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Aquarion Complete Collection [DVD]


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  • Directors: Shoji Kawamori
  • Writers: Shoji Kawamori
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MVM
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EMS0AC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,039 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All 26 episodes of the Japanese sci-fi anime series. When the Shadow Angels invade after 12,000 years of slumber, humanity is held captive by fear. There is hope, however: Mechanical Angel Aquarion. Powered by three intertwined souls, a rare breed of pilot takes the controls. Episodes comprise: 'Memories of Heavenly Wings', 'Beast of Darkness', 'Element School', 'Barefoot Warrior', 'King of the Underground Labyrinth', 'To the Other Side of Emotions', 'Knight of the Crimson Rose', 'The First Merge', 'The Path to Dreams', 'Stars in the Sky, Flowers On the Ground', 'Happiness Is at the Bottom of the Lake', 'The Time of Amber', 'A Twelve Thousand Year Old Love Letter', 'Shining Shadows', 'Aquarion's First Love', 'Black Mirror', 'Combine to Eat', 'Cosplayer of Soul', 'Mischief Without Wounds', 'Feather Song of an Angel', 'Crimson Road', 'Wings Which Cannot Be Seen', 'Wings, Far Away', 'Gates of Heaven', 'Final Battle!! Atlantis' and 'The Day the World Begins'.

Synopsis

It's been 12,000 years since earth was attacked by the Shadow Angels--mysterious and brutal creatures that destroy human cities and drain people of the vital life energy known as prana. Now the Shadow Angels are back, and to combat them, young people with strange powers from all over the world are being grouped and trained to pilot a series of three ships that, when combined together, form a great weapon known as Aquarion. Among the teenagers who are recruited to operate Aquarion is a boy named Apollo, who is thought to be not just a talented pilot, but the actual reincarnation of a protective angel named Apolonius. Faced with such immense responsibility, Apollo doesn't know what to believe.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cobaltmotari on 2 Jan 2012
A group of specially-selected teenagers pilot a giant robot on behalf of a shady organisation to fight supernatural angellic beings bent on destroying humanity. I'm sure you're heard that one before.

Despite the obvious comparison, Macross creator Shoji Kawamori's take on the basic concept of Evangelion has several unique elements of its own to differentiate it from said show. For one, the titular mecha bears more of a resemblance to a traditional mecha than the Evangelions. For two, the animation is done through both CGI and hand-drawn animation, of the same eye-popping variety that Kawamori would later use in Macross Frontier. For three, there's less existential drama and suicide fuel (Though there are mind-warpy scenes a-plenty in some episodes). For four, the titular mecha is formed through the common animé trope of combining multiple vehicles into one, a la Voltron/GaoGaiGar.

As underrated as I find this series, with splendid animation, a quite intriguing storyline and several interesting characters, I feel I have to take a star off because of a few faults. Firstly, the main character, Apollo, comes across as incredibly unlikable. I don't mean that in the sense that he has basic human flaws - I mean in the sense that the number of times he breaks the rules grows to such a gigantic figure that it almost becomes too ridiculous. Granted, this is to allow character development, but taking something like this to the extreme may not work for everyone.

Secondly, as amazing as the Aquarion is, it does tend to end up on the losing end of battles a bit too often, though not always to the point where I ended up being uninvested in the experience at hand. Having said that, though, it does have some awesome abilities to show off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Orange75 on 15 May 2011
Firstly let just say that Aquarion is one of those mecha style series that has original characters and robots make it a league of its own. The series pits the world under threat from Shadow Angels that harvest humans in order to survive, and humanity's answer was Aquarion. They must be piloted by special kind of human called an Elemental, in there search for more they discover the main character Apollo. The series is a huge progression for each character which deepens the story and conflicts each person's personality. The fight scenes are CGI but give a good quality of action.

The reason I only gave the series a four star is because of the off-putting 'merge' scenes that do make you laugh sometimes, making you wonder is this right? Enjoyable if your not off-put by the merge scenes, but if you can see through that then its something great to watch.
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By jamie on 13 Dec 2013
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this anime was a good one for me loved the start and finish of the story hope they do it again
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The first thing you need to do when sitting down to watch Aquarion is get the obvious out of the way - you're basically getting a poor man's Evangelion.

With that out of the way though, what remains is - for all its faults and quirks - a rather charming take on the formula. The show might feel distinctly 'cheap' - with plenty of re-used frames and stock merge sequences to pad out the episodes - and a strict formula of 'monster turns up, the protagonists strap into the mecha and merge to defeat it', but conceptually, it's an intricate, fascinating storyline that unfurls into something quite enchanting in its own right. Oh, and the show's theme song is brilliant.

As another reviewer pointed out - main character Apollo is one of the real bug-bears, he's pretty detestable. His female counterpart Sylvia actually ends up being a far more interesting protagonist, and it's most likely her you'll end up rooting for across the series. There's all the usual anime touches here too, with a vague smattering of fan-service, hints of girl-on-girl romance and your token 'geek', 'strong mysterious female' and 'wise elder full of advice' characters. Get used to the merge sequences too - you'll be seeing a lot of them. And let's just say, that's 'merge' in more sense than one...

Some of the series more memorable touches come in the episodes - maybe once on each disk, where the show deviates a little from the format, adopting more of a slice-of-life feel and allowing the characters to really develop. Other nice touches include a character whose attacks take the form of football moves; sure to raise a smile amongst British viewers.
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By c on 25 Nov 2014
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It was on time
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