zaterdag 26 december 2015

Aquarion Logos

Well, it seems everything comes to an end this week, as the second mecha anime I have been following, Aquarion Logos, aired it`s 26th and final episode today.

And when it came out, it had some big shoes to fill as it`s immediate predecessor, Aquarion EVOL, was a really good show last year.

Twelve thousand years ago, human voices had defined the true nature of all things, yet the invention of text changed the status quo which created a "Logos World" between the realities of voice and the truth. Up until the modern day, advancements of civilizations have made the Logos World too big to control texts down to their very concept. Seeking to upset this fragile balance is a mogul and sorcerer named Sogon Kenzaki, who creates monsters called the MJBK (Menace of Japanese with Biological Kinetic energy) who threaten the modern society.

To counter the MJBK, a group of young people blessed with the power of "Verbalism" is assembled by the organization DEAVA (Division of EArth Verbalism Ability) to pilot the vector machines, which are used to form the mechas dubbed "Aquarions", and among them, a boy and self-proclaimed savior named Akira Kaibuki living in Asagaya.

So that is the general plot line lined out, but... it didn`t live up to it`s predecessor.  The show has a strange `ratio` of episodes, usually you get a storyline, some `filler` episodes in between, and then a secondary storyline while the main plot resolves towards the end in mecha shows.

here, the main plot ends by the half of the season, then you get half a dozen non-related with the story filler episodes, and then a short second storyline.  This makes for a very slow build up to the finale, and I can imagine a lot of people quit the show around the halfway mark, as if it was initially forseen as a 13 episode show that suddenly got 26 episodes.  This wasn`t the case, this was how it felt for me though.

While like both it`s predecessors it does feature a strong soundtrack, and the `combining mecha` Aquarions in all it`s variations is cool again, the main character Akira doesn`t really cut it.  Some of the secondary characters are actually `better`, but then they also made the strange choice of making the traditional supporting character suffering an heroic dead being the character that was also the comical relief.

In the end, this was a show I followed, watched, but can`t say I liked it more then a shoulder shrugging `bwaah` overall.  pity for what so far has been a good franchise, but then again, every show has it`s lesser series, look at Gundam for example.

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