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「接吻」 (Seppun)
“Kiss”

I can’t help but feel sorry for Andy. Not only was his girl taken away, turned into a man, and brainwashed, he can’t even enjoy sitting on a couch. He’s like a highly corrosive liquid that just seems to melt everything he touches.

Shrade is such a masochist. He’s totally set on trying to kill himself via gattai in order to complete his musical composition. Some might argue that it’s nice to have a purpose that you’re willing to go through such lengths to fulfill. The preview suggests he’ll survive (again) but you never know.

Zessica is such a tragic character. Before she could attempt to set her own 12,000 year legend, she was rudely interrupted by Mykage’s plans. I don’t know why she insists on Amata. Someone pointed out in the comments that Zessica’s mark looked like a pineapple. After learning what pineapples represented earlier in the season, I was a little worried that Zessica might not make it through the end. The scene where she got “crushed” to death seems very unreal though. It doesn’t feel like a genuine death. Also, I don’t think she has fulfilled her obligation to Mykage (unless dying was it). Her sneak attack kiss was perfectly calculated since she knew Amata can’t help but fly when he’s thinking of perverted things.

The biggest bombshell of the whole episode was the revelation that Amata and Kagura are one and the same. I’m guessing that they’re going for a split personality thing where Kagura split off from his weaker self. It’s, quite frankly, not what I thought was going to happen though I did believe in the possibility of them being two parts of a reincarnation. It’s turns out to be more than that since they’re the same person. It will be really interesting to see how they explain the split. Speaking of splits, the whole “Amagura” dream made me chuckle. It was like watching Two Face from the old Batman movies.

The episode felt very slow overall. The writers seem intent on dragging this out all the way to the end.

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May 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm
64 comments »
  • May 24, 2012 at 11:54 pmMike

    Great review. First episode 20 was solid and this episode while slow a bit slow at first definitely picked up towards the end. The show finally feels like it truly progressing and feels consistent in terms of quality, hopefully they’ll be able to keep it up. Then again, this is a Shoji Kawamori show so I’m expecting the unexpected.

  • May 24, 2012 at 11:57 pmxRichard

    /a/ is going fucking nuts. It’s pretty much assumed that Zessica is alive. I’ll drop several stuff that spawned from the threads.

    Purple vs Green Chances

    How Zessica Won The Aqua Lion

    Reincarnation Mechanics

    • May 25, 2012 at 2:55 amDa5id

      You know, I think I should be surprised that /a/ is this resourceful, but at this point….

      But whatever. As long as Zessica wins. Andy deserves a good ending too, though.

    • May 25, 2012 at 9:58 amxRichard

      • May 26, 2012 at 5:15 amThe Moondoggie

        I love how they’re dropping hints of that.

    • May 25, 2012 at 5:26 pmShadow74

      I like the explanation of the reincarnations of Apollonius, with explained that Amata was divided in two, all becomes clear.
      But I’m more or less agree with the theories on Zessica.
      I agree with the powers, her feelings for Amata and her stubbornness as Silvia was willing that her brother was the “wings of the sun.”
      I disagree with that Zessica is Sirius, because it would go against the scheme of reincarnation Kawamori, Sirius was Celiane, but had no feelings or personality, was someone else. It is not possible if we follow the scheme, which Zessica is Sirius and look much like Silvia, just because they were the very soul of Celiane. Zessica has to be a part of Silvia for all the similarities, or a big coincidence.
      This is just my opinion about what has so far seen in the anime and the schemes that you showed.

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:14 amDrift

    That kiss scene was so touching I kept repeating it over and over again (lol my poor replay button XD)

    I am a huge Andy x Mix fan and liked every single pairing Aqua Evol threw at me (even Shrade x Kaien) but I didn’t have nay strong opinion on any pairing that involved the main cast for some reason. But after this episode I really hope to see the series end with ZessicaxAmata, or at least Zessica will find some sort of happiness. Maybe go back to her cheerful self.

    Really liked the episode and hope to see the answer to the reincarnation theory soon.

    • May 25, 2012 at 12:28 amBeedle

      I wish it’d end as Amata/Zessica (and everything in this ep leading up to that kiss was plain wow!), but now it’s more unlikely than before ;___;

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:15 amjaffa

    Zessica is still moping about a guy that never has shown any interest on her. For how long is she doing that again? About 10+ episodes??? Damn girl, just move on already, it is just sad and pathetic.

    • May 25, 2012 at 3:38 pmSpace Dreamer

      Stow it

    • May 25, 2012 at 10:16 pmSix

      I pretty much agree with you.

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:28 amfragb85

    Amata the “protagonist” finally takes center stage and moves the plot. In addition to that we have actual development between Zessica and Amata (she’s obviously not dead). The Problem? We’re 21 EPISODES IN! This entire love triangle has been one of the blandest, most dragging and most boring aspect of the series. Even more painful that its supposed to be a central plot point of the entire Aquarion series. And while the kissing scene with Zessica was good, I’ve reaches the point where I don’t care about it anymore.

    What happened to Kawamori? Compelling love triangles are his forte but this is a travesty.

    • May 25, 2012 at 1:00 amMike

      A lot of that blame goes to the writers. Kawamori may be the director but he doesn’t have complete control over what the writers are doing.

    • May 25, 2012 at 4:24 amNB

      I’m just so happy that for all her sufferings Zessica may finally has a chance.

      Seriously, she was the strangest love rival ever, since all she manages to do is to highlight how shallow Mikono’s feelings for Amata were, while seemingly being cursed to mope forever.

      For once she looked happy. I’m glad.

      Bait and switch, baby !!

      Eeven if it’s a little late. But considering the main drama has been put into the backburner for a while it has to be expected.

      • May 25, 2012 at 4:41 amMike

        Totally. She definitely deserves happiness. For the 10 episodes we had to go through seeing her like that, she deserves a happy end. But the whole Kawamori factor has me worried. Even though he isn’t writing the series he’s still the director and he can be a bit of a troll at times.

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:29 amrandom viewer

    http://randomc.net/image/Aquarion%20EVOL/Aquarion%20EVOL%20-%2021%20-%20Large%2035.jpg
    So does this mean the planets are one in the same like Amagura or am I missing the point of that picture?
    I thought there would be more rage about Zessica’s untimely “death” in this post. Or was there a death flag that I didn’t see coming either. Instead of her turning into a man, she’s killed off? I hope not, not in this square-love relationship. Or is is three now? (Don’t mind my questions…I’m just talking to myself.) =P

    • May 25, 2012 at 12:35 amBeedle

      She had a pineapple on her forehead…

      But I still hope she isn’t dead.

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:34 amBeedle

    Can anybody explain the Kagura/Amata thing? Amagura has their eyes, but how did he split?

    Also, Mykage’s trying to usurp the position of master cockblocker from Kagura o/

    • May 25, 2012 at 12:37 amBeedle

      Oh, forgot to add.

      Does this mean Fudo is Scorpius?

    • May 25, 2012 at 2:07 amAnanas

      It’s just a dream. Amata’s suppressed feelings.

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:55 amkuro

    Did anyone else think that Amagura sounded really really lame? Felt like they were referring to some hollywood couple.

    I’m not worried about Zesicca but I teared up anyway ;_;

    • May 25, 2012 at 1:51 amAnanas

      The Two Face imagery as awkward as it is kinda work, but to have Kagura side naming themselves Amagura… sigh. What is that? some lame Dragon Ball reference?

      • May 25, 2012 at 4:30 amBeedle

        It could be worse ^_^;; Imagine them naming themselves something totally random…

        “Amata….we are Bob!”

        or my personal favorite…

        “Amata….we are Venom!”

        On the other hand, these are the same writers that renamed Mix into Mixy, with the horrible genome pun…

      • May 25, 2012 at 5:19 amkuro

        I thought the genome pun was lame but atill kind of funny. This is just lame.

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:57 amRyuunosuke808

    I feel Zessica will get her happiness after 12,000 years :3 But damn Mykage stop touching people and killing them! :O

  • May 25, 2012 at 1:49 amAnanas

    Best take on romance is from Andy questionning himself about his ability to keep loving her even after the genderbending, kudos.

    • May 25, 2012 at 5:31 pmShadow74

      That is true love

  • May 25, 2012 at 2:10 ammangaka-chan

    Kinda sad that the most memorable and interesting pairings in this show (JinxYunoha, AndyxMIX) don’t include the main characters. =_=;;

  • May 25, 2012 at 2:31 amChaos Raiden

    Really hope that Zessica will stay alive throughout the series.

  • May 25, 2012 at 3:16 amThe Story You Don’t Know

    Is there really no way to reverse Mix’s gender bending? The best pair in the series got trolled >_<

    • May 25, 2012 at 4:30 amNB

      Mix’s hobbys is to fill hole.

      In that regard her turning into a man was the best thing that could happen to her…

      • May 25, 2012 at 5:20 amkuro

        I always wondered why MIX was the one filling the holes.

        Say it isn’t so. I really hope she changes back. How could you do that to the best pairing in the show?

      • May 25, 2012 at 8:07 amLoL

        yeah, seems andy can’t escape his pillow biter destiny :3

      • May 25, 2012 at 8:20 amSuppa Tenko

        Andy fulfills his dream and becomes a woman since he loves holes so much.

      • May 25, 2012 at 9:56 amBeedle

        Well, if you recall ages back, Mix did say she was going to fill Andy’s hole…

      • May 25, 2012 at 5:35 pmShadow74

        all that is creepy XD.

  • May 25, 2012 at 4:13 amNB

    It was a really good episode. Even Amata seems to become a bit interesting.
    I really really hope they are not going to fuse Amata and Kagura, it would be very very lame.

    And Zessica !!! I’m more and more rooting for her on the romantic front. I hope she at least get a chance with Amata in 12000 years. I’m pretty confident this episode at least sink AmataxMikono. Alleluya ! There is no way Mikono could pull something topping this kiss.

    Sazanka getting her wishes.

    And last but not least, Shrade could have a solution to save Altair !!! If I didn’t misunderstand.

  • May 25, 2012 at 6:40 amjrj

    Andy’s love for holes will eventually get Mixy back to Mix, I am sure…
    Zessica, on the other hand, seems to be the least favorite of the directors… :( why can’t they just give the girl some justice? ok, we all know Amata is obsessed with plain and not fun Mikono, but at least let the poor green hair speak her version of the next 12,000 years legend… I raged so hard watching that part and the dramatic kiss scene… we need a Zessica ending (am I hoping for too much?)

    • May 25, 2012 at 6:58 amNB

      No. You’re not.

      The authors sadism toward Zessica could be a tool used for the watchers to root for underdog gunuine Zessica over first girl Mikono.

      It’s working well.

    • May 25, 2012 at 7:52 ammonkey

      @jrj
      Zess is since over 10 episodes just depressed and not fun at all. I mean, what did she do besides not being funny and being depressed for the majority of the show? Just saying.

      Anyway, this show sucks. The storytelling is just dumb trolling.

      • May 25, 2012 at 3:41 pmSpace Dreamer

        An obvious troll is obvious

  • May 25, 2012 at 7:45 amFrontier

    After all the mass guessing, the truth is revealed… Amata and Kagura are both Apollo, only split. Most likely, Amata was the original reincarnation of Apollo which was whole at first until Mykage interfered and ripped out the pieces of him that were Apollo and made Kagura. The fact that he’s purely the Apollo part of the reincarnation would explain why Kagura is so much like him. And while the dream probably was a result of Amata’s unresolved feelings, I also think it was a hint towards Amata’s true nature since only when he and Kagura were fused did Mikono call him “Apollo”.

    I know a lot of people have disliked the love triangle in favor of other relationships on the show, but I’ve personally enjoyed it. Zessica’s kiss was a very nice scene, and I really doubt they’d just kill her off like that. Both this and her confession a few episodes back were crowning moments of hearwarming. While on the other hand I’ve enjoyed some of the cute scenes Amata and Mikono have had together. Who’ll win the triangle? Will there be some crazy Aquarion thing that ensures there doesn’t have to be a winner? Who knows… though I do hope that Miknono gets some romantic scenes with Amata before the end.

    Touma’s Cherubim! Does that meany Mykage’s…

    • May 25, 2012 at 7:56 ampaulinthemall

      There is not even a love triangle going on. Amata clearly knows who he wants and has not wavered even once.

    • May 25, 2012 at 5:45 pmShadow74

      It would be better for the anime, especially for Zessica as a character, if she evolves and find another guy who wants to her.

  • May 25, 2012 at 7:52 amIRON-KLAC-MAN

    with 5eps left got wonder how save it all from

    1.cure for rule 63 virus to save women also bring back big bangs
    2.will ONORE mykage has final bomb (yea zess is bomb)
    3.who get happy end

    etc yea not like last thing to expect bag face to the rescue?

  • May 25, 2012 at 8:13 amNB

    Nah.

    The bait and switch is really sweet and well done, if you disregard some displeasant dragging while they were focusing on other characters.

    I was expecting something like that since episode 5.

  • May 25, 2012 at 8:32 amk

    Like Sazanka, I’m totally for the ShradexCayenne pairing. lol

    Omg…Apollonius finally appears in the series~

  • May 25, 2012 at 9:53 amMindZkr

    Five more episodes, right? This second cour keeps on dragging on (probably it started on the latter episodes of the first cour).

    The question now is, aside from how the split happen, why is Kagura in Altair when in fact Alicia left him/them on Vega? o.O

    Writers please give justice on Zessica’s character!
    Please let Andy have his gattai with Mix or even with Mixy!
    Shrade no one hinders you to say your true feelings, come on man

    • May 26, 2012 at 5:18 amThe Moondoggie

      >>Please let Andy have his gattai with Mix or even with Mixy!

      inb4yaoidoujins

  • May 25, 2012 at 10:31 amZer0zUNLTD.

    IT’S LIKE SHIRLEY FROM CODE GEASS ALL OVER AGAIN… TvT

    • May 25, 2012 at 10:39 amMike

      No body, no confirmation.

      • May 25, 2012 at 6:11 pmZer0zUNLTD.

        I hope you’re right… Because if not, this anime is one the most disappointing. But let’s cross our fingers.

      • May 28, 2012 at 2:07 amZer0zUNLTD.

        YEEEAAAAAHHHHHHH
        YES YES YES!

  • May 25, 2012 at 11:51 amgod

    I felt the pacing of the episode was good overall. Lots of things happened. Andy in depression. The Amagura dream (which was a real visual treat). Fudo telling Mikono the story of the legend (I haven’t seen Genesis of Aquarion so it certainly helped me understand the plot). And of course the kiss scene (that was greatly orchestrated), Zessica’s “death” and the revelation at the end.

    • May 25, 2012 at 3:44 pmSpace Dreamer

      Thank ‘God’ is not a troll like the past 10 I just read

  • May 25, 2012 at 3:43 pmSpace Dreamer

    The only thing I hate about the series is the trolls it attracts. I can’t even read the review without some troll trolling on the text.

    (v);,,;(v)

  • May 25, 2012 at 4:46 pmWuz

    Mykage is clearly touched in the head. By his own fingertips of destruction and death, that is.

  • May 26, 2012 at 6:17 pmgallowglass

    IF Zessica is dead I’m going to be somadbro, mainly due to the fact that Shrade keeps on surviving. Sadly I know she’s going to get burnt, even if she manages to live, as the Kagura X Mikono and Amata X Zessica ending is too hopeful and happy.

    Anyone else thinking Andy should create a hole for Mixy?

    • May 27, 2012 at 4:01 amBeedle

      Mixy already has a hole. What Mixy doesn’t have is them big bangs Andy’s so fond of. That, and Mixy’s sporting a different package.

      • May 27, 2012 at 10:51 amgallowglass

        clearly create a new hole and use the stuff to create new big bangs.

  • May 27, 2012 at 5:33 pmDovahkiinGGGGG

    I want to see hatguy go hatLESS. Oh my god.

  • June 4, 2012 at 4:29 amShark

    Zessica > ALL

  • June 7, 2012 at 9:51 amLBA00790

    thank you for upload these amazing screenshots!!!! but what about last episodes ??

  • June 29, 2012 at 2:29 pmSyaoran65

    Does anyone know the name of the ost played during the nightmare?