Sousei no Aquarion – 26 (END)
Sirius’ wounds start to get healed by the Aquarion after Apollo forces Vector Mars into a gattai. As the Solar Aquarion battles Toma’s Cherubim, the light particles from its wings start to pollinate the tree of life, making it glow brightly. However, it soon stops and starts to wither instead. Toma is caught off guard by the dying tree, and his Cherubim gets destroyed. With the tree of life dead, the world begins to crumble and separate. Through Apollonius’ help, Apollo realizes that Shadow Angels are a necessary part of the equation in order to fully awaken Aquarion. Toma uses the opportunity to teleport change with Reika, and takes Vector Luna to below the tree of life. Silvia tries to chase him with Apollo and Sirius, but gets attacked by Otoha in her Cherubim head. She’s saved by Pierre, Reika (who salvages a military Vector), and Rena (who appears out of nowhere to join the fun). They form Aquarion Alpha and dispose of Otoha once and for all. Silvia flies to the base of the tree and uses her spirit to go below. In their efforts to gattai, Sirius, Toma, and Apollo have all formed the Head versions of their respective Vectors. With Gen Fudo’s guidance, Silvia finds a warm light borne in darkness. She uses it to subdue and calm the three bathed in dark, and with Apollo’s help, she combines them into a powerful Aquarion. In front of Aquarion, Apollo appears to Silvia one last time and kisses her. The three pilots, finally in tune with one another, use Aquarion’s ultimate power to rebind the world together, sealing them inside in the process. The world revives, with all of the lives restored including Chibiko’s. Waking from what seems to be a dream she sees Silvia but no Apollo. Silvia tells her that Apollo will come back, someday surely.
The first time I watched this episode (I’ve seen it three times now), I was completely blown away. From the subtle mecha humor to Apollo and Silvia’s kiss to the amazing use of music…Wow…
So the music is my favorite part by and far, hands down. In writing this entry up, I’ve had the last 4 minutes of this episode on repeat just for the background music. Their use of AKINO’s 「Genesis of Aquarion」 was absolutely perfect, and I understand now why the song that played during the kiss is called 「First love Final love」. It’s all on the second OST too. In fact, this episode was quite good about playing the final songs of the OST in order: 「Genesis of Aquarion」, then 「First love Final love」, and finally 「Rena to Tanpopo」.
Plotwise, Apollo and Silvia (and Sirius and Toma) save the world. And Apollo disappears, though not before he kisses her. But he’ll be back in 12,000 years. The cheesiness of the final move Love ♥ Fusion with everyone working together (even Toma) is undeniable, but I eat it up all the same. There’s plenty of loose ends (I still don’t quite understand Gen Fudo), but packaged together, it all made for quite a good story, which is more than I can say for a certain other mecha series right now (*cough*GSD*cough*). And you never know, there could be more… At least the “I hope to be continued” with the episode title at the end was both fitting for the episode and a funny way to end it.
Final Thoughts: This really has been one helluva ride. I remember how the first episode just pulled you in with the great music (they played the OP as an insert song) and the hilarious gattai concept (better than sex!). The series faltered in the middle, but then came roaring back at the end. The director and his entire team do a fabulous job making things exciting and fun to watch. And I’d like to reiterate that my favorite part is the music. AKINO puts in some great performances through multiple songs and Kanno Yoko also delivers another superb soundtrack. Sousei no Aquarion is going down as one of my all-time favorites.