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Posted 3/11/15 , edited 4/2/15
by Zerogouki

Walking into Fafner Exodus unprepared will leave your head spinning -- but that might not be such a bad thing. A sequel to 2004's Fafner, an unusual series that has stayed mostly overlooked, but is evidently popular enough to warrant both a movie in 2011 (Heaven and Earth) and this new series. The thing that will become immediately clear to any new viewers is that the show does is not interested in hand-holding. This is objectively a sequel to the previous anime, picking up five years later as the citizens of a devastated Earth fight against aliens and each other. New fans will have a next-to-impossible time following the series initially, as it drops characters, conflicts, and situations new and old without waiting to explain itself. That may not be a bad thing.

Although I've seen some of the original series, and was put out by the complete lack of a standard recap or some simple exposition. As it goes on, the rhythm becomes more obvious and more of the background information seeps in -- but even more importantly, the story itself comes to the forefront. There are new characters here, and their responses to the world they live in, and the battle with the alien Festum, are prime material to expand on the universe of the original. Wisely, this is the tack that the Fafner Exodus crew have taken.

The nature of that story makes it hard to talk about in any great detail. Much like the first series, the show is taking its time to build up its world and tell a fully self-contained story that takes up the entire season. Visually, the show is nothing but an improvement on it's predecessor. The animation is absolutely gorgeous, and advances well-beyond the average in a way the first series sometimes failed to do. There's a beautiful sheen to the character designs, with every character finding a way to look distinct while still feeling of a piece. It softens some of the rougher edges that plagued the original series, as well: The CG is beautifully integrated, vital in a show where mecha and alien combat is going to be rendered completely in 3D, and the animation manages to use the best aspects of the character designs instead of falling prey to obnoxious quirks. All in all, the visuals handily match the storytelling prowess.

So, if you're a veteran fan, this is a must-see. For the rest of us, there's a learning curve, but it's one that adventurous and smart viewers would be wise to take.
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Posted 3/20/15 , edited 3/21/15
omg Fafner... oh the memoirs
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Posted 4/2/15 , edited 4/2/15
love this series :-)
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