The characters are bland, the plot is contrived, and each episode furthers its transformation into a generic romantic comedy, but I have to admit that I am thoroughly enjoying Aquarion Evol; at the very least, it gives me plenty to write about.
While I had not been expecting to see a magical girl mecha series, I was even more surprised when I found a magical girl musical. But while the writers certainly got the ‘magical girl’ and ‘musical’ parts down, they really mailed in the setting.
When writing up my season preview, I read the first few chapters of the manga and found it rather good. Then I watched the first three episodes of the anime, and realized that I was horribly mistaken.
In retrospect, I’m not sure why I was expecting this show to be good. I guess I thought it would be something like House of Five Leaves, but with more bishounen and more fighting. As you may have guessed, it isn’t.
Honestly, I never expected to see a magical girl mecha anime. And it appears that Xebec won the quality coin toss this time, so we’re getting a Mnemosyne rather than a Rio: Rainbow Gate!
A girl discovers she is the heir to a space pirate ship, and thus comes to the attention of every space pirate, law enforcement, and government organization as she embarks on her journey to the stars.
An entire cast of female characters, and yet there is almost no fanservice. Amazing!
It was the music in the previews that convinced me to watch the show, and it does indeed sound wonderful. It’s also the prettiest anime I’ve seen so far this season, with pretty battles and beautifully animated characters. On top of all that, some effort has even been put into making the protagonist something other than an amalgamation of tropes and clichés.