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Soukyuu no Fafner: Right of Left

I can’t remember the last time I wrote an anime related post. Actually I can… it was in December 2007 (I checked the archives)… But that’s not the reason I’m here writing. Having not blogged about anime doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching them of course! Anyone who knows me well will know I’m such a die hard fan and I’ve never (or rarely) gone a week without an anime fix (ongoing stuff like Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, etc). In any case, I suddenly felt the need to share one anime I watched recently. I’ll say this now, if you’re not into the robot battles and mecha stuff, you can stop reading now. But then again it’s really hard to say, because I don’t like the robot mecha battles and stuff either, but I do enjoy sci-fi… contradictions contradictions… hmm… Whatever, give it a go if you like.

The anime I want to recommend for anyone who cares, is called Soukyuu no Fafner: Right of Left. English title being Fafner in the Azure: Right of Left. This particular anime is an OVA (Original Video Animation) which usually just means it was not shown on TV. There is a sequel to this (a TV series) I’m intending to watch soon (25 episodes) Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor. The anime is set in an alternate future where most of the world has been destroyed by these “beings” called Festum, but there is one last place, an island, these beings haven’t found where a small population of humans lives in relative peace, protected by advanced cloaking technology. However at some point in time, certain people begin to discover the secret of this island and the state of the outside world and are forced to face the reality of the situation they’re all in. There’s no turning back. In Right of Left, a group of teenagers are chosen to pilot several Fafners, battle robots designed to fight the invading Festums and protect the remaining friends and family left on the island. The festum are strong and ruthless and are able to read human minds, and piloting the fafners has dire consequences relating to the health of the pilots, even if they’re not killed in battle. For the sake of the island, these brave children battle on and put their lives on the line to protect their loved ones, putting into motion, Plan L, designed by a scientist who is also the father of one of the fafner pilots.

I was very moved by this anime… captivated for all 50 minutes of it… and struggling (unsuccessfully) to hold back my tears. Were they tears of sorrow or tears of joy? Why don’t you find out for yourselves? This anime is good. I rate it 8/10. You may think differently but why not give it a try?

two of eight fafner pilots, they always battle in pairs.

ps. How did I not notice it all along? The main character in Right of Left (Ryou) looks almost exactly like the main character in another anime I recently finished… Heroic Age (Age), another anime that made me cry, but maybe I’m just emotional!

Ryou on left and Age on right, expressions are different and Ryou has softer looking hair but wouldn’t you agree they could be twins separated at birth?!

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