The 12 Days of Christmas – Day 1: The Evolution of Love


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.


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