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This is the dawning of the age of Aquarion, the age of Aquariooonn, Aquarrioooonnnn!

Eleven years before the start of the series, a disaster only referred to as the "Great Catastrophe" destroyed significant parts of the world and killed off many of its inhabitants. Along with that disaster came the appearance of the "Shadow Angels", a winged humanoid species, who have been in slumber for twelve thousand years. They begin to harvest the remaining humans on Earth, like cattle, to extract their life force from them, which serves as energy and nutrition to the Shadow Angels. (It's a cookbook, a cookbook!)

AquarionAs ordinary weapons proved ineffective against the giant fighting weapons of the Shadow Angels, scientists were able to excavate technologically advanced fighter planes called "Vectors" to fight against them, but Vectors could only be piloted by "Element Users", aka youngsters with special powers from around the world.

Gathered and trained to pilot the Vectors, it is discovered that the vectors can link together to form the giant fighting machine "Aquarion".

From Shoji Kawamori, the anime legend behind Macross Plus and The Vision of Escaflowne, with an original soundtrack by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, GitS:SAC, Wolf's Rain), Aquarion sports an all-star creative team, so, this ain't just another giant robot show. If nothing else, Aquarion looks amazingly awesome, the visual style is a knockout punch that leaves you gasping, tongue-wagging artwork of an inundation of production value. Apparently, there's no lack of funding for this particular anime, and every dollar is on the screen.

So, if you're after a top-notch action series, look no further. Sure, it borrows heavily from Evangelion, but, that's part of what we love about it.

Below: Scenes from Aquarion.





Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, June 2008


Aquarion Website Links:

Aquarion Official Homepage

Sousei no Aquarion Official Site (Japanese)

TV Tokyo Sousei no Aquarion (Japanese)

Aquarion (TV) entry at Anime News Network

Wikipedia entry for Aquarion

Below: The opening titles from Aquarion.

Below: Promotional artwork for Aquarion.

Promotional artwork for Aquarion

Promotional artwork for Aquarion

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