Aquarion EVOL – 04
「壁～conquer oneself～」 (Kabe)
“Wall ~conquer oneself~”
I’m still slowly working my way through Sousei no Aquarion, but even I could appreciate what an awesome throwback to the original this week’s episode of Aquarion EVOL was. Not only do we see the return of the magician-like high commander in Fudou Zen (Fujiwara Keiji), but we see it in style with the infamous “Infinity Punch” that circles the globe several times over before tearing down the Berlin Wall. “And then he proclaimed, ‘Let there be illicit sexual relationships!’” (Fujun Isei Kouyuu!) Okay not really, as Zen’s laying down the law to prevent romping in the dorms at night, but the rest of it is more or less true.
If you’re not familiar with the original series, the absurdity of Aquarion’s Mugen Punch will probably be a bit too much at first. However, if you keep in mind that the series is a tribute to super robot shows where physical constraints are the least of its concerns, then it could easily be perceived as “randomly awesome”. The lack of any visible damage on the CG-rendered Vector planes and the orgasmic robot combinations are just another level of ridiculousness to it all, but they’re really not that hard to overlook when you consider the production quality behind Satelight and Kawamori Shouji’s original work and the type of show that Aquarion EVOL’s trying to be. Anyone who’s seen Gurren Lagann shouldn’t have too much difficulty getting behind the stuff here, so for those who haven’t, just think of it as a show that looks like Macross Frontier but doesn’t take itself too seriously. At least, that’s what I see it as.
Even with more relevant developments surrounding Shrade as the top male Element user with a weak body, Cayenne as the protective brother who fears losing Mikono to Aquarion, the genius girl Crea (Tange Sakura) (with over 300 IQ according to the official site) as the reincarnation of Rena, and now Mykage as (presumably) the reincarnation of Touma, I’m still getting the most enjoyment from the over-the-top depiction of mecha action with various bits of humor throughout — something that I only recently learned carried over from the original series. The previous episode provided a good feel for the seemingly perfect balance of seriousness and comedy, similar to the formula that Rinne no Lagrange is using to much success, so that’s one aspect that has me really sold on EVOL. Naturally, I’m looking forward to seeing the romantic comedy side of things pick up next time (mmm, Zessica), but I’m also quite curious as to exactly what went wrong with mixed combinations in the past that caused them to become forbidden. Donar’s made it clear that it destroyed most of his body, which leaves me wondering if it something as straightforward as sensory overload. I gather I’ll find out soon enough, now that Mikono’s committed to fighting alongside Amata and Cayenne.
* Any negative connotations that I may have had with the Guilty Crown cast are pretty much gone now. EVOL’s already provided a positive impression of them in their new roles.
* Full-length images: 03, 08, 30.