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Fafner

Alt titles: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor

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"Are you there?" This is the question that the aliens always demand before they attack. The quiet island of Tatsumiyajima is secretly the last line of defense against mysterious invaders. In a quiet and rustic villiage, children were raised without any knowlege that they were born to pilot the Fafnirs, giant robotic war machines of terrible powers that are the only thing that can defend all they hold dear.These children's struggles will be the only thing that can hold off an enemy that attacks both our bodies and our sense of identity...

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Fafner in the Azure - Right of Left TV Special 2005 TBD
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Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Heaven and Earth Movie 2010 TBD
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Exodus TV 2014 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Fafner: Dead Aggressor (Light Novel) 2005 TBD
Name Role
Hisashi HIRAI Character Design
Nobuyoshi HABARA Director
Tsuneyoshi SAITO Music
Gou NAKANISHI Producer
Takatoshi CHINO Producer
Takashi NOTO Producer

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Fafner DistMan 9.5/10 Feb 6, 2005
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor DistMan 9.5/10 Feb 6, 2005

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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DistMan
These shows might appear to be about saving the world from unknown enemiees at first. But at a closer look one will soon realise that there are a lot more to it than meets the eye. Character interraction and character development aswell as questions regarding life and it's existence are abundant in these shows. These things are shown extremely well. Definetly something for someone who wants more than just senseless action.
7thMethuselah
Both NGE and Fafner start the same : Humans are under attack by a strange invaders. And it seems that a number of 'gifted' children are the only one standing between survival and destruction, there's the only ones capable of controlling the mecha's constructed to battle the invaders. However as the story progresses the mecha/action slowly shifts towards more psychological anime in which deeper laying themes surface: What are the invaders? What's their purpose? Both anime have a complicated yet very intriguing story, good action scenes and absolutely lovely characters!
Nocturnalgloria

Both Evangelion and Fafner employ mechas and monstrous creatures to develop the characters of the pilots and their inner conflicts. In addition, both series have a penchant for the philosophical: Eva tends to be darker and perhaps more confusing while Fafner is more straightforward and optimistic.

freakzilla

Fafner and Evangelion go hand in hand. Evangelion is what started it all and Fafner is a newer version. Fafner picks it up and changes it slightly, it tosses out some of the bizarreness and keeps the psychological and story aspects. Don't let this fool you though, these aren't simple clones and are both worth watching!

Seoman

If yoy like Mech's anime, and you like that it has an imporntant amount of misterious, you would like both series. Evangelion is more misterious and Fafner is a little less, but perhaps a little more dramatical. Two stories of very youngs boys that are forced by the circunstances to take control of a machine of destruction... to protect their loved ones.

Sandineyes

Fafner and NGE are really very similar series. Both have semi-post apocalyptic worlds which are hidden from the main characters, and both have enemies that are not fully understood and are basically invincible except against mechs. They also share a philosophical focus on the loneliness of indivuality, although Fafner is rather straightforward and easy-going on this matter, whereas NGE will throw your brain in a sack and beat with a stick.

kianbung

NGE and Fafner are like brothers born a decade apart (or close to that) - both have very similar themes and concept. Both are about fighting an unknown enemy, both have giant robots (although Fafner doesn't have purple ones), both have kids piloting the said robots, and both have people going psycho. Even in the first fight (of both anime) the protagonist was pitted against an enemy without any prior training (and then suddenly powering up to win. Plots are different in the sense that Fafner is slightly less depressing than Eva, and that Fafner has a yaoi factor going for it.

In a sense, Fafner can be said to be the younger generation's Eva (though much less epic in my opinion).

jurexplay

Both NGE and Fafner are very similiar in terms of plot. They both engage children in war and only the special children can pilot fafners/evangelions. Both series concentrate on the boy main character. Although the characters aren't very similiar they share the same problems. Both shows are highly addicting and worth at least a try.

asiman

I loved both NGE and Fafner. I had read that fafner was an eva clone and at first i thought so too... but it gets very good and interesting.

Both animes revolve around a main charakter that is a teenager with a mecha and psychological problems and are both very good.

If you liked one you'ill probably like the other.

RahXephon

RahXephon

Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.

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DistMan
These shows might appear to be about saving the world from unknown enemies at first. But at a closer look one will soon realise that there are a lot more to it than meets the eye. Character interraction and character development aswell as questions regarding life and it's existence are abundant in these shows. These things are shown extremely well. Definetly something for someone who wants more than just senseless action.
Cetonis

Well, Fafner and Rahxephon are the two anime that most commonly get labeled as Eva clones - They each have mech combat against extremely mysterious foes, with some existential philosophy and government conspiracy mixed in. These two in particular also utilize a more sane cast of characters, so the focus is more on the actions they take in regards to the overall picture, as opposed to psychological meltdowns. Unless you just hate watching anime that are similar to something you've already seen, there's really no reason not to try out one of these if you enjoyed the other.

freakzilla

Evangelion started out as an anime, and now it has almost become a genre. If you want mecha without resorting to the light show that Gundam and Vandread gave you, then RahXephon and Fafner can provide you with story-based mecha anime that are all about character development and utter strangeness.

Wardenis

Well, Fafner and Rahxephon are two anime that have a great story and great character development. If you want a heavier mecha anime than something like Vandread, you have to watch Fafner and RahXephon.

jurexplay

Well, both in RXn and Fafner the lead characters are interesting and fun to watch. They are both shounen anime with a lot of focus on character relations. Even the "monsters" in both anime look alike. Watching these anime will make your day very entertaining and you will immediatelly fall in love with them.

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Bokurano

Bokurano

When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?

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Nocturnalgloria

Fafner and Bokurano deal with young pilots who are forced to ride mechas in order to defend their homes at all costs. Fighting an enemy whose true nature proves to be ambiguous, the children in both series are manipulated by corrupt adults and must find the strength to deal with the chaos and violence that threatens them. Bokurano is perhaps a greater tour de force than Fafner (with its relatively tame content), but in both cases the personal relationships established between the pilots, each other, and their loved ones are at the forefront of the narrative, providing a solid emotional background for the action. Both series highlight the role of family as they develop character-driven stories that are bitter sweet and very moving in their emotional rapport.

freakzilla

Fafner and Bokurano both have the basic Evangelion concept and have chosen children battle it out in robots. But in both, our new heroes must find their own way amidst all the chaos. They must look at themselves, at the world, and must definitely not lose track of their enemies. As the fights continue the two anime keep becoming more similar, but the stories in each are still refreshing and different enough to keep you interested until the end.

coyotech

Both anime deal with the psychological toll inflicted on the young pilots of giant mecha who solely hold the faith of the planet in their hands every time they battle. Both anime also start off in the same unassuming way before all hell breaks loose. Get ready for alot death and suffering in both. If you like one you will like the other. 

Heroic Age

Heroic Age

Far, far away in a distant time, there is a tribe of people called the Golden Tribe who have the ability to create stars and foretell the future. They gave out a warning to those who have yet to mature: 'Move.'. Three tribes answered their call: the Silver Tribe, the Bronze Tribe, and the Heroic Tribe. Soon after, the Golden Tribe encountered a crashed ship in which only a baby human known as Age survived; they named the child's race the Iron Tribe and assigned one of the few living members of the Heroic Tribe to protect him and his race. Now, in a distant part of the galaxy, humanity is threatened with extinction at the hands of the other tribes. With only a prophecy to go on, they set out to the deepest depths of space to find their savior named Age -- humanity's last hope.

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Harbin

The plot of Heroic Age is very similar to Fafner. They both have the same character designs, and the opening was done by the same person. Ubukata Tou was the creator of both Fafner and Heroic Age, therefore you can expect a lot of similarity. If you like one, the chances of liking the other is extremely high.

VnTB

Both Heroic Age and Fafner come from Xebec (animation production & original creator); this is why the animation is very similar in most areas such as the mecha, characters & lighting effects.

There is also a similarity in the music, especially the opening music in both series.

boudro

the 2 series are similar in the factthey both face the end of man kind but both take a totally different route. if u like one of them u will definitelly like the other

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...

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DistMan
While the theme itself isn't similar there are a lot of things which are. Character interraction and character development aswell as questions regarding life and it's existence are abundant in these shows. These things are shown extremely well. Definetly something for someone who wants more than just senseless action.
GodsDragon

Gundam Seed and Fafner are both based loosely on a plot of a bunch of high school kids getting caught up in a war, piloting giant robots, and trying to overcome many obstacles. If you liked one you should also greatly enjoy the other.

jurexplay

Both anime were made by XEBEC which means they are very similiar in terms of animation and character design. Both series make you think about human problems and overcoming difficuilt obstacles. Very similiar in both anime are the character relations, that the creators made them very very well.