Reviews of Fafner (2004) and related work
- Prequel: “Right of Left” (2005)
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.
Angst and mecha action. An unimaginative latecomer NGE clone. 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.
Fafner, named after the dragon in Völsunga Saga (ca. 1250–1300) etc., is angst-ridden to the point of masochism, hence easy to mock, but death is fairly frequent. One character is a delusional mecha nerd who pilots mecha, which helps viewing in a group. Alas, the mecha are ugly and the design work is generally poor, including a horrible GUI and a Tokyo-3 clone laughably designed to look like a placid fishing village. Some of the character and creature design are notably better.
‣ “Right of Left” (2005)
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.