Fafner: Heaven and Earth

Alt title: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Heaven and Earth

Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
3.621 out of 5 from 690 votes
Rank #3,941
Fafner: Heaven and Earth

Two years after the end of the original Soukyuu no Fafner TV series, Tatsumiya Island and its surviving residents have returned to some semblance of recovery. However, things have become desperate for our hero, Kazuki; nearly blind now, and partially crippled from his battles with the Festum two years earlier, he clings to the promise his fallen friend Soushi made to him to return to the island and set things right again. Kazuki's hopes flare when a lifeform is detected within an unmanned submarine that comes floating into Tatsumiya Bay one night, but the person aboard isn't Soushi; it is a mysterious "boy" named Misao Kurusu who may not be entirely human, and who claims to have been sent by Soushi. With Misao's arrival, hostilities break out anew between the Human Army and the Festum, and the Fafner pilots are thrown into the most desperate battle of their lives--this time, with the fate of TWO races riding on their shoulders.

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Remember everything from the series? Then you pretty much know everything that you knew before. Story - 3/10 For being created so many years after the original you'd think the movie would be something new, a triumphant return for the series, but it's basically an extra long episode written just like the others. We get to see how things have changed in the few years since the final battle, the pilots growing up and the effects assimilation has had on others, but nothing made the story something you need to watch. And as if the series didn't need to copy more off Evangelion, they went religious with a Jesus angle where Michio and Yumiko's child is considered the savior of the island due to her miraculous conception. The whole movie really is an excuse to have a pretty good battle scene, but nothing more. Animation - 5/10 While the character designs and enemies didn't change, everything got that feature film sheen. The scenery and coloring of the original series was it's strongest attribute and in the film it didn't disappoint. Everything kept it's great look, but to have a feel of a movie they muted down all the colors and stuck to a warm pallet. You can feel the gloom the island is feeling, be it out in the skyless world or deep underground in ALVIS. Sound - 3/10 In the series I commented that they put together an all star team of voice over actors, well in the US version those actors apparently went to hide in a bunker in order to get away from this film. Almost every character had a new voice that didn't fit them as well as the originals. They could use the excuse of some characters growing older, so their voice changes, but even the older characters got new voices. The background music was still done very well and the lyrical songs were still done terribly.  Characters - 2/10 From the start the characters were pretty crudely thought out and not well developed, not much changes in the added hour and a half. Some characters have settled into their new life, which gives you a glimpse of how things might have been before the invasion, but when they get the chance to build on it they instead just go off onto something pointless. The new pilots are built almost as carbon copies of the crew from the original series, while the original pilots have fallen into the roles of those who died off. Overall - 3/10 I think the problem with the film is that it's 100% pointless. Had it been a bridge between series I could see it making sense, same as if it was a wrap up, but instead it was just there with nothing to add. Had it been a legendary series like Trigun, Evangelion or Berserk I can see why they'd want to come back and add more to the story, but I'm not sure anyone was clamoring for a followup to this so so knockoff. <div> </div>

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