Saturday, June 25, 2005

Review: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Agressor

Title: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Agressor
Official Website: http://www.fafner.jp/
English Release Website: http://www.fafnerdvd.com/
Year(s): 2004
Episodes: 25



Synopsis
Much of Earth has been destroyed by strange beings called Festums who suddenly appeared one day. But an island exists in the Pacific where a group of people has been able to essentially disappear from the map and hide from these beings until one day when they are finally discovered. The island raises its shields and calls for a pilot to control a giant robot called Fafner to defend against the attack.

Review
I know what you're probably thinking. "Child pilots defending against strange beings? Oh great, another Neon Genesis Evangelion clone." Well, not quite. There is a lot to this series and even though there are some similar characteristics, this series is both unique and enjoyable.

First, I have to mention that there has been a lot of debate as to whether or not there is actually a male relationship in this series. The two people in question here are Kazuki and Soushi. It's obvious from the series that the two deeply care about one another but some viewers have explained it away as the two simply being childhood friends. This view is supported by the relationship between Kazuki and another pilot, Maya. However, I still feel there is enough evidence pointing to romantic feelings between Kazuki and Soushi.

With that out of the way, the artwork and the soundtrack, especially the opening song, are absolutely amazing. But, this is a series worth watching not only for the art and music, the storyline is also fantastic and developed though certain points may be confusing at times if you're not constantly paying attention (or even if you have)!

The characters are also well developed and all have distinct personalities and designs. I dare say there are a couple characters you'll fall in love with and maybe even a couple that you'll wish you could just punch in the face.

Overall, this is another great series but I should warn the readers that the male relationship here is more subtle. While it definitely exists, don't expect to see much of it in the show, it's only a very small part of the series. If you don't mind that, and like mecha series, then give this a shot.

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