Warning! Nearly 1400 words ahead, and this is probably the longest single review I’ve ever written. You better be prepared.
At first I was thinking about making separate Final Impression reviews for each show but the I realized how similar both show were, especially at the end of each series. Both series sported a sad-happy setting, occasional fun and cute moments between serious dramas as well as the presence of strong vanilla flavour throughout the entire show. Every episode finished made me feel like want to see the next one immediately and waiting a week for a new one was almost unbearable.
For Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, it might be far from heart-warming for some but for me the occasional cute and funny moments inside were enough to warm my heart and make me smile. I was like that until halfway through of the series, of which beyond that it slowly entered the serious plot that some people ended up abandoning it but for me it was a serious story done right. I pity those who abandoned it though for they just missed the awesome ending in the finale (ep. 12).Parting from your loved ones is a painful thing to face and I somehow understand how Teiichi and Yuuko feel about that. For me it was like seeing your loved ones dying or something like that and to be honest at one point I felt like I have experienced similar thing myself though I can’t really remember the details (I probably have sealed that memories anyway). After making up to their “loss of time” with the short remaining time they have, those two could not help but to face to painful moment anyway. It’s like what I’ve expected before where once Yuuko have no more regrets in this world that means she would no longer be able to stay in this world anymore. She was the first one to realize this as she gradually losing the ability to make physical contact with ‘worldly’ objects but she kept hiding it from Teiichi until recently. I cried a lot seeing those two spending their last time together and I thought everything was over with Yuuko disappeared since there’s no way she could return, right? However knowing the pattern in this show where there’s always unexpected stuff going to appear, I patiently waited until the last bit, hoping for the better ending though I nearly lost my hope in the last minute. Then miracle happened right when Teiichi already made up his mind to forget about Yuuko. I would not reveal the details but enough with me saying the ending was beautiful , completely made me forget about all the sadness that happened in the middle of this episode. For me I’d give this show a 9.5/10 because I had very little complain about it, which means I did complain ONCE (just ONCE) back then but I already forgot which episode it was because everything that comes after that was awesome enough to make me forget. Other than that some episodes especially the ones that ended with Kirie saw the “Shadow Yuuko” felt like not continued by the next one. Overall it was good and to end this part let me show you the rest of Yuuko-san’s cute moments in this episode:
Now moving to Aquarion EVOL (or its new name in the anime itself, Aquarion LOVE), the anime that has made me feel ‘moved’ several times because of some ‘moving’ episodes. Now I could not forgive myself for putting this series on hold for too long, nearly 5 weeks mainly because of the bad first impression with the episode 1+2. However as I caught up with the missed episode and since episode 06 I never looked back in it remained as my top 5 priority watchlist until it’s finale with the episode 26.Just like Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Aquarion EVOL was also very touching and the end was “everybody’s happy” though it’s a pity that in the middle of the series some students in the academy were killed during the invasion from the other world. Again, just like in the other anime I mentioned here (Tasogare Otome x Amnesia) the ending was unexpected, or rather had an unexpected twist. I always thought that Mikono’s “connecting/uniting” power would one day ‘merge’ Amata and Kagura into one person again but then I’m happy that they just stay that way. In one unexpected twist, Zessica, whom I thought she was over when Mikage took over her body somehow managed to escape with Kagura, after Mikage neglected those two once he got control of the Solar Aquarion. Those two then joined Amata and fought Mikage until their union broke and that is when love took its place as the new power. Amata’s strong love towards the current Mikono (as opposed to Kagura’s “ancient love” towards “Sylvie”) gave birth to the new form of Aquarion, named Aquarion LOVE (inverted spelling of LOVE).
I’m not sure how did the word EVOL popped up because as far as I can remember it was the thing that came out of Amata’s mouth when he formed the union for the first time (I thought it was a short form for EVOLUTION). As far as I know the only person with he “reversal” element is Kagura, which is his other self that split by Mikage when his mother left him years ago. I thought by the time those two reunited again the real Amata would have both “flying” and “reversal” power but then I’m happy too that it didn’t happen, because I somehow hate the feeling of Mikono being shared by “2 man” even if it’s one body.For some reason I don’t really think that Amata was the reincarnation of Apollonius the winged dawg (at least until the time Kagura split from him) because I think the real reincarnation of Appolonius was Kagura while Amata is just Amata who loves Mikono and not Sylvie. One thing I’d love to tell myself is Kagura has learned from Amata’s example that there is no use to pursue ancient love as what important is o accept the present (instead of accepting ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’). Amata fought for it and he got Mikono, and for Kagura I’d suggest him to go for Zessica (after all Zessica loves Amata too and Kagura in a sense, is also Amata, albeit the ‘dark-sided’ one). I guess the most interesting about this series is the amount of romance between the characters, particularly the Amata x Mikono, Andy x Mix and Jin x Yunoha. It’s a pity that Jin died too soon that I seriously wished somebody with “resurrection” element did exist in the series though it was impossible in every bit. Now that the threat on Earth is gone love (particularly in the academy) is once again permitted… but I’m more interested in who’d be the chairman’s partner? With both of my favourite series ended at the same time I’m happy although to be honest I still want more despite the Aquarion EVOL aired for 26 episodes (though it makes sense for the 12-episode only Tasogare Otome x Amnesia). This is one of the rare times I feel the series really ‘finished’ and didn’t raise any question and answered most of it (I said most because there might be some that I missed but for now I’m satisfied). Yes, all series should end like this, because I watch something to entertain myself, not to think about what will happen in the end (talking about stories with cliffhanger ending).
- [Review] Tasogare Otome x Oppai ep. 11 (halfey.me)