7 CommentsTwelve Days / By Scamp /

12 Days of Anime #2: Andy and Mix

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I could have made my entire 12 days of moments from Aquarion EVOL. The scene where Andy yells about filling holes to Mix. That sudden realisation that Kagura was talking in reverse. Shrade joining in the strip fest as he’s overcome with the emotion emanating from the giant robots. The final episode and Aquarion LOVE. But you know what? Picking something awesomely dumb from EVOL is too easy and obvious. I want to make a point with this post that EVOL is more than the sum of its dumb parts. It has heart and characters with arcs that revolve around themes and all these other things that make up what you normally consider a fine story to make. The best story is that of Andy.

Andy W. Hole is the best character in EVOL. Not just for the awesome name or his general enthusiastic outlook on life, but because he is the character with a development that most embodies what EVOL is all about. At the start of the series he’s a booby obsessed enthusiastic perv. His fascination with trying to break into the ladies side of the dormitory is based on a rather immature attitude towards women. So of course he’s paired up with Mix, the girl who believes that all men are wicked and evil and will corrupt the minds of young women. Exactly the person Andy’s enthusiastic attitude wouldn’t win over, and Andy is exactly the kind of person that Mix believes all men are like.

But poor old Andy eventually does fall for Mix. At first it’s because of those impressive Big Bangs, but as the series progresses it starts to be based off mutual respect and fondness for each other. It stops beings lust and starts being love, if you forgive the incredibly sappy turn of phrase. Mix too starts to respect Andy a bit more as she sees beyond his perv exterior to his loyal and loving side beneath. But then the shocking happens. The end of the Big Bangs! Mix turns into Mixy! Andy is distraught! What has happened to his first real love? He was never able to apologise for his terrible attempt at a confession, and he was left stewing in his own depression.

What I figured EVOL would do is have Andy’s power of love or his determination would cause the big bangs to re-appear. “I don’t like Mixy, I love Mix” and *poof* boobs. Because you know, he can’t say he loves a dude. That would be ewww gross. But no, EVOL defied my expectations by having Andy declare his love for him/her anyway, because to him it doesn’t matter. It’s the perfect growth of his character. At the start he only cared about purely superficial qualities, but by the end Love had won and even when the object of his affection was no longer a girl, that really didn’t matter to him. For Mix too, it was the true sign that Andy really believed in what he said and would go to the ends of the earth for her, no matter what she was like on the outside.

(As an aside, Mix did get those Big Bangs back in the ending credits, but I’m OK with that. The key part was Andy accepting Mix no matter what she looked like. Ultimately though, Mix still identified as a girl and forcing her to remain as a dude would be unfair to her).

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That’s what Aquarion EVOL is all about. The power of Love breaking down all boundaries  from time and space to physical and mental form. As sappy as that may be, it’s so fully embraced by everything EVOL does that it far transcends the rather ridiculous way it tells this story.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Okada Mari went on record soon after the finale aired that Mix was still a boy, only dressing like a girl in the ending. Someone else in the production (I think it was one of the key animators) promptly tweeted that Mari had better shut up because it lessened the impact of the picture moment.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      Oh Mari Okada~

      (although to be fair, it doesn’t matter that much either way)

  2. Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Shrade and Andy constantly trade spots as my favorite character in this series. Andy is definitely the super robot guy in EVOL, all guts and heart with barely any idea of how to control it. That earnestness is what gives this moment its punch: Of COURSE he would love Mix no matter what form she’s in. He’s too big-hearted to let a person’s sex get in the way of love.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      See, Shrade is quite a distance off being my favourite character, but I can see why you like him. That just shows what a great show EVOL is!

  3. Embok
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I liked Yunoha/Jin more, but yeah Andy/Mix was pretty good. I even liked Amata/Mikono, though I’ll admit Skies of Aquaria played a bigger part in that than either of their actual character arcs did.

  4. TheVoid
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    The whole not caring about gender makes sense in the long run. Fudou and Mykage back when they were the two male Shadow Angels Apollonius and Toma were lovers and the greatest amongst the angels. Oh and Toma was pregnant with his child in the OVAs. But Shadow Angel biology was weird.

    So Gender ultimately is meaningless in the long run. Unless you run off with some human woman, ditch her by faking ones death, and then trick them both into gattaing with a dog.

    Also, Mix breasts looked smaller in the ending. I dont’t why I notice stuff like that.

    • Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      See my post above. If Mari Okada had her way, those aren’t real boobs at all, as Mix is still a guy just dressing up as a girl.

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