If there’s one thing 2012 taught me in anime is that Mari Okada (writer) and Shouji Kawamori (director) and the animation studio Satelight need to work together more often. If I wanted to, I could let Aquarion Evol have all twelve days and I still wouldn’t cover all the memorable moments from it but that’s hardily fair to the other anime series. So, much like the problem of restricting one to choosing a mere twelve moments from twelve anime, I need to pick but one unforgettable moment from an anime overflowing with them.
Thinking about it, the answer was obvious.
From episode 26, I pick the moment Kagura realizes the mecha Aquarion Evol needs a new name – Aquarion Love. It explicitly codified the slightly corny, confidently absurd, somehow awesome vibe Aquarion Evol cultivated throughout it’s run and signaled to the viewers that we were getting a happy ending where love (in all it’s forms) triumphs over everything – even gravity.
So, let’s start with:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a love powered mecha.
Tune in tomorrow to see what’s next.