Aquarion: The Complete Series
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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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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. ^_^
Over the course of the series the range of adventures and variety of characters to keep you entertained. It borrows heavily on some of the concepts from Greek mythology and it's fun to spot them and see where they are taken. The final climatic episodes have some interesting moral choices and do not disappoint. Overall this is well done and worth watching.
The character development is pretty standard fare, with kid suddenly able to do all kinds of things and the usual cast. It doesn't waste time or apologize for getting to the meat and especially the flavor of the rest of the show. But continuity and logic aren't completely discarded either.
I like mecha anime and this one is definitely different, employing chakras, transformation, and combining different than anything I've seen. The additional layers of myth and techno magic really punch it up.
Good music. The skips are ok, but you cannot skip the opening track.
Every moment of the anime is so obviously well made and interwoven that I felt secure the entire time I watched this that I was getting a good show. If you like mecha anime, this is a must have.
It has a nice charm, and is really engaging. The visuals are absolutely gorgeious, and so is the music. Aquarion is directed by Shoji Kawamori, who did designs for Gundam and Transformers, and directed Macross (Or Robotech here) and Escaflowne.
And the soundtrack is by Yoko Kanno who did the soundtrack for Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop and Turn A Gundam.
Aquarion is a series NOT to be taken seriously, in order to enjoy Aquarion fully, it's best to treat it as a comedy and your typical 70s or 80s Super Robot Show. Also, please note there might be a few plot holes, but more than likely, it will be patched by the upcoming sequel (As of this review), Aquarion EVOL. So it's up to you, the view to decide whether to see it or not. Also, for 20$ the most, Aquarion is a pretty good bang for your buck.