Fafner in the Azure

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Fafner in the Azure
蒼穹のファフナー
(Sōkyū no Fafner)
GenreRomance, Drama, Mecha
Anime television series
Sōkyū no Fafner: Dead Aggressor
Directed byNobuyoshi Habara
Produced byGou Nakanishi
Takashi Noto
Takatoshi Chino
Written byYasuo Yamabe
Kazuki Yamanobe
Tow Ubukata
Music byTsuneyoshi Saito
StudioXebec
Licensed by
NetworkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run4 July 200426 December 2004
Episodes26 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Written byTow Ubukata
Illustrated byHisashi Hirai
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Published10 January 2005
Manga
Fafner: Dead Aggresor
Written byMikami Akitsu
Published byMediaworks
English publisherDigital Manga Publishing
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original runApril 27, 2005January 27, 2006
Volumes2
Anime film
Fafner in the Azure: Heaven and Earth
Directed byToshimasa Suzuki
Produced byGou Nakanashi
Written byTow Ubukata
Music byTsuneyoshi Saito
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Released25 December 2010
Runtime88 Minutes
Anime television series
Fafner in the Azure: -EXODUS-
Directed byNobuyoshi Habara
Produced byGou Nakanishi
Written byTow Ubukata
Music byTsuneyoshi Saito
StudioXebec, XEBECzwei
Original runJanuary 2015scheduled
Episodes26[1]
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Fafner in the Azure
蒼穹のファフナー
(Sōkyū no Fafner)
GenreRomance, Drama, Mecha
Anime television series
Sōkyū no Fafner: Dead Aggressor
Directed byNobuyoshi Habara
Produced byGou Nakanishi
Takashi Noto
Takatoshi Chino
Written byYasuo Yamabe
Kazuki Yamanobe
Tow Ubukata
Music byTsuneyoshi Saito
StudioXebec
Licensed by
NetworkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run4 July 200426 December 2004
Episodes26 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Written byTow Ubukata
Illustrated byHisashi Hirai
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Published10 January 2005
Manga
Fafner: Dead Aggresor
Written byMikami Akitsu
Published byMediaworks
English publisherDigital Manga Publishing
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original runApril 27, 2005January 27, 2006
Volumes2
Anime film
Fafner in the Azure: Heaven and Earth
Directed byToshimasa Suzuki
Produced byGou Nakanashi
Written byTow Ubukata
Music byTsuneyoshi Saito
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Released25 December 2010
Runtime88 Minutes
Anime television series
Fafner in the Azure: -EXODUS-
Directed byNobuyoshi Habara
Produced byGou Nakanishi
Written byTow Ubukata
Music byTsuneyoshi Saito
StudioXebec, XEBECzwei
Original runJanuary 2015scheduled
Episodes26[1]
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Fafner in the Azure (蒼穹のファフナー Sōkyū no Fafunā?) is a 26-episode anime series produced by Xebec. The story focuses on a group of children who pilot the titular Fafners in an escalating war against giant aliens called Festum. The anime is subtitled Dead Aggressor. A television special subtitled RIGHT OF LEFT aired on December 29, 2005, and a feature film subtitled HEAVEN AND EARTH had a theatrical release in Japan on December 25, 2010.

The character designs were created by Hisashi Hirai, who is also known for his work on Infinite Ryvius, s-CRY-ed, Gundam SEED, and Gundam SEED Destiny. Tow Ubukata, creator of works like Le Chevalier D'Eon and Mardock Scramble, provided scripting for the latter half of the series. The mecha designer was Naohiro Washio.

Plot[edit]

At the beginning of the story, much of the world has been destroyed by the Festum and the remote Japanese island of Tatsumiyajima (竜宮島?, lit. Dragon Palace Island) has only remained unscathed by virtue of an advanced cloaking shield. The island's young people continue with their daily lives unaware of these events, but after many years of peace a lone Festum discovers Tatsumiyajima and attacks. The adults activate Tatsumiyajima's hidden defense systems and attempt to repel the attacker but to no avail. Many of them are killed by the Festum in a process of assimilation. In desperation, they order the deployment of a Mecha called the Fafner Mark Elf, but its pilot is killed en route to the hangar. Left with no further options, they send a young boy named Kazuki Makabe as the replacement pilot assisted by Soushi Minashiro from within the Siegfried System.

The Festum is destroyed, but with Tasumiyajima's whereabouts exposed, the adults choose to relocate the island. Production is accelerated on additional Fafner units and more children are recruited to pilot them. It is also revealed that the cloaking was not meant to conceal Tatsumiyajima from only the Festum, but from the rest of humanity who would seek to use its technology in the greater war against them.

Characters[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Kazuki Makabe (真壁 一騎 Makabe Kazuki?)

Voiced by: Makoto Ishii (Japanese), Kevin Hatcher (English, TV series), Micah Solusod (English, Heaven and Earth)

Soushi Minashiro (皆城 総士 Minashiro Sōshi?)

Voiced by: Kōhei Kiyasu (Japanese), Steve Cannon (English, TV series), Josh Grelle (English, Heaven and Earth)

Maya Tomi (遠見 真矢 Tōmi Maya?)

Voiced by: Marika Matsumoto (Japanese), Jennifer Sekiguchi (English, TV series and Heaven and Earth)

Misao Kurusu (来主 操 Kurusu Misao?)

Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)

Fafner Pilots[edit]

Shouko Hazama (羽佐間 翔子 Hazama Shōko?)

Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Japanese), Tiffany Gayle (English)

Kouyo Kasugai (春日井 甲洋 Kasugai Kōyo?)

Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal (English)

Sakura Kaname (要 咲良 Kaname Sakura?)

Voiced by: Satomi Arai (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English, TV series), Leah Clark (English, Heaven and Earth)

Kenji Kondou (近藤 剣司 Kondō Kenji?)

Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi (Japanese), Lex Lang (English, TV series), Austin Tindle (English, Heaven and Earth)

Mamoru Koudate (小楯 衛 Kōdate Mamoru?)

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)

Hiroto Douma (堂馬広登 Dōma Hiroto?)

Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English, TV series), Chris Burnett (English, Heaven and Earth)

Seri Tatekami (立上 芹 Tatekami Seri?)

Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English, TV series), Jad Saxton (English, Heaven and Earth)

Rina Nishio (西尾 里奈 Nishio Rina?)

Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi (Japanese), Mela Lee (English, TV series), Jamie Marchi (English, Heaven and Earth)

Akira Nishio (西尾 暉 Nishio Akira?)

Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese), Ben Bryant (English)

ALVISS[edit]

Fumihiko Makabe (真壁 史彦 Makabe Fumihiko?)

Voiced by: Masayuki Tanaka (Japanese), Ron Allen (English, TV series), Brian Mathis (English, Heaven and Earth)

Kouzou Minashiro (皆城 公蔵 Minashiro Kōzō?)

Voiced by: Joji Nakata

Chizuru Toumi (遠見 千鶴 Tōmi Chizuru?)

Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (Japanese), Kate Higgins (English, TV series), Luci Christian (English, Heaven and Earth)

Yumiko Toumi (遠見 弓子 Tōmi Yumiko?)

Voiced by: Yukana (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English, TV series), Cynthia Cranz (English, Heaven and Earth)

Youko Hazama (羽佐間 容子 Hazama Yōko?)

Voiced by: Nanaho Katsuragi (Japanese), Jane Alan (English, TV series), Lydia Mackay (English, Heaven and Earth)

Kiyomi Kaname (要 澄美 Kaname Kiyomi?)

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishikawa (Japanese), June Ellis (English, TV series), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English, Heaven and Earth)

Seichirou Kaname (要 誠一郎 Kaname Seichirō?)

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama

Ayano Koundo (近藤 彩乃 Kōndo Ayano?)

Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa (Japanese), Barbara Goodson (English)

Chisato Koudate (小楯 千沙都 Kōdate Chisato?)

Voiced by: Ai Sato (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

Tomatsu Koudate (小楯 保 Kōdate Tomatsu?)

Voiced by: Akimitsu Takase (Japanese), Kim Strauss (English, TV series), Chuck Huber (English, Heaven and Earth)

Yukie Kariya (狩谷 由紀恵 Kariya Yukie?)

Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

Kyousuke Mizoguchi (溝口 恭介 Mizoguchi Kyōsuke?)

Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (Japanese), John Smallberries (English, TV series), Chris Rager (English, Heaven and Earth)

Ikumi Nishio (西尾 行美 Nishio Ikumi?)

Voiced by: Hisako Kyoda (Japanese), June Ellis (English, TV series), Juli Erickson (English, Heaven and Earth)

Jeremy Lee Marcy (ジェレミー・リー・マーシー Jeremi Lii Maashii?)

Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Anastasia Munoz (English)

Ian Kamp (イアン・カンプ Ian Kamp?)

Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Andrew Chandler (English)

New U.N.[edit]

Michio Hino (日野 道生 Hino Michio?)

Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (Japanese), Jack Bauer (English)

Canon Memphis (カノン・メンフィス Kanon Memphis?)

Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English, TV series), Morgan Garrett (English, Heaven and Earth)

Mitsuhiro Bartland (ミツヒロ・バートランド Mitsuhiro Bartland?)

Voiced by: Katsuji Mori (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)

Youji Hino (日野 洋治 Hino Yōji?)

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Chris Kent (English)

Festum[edit]

Mjölnir (ミョルニア Miyorunia?)

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Lynn Fischer (English, TV series), Jennifer Seman (English, Heaven and Earth)

Idun (イドゥン Idoun?)

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese), Kim Strauss (English)

Characters in Left of Right[edit]

Ryou Masaoka (将陵 僚 Masaoka Ryō?)

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano

Yumi Kouma (生駒 祐未 Kōma Yumi?)

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida

Karin Kuramae (蔵前 果林 Kuramae Karin?)

Voiced by: Akiko Kimura

Other Characters[edit]

Tsubaki Minashiro (皆城 乙姫 Minashiro Tsubaki?)

Voiced by: Tamaki Nakanishi (Japanese), Mela Lee (English, TV series), Kristi Kang (English, Heaven and Earth)

Miwa Hino (日野 美羽 Hino Miwa?)

Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)

Terminology[edit]

Fafner Types[edit]

Mark I-III+XI apparently share the same body design, as do Mk.VI & VII and IV & VIII, respectively, according to the Memorial Book.

Festum Types[edit]

Weapons[edit]

These are all listed and used in the anime and/or game.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The series features two pieces of theme music and one insert theme. Angela performed the opening theme entitled "Shangri-La", the insert theme "Proof" in episode 15, and the ending theme "Separation". Sōkyū no Fafner: RIGHT OF LEFT, a 50-minute prequel special to the television series, aired on December 29, 2005. The ending theme "Peace of Mind" for the special was also performed by Angela. The TV series was originally licensed by Geneon under the shortened title, Fafner, but has since been out of print.[2] The series is set make its North American television debut on the Funimation Channel on October 29, 2012.[3]

A film, titled Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor: Heaven and Earth premiered in Japan on 25 December 2010. Once again, Angela performed all theme songs (image, opening and insert) for the film. "FORTUNES" and "Rikai to Hakai e no Prelude (Prelude to Comprehension and Destruction)" are used as image theme song for the movie. "Sōkyū (Azure)" is used as ending theme and "Sayonara no Toki Kurai Hohoen de (At Least, Smile When We Are Saying Goodbye)" is used as insert theme for the movie.

According to a twitvideo post from lead vocalist Atsuko of the Japanese music group angela, a sequel to the Fafner in the Azure series has been green-lit for production. The announcement was originally made at the live streaming event, Soukyuu Sakusen, which was for the film. The sequel, titled, Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor: -EXODUS-; is confirmed to be released on the first quarter of 2015.[4][5] The movie will take place 2 years after Heaven and Earth.

At New York Anime Festival/New York Comic Con 2011, Funimation Entertainment had announced that both the TV series and film were both licensed and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.[6]

Light novel[edit]

A novelization of the series was written by Tow Ubukata, and featured illustrations by Hisashi Hirai. It was published in English by Digital Manga Publishing.

Video games[edit]

Fafner in the Azure was adapted into a video game released for the PlayStation Portable in early 2005. It follows almost directly to the storyline with two bonus missions and also features new weapons such as the dimension gun. It offers a unique style of gameplay being a 3-Dimensional, real-time Role-Playing-Game (RPG).

In 2009, the series made its debut into the long-running Super Robot Wars series as a part of Super Robot Wars K for the Nintendo DS. It returns in 2013 in Super Robot Wars UX for the Nintendo 3DS, which also marks the debut of the series' movie sequel, Heaven and Earth.

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