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The newest creation from Shoji Kawamori, the legend behind Macross Plus and The Vision of Escaflowne, featuring an original soundtrack composed by Cowboy Bebop’s, Yoko Kanno.

When the Shadow Angels invade after 12,000 years of slumber, humanity is held captive by fear and sheer alien dominance. Eleven years after the Great Catastrophe decimated the world, most of those left alive are scavengers, dirty and starving in the streets.

There is hope, however - Mechanical Angel Aquarion!

Powered by three souls intertwined, a rare breed of pilot takes the controls. Known as Elements, one among them must rise if mankind is to survive. Prophecy is being fulfilled as the end of the world approaches… Through a swirling cloud of love, betrayal, loss and destiny, the last hope for the new century arrives and takes flight!

Original Japanese extra features:

  • Interview with Shoji Kawamori
  • Tokyo International Anime Fair 2005 Talk Show with cast and crew
  • Tsugumi’s "All about CG!" Series
  • Textless Songs
  • Trailers

    The mecha adventure Aquarion (2005) boasts an impressive pedigree: director/co-writer Shoji Kawamori created the Escaflowne series; composer Yoko Kanno did the score for Cowboy Bebop. After 12,000 years of slumber, the beings known as Shadow Angels are attacking Earth again, kidnapping humans to drain their prana or life energy. Three teenage mecha pilots must "fuse" so their vehicles can combine to form the "Legendary Mechanical Angel Aquarion," mankind's greatest weapon. Complicating the story is the tale of Solar Wing, a Rebel Angel who sided with human in the previous war--and who is slated for reincarnation. Gen Fudo, the leader of the DEAVA special forces, believes that avatar is Apollo, a grungy street kid. Aristocratic pilots Silvia De Alisia and her brother Sirius refuse to accept the scruffy Apollo as the key to humanity's future. Aquarion is packed with action: every episode boasts at least one elaborate CG battle between the title mecha and one of the Angels' creations. But the story amounts to little more than a shameless Evangelion rip-off, with additional bits borrowed from Voltron and X. Apollo, who scuttles around on all fours, sniffing like a dog, lacks the diamond-in-the-rough appeal of other red-haired anti-heroes--Ichigo in Bleach or Kazuma in s-CRY-ed. Silvia, the reincarnation of Solar Wing's human lover, is fixated on Sirius to a point that suggests incest. The supporting cast consists largely of familiar anime types. Kanno's bombastic score offers none of the jazz-inflected nuances of Cowboy Bebop. The flashy CG effects indicate Aquarion was an expensive series, but the result remains less than sum of its parts. (Rated TV MA: violence, grotesque imagery, risqué humor, nudity, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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    • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Funimation Prod
    • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
    • Run Time: 325 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00127R2XI
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Aquarion: Season 1, Part 1

    I watched this series before reading a single review on it. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was, "this is like a better animated version of Voltron!" Sure enough, I see many references to Voltron Voltron - Defender of the Universe - Collection One: Blue Lion and also Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Collection.

    In fairness, younger generations of mech anime fans will likely not be familiar with Voltron, but they probably will be familiar with Evangelion. And let's face it, it's younger generations who are normally drawn to these types of Anime.

    The Bad

    Yes it's true, this story isn't terribly original. Yet let's be fair here, the theme of post-apocalyptic survival is very common. Some great anime was created based on a common formula. Did people not see Independence Day simply because the War of The Wolds already covered the theme of aliens attacking the planet earth? No, they were two separate works that dealt with a common theme for two different generations and in two different ways. I think the same can be said about Aquarion versus Evangelion and Voltron.

    While this isn't great, I can look past the predictable story lines and enjoy this as entertainment alone.

    The merging sequences have some very campy erotic overtones. Since brother and sister are often in the merged groupings, this was perhaps not well thought out.
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    Created by Shoji Kawamori who was behind such classic anime series as Macross, Escaflowne, "Aquarion" has a interesting premise and is entertaining but borrows signficantly from other Anime shows including Kawamori's own previous creations.

    When the Great Catastrophoe treatens to engulf the remains of Earth's population a race called the Shadow Angels awaken and pick off the remains of humanity. Our only defense are a group of humans who fly mecha (Vectors)called the Elementals. The discovery of Apollo a young man living in isolation who manages to use one of the Vectors when a pilot is injured to fight off the evil human hungry Shadow Angels gives hope to the Elementals. They believe he might be savior they've been foretold about a reincarnation of the Solar Wing who will help bring their struggle to an end and victory.

    The series lacks the spark, depth and creativity of Kawamori other series and while the show is nice to look at with often visual stunning designs, the stories and characterizations are often lacking in depth and detail. The main characters are pretty shallow without much development which I found a bit disappointing as well. The first two discs were more a chore to sit through than a join while the third disc hinted at some potential by develing into what happened 12,000 years ago that forced the Shadow Angels into hibernation.

    What saves "Aquarion" from the junk heap of derivative Anime is the beautifully rendered backgrounds and character designs. By the third disc of this series (it runs 26 episodes and half of those episodes are available on this the first set of the show)"Aquarion" perks up and Animae fans may find just enough meat to keep them interested in gobbling up this series.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Zveris on July 14, 2010
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    Aquarion is a wonderful anime. As of writing this review you can now purchase the full series in one box set which is far more economical than purchasing the series in two parts however if you liked Aquarion the price difference will not compare to what you get when you buy it in two parts. There is more art both on the box and in the box when you purchase in two pieces which is a redeeming factor for fans. The quality of both the subtitled original and the dubbed version is wonderful and I am not personally a fan of dubs. Either way you choose to watch Aquarion you are going to have a good experience.

    The art is well done and the theme songs are both well chosen, you aren't going to run into the series and be turned off by the soundtrack - everything blends together well. You won't find scenes where characters are suddenly not drawn properly, there was no haste or cutting of corners in this production and it's very clear from the outset that this is a quality series.

    Aquarion is not going to be for everyone. I found that older anime fans that have grown up watching mecha (or younger anime fans that enjoy the genre) are going to relate to Aquarion and find the beauty of this series. It is not original; it's homage, a mash up of all the funny, amusing, beautiful, and distinct parts of many different series. This makes it wonderful to watch. It can evoke your memories of Voltron, remind you of X, Macross (also by the same director), Robotech (another derivative piece of great merit), and even Evangelion. It can be a serious show (the very pretense of the series is of great severity) and a comedic masterpiece.
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    Can anyone recommend this? just put the first episode online to watch. Looks pretty cool. Check it out
    Mar 7, 2008 by Mideel |  See all 3 posts
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