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  • Genesis of Aquarion 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.

  • 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 May 25, 2007. The television series is licensed in North

  • America by Funimation. On February 14, 2006, it aired on MTV Italia.

  • On April 27, 2009, the series made its North American television debut on the

  • Funimation Channel. A sequel to the series titled Aquarion

  • Evol was announced on February 25, 2011, and aired in 2012.

  • Plot Twelve thousand years in the past,

  • mankind was at mercy of the mythical creatures known as Shadow Angels,

  • immortal winged beings with overwhelming powers and technology. That is, until

  • one of their kind, Apollonius, fell in love with a female human warrior,

  • Seliane. Apollonius joins forces with the humans to free them from their

  • oppression, by using the legendary giant fighting robot Aquarion.

  • Eleven years prior to the story, in a disaster referred to as the "Great

  • Catastrophe" the Earth's magnetic field shifted devastating significant parts of

  • the world and killed off many of its inhabitants. Along with the disaster

  • came the return of the Shadow Angels who have been in slumber in their city of

  • Atlantia since their battle with Apolonius. The Shadow Angels began

  • invading human cites on Earth to harvest human beings, dubbing them as "the

  • wingless ones", like cattle, to extract the prana from the harvested humans not

  • only to serve energy and nutrition to them, but also to feed the legendary

  • Tree of Life. The Shadow Angels facilitate their harvesting via giant,

  • floating harvesting machines called harvest beasts which are guarded by

  • giant mecha called Cherubim Soldiers. They are sentient machines, yet there

  • are times when they are piloted by Shadow Angels.

  • Ordinary weapons prove ineffective against the Cherubim, with limited

  • protection coming only from rings of projectors built around the remaining

  • cities which tap into the Earths strata to project a quantum shield which limits

  • the Shadow Angels ability to enter or materialise within. However a human

  • expedition under the leadership of Gen Fudo eventually excavates three very

  • technologically advanced fighter planes, and an organization called DEAVA takes

  • over the research of these machines, called Vectors, trying to identify how

  • to use them. The three Vectors are shown to be colored mostly in white and are

  • identified as the green Vector Luna, the blue Vector Mars, and the red Vector

  • Sol. DEAVA discovers only people with special powers called Elements can

  • control the Vectors and the three vectors are in fact the pieces of

  • Aquarion, the same robot used to fight the Shadow Angels twelve millennia

  • before. They also discover the Elements can ultimately unite the vectors into

  • one of three formations of the giant robot in battle, and can use it to fight

  • and defeat the Cherubim. During the Elements' first sortie

  • against the Cherubim by uniting the Vectors into a formation of Aquarion,

  • they stumble on 13-year-old Apollo, who seems to be the reincarnation of

  • Apollonius. They become convinced of this when he single-handedly takes

  • control of the Vector Sol, unites the Vectors into the Solar Aquarion

  • formation and defeats the enemy, thus causing him to be recruited by DEAVA to

  • join their ranks. Mecha

  • In the process of Unification, each Vector is able to transform into a head

  • section, a back section or a leg section. Thus, when the Vectors combine

  • to form the humanoid robot Aquarion, they make a leghead formation with the

  • head being the leading section. The Vector that makes the head ultimately

  • identifies the form of Aquarion the vectors make as well. The Unification,

  • the process of "merging", also combines the souls of the Elements to some

  • degree, as each supplies one of the supposed three aspects of their soul

  • into one when Aquarion is formed. During Unification, the Elements experience an

  • influx of power and energy, which in classic Japanese fan-service style is

  • shown to be a feeling of wondrous power for the men, while for the women it is

  • blatantly orgasmic in nature. In all three forms, Aquarion weighs 88 tons.

  • = Aquarion= Solar Aquarion: 48 meters tall.

  • Corresponds to Vector Sol as the head, Vector Luna as the back, and Vector Mars

  • as the legs. This is the most balanced of the three basic Aquarion forms as

  • well as the true form of Aquarion, with its specialty in melee combat. It is the

  • only form that can manifest the "Solar Wings" on its back. Later in the series,

  • the Elements develop the Solar Aquarion's signature "Infinity Punch",

  • an attack extending the arm indefinitely in order to reach even the most agile

  • enemy; to elaborate, the Infinity Punch can reach distances that extends to the

  • surface of the moon. The Solar Aquarion is almost always used by Apollo. With

  • both Apollo and Pierre in control, Solar Aquarion can perform the "Fire Fist"

  • technique. In the events of Aquation LOVE, the Solar Aquarion shows the

  • ability to transform into a beast-like form during its fight with Aquarion

  • EVOL. Aquarion Mars: 51.1 meters tall.

  • Corresponds to Vector Mars as the head, Vector Sol as the back, and Vector Luna

  • as the legs. It does have a set of wings on its back, but it cannot manifest or

  • de-manifest them. This is the fastest of the Aquarion forms. It is Sirius de

  • Alisia's favorite because it can wield a sword, enabling it to perform the "Long

  • Range Saber" and the "Jealous Sword" techniques and due to its long legs and

  • speed, it is perfect for Pierre Vieira's "Fire Kick" technique.

  • Aquarion Luna: 46.2 meters tall. Corresponds to Vector Luna as the head,

  • Vector Mars as the back, and Vector Sol as the legs. It specializes in ranged

  • combat, with the ability to wield a bow and arrows, or as another form to

  • partake in melee situations, given the Aquarion Luna's agile movement and

  • reflexes. It too can manifest a set of wings on its back. It is mostly used by

  • Silvia de Alisia, enabling it to use the "Lunatic Archery" and "Spiral Arrow"

  • techniques, and Hong Lihua, enabling it to use the "Dragon Thunder" technique.

  • Powers and Abilities Elements: All elements have at least one

  • special power that can be amplificated while piloting Aquarion. Sometimes these

  • increased powers can enable them to create and use "sub-powers" besides

  • their main power, like to make devastating lighting powered spin-kicks

  • or create and use throwing weapon disks. Aquarion: All three Aquarion forms are

  • capable of using the powers and/or abilities that the elements piloting it

  • have separately or in any combination, as well as combining them with the main

  • powers of the form Aquarion is in at the time and using the main powers in

  • special ways, such as designating them with unique names or using them in

  • unique ways. The elements piloting it can combine their status, such as

  • strength, speed, targeting, mental strength and willpower in any way as

  • well, and enable Aquarion to use it as its own in battle. Gen Fudou also trains

  • the elements routinely on how use their powers to unlock and wield other powers

  • that Aquarion itself has, such as how to firmly attach Aquarion to the ground so

  • it cannot be moved or make Aquarion's body grow. Sometimes the Elements can

  • even combine their emotions with Aquarion's energies to make new powers,

  • like when Lihua turned her fear of her bad luck into unlucky-like energy to

  • defeat the legend monster or when Pierre turned his determination to save his

  • family into fire-like strength to defeat Kumba and Nikumba.

  • Secondary forms The following are other forms the

  • Aquarion can take, but only appear in specific situations:

  • Aquarion Soluna: After the Solar Aquarion's arms are destroyed and

  • separated, Lihua, Tsugumi Rosenmeier and Pierre united to form this Aquarion.

  • Essentially the Solar Aquarion, it uses the Vector Luna as the head, but flipped

  • forward, becoming the torso on top of the Vector Sol, making a leghead

  • formation. It is assumed this is the tallest of Aquarion's forms due to its

  • configuration. Aquarion Angel: When the Vector Mars was

  • absent, Apollo, Tsugumi, Lihua and even Silvia united to form an Aquarion out of

  • the Vector Sol, Vector Luna and a Military Vector Omega, respectively,

  • with the Vector Omega taking the position of head, the Vector Sol as the

  • back, and the Vector Luna as the legs. It is assumed this form retains all of

  • the Aquarion Mars' abilities, even with the lack of the Vector Mars' presence in

  • the combination. Solar Aquarion 2: Another Aquarion form

  • with the Military Vector Omega. It consisted of the Vector Sol as the head,

  • the Vector Luna as the back and the Vector Omega as the legs, It was piloted

  • by Apollo, Lihua, and Pierre. = Assault Type Aquarion=

  • The Assault Type Aquarion is a copy of the original Aquarion, constructed in a

  • joint operation between DEAVA and the New United Nations using Shadow Angel

  • DNA collected by force. It follows the same basic architecture of the original

  • with a couple of physical differences and uses massive versions of

  • conventional weaponry of cannons, rockets and machine guns as opposed to

  • the original's more traditional weapons of bow and arrows, sword and Infinity

  • Punch. Because of the size of its weapons, it is capable of fighting and

  • defeating the Cherubim. This Aquarion is normally piloted by one Shadow Angel

  • DNA-infused mentally reprogrammed element or even a normal human being,

  • while the other two corresponding Vectors are AI-controlled. It can

  • configure into six different forms and is composed of three Vectors that are

  • colored mostly in gray/black and look very much like the originals. The

  • Vectors are a red Vector named Alpha, a green Vector named Delta, and a blue

  • Vector named Omega, which corresponds to the Vector Sol, Vector Luna and the

  • Vector Mars, respectively. These Vectors are compatible with normal elements and

  • the original Aquarion Vectors and they are mass-produced by the New United

  • Nations. Aquarion Alpha: Corresponds to Vector

  • Alpha as the head, Vector Delta as the back, and Vector Omega as the legs. It

  • is the equivalent of the Solar Aquarion. It uses an enormous PSG Cannon on its

  • right arm as its primary weapon and like the Solar Aquarion, it can deploy the

  • "Solar Wings" on its back, but does not have the mystical effect of the

  • original. Oddly enough, its head is shaped like the Aquarion Luna's and has

  • a visor over its eyes. This configuration can transform into the

  • Walker Formation without the need to separate the Vectors and reuniting.

  • Aquarion Delta: Corresponds with Vector Delta as the head, Vector Omega as the

  • back, and Vector Alpha as the legs. It is the equivalent of the Aquarion Luna.

  • Taking a similarity to the Aquarion Luna's bow, the Aquarion Delta

  • specializes in long-range combat through a complement of rockets that fire from

  • its own customized bow and can also utilize the Aquarion Omega's machine

  • guns, mounted on the same part as the rockets.

  • Aquarion Omega: Corresponds with Vector Omega as the head, Vector Alpha as the

  • back, and Vector Delta as the legs. It is the equivalent of the Aquarion Mars.

  • Using a pair of machine guns, this form is only featured once and can transform

  • into the Armageddon Formation without the need to separate the Vectors and

  • reuniting. Armageddon Formation: A formation where

  • the three Vectors combine into a 6-legged walker with the Aquarion

  • Alpha's PSG cannon mounted on top, similar to a tank. This formation exists

  • due to the PSG Cannon being able to fire at its maximum capabilities with a

  • stable footing. This form can transform immediately into Aquarion Omega without

  • separating and reuniting. Assault Walker Formation: A vehicle

  • formation used for speed, it appears as a jet-like machine with two legs. This

  • form can transform into Aquarion Alpha without separating and reuniting. Its

  • appearance closely resembles the GERWALK mode of the VF-1 Valkyrie from Super

  • Dimensional Fortress Macross, another anime written and directed by Shoji

  • Kawamori. Aquarion Beast Form: In the Aquarion

  • movie, when Lihua gets mad and could not understand why Apollo was helping Silvia

  • Aquarion Omega transforms into a rampant beast form. The form appears similar to

  • Seismosaurus from Zoids Fuzors and fired the PSG Cannon from its tail.

  • = Shadow Angel Mecha and Monsters= Cherubim Mars: After allying with the

  • Shadow Angels and taking the Vector Mars with him, Sirius uses a Cherubim Soldier

  • in place of the other two Vectors. The Cherubim Mars acts the same as the

  • Aquarion Mars, but if its Cherubim Soldier body is destroyed, another

  • Cherubim can take its place. Antichthon: A three dimensional polygon

  • that brings out the inner hatred and/or jealousy of those that see into it long

  • enough. Black Rena: A harvest beast with the

  • ability to make itself look and act like what the people facing it fear most.

  • Because the elements were afraid of Rena at the time, it took on a Vampire Rena

  • form and acted like a vampire to drain prana.

  • Cherubim Blumeblatt: Miniature versions of regular cherubim soldiers that act as

  • anti-military forces. Although they lack legs they are highly maneuverable users

  • of levitation and are armed with pulse lasers from the head and sometimes the

  • hands. They are very important for the Shadow Angel invasions of human cities

  • to harvest human beings, as they are what broadcast the Shadow Angel's "Hypno

  • song", which hypnotizes normal unprotected humans and makes them

  • sitting ducks for the harvest beasts to collect.

  • Graave Cherubim: A special cherubim with immensely thick armor that can stand up

  • to most assaults with very little damage. It can fire Pulse beams from its

  • large head and the hands and it can also use its drill-like gloves for melee

  • combat as well as launch them. Cherubim Iskuron: A colorful custom

  • cherubim used by Mohora capable of bisecting. Its pulse beams are green

  • instead of blue and aside from being normally fired from the head and

  • club-like claws can also be used as daggers in melee. Other powers include

  • an energy beam from the chest and teleportation.

  • Cherubim Lune: A special cherubim that was infused with "the moon's ability to

  • be not too near yet not too far". It can dodge nearly any attack and can produce

  • black/purple electric balls from its hands. It can also quickly recover from

  • normal attacks. Cherubim Soldier: Standard mecha used by

  • the Shadow Angels capable of flying very fast and firing a verity of blue pulse

  • lasers and sometimes even missiles from their head and palms. The only notable

  • versions are Toma's revived one capable of spinning fast enough to produce

  • tornadoes in episode 2 and the soldier armed with the gravity staff from

  • episode 4. Cherubim Sur le Kubera: A customized

  • cherubim used by Toma and later Otoha armed with a pair of swords and pulse

  • lasers from the palms designed for impalement like spears.

  • Cherubim Verizeva: A black cherubim soldier made and used by Toma in two of

  • the last episodes in the series. It is armed with a pair of rapiers and pulse

  • lasers from the palms designed for impalement like spears and has great

  • speed and agility. Harvest Beast: Standard Hammerhead

  • shark-like vessels used to collect humans for Shadow Angels. They possess

  • no offensive capabilities. Kumba and Nikumba: A pair of cherubim

  • that share a core and can exchange it between each other; the one without the

  • core becomes indestructible and by exchanging it with the other when the

  • one with the core is struck down, they are almost unstoppable. They look like a

  • fiesta-like mix of the Cheribum Iskuron and the Graave Cheribum, except they

  • have yellow-and-black coloring. Legend Monster: An ancient water-like

  • harvest beast that remained dormant in a lake. A plant-like one was hidden in a

  • building in Apollo's former hometown. Mirror Aquarion: A fake version of

  • Aquarion made from three fake versions of the Aquarion Vectors that possesses

  • all the regular abilities except expansion of the body.

  • Reality Tower: A massive tower that can manipulate the reality around it thanks

  • to dimensional distortion by Futaba. Dragon Monster: A living dragon-like

  • monster, presumably some kind of bio-weapon.

  • Mongie: Tiny harvests beasts used to consume all