「恋愛禁止令」 (Renai Kinshi Rei)
“Love Prohibition Decree”
The saying normally goes, “It’s okay to look, but not to touch”, but for the students at Neo Deava Academy, they’re not even allowed to think — not unless they want the chastity armband from hell to electrocute their horny asses. I think I speak for all of them when I say, can’t we all just get along and gattai like there’s no tomorrow?
Evidently the answer is no, because somebody had to go fall in love in the pilot’s seat and make Aquarion go berserk, ruining the orgasmic mixed union experience for everyone else. I jest of course, as I’m actually quite happy to learn the reason why mixed unions are forbidden and how walking the fine line of emotions between falling in love and being in love draws out the maximum power of the legendary robot. The flashback to Donar’s tragic past also hinted at the possibility that Mykage had something to do with Aquarion going out of control, so I get the feeling we may be in store for a scenario where Amata and Mikono somehow overcome that disaster and break the limit on its output. For now, that mainly serves as foreshadowing of things to come, with the immediate point of interest being a
full-length shot of Zessica’s back dating excursion with a group of sex-starved teenage girls and guys — something that should be added to all school curriculums.
As far as switching up the mecha action with high school romance and showcasing that side of the series, this episode sure gave us a lot of good looks at some of the other potential pairings. Of those, I have my eyes on Andy’s relationship with the feisty man-hater Mix, simply because it feels like it’s only a matter of time before his obvious desires start to uncover some of hers. Almost as fun to watch was Sazanka, as she’s one of the few girls to get electrocuted over and over again from all the Cayenne x Shrade moments. As for our main trio of Amata, Mikono, and Zessica, I for one loved how Zessica was quick to pick up on the obvious signs that she’s going to be a third wheel and just go out there and be one out of protest. If nothing else, her promiscuous behavior sparked some jealous yet cute reactions out of Mikono that I’m not the least bit opposed to seeing a lot more of. After all, it looks like Amata’s pretty set on Mikono, so all Zessica can really do now is make his decision a little more difficult.
Plot-wise, I love how Zen just swooped in and reclaimed his position as the high commander of Neo Deava, but how the heck did Crea turn out to be the school director? Thanks to her, Zen couldn’t stop dishing out the donut analogies either. Of more importance is Kagura’s interest in Mikono that kicks Zessica out of the equation and forms a new love triangle. He sure knew how to push Mikono’s buttons, so his common interest in her kind of supports the idea that him and Amata are the two reincarnated halves of the Solar Wing. Equally noteworthy is how Aquarion EVOL seems to use the events of Sousei no Aquarion as the basis of its 12,000 year old legend and the names Apollonius and Celiane are long forgotten. Their legend speaks of an “Apollon” and “Silvie”, which is much closer to “Apollo” and “Siliva” from the original series, so I’m starting to wonder if I should start thinking of Amata and Mikono as reincarnations of them. Either way, that’s definitely something to keep in mind as the series goes on.