「真夜中の少女」 (Mayonaka no Shoujo)
Whether it’s providing oodles of Zessica goodness from her seductive side to her absolutely hilarious scaredy cat side, utterly awesome super robot action with flashy transparent CG, or combining with the extremely young Yunoha Surool (Ogura Yui), Aquarion EVOL is here to deliver. This episode also provided a bunch of firsts for me too, as I’ve never heard Hanazawa Kana scream like Zessica did here, Satellite animate high-speed city battles with explosive Shoryuken-like finishes, or Ogura Yui make orgasmic noises that should be illegal to record (she’s only 16!). Best of all, this episode was absolutely hilarious from start to finish, starting with Andy proposing a seating rearrangement so that he can mingle with some cute girls, only to end up with the invisible Yunoha, then making a ghost story up out of spite that had Zessica going all the way until the very end. Throw in a misunderstanding by Mikono after seeing Zessica run off with Amata in a very precarious position and all the humor just went off without a hitch.
I sure as heck wasn’t expecting to laugh as much as I did, which kind of overshadowed some more important plot points such as how Shrade survived his first union (unsurprisingly), how Kagura’s been locked up and still obsessing about Mikono, and how Jin came up with an well-simulated “attack from all directions” strategy against Aquarion that had Zessica, Amata, and Cayenne pinned down. However, while Aquarion EVOL doesn’t tend to combine the comedy and seriousness as seamlessly as Rinne no Lagrange — hence the oversight — it’s pretty darn entertaining when it goes all out on either end of the spectrum. Just looking at this episode, the action side of things continues to be a real treat, since it feels like I’m watching Macross with the impressive visuals. At the same time, it provides a level of suspense and excitement that’s noticeably different, because Aquarion is a super robot that defies both physics and logic, pulling out new over-the-top moves as the need arises like it did here with Yunoha’s ability. Up until now, we haven’t seen many Elemental abilities channeled through Aquarion, save for Zessica’s back in the premiere, so it was pretty awesome seeing Yunoha turn the legendary robot completely transparent to evade all of Jin’s attacks. That proved to be an exciting reversal of epic proportions, with Aquarion running through all the laser beams and unleashing a flurry of invisible attacks that Jin couldn’t defend against in his Radius Gunis. That was only made better with the opening theme playing in the background — a formula that I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of.
As for Yunoha herself, she’s a very cute addition to the cast and hilarious enough, is also sending Amata airborne much to Mikono and Zessica’s dismay. What that says about Amata is naturally pretty questionable, as he was fine getting all friendly with her when he thought she was a ghost but couldn’t contain himself as soon as he found out that she’s alive. (Hmm…) Anyway, I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about that. I will say that while Andy continues to get shafted much more than he deserves, it’s only a matter of time before he gets through to Mix. That’s definitely something I’m looking forward to, amidst all the “special attention” that Amata gets.
ED: 「月光シンフォニア」 (Gekkou Symphonia) by AKINO & AIKI from bless4
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