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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.