Aquarion EVOL – 26 (END)
Sure Zessica hasn’t been the most likable character as of late but I thought it was pretty grown up of her to want someone she loved to be happy even if she wasn’t. It was also kind of noble to put herself up as a martyr in order to stop Mykage. Then again, it shows how a strong-willed character like Zessica had given up which was very unlike her true nature.
I had a pretty good laugh when Malloy thought he was going to be able to gattai but was instead blocked by Crea. Crea decided to jump into a vector herself while telling Donar and Suomi that they would be the new Adam and Eve should anything go awry. That led to another funny moment when Crea says she’s too old to be piloting. Just how old is that loli?!
While we all thought Shrade was “dead,” he actually turns into a projection like Amata’s parents and embeds himself with the Vector he was defeated in and Cayenne. It cheapens his untimely “death” but Shrade turning into a spirit should have been foreseen. After all, there wasn’t a dead body. Never assume!
Mykage tries to use the original Aquarion to exact his revenge on Apollonius by drying up the planets and killing everything he fought for because he tricked him last cycle. Fortunately and rather predictably, Amata is able to thwart this attempt by retaking Aquarion and using its tears to replenishes the water supply.
I’m sort of disappointed at how they made Mykage seem like the one who has been victimized the whole time. It didn’t make it any better that he was only looking for acknowledgement and an apology from either Apollonius or Celiane this whole time. Mykage lashing out against Apollo for not knowing he wasn’t Apollonius is kind of irrational but as the ultimate villain he doesn’t need to be rational at all. We’ve spent a great amount of time disliking him so sympathy just isn’t in the cards. I’m not saying you can’t feel bad for the reformed villain but it doesn’t work for me here.
Finally, many saw that EVOL was “LOVE” spelled backwards from the very beginning. While I thought it was partially clever and lame at the same time, I can’t believe they waited 26 weeks to go: “Oh look! It’s not Aquarion EVOL! It’s Aquarion LOVE!” In hindsight, I should have seen that coming but didn’t which made me facepalm hard enough to leave a mark on my face. It was way too cheesy.
At least for this writer, Aquarion EVOL is an anime enjoyed for the journey because the end was generic and slightly boring. The first half was fun but lacked real progression. The second half had major plot points but abandoned what made the show fun in the first half. This series didn’t end the way I anticipated it to. Frankly, I thought all the splits would be rectified but in the end Kagura and Amata remained two distinct people (as with the planets).
Some of the best facets of this series is its heavy use of various philosophies, mythologies, and religions and the writers’ use of lore to create surprising twists. Just to name a few examples: we saw reincarnation, Taoist philosophy, the tree of life and Greek/Roman mythology used as motifs. This allowed Aquarion to create its own legend by tweaking and combining ideas.
There were plenty of unexpected developments that took place (and didn’t take place). EVOL plot may have been slightly shallow and not very good but at the same time it made great use of Sousei no Aquarion’s lore. First of all, we learned that Apollonius was Fudo the whole time. While this isn’t a good thing for several reasons, it still left me wowed because it seemed highly unlikely prior to the ending. Another startling development was when Amata and Kagura were revealed to be Pollon, someone who was absent from the original series. Zessica also turned out to be nothing more than a regular girl. The way that things unraveled was astonishing yet you felt for much of the series that you were being trolled.
Unfortunately, the way the way the anime was written and structured left us loving some characters and couples while completely despising others. My favorite couple was Andy and Mix because their romance followed a good typical romantic comedy. Andy was also perceived to be a much better male since he didn’t really side-step his feelings. It was just really cute to see them go back and forth. Amata and Mikono were frustrating on the other hand. Their development felt like the total opposite of the likable couple. Add in Zessica who was the favorite and got the short end and things really get messy.
It would have been nice to know what happened to Altair. The safe bet is that the planet returned to a more healthy state since reproduction on it was revealed to have not been totally hampered. I guess the epilogue we got of Amata and Mikono returning (after what seems to be a while) will have to be good enough.
In conclusion, this show is flawed but still enjoyable. It’s over-the-top and not really meant to be taken seriously. I enjoyed EVOL even more by having seen the original because there was epic use of continuity (like something you would see from Gundam’s Universal Century timeline) which kept you guessing throughout the series. If you were one to jump in without having seen the original, it can still be a fun mecha anime. Much of the original tale gets explained in the second half anyway.