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  • Actors: Makoto Ishii, Kohei Kiyasu, Marika Matsumoto
  • Directors: Nobuyoshi Habara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1RCMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Terrorized by a hostile alien race's mental warfare, humans hear only this question just before their lives-essentially their minds-are assimilated by the violent invaders. Kazuki and his classmates lay everything on the line to pilot their heavily-guarded island's secret weapons: towering mechs for which only they are genetically qualified to control. With most of Earth destroyed, humanity's survival relies on these youths' selfless determination to protect the only home they know. But when each battle pushes the pilots to the brink of assimilation, who will protect them?

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The mecha adventure series Fafner (2004) proved so popular, it spawned a theatrical feature, a TV special, a light novelization, a manga series, and a video game. In the not-too-distant future, Earth has been devastated by the aliens known as Festum. Uncounted millions have died; most of the survivors fight rear-guard actions under the Neo-U.N. But a small group clings to life on the hidden island of Tatsumiyajima, which can be moved when danger threatens. That group includes scientists developing the technology of the Fafners, anthropomorphic robot-suits, and the teenagers who pilot them. Kazuki and his cadre of friends battle the Festum, despite great pain and the danger of being "assimilated"--having their identity absorbed by the aliens. Fafner borrows heavily from Evangelion and many of the Gundam sagas, but director Nobuyoshi Habara and his crew fail to present the story coherently. The Festum are the enemies of humankind, yet all the teenage pilots have some Festum genetic material in their bodies and several Festum manage to disguise themselves as humans. Tsubaki is--simultaneously--the living "Core" of the island, a Festum, and a weepy friend to Kazuki and his classmates. The plot lurches along incoherently, as partisans switch sides with little motivation; characters disappear for 10 episodes then inexplicably reappear; crises mount only to fizzle out. The many battle scenes lack the panache of the better mecha series, despite a plethora of CG effects, while the animation in the dialogue scenes looks almost as static as Robotech. The filmmakers can't even get the scripts to fit the standard episode length: the action sometimes begins before the title sequence, sometimes after, and sometimes continues under the closing credits. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, alcohol use, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Beginning (Paradise), 2. Life (Confession), 3. Truth (Labyrinth), 4. Departure (Escape), 5. Pledge (Promise), 6. Sacrifice (Soaring Sky), 7. Parents & Children (Family), 8. Koyo (Strife), 9. Parting (Assimilation), 10. Crossing Paths (Disintegration), 11. Human Force (Old & New), 12. Desperation (Absence), 13. Festum (Erosion), 14. Occupation (Awakening), 15. Stream (Memory), 16. Welcome Home (Friend), 17. Device (Survival), 18. Memory (Father), 19. Sight (Maya), 20. Light (Lantern), 21. Future (Sakura), 22. Power (Protection), 23. Decoy (Pillage), 24. Mir (Conversation), 25. Symbiosis (The Final Battle), 26. Final Episode (Azure)

Customer Reviews

Good story line with great action!!
Blueman1
To be honest, if you can afford the money than I will definitely recommend these series to you, if, you can not afford the money than try to rent it and watch it.
Niko
What makes this show is that the storyline never suffers with all the characters and how each develops.
Nathan

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sa on September 16, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Fafner is a show with teenagers piloting giant robots...does this sound familiar? Perhaps you are ready to dismiss this as an another generic mecha show- but that would be the farthest thing from the truth. In fact, Fafner stands out from the rest in so many positive ways that you'll wonder why there aren't more shows that emulate how Fafner does things.

* What is the show about?
The protagonists have lived all their lives on a tranquil, remote island called Tatsumiya Island- it's so remote that they can't get all the TV channels, and publications from the mainland are delivered late, but there's a local broadcasting station on the island, and they have the beach, the mountains, and a tight-knit community that celebrates traditional festivals... and most of all, they have their loving parents, and each other.
When the island is attacked by an unknown threat, they discover a hidden side to their peaceful island village, only to realize that the reality that they had known until yesterday had been a fabrication.
As the series progresses, the characters struggle with the battle for survival, coming to terms with themselves and their new reality, and to protect their identity (sense of the Self), their precious people, and normalcy.

* What makes this show so special?
It's not the strategic, intense, and gripping battle sequences- although Fafner has several epic, high-stakes battles especially towards the end of the series.
It's not the character designs by the character designer of Gundam Seed, Infinite Ryvius, and Heroic Age.
It's not the unique mechanic designs for the titular Fafners that get their distinctive look from non-symmetric spines and array of weaponry.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Niko on January 26, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
OK people, what is Fafner?

Before I get into the story, I will try to answer a hypothetical question first: Who should not and who should watch Fafner.

To begin with, if you are a die-hard fan of Evangelion or Gundam etc. than most probably you will not want to watch this one because it has some similarities with the previous mention animes indeed; and you most probably will `blow away' a great anime like this. On the other hand, people who would like to watch a very good anime, with strong storyline, twists, romance, lots of action and of course Mechas (belongs to the so called sci-fi category) than you should watch this one.

Let us proceed to the storyline:

It starts with the life of people, teenagers going to school, adults to work etc. by introducing the viewer to their everyday life. The place where the story starts is called Tatsumiya Island. To make the long story short, aliens attack earth and obviously the Island gets under attack, devastating their lives and throwing the teenagers into battle; basically, because they are the ones who are able to fly the Mechas. Additionally, power games will start to evolve, exhausting battles all over the globe will occur, between sort of government and military parties etc. and all the teenagers are caught in the middle of all this. As the series proceed, many questions will be raised (which will be answered - directly or indirectly - in the end of the series), the bounds between the main protagonists will become stronger (and of course romance), the viewer will witness all the emotional rollercoaster that these youngsters will go through and some of them will even die.

This sums up the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ariss on October 19, 2012
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Charles Solomon's review is a bit misleading. Yes, this series borrows a lot of its trappings from Evangelion but it has neither the psychological complexity nor grand mythos of Evangelion. It shares the same character designer as Gundam Seed, Hisashi Hirai, but it doesn't focus on mecha action and fanservice like the recent incarnations of the Gundam series. In fact, the best way to describe Fafner would be to say it's about war and human relationships. There's an alien race which is not truly evil but its method of trying to understand humans results in a death count in the billions and the surviving human factions are all tangled up in different alliances and military sides, with often conflicting goals. The relationship between parents and their children is realistically and sympathetically displayed here because the children are asked to pilot the Fafners and fight while the adults can't. This is a series that really gives a lot of background and thought to its characters, supplying them with parents, friends, lovers, and rivals. It doesn't shy away from the uglier aspects of humanity like meaningless death, hypocrisy, or selfishness.

The main problem with Fafner is the first half of the series up till episode.12 is messy with bad dialogue and mediocre plot pacing. In the latter half of the series, they changed the script writer to Tow Ubukata and the series showed a marked improvement. The TV series' ending is bitter-sweet but the film "Heaven and Earth" is a direct sequel and resolves the issues in a more satisfactory fashion.

Recommended for fans who like animé with a serious handling of sci-fi/military themes and human drama. There's also a heavy dose of Existentialism with the question "Are you there?" re-phrased throughout the series.
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