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Aquarion: The Complete Series

4.1 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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The complete series available for the first time in one box set!

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!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Bevins, Brina Palencia, Eric Vale, Travis Willingham, Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Directors: Shôji Kawamori
  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
  • Run Time: 630 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023S4A2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,448 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Aquarion: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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By ONENEO VINE VOICE on April 11, 2009
Format: DVD
With titles such as Macross Plus and Escaflowne to his credit, it really comes as no surprise that mere mention of the name Shoji Kawamori stirs up excitement in mecha anime lovers such as myself. His latest creation, Aquarion, is the culmination of lessons learned from his previous endeavors coupled to the charm of a simpler time in animation. The plot, while not overly complex nor edited to appear more complicated than necessary, combines just the right elements of solid story telling to make Aquarion unique among a rich field of competitors.

The story's pretty straight forward: A Great Catastrophe has left the world in ruin and an ancient race of alien beings called the Shadow Angels have taken advantage of the weakened state of humanity to begin their assault on the planet (after 12,000 years of laying low). Earth's last hope and greatest defense against the threat comes in the form of the Mechanical Angel Aquarion. For those rolling their eyes at the fact that this story has been seemingly told again and again, take heart in the fact that this isn't just another cookie cutter giant robot show. In fact some of the nuances that make Aquarion unique among its competition can truly be called influential enough to spawn legions of imitators for years to come.

About the best way to describe the program would be to compare it to the shows it most closely emulates: Take the heavy mythological elements of RahXephon, combine them with the level of fun that made early 1980s giant robot shows so magical (think Vehicle Voltron) and finally top it all off with the victimized human element of The Matrix for good measure. If none of these comparisons strike a chord with your ability to decide whether or not Aquarion is right for you, read on.
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I have never written a review for anything and i have spent thousans of dollars on items on Amazon. But this series compelled me to write a review.

Now I don't consider myself to be a hardcore Anime Lover becasue i don't watch any in the original Japanese Language. I actually like the English Dubs, but I am very picky about what anime i watch or buy because it gets expensive. I wouldn't sit and watch any piece of crap!

Now this series is Great because I think that is revolutionay as far as the animation goes. The CGI doesn't take away from the fact it is a cartoon. I don't like watching all computer generated characters. So the the characters always look crisp.

The series story line is also intricate! it starts off deep! I usually can tell what is going to happen or how they will defeat the enemy, but not on this Series. The back story is also a mystery in the beginning. At first i didn't like that because i "like to know why!" but it made the story so much better when the story starts to unfold in the middle of the series.

I can't leave out the fighting! man the fights was alsome. You will never see any anime with Gundam like robots that have the fighting power or the mobility of these on the Aquarion Series. The closes would be "Mobile Fighter G. Gundam" if you don't know it, you need to get that as well.

So bottum line is, if you like a good fights with a good story like behind it, then this would be a great show to get! and that's all i can say.
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Take a character, and have him remind you a little bit of Inuyasha. Take mecha, and have it remind you a little bit of Voltron or Thunderbirds 2086. Take an alien war against the race of humanity, and have it remind you a little bit of Robotech. And you get Aquarion.

At the same time, this series is set apart from all others. In having the ability to switch out pilots on the fly. Having character development within the war itself. Episodes that could stand alone, but also contribute to the main plot and make it smooth and flowing.

You also have some mythology put in, and characters that could remind you of great sphinxes.

There is little, if any, repeat usage of any cel stock. Each battle in itself is unique. Computer graphics add to the series. And the plot is not too complex for anyone to be able to follow.

I can't add much else that other reviewers have not already said. If you know and love the animes I have mentioned above, then you will love Aquarion. If the animes are unfamiliar, and you are an 80's nut, where have you been? Check those out, and then check out Aquarion. You won't regret it. I promise. ^_^
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Bought this thinking it might be good. Saw a very very short clip of the show which sparked my interest. The characters were interesting, but the battle scenes especially the ones in the beginning up to about halfway through the series was very repetitious, boring and lost my interest several times. Overall it was just ok. the interaction between the characters was more exciting.
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I know I am kind of late in posting a review here (for a 2009 anime), but I want to add my two cents worth anyway. I am six episodes into it so far and it seems kind of spastic. There are a number of good points/plot lines, but they seems to be added in almost randomly. The heroes combine to pilot a giant robot to defeat Borg (Star Trek) Evangelion Angel like creature. The heroes are apparently students at a piloting school, but seem to be the only ones engaging in battle (i.e. why aren't the teachers in any of the battles) The first half of each episode is school centered, and the second half is a battle. Things are added almost randomly into the story line, like a blind girl who seems to be a vampire, and a run through a Raiders of the Lost Ark maze.
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