Fairy Gone [Review]
- Studios: P.A. Works
- Source: Original
- Genres: Action, Demons, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy
- Synopsis: “Fairies possess and reside within animals, granting them special powers. By surgically removing and transplanting the organs of a possessed animal into a human, humans can partially summon the fairy and use it as a weapon. Eventually, such individuals were used for war, and were called “Fairy Soldiers.” After a long war, these soldiers lost their purpose, and had to reintegrate into society. Nine years after the end of the war, Maria is a fresh recruit of “Dorothea,” an organization dedicated to the investigation and suppression of fairy-related crimes and incidents. Even in peacetime, the government is still unstable after the war. Many criminals still have lingering wounds from the previous conflict, and there are terrorist groups bent on revenge.” – Anime News Network
P.A. Works comes in hot with an original anime with an original story filled with great world-building and a very peculiar setting. While I do enjoy original stories the pacing of Fairy Gone leaves a lot to be desired. It focuses too much on the politics and the history of the world of Fairy Gone. And though slow stories are a bad thing, Fairy Gone is way too slow and never gets to the point. The show is one-half Free and Marlya accomplishing a variety of missions and another half of political standings as well as flashbacks. Feels like one big filler than a continuous story.
Artwork & Animation:
The overall art and animation are quite good, from normal character movement to impactful fighting animations. The character designs were my favorite part of the art. The CG monsters ended up being a lot better than I was expecting them to be. While it did break the immersion of the story a bit because of the sudden change in FPS, it was cool to see their designs and fighting styles.
While there are a lot, and I mean A LOT, of characters in the show, but we only know Free and Marlya well. The other members of Dorothea get hints of character development but not enough to establish them as their own unique character. Aside from Dorothea
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
(K)NoW_NAME (known for their contribution to the Hai to Gensou no Grimgar which is an excellent show by the way…) makes their presence known throughout the soundtrack and gave Fairy Gone’s slow story a big OOMPH if you know what I’m saying. Aside the (K)NoW_NAME vocal tracks…the soundtrack doesn’t stand out that much. It focuses on a combination of medieval and modern orchestra sound but doesn’t create the impact it needed to.
I spent more time trying to tie the story elements together than actually enjoying the show. And the moment that I actually enjoyed was ruined because of the change in art style from 2D to CGI. So you can imagine how that was.
With a large world and many characters, Fairy Gone spans far too long and creates a rather complicated and drawn out story, despite having a well-rounded soundtrack. While the character designs and art look great, the use of CGI for certain elements breaks the immersion and creates awkward moments throughout.
Best Girl: Veronica Thorn
While she is the antagonist of the show and hardly gets any screen time this season, Veronica is an interesting and tough character. Her fighting style and mysterious history left me craving more!
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