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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Tatsumiyajima is an island off the coast of Japan. It is a self sustained island that is a source of hope in a world overrun with alien invaders called The Festum. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by KevinB
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. Read more
Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Read morePublished on September 17, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
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