Reviews

Fafner (2004) and related work:

Fafner (2004) IMDb

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 Neon Genesis Evangelion 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. 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.

animation fiction Japanese production mecha moving picture series

“Right of Left” (2005) IMDb

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.

animation fiction Japanese production moving picture