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kyubinaruto's Soukyuu no Fafner Tv Review

Soukyuu no Fafner

Soukyuu no Fafner tv Review

Story & Characters

[Before I start off, I apologize if the review is not detailed enough since I am rushing to study for my final year exams. My english is also not that good. So yeah...]

This review is based on the original version of Soukyuu no Fafner

“Anata wa… soko ni imasu ka?” or simply “Are you there?” is the main plot of this anime which revolves around existence and nothingness.

Soukyuu no Fafner (Fafner in the Azure) is an anime that takes place in future era. It has roughly the same concept as Gundam Seed/Destiny, Evangelion, RahXephon etc. but of course, Fafner has it own niece areas.

It all started out with the main character, Kazuki Makabe, a normal high school boy and his classmates whose lives turned upside down when the emergency alarm was heard and they were to take shelter in an underground headquarter which the children had never seen before. Soon, Festums (the enemies) started appearing one by one and in order to protect their island, Kazuki and his friends had to pilot giant robots called Fafner. The reasons why only the children could pilot these robots would be explained as the series proceed.

Pros: Fafner not only portray the war against Festum, but also human army who wanted the robots for themselves. This anime also consist of many character deaths, proving that not only main characters will survive and win all the time. It managed to capture the audiences’ attention due to the hints of yaoi (boy boy relationship) and het (boy girl relationship) portrayed together.

The story very well thought of but is rather too rushed. There are plenty of plot twists, as well as cliffhangers. Mysteries are also numerous and you would have to be patient and let them uncover it one by one.

Cons: Fafner make use of complicated terms and audience might take some time to get use to it. Sudden change of scenes after every episode might make audience wonder whether they had missed an episode. Storyline is not very creative and yaoi fans might not like it as it has more hints of het.

Fafner has 26 episodes in total.

Rating: 7

Art

The characters in Soukyuu no Fafner are designed by Hisashi Hirai, also the designer of the characters in Gundam Seed/Destiny. Thus, you might notice the vast resemblance of certain characters, especially the main character of Gundam Seed Destiny (Shinn Asuka) and the main character of this series (Kazuki Makabe).

The mecha designs are by Naohiro Washio. I don’t really see much difference among all the Fafners but they are excellent in terms of the colours and toning.

The pilot suits are really creative and complex. It looks good on most of the pilots. The uniforms that they have to wear are simple but many like it. The colour combinations are excellent.

Pros: The designs for each settings are well drawn. The 3D features are also smooth. It’s easy to differentiate among characters and their hair are not exaggerated in terms of hairstyles and colours. You would not see girls with pink hair and guys with blue hair appearing. The face expressions are well designed too, it is easy to guess how each characters are feeling.

Cons: The character designs are not very original for some. Not much variety in clothing and there are quite a lot of repeated scenes.

Rating: 6

Sound

Voices: Many of the seiyuu are not very well-known but they are good. They portrayed each of the characters’ expressions very well. Some dialogues seemed rather forced though.

Music: Background Music (BGM) are nicely done. It soothes to the ears and played at the correct time, adding on to the atmosphere. There are many varieties in the BGM, considering for a show with only 26 episodes. Though this is out of point, but I would like to point out the creativity of the titles of the two soundtracks ‘Nowhere’ and ‘Now here’ Singaporeans call it so Fafner-ish.

Opening (Shangri-La): Sung by Angela. This song took me some time to get use to it. At first I loathe it because it sounds too ‘Opera’ but I got to like it in the end. Many people love this song as well. It was once ranked 6th in Japan among all anime songs. The lyrics of this song hold much meaning to the show itself.

Ending (Separation): Sung by Angela as well. The lyrics of this song also hold deep meaning, if possible, deeper than the opening. If you are the type who do not like songs which sound too ‘Opera’, you get a chance to hear the 2nd verse of this song and is very soothing and peaceful. There is only one ending in Fafner, but by changing in terms of verse, it shows the effort put in.

Ending of episode 15 (Proof): Again, sung by Angela. Unlike the opening and ending, this song is calming and suits this episode very well. Do stay to the end to hear this song.

Character themes are not very good but we are not basing on that for this review, right?

Pros: Lyrics and music suits the show very well.

Cons: Some might not like the signer’s voice.

Rating: 7

Presentation

The presentation of this show is definitely the best part about Fafner. The way they reveal each character’s feelings and developments surpass many anime. You can practically see each characters growing in every episode.

The despair after a loss of a fallen comrade is superbly shown, making audience wants to scream and cry along with them. The feelings of trust, anger, joy, comfort and pain are very natural where we would feel the same way if we were in their shoes.

Since this is war, Fafner of course did not exclude the facts that there would be betrayal and sacrifices which quite a few anime forget about. This is the cons and pros of Fafner. I have known of a few who stopped watching it since there is too many people dying in this story and they got tired of it. There are also who think that this is the part of the show worth watching (including me).

Although this anime sounds very serious, it has quite a few humorous scenes worth laughing at.

This is a show that can make you cry after every episode. The three reasons are:

1. Your favourite characters dying
2. The humours in some episodes are certainly amusing.
3. Too complicated storyline that you can’t understand.

I told that to many people and they agreed.

No matter what, Soukyuu no Fafner is worth watching. Although I kind off got bored of it after a few episodes because of the complexity of the terms used, I continued watching it and truly enjoyed it in the end. Even if you do stop, do watch the last two episodes. They are without doubt, outstanding and give a good conclusion on the story.

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

7.17 (above average)

Reviewed by kyubinaruto, Sep 27, 2005

Comments

  1. tareren Sep 27, 2005

    Hmmm, actually you did quite a good job with this, but I think need to edit the story part a bit more, cos it looks kinda jumbled up ;) Hehe, thanks for the review...
    Oh, good luck for your finalyr exams :D

  2. kyubinaruto Sep 27, 2005

    Thanks for the comment ^^ Can't edit review though XD

  3. Akaiken Sep 27, 2005

    Good review, even though I don't know it. ^_^

  4. laurent Sep 27, 2005

    I agree, good review. I just love Soukyuu no Fafner, so I enjoyed reading your review very very much!!! ^^ Good to see other people that are interested in Fafner.

  5. Lana3007 Sep 27, 2005

    Good review! And it's nice to see people actually apreciating "Fafner" since half the time people just say it's just like Evangelion and hence don't even bother watching it. It really is an interesting series, original in it's own way, I greatly enjoyed it.

    thank you for sharing!

  6. hongrboi Sep 27, 2005

    AMn good review. I absolutly agree with you on every aspect except the repeated scenes. I don't remember any repeated scenes used more then 2 times. Fafner is a must-weatch anime because the storyline is just phenomenal. Lots of people die unexpectedly, dead people come back, and everyone have their own emotions. Although the stotryline is a bit confusing at first, everything will make sense at the end-especially that weird phrase "anatawa soku ni imasu ka?". Also, I hated the opening song because I didn't like her weird singing style but it kinda grew on me too. the OP video is great too! It matches the music nicely.

  7. soujiokita Sep 28, 2005

    good review, I watched the whole series. It was a bit confusing too. Well, I liked the op song first when i heard it. Her voice is different from other singers, she doesn't have the 'cute girl' voice. Which is different and why i like it, her voice is very soothing. But this is a good review, it's not one of those 10/10 craps, where the person gives everything a 10.

  8. Midori-chan Sep 28, 2005

    wow! nice review!! i like soukyuu no fafner too. but the rating you gave is just nice^^
    almost like my personal ratings too^^
    and btw, good luck on your exams^^
    actually mine is next week x_x

  9. Dontais Sep 29, 2005


    Its a good recap of the series i watched it a few months ago that gives a good review on it. Thanks for the review.

  10. akari-chan Sep 29, 2005

    glad to see a honest review. like souji said, it's not one of those 10/10 craps. did the rating pretty good. to me, Fafner was sorta confusing. i heard there will be like a sequel or something.

  11. ayane-heine Sep 30, 2005

    eh~~ nice review here.. although i'm not sure about this anime but you let me understand this anime so much~ sankyuu~~~ :D

    i guess i should dig for this series too.. ^^
    thanx so much for sharing..

  12. greatdragon Oct 27, 2005

    nice review here..

  13. hunterkiller03 Nov 11, 2005

    Interesting review keep up the good work <3

  14. yumi2ryo Dec 01, 2005

    Yay! Nice review! thou I could've given it a higher rating..hehee..

  15. JC206 Jan 16, 2006

    nice review...didn't get to see the whole anime though >_<

  16. anebir Apr 24, 2006

    fafner's nice! lolx thanks for the review =)

  17. blanzy May 25, 2006

    I love Fafner, thanks for your review :)

  18. MapleRose Retired Moderator Jun 10, 2006

    nice review. I like how you have the pros and cons for each subsection.

    I really like the music. the OP song does take some used to, but I like the ending song, esp the different ways they'd do it for different episodes. The singer has a pretty unique style.

    one thing though, Fafner has only 25 eps...unless you count the OVA as an episode...

  19. youkais Jul 26, 2006

    Quote by MapleRoseone thing though, Fafner has only 25 eps...unless you count the OVA as an episode...

    They are 26... but, the 25 is WITH the 26 ^^U They were aired together.
    Anyway... maybe is a bit difficult to love fafner, but, if you are used to this kind of drama+storyline, fafner is really amazing!

    (i am a fan-to-death of fafner... because of that, i try to get people watch it ^^U)

  20. bulgarian388 Jul 30, 2006

    Nice review, it explained the series perfectly. I agree that the complexity can be overwhelming, but you just have to watch to figure it all out. As for the deaths of the characters, I thought they were all well planned and placed and that they all created a meaning to the series. The only thing that still has me confused [SPOILER] is why Shouko killed her self? Anyway, nice review, and I don't know about you guys, but I cried at the last episode.

  21. boundless1 Dec 14, 2006

    I really liked fafner i am searching for a good wallpaper for it. Most of them are gay(seriously) I personaly like it better then evangelion and gundam seed

    merged: 12-14-2006 ~ 08:51am
    oh and watch the ova(so good)

  22. fitarol15 Oct 11, 2014

    I Love fafner~! and thanx for the review..
    i still prefer the ova Right of left it was the most touching to me ^_^

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