Fafner: The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review
“Fafner” is a typically hit-and-miss anime series.
“Fafner” (AKA “Fafner In The Azure”) is a 26 episode anime series that takes place at the high tech Tatsumiya Island which protects its inhabitants from giant destructive alien beings known as the Festum. Of course, they are not protected for long as a Festum soon attacks them. Their only savior comes in the form of a Fafner (a Mech essentially) piloted by a newbie named Kazuki with help from Soshi who connects to the Siegfried System device to pilot it.
After that initial set-up, the series delves into the two characters listed above as well as others such as Maya, Koyo, Yukie, Canon, Kenji. The key stories of this series tend to involve battles, politics, pilot training, pilot recruits, invasions, Festum attacks, the Neo UN, character deaths and sacrifices, Festums’ assimilating humans, the ALVIS base, conflicts between the UN and the island, and more plots I won’t spoil for you.
If the plot seems overly familiar that’s because it is. At this point in time, alien invasion and mech stories have become old hat which is why “Fafner” doesn’t leave that big of an impression. Now, granted, the series does have merit. This sprawling sci-fi epic is loaded with battle scenes, a healthy amount of characterization, weapons, aliens, and mechs, but that’s not enough (at least for me). If that’s your go-to kind of story, you will adore this show for sure. For myself, I need something more than what essentially feels like a mish mash of so many different pre-existing series and stories.
Another issue here is that the premise and characters quickly get old. Had this been a 13 episode series this problem wouldn’t exist, but “Fafner” is drug out to 26 episodes which feels like an eternity at times. This issue certainly ties in with the fact that material doesn’t feel fresh. The familiarity of the plot works against the show. You lose interest in it because you feel like you’ve seen this song and dance before so to speak.
Presentation: Fullscreen 1080p. How does it look? There is a dramatic difference when comparing the Blu-ray to the DVD. The Blu-ray transfer is so much more vibrant and colorful. There’s more deapth to each frame.
Audio Tracks: English and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. How do they sound? The English track is actually a bit grating so I’d recommend going with the original language Japanese track.
* Trailers for “Steins;Gate,” “Tales Of Vesperia,” “Evangelion 2.22,” “King Of Thorn,” “Trigun,” “Dragon Ball Z Kai,” “Ga-Rei-Zero,” “Hellsing Ultimate,” “Tower Of Druaga,” and Funimation.com.
* 4 textless opening songs and a whopping 9 textless closing songs.
* “Fafner” DVD commercials and promo videos.
* “Making Of Fafner”- A 20 minute making of containing behind-the-scenes footage, clips from the 2004 screening event, a look at the soundtrack recording, cast and crew interviews, etc.
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