Aquarion EVOL – 08
Whoa whoa whoa. Someone needs to step in and tell Mix that Zessica can wear whatever the heck she wants. Let’s not get hasty now and tell her to cover up that midriff of hers. As far as I’m concerned, she’s free to tease us about what color her “underwear” is and tear off her clothes in battle to get a better feel for her surroundings (naked Gundam Newtype style).
After seeing what went down this episode, I’m even more convinced that Aquarion is one of the few series that can get away with something as ludicrous as ripping clothes off in the middle of battle and still remain fairly respectable at the end of the day. Part of the reason is because the sexual connotations are so firmly rooted in the over-the-top premise, but the main reason (at least for me) is because of Macross creator Kawamori Shouji and Macross composer Kanno Youko’s involvement, which has once again brought us a visually and aurally amazing original series that just warrants a certain level of anime “street cred”. We don’t have an anime with poor production values that’s milking fan-service here; we have a mecha series with relatively high standards that has earned the right to tease us with a reluctant Mikono to its hearts content.
While it was somewhat awkward when the plot started working toward removing social inhibitions and going with the flow; it was all clearly fan-service-filled humor — much like the orgasmic robot combinations themselves — making it easy to get on board before long. The characters’ embarrassment and resulting dialogue were hilarious, especially Donar’s reaction to Suomi’s understanding of how it’s exciting to be watched (my “lol moment of the week”), and the action itself didn’t disappoint either with Jin fighting in the flesh (and seemingly getting killed). The inconsequential developments also gave us some great looks, including Yunoha’s not-so-subtle feelings and Zessica’s very overdue ones. All welcomed developments for me, as I like what I saw from a bashful Yunoha and I’ve been eagerly waiting for Zessica to realize how she feels.
On the more plot-centric side of things, we finally learn what Altair is after and why Jin is (was?) referred to the last child, though I’m not sure what to make of finding one girl to help repopulate their planet. Their goal does vastly differ from the Shadow Angels in Sousei no Aquarion though, so it may make more sense to treat EVOL as a completely separate series that simply borrows ideas from the original. Whatever the case, Mykage evidently has something planned for Kagura, given the way he’s purposely making him jealous, so I’m looking forward to seeing what that entails. Granted, I’m not nearly looking forward to it as much as the next episode, where it looks like Andy finally gets through to Mix. The fall of a mighty tsundere is always a sight to behold.
* I laughed when Zessica tore off most of her pilot suit and all Mikono tore off was a sleeve. Mikono has a ways to go if she hopes to end up with Amata instead of Kagura. The competition is unrelenting.
* Hmm, how wrong would it be to refer to Amata and Andy as “hole buddies”?
* Full-length images: 08, 22, 23, 26, 38.