Sunday, June 17, 2007

Old Favorites: Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution

While I don't have much to say about animes from current season, I'm going to write about some of my old favorites. Today, I'll talk about one of my all time favorite - Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution (TV series).

The story is about the battle of power between several different mythical forces: ARAYASHIKI, the eastern mage society; WIZ-DOM, the western magician group; Darklore, demihumans and monsters; E.G.O., the "evolved human"; and Eraser, the unknown group from outside the earth. The battle for power has been going on since the beginning of time. This anime depict an episode of the battle occuring in modern time.

The anime itself is very character driven (vs. action driven). There are some in-depth character development in the story. It was a bit confusing at the beginning because there is no formal introduction about the different groups and their powers. What's interesting is that at the end of episode 1, there is a long scene introducing the the members of different groups (at least the version I've seen, I've never seen the official US DVD release, it may be different).

The story, is about how a high school student and his band stumbled across this secret battle which his girlfriend is too involved, which made the matter much more complicate. That's as much as I can say without spoiling the story.

What's so great about this anime is the character development. It has all the good things that a character driven anime has. I was so attached to the characters that I didn't want to see it end.

Availability: The complete series is available on DVD.

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