「野性の召命」 (Yasei no Shōmei)
“Call of the Wild”
Back in the series premier we got a scene of Alicia being taken away to Altair. This led me to believe that Amata was Alicia’s sibling. Unless I’ve totally missed something, this is the first time the show has hinted that Izumo and Alicia are Amata’s parents. This is quite the bombshell. It would also make sense since Mykage said that she left behind a child on Vega. In episode one, we saw Amata chasing after Alicia and being left behind.
Zessica’s overzealousness is really cute. The indirect kiss was especially funny and her attempt at trying to brush it aside was a good but futile attempt. At least Mikono didn’t look bothered by it. We all know how jealous she gets when Amata starts floating about.
Divine previously put forth the very novel theory that that the reincarnations might come from the separate legends from 12,000 and 24,000 years ago. Instead, I believe that the reincarnations are split into two halves just as Celiane had been in Sousei no Aquarion. This really makes sense for Kagura and Amata who both resemble Apollo (and by extension Apollonius). They have both have had Solar Wing-like moments and carry certain characteristics and abilities that their original selves possessed.
As I have mentioned before, Celiane was split into two: Sylvie and Sirius in the original Aquarion. The split now looks like it’s between Mikono and Zessica. The vision within her mirror seems to properly connect both of them to the legends of 12,000 and 24,000 years ago. Going even further, one might be the light side and one the dark. This isn’t to say that one is more evil than the other (well with Kagura it might just be).
It’s nice that Andy is playing the role of the catalyst for Amata. Past experiences tell me that shows rarely give up what a girl will be “the chosen one” until the end even if there was sufficient evidence to say who it is. At least this way, we get strung along in a good way. Amata kind of gives a confession to Mikono but it still leaves the door open for my favorite character, Zessica.
Jin’s cover has been blown but it doesn’t seem like they’re going to do anything about it just yet. Zen is one mysterious man. What plans is he hiding for Jin and the rest of the cast under that eye patch of his?
On a final note, Mykage’s whole goal is to unlock Aquarion. We last saw the image of Aquarion burying itself under the planet in order to prevent its breakup in episode one during the movie. My best guess is that it’ll have something to do with Kagura, Mikono, and Love (which is forbidden!). It was interesting to see him fool around with Kagura’s feelings (which turned him into a beast) and ultimately control (and change?) his emotions.
「アクエリアの舞う空」 (Akueria no Mau Sora)
“Skies of Aquaria”
Man, Jin is quite the popular guy. The opening scene had me laughing. Having a hotdog shoved down your throat by 2 women while another is taking pictures is quite kinky. I didn’t know you liked it that way Jin!
Since Amata obviously failed at trying to confess to Mikono, Andy tries to once again to help a brother out. He comes up with a plan to make the anniversary of NEO-Deava one to remember. Amata seems to shoot himself in the foot though since he invites Zessica to the boy’s dorm for their little pow-wow.
Andy really got me laughing when he started fixing up their room and trying to explain to Jin what gattai action was like with the opposite sex. It was even better when Amata mentioned how he hadn’t even technically formed a union with any girls yet since he was knocked out during his chance in episode 9.
After the girls run into Shrade and Cayenne on their way to the dorm room, Zessica finds a picture of Alicia under Amata’s mattress where she believes all men’s naughty material is located. When Jin pops out his do-it-all machine, Andy gets the bright idea of holding a movie night. I’m really surprised that they let the movie idea go since Andy’s intentions were to make it romantic. The whole school is getting quite into it too. What are the teachers doing? Love was supposed to be forbidden!
Amata once again makes a connection with Mikono by sharing their family problems and continues to make the moves on her as he pulls his out Peter Pan routine to literally sweep women off their feet. It’s hard to look cool though when you’re trying to say something you feel strongly about with a straight face only to have your emotions show right through. We finally get confirmation from Amata that Alicia is indeed his mom. It was surprising to hear him share that with Mikono only which makes her seem like quite the special girl to him indeed.
But poor Zessica. She’s quickly losing ground with Amata. I thought it was bad to see Mikono get jealous but after seeing Zessica crush a metal pole, I’m quickly changing my mind.
Jin had a pretty close call with Yunoha almost overhearing his call back to Altair. He almost freaks her out too and rips her stuffed animal Tama to boot! Unfortunately for him, Mykage’s interference gets her to overhear an incoming call from Izumo. I wonder if she feels a little betrayed but I’m sure we’ll hear more about how she feels in the coming episode since she didn’t immediately rat him out.
I’m really quite happy with the way the show has been paced thus far. I don’t feel it has hit any of the pitfalls of the original. It only makes it better that there are numerous potential relationships to follow.
Next week’s episode looks exciting. It looks like Shrade will getting in on this gattai action Andy was trying to describe to Jin. Jin might also have a go in one of the aquaria judging by the cockpit he was sitting in with Yunoha.