Aquarion

Genesis of Aquarion (創聖のアクエリオン Sōsei no Akuerion?) is an anime TV series written and directed by Shoji Kawamori, produced by Satelight.

The science fiction series is a homage to the Super Robot shows of the 1970s and 1980s, executed with modern animation techniques and aesthetics. Set in the future, a giant fighting machine called the Aquarion is humanity's only effective weapon in the fight against the technologically advanced species called the Shadow Angels.

Eleven years before the start of the series, a disaster only referred to as the "Great Catastrophe" destroyed/devastated significant parts of the world and killed off many of its inhabitants. Along with the disaster came the appearance of the Shadow Angels (堕天翅 Datenshi?), winged beings with unexplainable powers and do not die of old age. They have been in slumber for twelve thousand years in their city of Atlandia (アトランディア Atorandia?) and have technology so advanced, it may be defined as very nearly magic. The Shadow Angels begin invading human cites on Earth to harvest human beings, dubbing them as "the wingless ones", like cattle. The Shadow Angels extract the prana(プラーナ purāna?, life force) from the harvested humans to serve as energy and nutrition to them, but also to feed the legendary Tree of Life(生命の樹 Seimei no Ki?). The Shadow Angels facilitate their harvesting via giant, floating harvesting machines called harvest beasts (収穫獣 shūkakujū?) which are guarded by giant mecha called Cherubim Soldiers (ケルビム兵 Kerubimu Hei?). They are sentient, yet there are times when they are piloted by Shadow Angels.

Ordinary weapons prove ineffective against the Cherubim, but a human expedition under the leadership of Gen Fudou eventually excavates three very technologically advanced fighter planes. Gen Fudou disappears, but an organization called DEAVA (ディーバ Dība?, Division of Earth Vitalization Advancement) takes over the research of these machines, called Vectors (ベクター Bekutā?), trying to find out how to use them. The three Vectors are colored mostly in white and are the green Vector Luna (ベクタールナ Bekutā Runa?), the blue Vector Mars (ベクターマーズ Bekutā Māzu?), and the red Vector Sol (ベクターソル Bekutā Soru?). DEAVA discovers only people with special powers called Elements (エレメント Eremento?) can control the Vectors and, ultimately, unite the three to form a giant fighting robot with three transformations that is capable of beating the Cherubim. This machine and its forms are called Aquarion (アクエリオン Akuerion?).

During the first sortie to fight a Cherubim by uniting the Vectors into a transformation of Aquarion, DEAVA encounters 15 year-old Apollo, who seems to be the reincarnation of a Shadow Angel named Apollonius, also known as the "Solar Wing", who betrayed his Shadow Angel brethren for his love of the human warrior Seliane: They become convinced of this when he single-handedly unites the Vectors into Solar Aquarion and defeats the Cherubim.

Aquarion aired from April 4, 2005 to September 26, 2005 on TV Tokyo. An alternate retelling of the television series, the Genesis of Aquarion OVA, premiered on September 15, 2007. The television series is licensed in North America by FUNimation while on the 14 February 2006 it aired on MTV Italia.

On April 27, 2009, the series made its North American television debut on the FUNimation Channel.[1]

A sequel to the series titled Aquarion Evol (アクエリオンEVOL Akuerion EVOL?) was announced on February 25, 2011, to be in production

 

 

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