「男と女のアナグラム」 (Otoko to Onna no Anaguramu)
“Anagram of a Man and a Woman”
In terms of screenwriting and witty dialogue, Ano Natsu de Matteru and Rinne no Lagrange are easily my top two picks of the season, but Aquarion EVOL is really making a case for itself with Kawamori Shouji and Okada Mari working their magic. I probably found this episode way funnier than I should have, but it was largely in part to all the “clever” dialogue about holes was just as funny (if not funnier) in Japanese as it is translated into English. I can’t even remember the amount of times that I found myself chuckling, as this series’ tendency to never taking itself too seriously is absolutely infectious when it features material like this. I mean, I was expecting some great things from Andy and Mix, but having them as complete opposites with him digging holes and her filling them up — in conjunction with the straight-faced cheesy analogies — far exceeded my expectations.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I found the script for this episode absolutely ingenious. The dialogue was one thing, but all the little developments such as everyone’s reaction to Crea’s “Holes Before Boys” pun and Mix’s hole-punching punishment helped bring it all together. Through and through, the hole jokes didn’t miss a beat, and we even got a hilarious reaction from Mix when she was disappointed about doing it with Amata after falling head over heels for Andy, who deserves a lot of credit for welcoming Mix with open arms and breaking that man-hating exterior of hers. As far as the lighthearted side of the series goes, this has to be the best episode to date. Big Bang Gattai? They really pulled out all the stops. At the same time, this episode didn’t lose complete sight of the need to put a meaningful spin on all the humor and supplemented it fairly well by revealing why Mix hates men so much. It was a bit too typical that her father was the source of her complex, but the reason didn’t really matter as much as the fact that we got one.
As for the main trio, everyone seems to be fixated on Mikono — Izumo included — but I’m starting to wonder if Zessica is purposely being undermined in terms of being Eve. It almost feels like the story is gearing toward making it seem like Mikono’s “the one” whom the Altair are after, only to reveal later on that it’s actually Zessica. Granted, Mikono will undoubtedly still have a big role in it all either way, seeing as her Element has the power to unite people. When it comes to a love triangle that she’s personally caught up in, it kind of raises the question on whether Zessica’s feelings for Amata are a result of her power. Zessica did have a stark realization last time after yet another union with Amata and Mikono, so it would be a rather “interesting” twist of fate if Mikono inadvertently created a rival for herself. Either way, Zessica doesn’t look like she’s going to sit idly for much longer if Mikono’s not going to act. She’s clearly restless, especially after seeing Amata with Mikono at the very end.
So um, no big surprise that Jin survived. It looks like he’ll be joining in the festivities next time at Neo Deava too. I’m curious to see if this is going to lead to a scenario where he has a change of heart about humans. I’d say it’s doubtful, but I can picture it happening.
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