If you Seen Aquarion or Aquarion evol before watching this you well be disappointed. first the op or end is not done by akino with bless4. then there is character they look horrible to me and the mech's are the only thing i don't super dislike. But the most disappointing thing to me is no fudo and that all i have to say because if you you have seen the other aquarions show you know what i mean.
if you haven't seen any of the first two aquarion watch this first because you want be as disappointed with the show and it might
be enjoyable to watch.
My favorite mecha anime in a long time, Aquarion Logos is a tragically misunderstood show that seems to get unwarranted hate for not being a sequel to the original Aquarion. (Uh yeah, it’s a spinoff guys.) or just being generally weird, which it is.
Logos is a very weird show, but that’s why it’s so great. It isn’t like other anime, it isn’t cliched, or predictable, you have no idea what to expect in any episode. All the characters are huge atypical weirdos unlike the heroes you’d expect from a super robot styled mecha action anime, and I’m thankful
This is a show where our heroes melt the monster of the week’s ice attack with the burning desire in their hearts to see girls in swimsuits, where a man delivers an impassioned speech about how you should give up on your dreams because you have no talent, and where one of the primary antagonists curls up into the fetal position after his girlfriend is stolen from him (100% serious here.)
And don’t forget the ghostbuster’s parody episode.
It has a simple story about a group of teenagers fighting monsters with some planes that transform into robots when they combine together, but the execution is why it works so well. It seamlessly blends the monster of the week type battles with the character’s stories in the episode, giving it an amazing balance of mecha and character drama/comedy depending on the episode.
Most mecha anime inevitably sacrifice one or the other and fail to integrate the two, but Logos makes it look easy. The gimmick of the planes combining in sets of two or three into different combinations of mecha is handled perfectly, all the designs are distinct and cool and none of them overshadows the other.
And above all else, Logos is FUN. (Hey guys, remember having fun?) if you try and take this show 100% seriously all the time, you are the problem and not the show. The weird, goofy aspects of this show are not it being bad or unintentional in the slightest, this show is very self aware of what it’s doing and it’s obvious from the timing of the awkward moments between characters (it’s called humor, maybe you’re not used to anime with jokes that don’t have somebody shout EHHHHHHHHHH?! At the end of or something)
Logos is a show that at first glance is held together with duct tape and string but is actually perfectly put together under the surface. It’s bizarre character designs and weird non anime cliché characters and comedy are pretty off-putting at first so I can see why it’s so unpopular, but give it a shot if you want a very solid mecha action/love story and some genuinely funny comedy.
Oh and the climatic battle was one of the coolest mecha fights I’ve ever seen seriously just go watch this show.
Lemme get something right first. Aquarion is never about serious plots, you don't watch it for the serious plot, you watch it for the silly character interaction and silly attacks.
The best part of Sousei? The silly episodes, which was about 3/4 of the show. Best part of Evol? First half. I hope you get what I'm trying to say here.
Anyway, Logos has a pretty silly premise, not a great plot so far, but it's very interesting, especially with all the links to the words and whatnot.
Art? Sure it ain't good, but it shouldn't be the one factor that deters you from watching it.
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. What more could I ask for?
Has a rather dull feeling compared to the other prequels and why even call this a prequel this should be a spin off rather since we don't get a continuation of the story and just get a new story.The characters are reduced to kids even a loli was added (makes me wonder if they're going to follow a similar pattern in today's anime) animation in all was good but the CG design of aquarion does not blend well to the art.For the OST I'm sad to say that it wasn't what I have expected to this long running enjoyable series instead of going out and
doing the usual which is what most of the viewers would prefer adding to that epic feeling when they insert the OP or ED to the fight scenes this was poorly or not even done at all. overall its a mediocre series for me, that "AQUARION FEELING"
is "GONE", If your going to watch this then go ahead but be advised that for those who watched the other two series you'll be rather disappointed or lets just say baffled to what they have done to this series and for those who haven't watched then watch this first before Genesis and EVOL (that's the best option so you won't get that feeling of disappointment based on my preferences).
To sum it up.
All the charactars have a generic design. Animation quality is dull. The scene of the joining is dull. No insert songs. OP is very weak.I loved Aquarion EVOL and Genesis but Logos doesn't have charismatic characters, good music, or good songs.
My first thought was "...no", but I figured the other Aquarions were also a little weird at first. I came to love them after a few episodes. So I watched 2 more episodes. There are more annoying kids as part of the team now and it seems they have dropped the target age-group of the show to 6-7. I have to draw the line somewhere and "ballet dancing robot to look cool as a fatal strike and not ironically" is a little over the edge. To top it off it's not very cute either, the main character is like Narukami Yu meets Rock Lee.
So in short I wouldn't recommend this even if you are a 6 year old girl.
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.
If you have watched the previous seasons, this is not meant for you.
At this point, it has become clear that Logos was never meant to tie back to the previous seasons in any way. Logos is essentially a completely new work whose only connection to previous seasons is the word 'Aquarion'. The characters, the setting, the plot, and the history of this season have nothing in common with those of Sousei and Evol. If you are a prior fan of this series and are wanting another season that directly coincides with its predecessors, this show is not for you.
If you are watching this season
with no prior knowledge of the Aquarion series however, you MIGHT be able to pull some simple enjoyment out of this show.
But even without considering the previous seasons, this show has horribly one-dimensional characters with nothing substantial to them, sit-com-esque story-telling for over half the season, and motivations so stupid they don't even begin to explain how their methods are supposed to achieve their goal.
Overall, this is just a pathetic excuse for a story.
"Twelve thousand years ago, there was... What's that? That part of the story's gone? And Yoko Kanno's only doing the opening songs? Well... Bugger."
The first Aquarion (I rated it an 8) was, despite some incoherence in the plot and cliche'd characterization towards the beginning, a show that nevertheless demonstrated "epic" in visual animation and soundtrack.
The second Aquarion (I rated that a 7) was more about a teenage romance told over 24-ish episodes, so less emphasis on "epic", but still a fun time-waster. It still had the "12000 years ago" mythology and some of the lore from the first series and its backstory, albeit with
retcons (a winged dog. oookay.).
So logically, the production crew at Satelight decided in planning to just chuck all that lore out the window and start fresh, because we want to deconstruct Chinese ideograms, dammit!
Yep. That's the entire premise of the show. Words have power, sure, but here they are basically magic spells. Instead of fighting threats in reality as in the previous 2 Aquarions, we go to some sort of alternate reality where a word is running amok, and defeat it because robot show. That pretty much covers more than half the episodes' plot. It was interesting when Fudo Gen/Zen did wordplay, but this got old, fast.
They really should've called this a different name, because this is deconstruction for its own sake, and little else. Maybe Kamen Rider Word: The Animated Series or something, because it really felt like an animated sentai show.
Speaking of sentai... Ugh, the characters. The horribly cliche'd, perennially infected with Stoopid Ballz, characters. I dunno, is "doing stuff without really showing the audience some connection to motivation" a thing in Japanese television now, or have all the good writers fled screaming to other countries? The cast do what they can with the scripts and direction they're given, but the writing is pretty bad. I know storytelling is like Kryptonite to Kawamori, but Basquash was better than this. It becomes farcical after a while-- I commented over a screen grab of the heroine's face, "Oh, no, are we seriously letting these two hams (the hero and his arch-rival) spend the next ten minutes fighting over who's the hero? Srsly?" Really. Her facial expression was like that.
If someone told me this was an excuse to try to sell singles of the first ending theme, I wouldn't be surprised. It's catchy, and frankly, the only reason I slogged through the first half of the show. May'n's song in the second half was the reason I slogged through the second half. The rest of the production... I kinda kept going, thinking there would be a return to greatness, but nope.
Once upon a time in a land far away
a Japanese guy wanted to do an anime
he decided to do an Aquarion to take the pis*
just to unsurprisingly do a poor job of this
The story is horrible and the art beyond belief
Clearly made to cause pain and grief
So to call this a trainwreck is most certainly fair
So save yourself from such an untold despair.
Story - This definitely has to be one of the worst anime ever made. The story is horribly padded with filler, poorly paced and very inconsistant with switching between episodes that are and aren't filler. It is completely unrelated to
Genesis of Aquarion and Aquarion Evol. The story is horribly confusing as well.
Art is diabolical. That's all that needs to be said
Sound - Music is equally as bad compared to previous Aquarions - I am seriously missing Akino. Voice acting is poor quality as well, but it seems to be due to the equipment used to record the VAs rather then the VAs themselves.
Character - The show is very episodic and tries to use filler to develop characters but does a extremely poor job of it. Overall only 1 character has any decent development - Maia. Characters are pretty generic, no Apollo/Kagura like character which is sad.
Enjoyment - Lets be honest, Genesis and Evol had thier flaws, but at least they were enjoyable. They had ok storylines, good action scenes, music and good characters. Logos has none of these, it literally could be considered an anime that sucks every little bit of life out of you, turning you into a mindless, drooling zombie.
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.
What a horrible thing to do to the name of its predecessors....please do not put yourself through this if you have seen the original show. The story was a huge mess for the 5 episodes i watched and the characters might as well just be static caricatures. sound design was ok and I did like the color pallet but everything else was way below the regular level of studio satelight shows.
I think it is about time this property gets put to bed for sure if they aren't going to make
a proper show.
Superpower Robot Pictionary
That is what we got. This is not Aquarion (besides the intro/pre episode) its not robots bashing it out against demigods or godlike robots but a TV game show of pictionary were 2-3 characters flipp kanji symbols back and forth. Yes its a kanji gets superpowers and fuck the world up show, I believe it's to promote this obsolete outdated symbol script. But back to the show, the art and music is ok not bad nor good it works for most parts ( it would get a better score if you removed the "word monsters" and robo parts because the are a mess
at best). Characters are well bland I've seen them a gazzillion times before and many times better too.
This just makes me sad because I liked both Aquarion series even for all their stupidity they are good shows I enjoy this however falls flat on its face. The enemies are STUPID, comon Kanji with superpowers after a anabola shot? The weed the writers were smoking man must be some great shit.
If you are looking for a show based on word play, watch ep 6 of NGNL 5 mins of that beats 5 episodes of this hands down.
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.
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.
As a long time Aqaurion Fan, If you are reading this and you don't know about the other two seasons, go watch those two and come back. Because if you don't you will be disappointed. First off, OP and ED is weak as hell. Second the Animation is average. Third the protagonist doesn't look attractive or motivated to pilot the robot. Fourth the whole show just irritates me because it doesn't have that Aqaurion feel. Even if this show did end on a good note, this boring ass vibe that the anime gives doesn't make me want to watch any more episodes . The other
series kept me watching till the very end and it made me feel good, energized and pumped. This one simply doesn't. This has no epic song with they merge, a TWO player function when its suppose to be THREE, and none of the Characters seem motivated to do crap, except for the one of the characters.
Lemme just skip to the point. The Animation is dull, the songs are weak, the characters are depressing. Overall I just don't know why they didn't stick with the freaken theme of Aqaurion which is the story of two lovers united in the legendary robot Aqaurion and fighting for the love they want to hold on to. I'm not giving out too much spoilers but that the summery of the two seasons in a nutshell.
My thoughts for this anime, if your a fan of Aqaurion, you'll be totally disappointed, if your not a fan, you can do what I said in the begging or don't, its up to you. I wouldn't recommend this for long time fans or new fans to be honest.