OP2: 「パラドキシカルZOO」 (Paradoxical ZOO) by AKINO with bless4
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「魂の告白」 (Tamashii no Kokuhaku)
“Confessions from the Soul”
I’m no philosopher but I really like how the show tries to delve into questions about free will and fate. It fits so perfectly within the context of the show since Amata faces questions his own free will and almost comes to believe in fatalism. (The show wouldn’t be good without a certain level of uncertainty) It’s nice to see Amata doubt himself and his effect on the outcome of the future throughout the episode only to become determined to overturn what he perceived is set in stone because of the legend of 12,000 years ago. It makes for good character progression and contrasts with your run-of-the-mill everyday character development.
I’ve read some of the comments from the last post. Putting free will and fatalism aside, if you’re one to believe that Amata isn’t a reincarnation of Apollonius (and/or Apollo), then you would probably argue that he’s trying to go against fate. There’s still time for that big reveal where they show that Amata is actually connected to Apollonius so I don’t believe that he is going against anything really if he really is a reincarnation. He just seems to have a higher affinity for Mikono who, barring anything surprising, is pretty much confirmed to be a reincarnation of Sylvia. Zessica’s status is still unknown but I still have faith that she’s a part of the whole reincarnation deal.
Regardless of who you ship (be it Amata and Mikono, etc.), hearing Zessica confess in that way was like music to my ears. It was all too funny when she had the whole cast in disbelief…then Fudo had to yell it at the top of his lungs which was like gold at the end of the rainbow.
The Zessica we got throughout most of the episode was pretty cheerful and has been sorely missed. Unfortunately, she fell back into a depressing state after she had almost successfully killed her friends and unleashed the Pandora’s Box of EVOL.
At the beginning of the Gepard versus Evol fight, I was kind of saddened that Shrade wasn’t involved. We almost had (arguably) the two best teams duking it out in a gattai duel. My mind was quickly changed after seeing Malloy’s and Sazanka’s powers. In addition to Cayenne’s foresight, they quickly overpowered Amata, Mikono, and Zessica. Malloy even took a page out of Andy’s playbook. The upgrades keep getting more and more epic since the training at the graveyard. Tying in visions of the past with the mugen punch was a nice touch. My only complaint is that there is more and more recycling of scenes from the original Aquarion series.
I guess the ultimate message this episode sent, no matter how cheesy, is love opens up many possibilities.