Yumi Ikoma and Ryou Masaoka are children who have been selected to take part in a top secret mission, to be the pilots of the first Fafner combat units; the last chance of survival for the human race. The enemy is ruthless, remorseless and is able to read the minds of humans. Therefore, the details of this mission are kept a secret even from the personnel involved. The young pilots must use all their courage and faith in order to survive and complete their mission or the fate of mankind would be compromised.
I just recently finished the series with a friend and we both agreed that it was a spectacular show. After that, I planned to watch this one, and the movie after.
Well, folks, without further ado, this is my Soukyuu no Fafner: Right of Left review.
I never expected this one to be actually better than the series.
YES! IT IS BETTER THAN THE SERIES AND I WAS STUPEFIED. It had more drama, it was more emotional, the directing was great, it really hit me at the ending best where I bawled my eyes out especially during the ending credits. (NOTE: I LOVE TEAR-JERKERS, just look at
my top anime.) And no I'm not biased on this just because I love tragic stories, it really was amazing for me. If you like the series you'd definitely love this OVA too since it also tells things that happened before the series itself AND SOSHI! Yes, they will show you more background on Soshi.
It's not perfect, but it was pretty good considering its time when it was produced. Character design is the same in the series, looking very much similar to Gundam SEED characters (Another show I loved). And yes, I love Hirai's character designs. His character designs can really deliver a lot of emotions which help the certain scenes.
Was better than the show for me especially because of the songs used in some scenes where it added impact on the drama.
The cast for this OVA is pretty small and yes, I loved them all. Character development is there is for the main cast. I don't have any problems with the characters.
I bawled my eyes out, what more can I ask for?!
Although for some mecha fans... they might be a little disappointed in the lack of action scenes, but don't worry, the story makes up for that. Believe me.
Overall Rating: 9.8/10 rounded off to 10/10
Overall, Soukyuu no Fafner: Right of Left is a pretty good prequel to the series. It tells more background on what happened before, especially during the development of earlier Fafners where pilots are in risk while piloting it more than in the series. It is more emotional, especially in the ending. I must say, Fafner is one of the best mechas I've seen as of now and I'd recommend it to both mecha and non-mecha fans as long as they like tragic stories.
This short has a very good story concept, albeit a sad one. However it is not very thought out or explained. I watched this with a feeling that I was missing something through the entire thing. Perhaps there is some sort of prequel that I haven't heard of? Anyhow, onto the review.
The last safe island on earth. A government which subliminally trains the children of the island to know about the war going on outside, and how to pilot the Fafner mecha which are used in the war. Silicone monsters that attack, and can mostly only be beaten using a Fafner. Fafners can only be
piloted by the children, however if they pilot it to much they turn into crystals and shatter. All of this comes together to form a rather good story, however they don't have any back story, the characters aren't explained very much, and all in all it leaves you asking a whole lot of questions.
I just didn't like the lines on the cheeks. It makes them all look dirty, or wounded all the time.
Really, I never know how to analyze this. I think it's fine.
They don't give you much as far as this goes, but it's refreshing the the character with a weak constitution isn't pathetic for once.
My overall rating is really just that it felt short and incomplete, but it was a relitively well done show. Not great, but not bad either.