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Fafner - Arcadian Project (Vol. 1) (2005)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ETCUG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fafner - Arcadian Project (Vol. 1)

The teen-agers of Tatsumiya Island, the heroes of the 2004 broadcast series Fafner, believe they live in a tranquil paradise--until the alien Festum attack. The high school students didn't know an interplanetary war has been raging for decades. Tatsumiya is really the hidden base for Fafner, a giant battle robot piloted by a psychic teen. Only Fafner can defeat the Festum, who appear as a gigantic mecha that resembles RahXephon with a coat of gold paint. The series borrows shamelessly from Evangelion, although the names are taken from Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen, rather than Judeo-Christian legends. The familiar elements include a standard assortment of eager and/or misunderstood kids, a mysterious girl imprisoned in sinister machinery, demanding officers, and an elaborate complex of corridors, bunkers, and weapons systems. If Shinji Ikari washed up on Tatsumiya Island, he'd feel right at home. (Rated 13 and older: violence, brief nudity, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful animation, in-depth characters July 31, 2005
Fafner, in my opinion, has beautiful artwork that goes along the lines of S-Cry-Ed and Gundam Seed, and a show that is working on revealing the personalities behind the characters.

You're introduced to Tatsumiya Island that seems normal, with young ones going to school and the adults working regular jobs. Only after the attack do you find out that the island was the last "untouched" place, and is now fighting off the enemy aliens, Festum, with the mecha known as Fafner. Japan is no longer a place on the Earth, and all of the teens and children don't know about the outside world, due to a the large fabrication the the adults placed up, who are working as a military force to protect the island.

The main character, Kazuki, is thrusted into battle against the Festum with no prior experience, while Soshi, his friend and only teen with intimate knowledge of the military power, helps him by remote link to the Fafner. After that, the military calls in the teens that have the best compatibility with the mecha Fafner, in case Kazuki is... terminated in battle.

Again, the artwork for this anime is beautiful, one of the best I've seen, and if the story seems to go along with eather Neon Genesis Evangelion or RahXephon, I would highly recommend it over both. A great mecha show for those that favor the aforementioned anime, or the Gundam series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The battle for Paradise has begun... October 17, 2006
Following in the footsteps of anime greats Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rahxephon, Fafner borrows heavily from its peers but still manages to cobble together an interesting story of its own. Instantly fans of the aforementioned tales will recognize some key similiarities present in Fafner's plotline, but those similarities can actually help ease viewers into a more comfortable level of understanding. We've seen strange plots before when little explanation is offered from the start. Having accepted that, we can sink our minds into the offerings with ease.

Fafner tells the tale of Kazuki, a spunky teenager growing up on an island paradise. He lives a fairly care free lifestyle, surrounded by plenty of friends who also enjoy basking in the tropical splendor they call home. But that sense of serenity is one day shattered by the arrival of a mysterious golden being called a Festum. The Festum, much like the Angels of Evangelion, are bent on attacking Kazuki's island for reasons that have yet to be fully explained, but nevertheless the attacks are ruthless. During the assault, the island itself is revealed to be more than simply the idyllic paradise the children have grown to love, as buildings erupt from the ground, gun batteries rise from the forests, and even the concrete docks reveal missle turrets aimed at the alien attacker. The adults of the island are actually members of a secret organization known as Alvis, and beneath the placid facade of island life there exists a vast underground stronghold built, presumeably, to fend off the Festum. In the heat of battle Kazuki is called upon by his friend Soshi to pilot the one weapon capable of battling the Festum on equal terms: the Fafner Mark Elf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Earth is under attack by aliens....AGAIN!!! May 3, 2006
It seems as though everytime things seem fine on earth, some giant alien creatures decide to reek havok and destruction and the only thing that can stop them are equally giant robots. Following in the footsteps of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" and "RahXephon", "Fafner" tells the story of these title robots and the teenagers that pilot them, specifically a boy named Kazuki. But like its predicessors, "Fafner"'s story is riddled with mysterious motives, backstabbing secrets, misunderstandings, spiritual/mystical influences, and alot of broken hearted/terrorfied/tormented teens who scream often to vent their frustration and sadness. And yet, even though this formula is a bit tried and still works. You are still drawn into the story wanting to know what is going on and who will survive. Unlike "Eva" and "Rah", "Fafnir" doesn't waste time in painting a pretty bleak future for its protagonists; nor is the main character Kazuki a whiny cry-baby or an apprehensive, reluctant passifist. Once faced with reality, he plunges head long into the fray with all the determination a hero should have. But being human, Kazuki and the other pilots start questioning why they fight and who to fight as the plot thickens.

Fans of the giant robot genre will enjoy this "Eva"-like series (complete with the catchy opening theme and haunting closing theme). Definately a mind-trip as you left with plenty of questions that are not answered for a loooong time. Recomended for 13 and older mostly for its sci-fi violence, adult situations, and dramatic deaths.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average sci-fi anime - nothing really new to say December 26, 2005
While I'll agree with most other reviewers that Fafner is a beautifully animated show w/ great mecha designs, I have to disagree with the assessment that it ranks with RahXephon and Evangelion. I've watched the first three volumes, and the story goes nowhere, often bogging down in somewhat annoying teenage angst, particularly in the character of Koyo (a shrill variation on the Shinji Akari archetype). While I realize that many anime series take quite a while to get going, this show has not grabbed me in the 12 episodes I've watched. Part of the problem, I think, is that it's missing an interesting hook, such as Evangelion's mysticism and RahXephon's musical references (the use of names from Wagner's Ring cycle could have been interesting, but hey are seemingly chosen at random and have no correlation to Wagner's work). The end result is yet another giant robot anime populated by teenage characters who are conflicted about fighting (which begs the question: why don't these future organizations bent on saving the Earth from invasion do so with mature and emotionally-adjusted adults behind the controls? - just curious).
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