Fafner (2004 IMDb)

Categorization

Angst and mecha action. An unimaginative latecomer Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) clone.

Subject

Kids defend a mobile island in a cloaking field, somewhere on the risen seas of a post-apocalyptic Earth beset by shining golden aliens of philosophical disposition.

Commentary

Empty and unoriginal, featuring a beach episode, a matsuri episode and an episode where the guys get to hear “Don't touch me there!”-type lines from the other side of the sentou wall; similarly covering most other clichés. Angst-ridden to the point of masochism, hence easy to mock, but there is a significant amount of death. One character is a delusional mecha nerd who pilots mecha, which helps make Fafner tolerable for viewing in a group. Generally poor design work with ugly mecha, a horrible GUI, and a Tokyo-3 clone laughably designed to look like a placid fishing village, but elements of the character and creature design are interesting.

Japanese production animation mecha series

Prequel:

Right of Left (2005 IMDb)

Commentary

Better visuals, no “soko ni imasu ka”, and some much-needed exposition which could have been clarified in the series. Unfortunately devoid of the amusingly miserable statues from the original show's end credits sequence.

Japanese production animation movie