「湧きあがれ、いのち」 (Wakiagare, Inochi)
“Rise Up, Life.”
There was a lot of love triangle tension in this episode. When in doubt, It’s best to talk these things over with your friends. It’s always nice to have Mix and Andy chime in on the issue. Their suggestions showed just how opposite they are. One says to get rid of thoughts of love and the other advocates passionate love to grow. This is what makes them a particularly great pair.
If it’s digging you want done, you brought along the right man. Andy arrived at the same conclusion as I: they were going to dig up Aquarion. By the end of the episode this assumption was wrong but Andy did end up in a space that I could only figure is the original DEAVA base. Being the shady bastard Fudo is, he tricks people to go to a lake for free time with ulterior motives.
It’s not often you get to see your teacher’s body in a swimsuit and it’s even rarer that your teacher is quiet the looker with a swimsuit on. She should definitely refrain from wearing those robes.
This episode’s fruit of choice were bananas (in hot baths). These scenes totally fit in since this is a series that frequently references Greek mythology and the Bible. It was just more over-the-top craziness from out favorite show. I didn’t catch the pineapple flag/reference last time around with Jin but with the anime explaining its historical significance, I didn’t have to miss anything.
Speaking of flags, it’s funny how Andy mentions possibly raising his own death flag. I liked the fact that he took the initiative in trying to convey his feelings towards mix. Amata should take note on how a real man should be! Unfortunately his choice of words was not the greatest. Mentioning wanting to fill a girl’s hole (without any context no less) is a very big no-no.
All the action was very well done. It was nice to see what looked like a Cherubim from the original series. The detail of the CG was excellent and the fighting was very fluid which spoke to how much effort I thought they put into this episode. The cluster punch was ridiculous (As Gwen Stefani said: “This shit is bananas!” See what I did there?)
All in all, I found this is probably one of the more memorable beach/swimsuit episodes that I have seen from any anime. In fact, it’s the most memorable one since Infinite Stratos’ beach episode. I’m always amazed at the creativity of artists when it comes to creating unique swimsuits in anime. You can’t deny that this was one great looking episode.