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「終末を抱いた神話的禁じられた合体スペシャル」 (Owari wo Dakiita Shinwateki Kinjirareta Gattai Supesharu)
“The Mythical Forbidden Union that Embraces the End Special”

The sequel to Kawamori Shouji’s Sousei no Aquarion arrives seven years later and kicks off with a one-hour special of the first two episodes. Things took off at a feverish pace with the reawakening of the legendary robot Aquarion, complete with the orgasmic-like “gattai” combinations that the original was known for, and quickly shattered the premise where male and female unions are forbidden. There was a lot to take in and I really enjoyed the action-packed start, but I admittedly found the progression a bit of a “garbled mess” at the same time. Rather than the first two episodes of a TV series, the pacing was very reminiscent of the Sousei no Aquarion OVAs (which I did get around to watching recently, only to find out that it’s a noticeably different retelling of the series).

After a quick glimpse of how Amata (Kaji Yuuki) and Mikono (Kayano Ai) first met, the two of them are caught up in an Abductor attack not too long after. Amata is forced to “release” his Element powers to protect Mikono — in spite his childhood complex about them — and subsequently awakens as the reincarnation of the Solar Wing Apollonius, seizes control of the “Aquaria” Vectors, and forces a “Sousei Gattai” with both sexes to form Aquarion Evol. Not only that, there’s actually an intermediary conclusion with Amata, Zessica (Hanazawa Kana), and Cayenne (Suzumura Kenichi) driving back Kagura (Uchiyama Kouki) and his hound-like robot, effectively providing the same roller coaster of emotions as its predecessor’s one-hour OVAs. Heck, there were even scrolling credits to seal the deal.

For a condensed OVA, I kind of expect some of the subtleties in the story and characters to be lost in the pacing; however, it’s an unusual approach to take for a TV series that has the time to properly build up the story, hence my confusion over the producers’ decision to start Aquarion EVOL the way they did. Amidst everything that happened, they even found time to inject some backstory and foreshadowing to give us something to look forward to, so I really didn’t see the need to go all-out in these first two episodes. If anything, this feverish pace might work negatively against them because 1.) it’s probably incredibly jarring to those who haven’t seen Sousei no Aquarion and 2.) the high tension will make subsequent episodes feel like a huge step back.

Of course, it’s far too early to tell exactly what this sequel has in store in the upcoming episodes, so if there’s one real positive to take away from this jam-packed start, it’s that I’m really curious to see how Aquarion EVOL turns out. From what I’ve seen of the original series and heard about it, there’s almost an unwritten understanding that almost anything goes on the robot side of things — true to its intended homage to super robot anime — so providing a heavy dose of that could have very well been the goal of this one-hour premiere. In terms of high-speed high-adrenaline mecha action that defies all logic — such as Kagura ripping an arm off one of his ally robots and attaching it to his own to replace a leg — we definitely got that and more. Once the opening theme “Kimi no Shinwa ~Aquarion Dai Ni-shou” started playing as an insert song, my suspense of disbelief kicked into high gear and I just enjoyed the over-the-top super robot ass-kinking that Amata delivered.

At the moment, the only thing I’m wary about is how well the story will hold up. While the “anything goes” mentality is perfectly fine when it comes to super robot action — especially when it’s backed by a soundtrack by Macross legend Kanno Youko — the same can’t be said about the main plot. Thus far, I like what I see from the characters and the support cast, so the potential is definitely there for EVOL to be another great chapter of the Aquarion legend that takes place 12,000 years later. On the seiyuu side of things, I’m a bit too reminded of Guilty Crown with Kaji Yuuki, Kayano Ai, and Hanazawa Kana in the lead roles, particularly when Uchiyama Kouki is opposing them as Kagura, but at least Amata’s already proven to be better than Shuu for having the “courage” to ask Mikono for her name. I just hope he can bring about the same story of love that transcends time, since he’s a lot more wishy-washy than Apollo in Sousei no Aquarion.

* The obvious possibility is that Mikono is the reincarnation of Celiane and Zessica of Scorpius, so it’ll be interesting to see how their actions mirror them.
* I like the setting for this sequel as the city’s waterways and gondola seem to be modeled after Venice, Italy.
* Hanazawa Kana in a bit of a promiscuous role always works for me. As does the interesting “sounds” that she and Kayano Ai when they’re manhandled into unions.
* Full-length images: 11, 33, 48, 55.

 

ED Sequence

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ED: 「月光シンフォニア」 (Gekkou Symphonia) by AKINO & AIKI from bless4
Watch the ED!: Streaming ▼

January 9, 2012 at 2:52 am
100 comments »
  • January 9, 2012 at 2:57 amDa5id

    Well, there isn’t any Yoko Kanno music, but at least the art style’s better than the last series.

    • January 9, 2012 at 3:00 amDa5id

      Also, GATTAI ORGASM.

      • January 9, 2012 at 5:17 pmglaaaaa

        But them chastity stones seem painful

    • January 9, 2012 at 3:02 amDivine

      Kanno Youko’s composing the music with Ootsuka Ayako as far as I’m aware. She’s definitely credited for the music. She also wrote the lyrics for the songs under her pseudonym, Gabriela Robin.

      • January 9, 2012 at 3:06 amDa5id

        Oh yeah, I didn’t read that last paragraph.

      • January 9, 2012 at 3:08 amDivine

        Okay good. I thought I made a mistake or something. The last thing I want to do on the site is misinform. :)

      • January 9, 2012 at 3:11 amDa5id

        Believe me, you’d notice before I did. And I’M an aspiring fiction writer.

        My point being that you’re usually very thorough and don’t make mistakes that often if ever.

      • January 9, 2012 at 2:13 pmKIRandom

        It says “enjoyed the over-the-top super robot ass-kinking that Amata delivered.” In the 4th paragraph, last sentence lol. I think its supposed to be kicking..

  • January 9, 2012 at 3:01 amKickingFish

    so are most of the characters reincarnations of the previous cast?

    • January 9, 2012 at 3:06 amDivine

      Yeah, that’s the story of Aquarion. The original series was about reincarnations of the Humans and Shadow Angels that fought 12,000 years ago. EVOL takes place 12,000 years after the first series and is another repeat of the original legend.

      • January 9, 2012 at 3:13 amDa5id

        Does a 12,000 year timeskip just give the excuse to change all the characters but leave the technology the same?

      • January 9, 2012 at 3:17 amDivine

        Good question. From what I gather, the technology has improved.

        In the original series, Aquarion was always the most powerful, since it was created by Apolonius using extremely advanced Shadow Angel technology. Here, we have an evolution of it in the form of Aquarion Evol.

      • January 9, 2012 at 12:54 pmSuppa Tenko

        That 12,000 year gap always kinda bothered me, especially when I heard about the second season. In 12,000 years how can development stagnate so much that there isn’t that much change at all. If we were to look at our history, in 12,000 years we went from cave dwelling and the invention of the wheel to the time we live in now, where something invented 5 years ago is considered old. Kinda expected at least MASS EFFECT level technology.

        Oh well, if we ignore that part, I’m sure its going to be a fine show, though Apollo’s character has grown on me, even though I initially disliked him. Is the original Aquarion still inside the earth’s crust holding the world together with its Sousei Gattai Mugen Attack?

      • January 10, 2012 at 7:51 amZammael

        History isn’t necessarily a straight line of continuous progress. It stutters, deviates, regresses and/or devolves at points. Thanks to the Dark Ages, to this day we still don’t have the formula for concrete the Romans used to build their architecture.

      • January 19, 2012 at 9:31 amiron2000

        Perhaps it was a very peaceful 12,000 years, therefore technology didn’t push forward that much.

  • January 9, 2012 at 3:01 amlaaa

    Well watched it and I enjoyed. Hope that it will keep getting better

  • January 9, 2012 at 3:10 amKagutsuchi

    I haven’t seen Sousei no Aquarion yet. Do I need to watch it first before picking up this sequel?

    • January 9, 2012 at 3:21 amDivine

      It’s not crucial since EVOL features a new cast of characters and takes place 12,000 years later, but as with all spiritual successors, you’ll probably enjoy it a bit more if you did.

      These first two episodes may be a bit of an exception, since they threw viewers into the thick of things, but even then you shouldn’t have any problems understanding what’s going on (no more than anyone else anyway).

      • January 9, 2012 at 5:28 amKagutsuchi

        Ah! Thanx! :)
        I’ll try and get my hands on the first series anyway. :)

  • January 9, 2012 at 3:11 amKunagisa

    Orgasm: The Animation.

  • January 9, 2012 at 3:22 amlHyDrAl

    The ending is great as I’m sure the opening will be.

  • January 9, 2012 at 3:50 amCroos

    This is anime is awesome.
    Orgamsic dialog, misleading animation, epic robot gattai scene and awesome music. what more do we need?

  • January 9, 2012 at 4:00 amKaitoDash

    That “Kimi no Shinwa” makes Gattai scene awesome.

    Actually, I think the pace they’re doing is more or less the same as its prequel. Sousei no Aquarion started off with some epic gattai where Apollo kicked asses. Then after he enrolled as element user, the show turned into light-hearted slice-of-life. I kinda expect the same from EVOL.

    BTW Divine, you mistype Mikono as Mizono more than one time.

    • January 9, 2012 at 4:26 amDivine

      Fixed, thanks. I chalk that up to blogging at 2-3am in the morning.

  • January 9, 2012 at 4:19 amyeahair

    Any show this season that doesn’t feature HanaKana?
    And then we even have almost all the lead characters of Guilty Cross assembled? I mean I love HanaKana, but sometimes more new voices would be nice.

    • January 9, 2012 at 4:26 amDivine

      See Rinne no Lagrange.

    • January 9, 2012 at 4:40 amMash

      Did you mean guilty crown?

    • January 9, 2012 at 6:32 amyeahair

      Yeah, sorry, I meant Guilty Geass. ;)

      Thanks, Divine, will have to check it out for the new voices alone.

  • January 9, 2012 at 4:59 amLegion

    I initially didn’t like that the voice cast was almost a carbon copy of Guilty Crown, but I shouldn’t let my preconceptions get the better of me.

    I’m admittedly tired of seeing HanaKana everywhere; but the voice she’s using here is different enough from I used to so it’s refreshing in that sense. As for Yuuki Kaji and Kayano Ai…I’m only familiar with them from their roles in GC. Not exactly the best first impression; hopefully their roles here might leave a better one.

    • January 9, 2012 at 5:12 amSpinarakk

      It’s never the seiyuu’s fault how they’re characters are written, they just talk. Surprised Divine didn’t mention Nakamura Yuuichi (Gai) is also in this.

      • January 9, 2012 at 1:00 pmLegion

        You are correct, but the voice used for a character adds to one’s impression of that character. In my opinion, I didn’t really like the voices used for GC’s main characters and they added to my dislike of them (the characters).

        Imagine if you will a world where Shuu was voiced by Norio Wakamoto. That’d give you a totally different impression of that character, right? My point is basically that a voice, depending on how good or bad it is, can help make or break a character.

  • January 9, 2012 at 5:17 am8D

    Yeah this is a FUCKING AWESOME SPECIAL, omg this animation is really epic, the soundtrack too, but this is just the beginning, so we will wait as the story unfolds.

  • January 9, 2012 at 5:51 amAiras

    http://randomc.net/image/Aquarion%20EVOL/Aquarion%20EVOL%20-%2001-02%20-%20Large%2066.jpg

    That guy is here again…
    Is he the Spirit of Earth?
    He’s fucking omniscient.

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:38 pmSuppa Tenko

      He’s the immortal magician, Gen Fudo!

  • January 9, 2012 at 6:09 ambanzemanga

    lol. Was it just me or i think that the drama was overly played? The protagonists were overly too sensitive and were not given a proper solid reason.

    For example, the girl was crying we should run away we cant fight and so on. She must have a reason related to her past and insert key screenshots about her memories hinting people curiosity but no. They let her scream up to the point of annoyment.

    As for the main guy, he was yelling it is my “fault” and so on. The heck! If you didn’t save her, she would have been dead by now. And no, they have to play Guilty Crown’s annoying melodrama where at the beginning, everyone from the organization just hates the protagonist just because he was an outsider.

    Sorry to break your excitements, but certainly preferred the first series where the protagonist was a kickass and the crew members seemed to have more personality. Here they are just either too confident and cocky or too surprised of everything.

    P.S. I mean this series started so cliche like if it were to be kids Power Rangers. Aquarion ‘Evol’ they name the machine. I didn’t mind to call the series Evol but calling the machine a new generation ‘Evol’ sounds like digimon. Abd then there is the only kids series attack naming “Flying Love Attack!” Are you serious!?

    • January 9, 2012 at 7:02 amfragb85

      You have watched Aquarion right? Because pulling moves out of its ass and giving it stupid names is par for the course.

      • January 9, 2012 at 1:20 pmSuppa Tenko

        Exactly, look at the final attack of the series “Genesis Combination Infinity Attack” or if you want the romanji, Sousei Gattai Mugen Attack! Or that “Mugen Bitchslap” Or the Sword Foot Cube Mugen 3D attack.

    • January 9, 2012 at 7:12 amKickingFish

      you need to watch the original series lol

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:38 ammasso

      That’s the point of Aquarion. It never pretends to be anything but ludicrous over-the-top Super Robot actions.

    • January 9, 2012 at 3:17 pmMubashwer

      LOL Yeah… when i saw the Flying Love Attack, I was like wtf? There tends to be stupid mecha anime these days.. remember Star Driver?

  • January 9, 2012 at 6:42 amDXHK

    Live version of the op
    It is the Full one ;)

    Removed link. Please don’t post direct downloads. Thanks. -Divine

  • January 9, 2012 at 6:59 amfragb85

    So apparently its Aquarion with gender segregation? Feels like some contrived way to add a twist to the whole GATTAI ORGASM shtick. I don’t think much of the characters yet, the two leads are a bit dramatic. Zessica is fun to watch at least. Still Aquarion had plenty of fun dynamics with its large cast, I’m hoping they will do the same thing here.

    Kagura is displaying beast like characteristics much like the protagonist of the first series. The fact the he looks almost like Apollo is definitely suspicious.

    Also GEN IS BACK and he’s hammy as ever! At least I think its Gen.

    • January 9, 2012 at 11:00 amDivine

      Yeah, the red hair, the beast-like movements, and that nose. Maybe they’re purposely trying to mislead on who’s the reincarnation of who.

  • January 9, 2012 at 7:11 amKickingFish

    somehow, kagura reminds me of the original apollo, especially when he said that “that smell” line. i remember apollo used to say that a lot

    • January 9, 2012 at 11:51 amPtolemaios00

      That’s intended I think. Kind of like the old protagonist becomes the new antagonist. Also, his animal like mech fighting is reminiscent of Apollo’s wild animal side in the summary OVA.

  • January 9, 2012 at 7:44 amricz

    Noob question…Do I need to watch the 1st one before watching this one?

    • January 9, 2012 at 6:48 pmSkribulous

      Not really, but it helps.

      • January 10, 2012 at 12:44 amricz

        Tnx

  • January 9, 2012 at 8:14 amAiras

    Just a Small fix!
    Kagura ripped his underling ARM not LEG :P
    http://randomc.net/image/Aquarion%20EVOL/Aquarion%20EVOL%20-%2001-02%20-%20Large%2054.jpg

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:59 amDivine

      Oh wow, I completely overlooked that when I saw Kagura use it as a replacement leg. Duly noted.

  • January 9, 2012 at 8:54 amCybersteel

    Henshin scene made me lol. HanaKana? Really? I’ll never get tired of her. I’ll even watch an Anime with the entire cast voiced by Hanazawawawa.

  • January 9, 2012 at 9:08 ammasso

    So I’m interested to hear your impression of the original Aquarion, Divine. Did you ever finished the whole TV series or just the OVA? IMO, it’s worth sticking with it just to see the last few episodes filled with orgasms of musical performance playing during the giant robot action.

    • January 9, 2012 at 10:55 amDivine

      I finished the OVAs and started the TV series. I plan to keep the series over the course of this season, so my posts on EVOL will likely have some thoughts about the original too.

      • January 9, 2012 at 12:56 pmSuppa Tenko

        I started watching the first Aquarion around thursday last week and I just finished yesterday. Haven’t seen the OVAs yet.

  • January 9, 2012 at 10:59 amLuxor

    … my love of Venice is conflicting with my lack of time… D:

    You’ve convinced me to watch the sequel, but I’m just going to skim through the original. Hopefully I don’t miss out on too much. But dammit there are too many series I need to go watch D:

  • January 9, 2012 at 11:47 amPtolemaios00

    http://randomc.net/image/Aquarion%20EVOL/Aquarion%20EVOL%20-%2001-02%20-%20Large%2053.jpg
    The Buddha Palm is so much better than the Mugen Punch.

    http://randomc.net/image/Aquarion%20EVOL/Aquarion%20EVOL%20-%2001-02%20-%20Large%2043.jpg
    Immortal old guy still at it with his hand clapping. I’d bet he’s still the top of Neo DEVA and dialed in that phone call.

    • January 10, 2012 at 2:07 amWhatsht

      I wonder where was he, the background looks weird(crystals everywhere). Could he be abducted by the Abductors?

      • January 11, 2012 at 5:54 pmsarcastic_weasel

        No, he was abducted by Sleestaks.

  • January 9, 2012 at 12:56 pmMubashwer

    I did not watch the previous series but I must say that the animation is really good. It seemed a bit too fast-paced and unrealistic though:S (i always prefer Gundam)

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:37 pmSuppa Tenko

      Super Robots are not suppose to be realistic. Super Robot Wars is one of the more realistic super robot animes I’ve seen, since most of the SRs in that show are made with plausible technology.

      • January 9, 2012 at 2:28 pmmasso

        Wait. what? Super Robots Wars the most realistic?

        Have you ever seen Dai-Guard?

      • January 9, 2012 at 6:51 pmSkribulous

        Dai-Guard was in one of the Super Robot Wars games.

        Unless this topic is about the SRW:Original Generations series, which has more Gundam elements if you take a better look at them.

  • January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pmjrj

    hmm… I really like what I saw in this special so far… Having watched the original a couple of years back, I can say I am hooked just by to see where the story is headed in this sequel :)

    As for the plot, it can be argued that Show Spoiler ▼

    Heck, they even brought back that one-eyed guy who resembles Fudou :) now as long as those over the top special attacks keep coming back, I am all set for the rest of the show for sure :) this restriction on male+female combination is certainly interesting spin… also don’t know if others have picked that up, EVOL, while implying evolution, can also mean love if reversed. So there will definitely be more emphasis on relationship I guess…

    ps. how did Maoyi’s pic from Nisemono gets in this post (in that courage link)? is that an Ester Egg of yours, Divine?

    • January 9, 2012 at 1:50 pmjrj

      lol… now I realized what you did there, Divine. Well played… Mayoi and her “Courage” talk… :3
      and thanks for the post, hope you enjoy the original Aquarion

  • January 9, 2012 at 1:11 pmleokiko

    The music made the Gatai and the Flying Love Attack part AWESOME and the ED music is BEAUTIFUL.

    As expected from a legendary composer.

  • January 9, 2012 at 2:06 pmGermanguy

    Dunno, lets see. If this Anime depends more then on CG Animations. Lets see

  • January 9, 2012 at 3:10 pmMubashwer

    reincarnation of this , reincarnation of that.. tsch does it really matter? Lately most mecha anime had been disappointing.. the only thing that im looking forward to about this anime is the character interaction..(did not like the plot at all)

  • January 9, 2012 at 4:05 pmcartoonEVOL

    Where can i go to watch thr OVA online free?

  • January 9, 2012 at 5:01 pmpwnzaursaurus

    her hand was so small…and warm…and…SOOOOOOFFFFTTTT!!!!

  • January 9, 2012 at 7:53 pmJimmy

    this hoe looks so stupid

  • January 9, 2012 at 8:13 pmsuff

    I will ask the same question as I did for the “other” series:

    can I watch this without the prequel?

    • January 10, 2012 at 12:20 amJep0ng

      Yes

      • January 10, 2012 at 7:07 amsuff

        Sweet!

  • January 9, 2012 at 8:30 pmReianz

    Aquarion EVOL compared to Sousei no Aquarion seems like a mile away. The first episode here just didn’t seem that great in my opinion. Looking back, I still get goosebumps from rewatching the first episode from Sousei no Aquarion…

    • January 10, 2012 at 12:35 pmAudric

      A mile away? Sousei no Aquarion is 12,000 years away from Aquarion EVOL! My friend I guarantee your goosebumps will return. They have been waiting for you all this time. Will you wait for them? ;)

      • January 11, 2012 at 1:08 amWhatsht

        I will wait for them, even if I have to wait for 12,000 years.

  • January 9, 2012 at 9:14 pmRS456

    Why does is bad guy the spitting image of Apollo from the first series and his reflexes also the same as Apollo.

    • January 9, 2012 at 9:19 pmRS456

      Is he suppose to be the other half of Apollo like in the previous series how Sirius was the other half of the partner of the Apollo of 12,000 years ago.

  • January 9, 2012 at 11:22 pmWotWem

    To all the people complaining about the funny attack naming…. the next thing you’ll tell me is that Code Geass as the advent of mecha anime genre.

  • January 10, 2012 at 2:04 amWhatsht

    Well, hearing the “Sousei Gattai! Go! Aquarion!” gives me nostalgic feelings. And didn’t they had some Military Aquarions from 12,000 years ago? Did they scrap them for Aquaria(s)? I wonder if the original Aquarion is still sealed within the Earth, holding the Earth together.

    Then I suddenly thought of this, how did Silvia live her life till she died? She would have seen weddings of her friends and wouldn’t she feel sad? About “Skies of Aquaria”.. I’m guessing Silvia wrote that book.

  • January 10, 2012 at 2:12 amAniota

    Guilty Crown has never existed. That series never started, and never comes back on air for another 3 months. You gotta think this way if you have any problems or complaints on VA casting of Aquarion E.

  • January 10, 2012 at 4:54 amAllnighter

    Great art and animation, but the dialogue and cliches are too cheesy for me. Don’t know how many times I just wanted to facepalm myself. Perhaps it’s not my cup of tea… first anime to be dropped this year. Thankfully, it’s the only one that disappointed so far.

  • January 10, 2012 at 6:32 amComM3

    Lagann gattai or Aquarion gattai? Which oone do you reckon is better Sir Divine?

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:07 amWhatsht

      I actually think Aquarion’s gattai is better, Lagann’s gattai just involves hot-blood and physical combination while Aquarion’s gattai involves physical combination, the overlapping of the souls of the pilots and hot-blood is optional(you can shout the combine phrase as hot blooded as you want)

  • January 10, 2012 at 8:58 amBoo

    Actually I much prefer Evol compared to the original series. The original Apollo seems too off for me although it was hinted from the exact beginning that he is the incarnation of Apollonius causing him to actually know how to control Aquarion and stuff but still he is way to cliche as a super robot character. I liked how Amata gave a much different feel by showing a character which is not as lame as Shu/Shinji, but also not impossibly energetic like the original Apollo.

    I actually think Kagura is the actual incarnation of Apollonius since he resembles him much more than Amata resembles Apollonius. Also in Cayenne’s vision, he saw Kagura with Mikono which might point out that both them are actually the real incarnations of Apollonius and Seline

    • January 11, 2012 at 3:34 amTren

      Wrong
      Amata – Gained apollo’s kind heart and passion after apollo meets apolloniouses
      Red haired guy – Gained apollo’s animal instincts and fury
      Both – Gained apolloniouses love for sylvie (purple haired girl)
      You can see it clearly

      • January 11, 2012 at 3:36 amTren

        Celiane * i meant to say instead of apolloniouses

  • January 10, 2012 at 11:53 amFuuka

    Oh Aquarion, so silly yet so good. You have to go in to Aquarion knowing it is an homage/parody of all things super robot and “team union powers”. Once you get that, I think it becomes more enjoyable. Otherwise it is just a silly cliche mess. I was laughing at the gattai scene, how can you not?
    These two episodse were awesome, I hope that it doesn’t end up like LE:Fam. (awesome first episode, then…nothing)I mam interested to see the love triangle that will develop between Amata, Mikono and Kagura. Amata has the Solar Wings, but Kagura and Mikono have some sort of connection as well. All in all, I’m excited for a fun non-serious and fun series to start.
    Also, the city is based after Hong Kong I read early on, not Venice. I did get the Venice vibe as well, but I have never been to HK.

  • January 10, 2012 at 9:15 pmflCer

    I still remember the first series…

    For those that think the story is over the top, you haven’t seen anything yet. The original series had plenty of corny moves and orgasmic entries. I remember there was one episode where the main characters went training, and they would emphasize (in my opinion) the silliest things to such an extreme level.

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    Get ready for move names such that uses extreme words like INFINITY, MEGA, ULTRA, SUPER, …etc. The first season gave such emphasis on those words.

    To be fair though, I did enjoy the first season. The music was definitely amply and timely introduced to give the show more flair at the right times. Their use of music was definitely a forte.

  • January 10, 2012 at 11:23 pmKairin

    I’m not quite familiar with the names yet…so forgive me… but that one dude…Amata, is a wimp and the girl Mikono…seems like a wimp too D: maybe they both are the sole reincarnation , it’s just that they need time to develop like how Apollo did in the first series. They have created a lot of potential for character development. I hate to say this, but the first series was way better because I laughed every episode and the music was good. The plot line was “okay” overall. The second series…didn’t “pump” me up because of those…orgasmic…(yeah…and the fact that he “flies” when ever he gets “excited”) D: maybe they will twist things up a bit… Mikono might not be the “true” reincarnation, but perhaps a reincarnation of someone else, but that other dude with Apollo-like features did take an interest in her…so she might be it…but then there is foretold doom so I think that that Apollo-like is a reincarnation of Apollo…isn’t his name like Kagura or something? It means heat-wave…so I think he would be the 2nd reincarnation because I just looked up Amata’s name and it’s relating to mythology…and Mikono’s name didn’t pop up but I got “Mykonos” << that's very close and its a Greek….Island? Forgive me if I'm wrong D: but they must have named them for a reason!~ O: …
    Something I didn't like was that they changed several things, but they did redeem themselves by hinting about the "purity" and what not. It made the awesome Aquarion transformation worth it :3. The "guns" and the new designs …were not the best.
    Overall, this series sets it self up for something more promising. The producers will not let us down :3 ~ I hope to see more of that pirate guy. He's that character who is "all knowing" and wise, I miss a character like that.

    • January 10, 2012 at 11:26 pmKairin

      Oh, dear…I didn’t mean to put heat wave…I was thinking of another name.. >_o< …this totally changes things~!

  • January 11, 2012 at 5:05 amRonin09

    All this talk of uselessness, what are they Shinji Ikari’s descendent’s or something? lol

  • January 11, 2012 at 6:13 pmSuppa Tenko

    I’m glad they still use similar or perhaps the same OST when Aquarion is fighting.

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:14 pmSuppa Tenko

      But that the same time, all of the supporting command center characters are all just as annoying as Jean-Jacques.

      BTW so much sexual symbolism as always. That stone is obviously a hymen.

  • January 11, 2012 at 9:45 pmTK

    It’s Kinda like Vandread and Aquarion combined to make this new Aquarion. But I rly Do hope they at least show some of the original Aquarion cast like Apollo.

  • January 12, 2012 at 11:04 amAlec

    It’s possbile Kagura is just a reincarnation of the previous main character, who also happens to be the reincarnation of Apollonius , while the other is the reincarnation of Apollonius.

    The fact that he has beast-like movements/insticnts, and almost looks the same as Apollo says something that it isn’t a coincidence

    • January 12, 2012 at 6:46 pmHagiri

      I was thinking the same thing!
      Seems that with Kagura’s actions he would be the reincarnation of Apollo.

  • January 12, 2012 at 6:53 pmHagiri

    The enemy this time is no longer the Fallen Angels right? but comes from another dimension just like them.

    It seems to me that the enemy from the original series is a lot more, graceful/powerful, I mean they didn’t have to capture people 1 by 1 using capsules but by using some kind of hypnosis where people exposed to it just walks into the harvester by themselves.

  • January 13, 2012 at 8:26 amjhpace1

    I’m a little concerned how the military “dreamer who foretells the future” guy punched out the “flying Element” protagonist when he got him out of the cockpit. A little heavy-handed there. The guy saves your life, but he’s not military, so you’re going to use bad-cop tactics and “subdue” him? What’s next, having the “flying Element” guy wake up in a prison cell after a full identity and blood workup?

    Grumble, grumble, grumble, individual rights vs. increasingly militant “we control the situation so give us your taxes” governments…

  • January 19, 2012 at 9:45 amiron2000

    The sudden action first ep appraoch, I suppose they would explain it slowly as the show goes on.

    Watch the original years back and the enemy design really improved to me.
    Looks a bit like Macross F mechs compared to those unappealing things in the original.

    Does the power of Sousei Gattai changes the color of the vector?
    Well, its a super robot show i guess but Bandai will be able to release 3 Chougokins :P