitely the best part about the show and i know some people are gonna disagree but that's what opinions are for right? I did like the soundtracks in the other two but this takes the cake, at least background music wise. I did like the openings and endings of sousei and evol more though and it was nice hearing those iconic songs again at the very last episode of Logos.
- Form variation. From memory, the other 2 shows didn't really have too many forms the aquarion would change into, only like 3 - 5 or something along the lines, maybe not even that much, at least not in sousei. This time around most of the gattai's we're between only 2 people instead of the usual 3 except a few occasions so that automatically gives us more options for what the aquarion can change into and trust me, there we're a lot.
- Akira Kaibuki and his constant savior talks just blehh. He barely changed as a character until the very end where he kinda got rid of his savior obsession.
There is plot reasoning for that savior obsession of his though but that doesn't really save him from being unlikable. The least interesting character in the whole show, not saying the others we're anything superb but i at least enjoyed they're characters unlike this poster boy of ours.
- Some plotholes and other tidbits. Some things didn't get fleshed out enough or just happened without any really good reasoning. An example i will use is Akira's grandparents. They just appeared out of nowhere near the end without any explanations. And this was the first time we even saw them (Not 100 % sure on this because i watched the first 7 episodes back when the show still aired and only recently continued from there till the end so don't remember if they made a brief appearance before or not but still pretty irrelevant characters). Honestly the only reason they we're included was to give Akira that needed confidence boost. There we're other plotholes here and there but this one seemed the most pointless to me anyway.
My least favourite Aquarion but nonetheless i enjoyed it for what it was and that's what matters the most. It had the usual Aquarion feel to it, minus not having a Fudou character in it but like i care, i mean the guy was awesome and all but it's not game breaking for me even if he's not included.
Hope this was helpful to some of you out there.
P.S. This review looks heaps better than my previous and first try for Major. Guess that stuff comes with age.