Alexei reviewed some collection of this a few months back, and I figured I ought to finally check it out for myself. He asserted that it was an EVANGELION rip-off, but I didn’t think too much about the implications of that. Influence, imitation, homage and outright theft are terms whose differences can get a little fuzzy; and out of the lot, “rip off” really does tend to get thrown around excessively.
That said, if there’s a clearer case of substantiating evidence for a "rip-off!" accusation out there in this larger court of anime fandom, then I honestly can’t think of one. From the Byzantine geometric aliens to the evocation of pseudo-Biblical prophecies to the standard evacuation calls on a coastal community and even then to parenthetical titling… this is all seeming an awful lot like another show I watched a long time ago. == TEASER ==
Yeah yeah… maybe both shows are just riffing on the same common sources of inspiration.
Supposing that is the case, FAFNER really shows that EVA’s strengths lie in its execution as much as its conception, because this still feels like the de-fanged and dried-out version of the two. I was really struggling to keep my attention on this show and wound up just clicking out about halfway through. I almost never get to re-watch material for this site - - and I’m even less interested in watching what feels like a blatant rehash.
Watch this episode, "Beginning (Paradise)" here and decide for yourself.