Fairy Gone – Anime Preview
Synopsis: From the director of Drifters, and the creator behind Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, comes a war-torn world on the brink of calamity. Able to summon fairies as alter-ego weapons, former soldiers become government dogs, mafia members, and even terrorists in search of purpose beyond the battlefield. Who will maintain the peace they all fought for nine years ago? (Official Funimation Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Fairy Gone starts strong, with an action packing opening that keeps things moving at a brisk pace. While the series blends CGI with traditional animation, the CGI still stands out. I think it works in this case however as the CGI is used exclusively to bring the titular “Fairies” to life, making them truly look like otherworldly creatures, standing out against the traditional art. The presentation is only bolstered by the series’ intriguing premise of discarded supernatural soldiers in the aftermath of a war that utilized them as the means to an end.
Linny: Fairy Gone certainly grabs attention from the get go, but outside of the ridiculous name of Free Underbar, our male protagonist, the heart of Fairy Gone’s plot is actually rather plebeian. The premise may be intriguing, but the character drama is another story. It’s yet another case of two childhood friends separated, ending up on different sides of the law. First is the ‘evil’ one, Veronica Thorn, an angsty individual who claims multiple times that her former self is ‘dead.’ Then there’s the ‘good’ one, Marlya Noel, earnestly wanting to reunite and go back to the good ole’ days. Even the future of the story seems destined to follow familiar beats, with Marlya having to play both sides of the law in order to pursue and likely ‘rescue’ her friend from her ‘evil’ life.
Tom: It’s true that our leads, as presented, aren’t exactly unique. But Fairy Gone’s premiere doesn’t leave a lot of room for characterization, keeping the story moving with a constant flow of action and well integrated exposition (save for a couple places suffering hamfisted dialogue.) What’s here at least provides drama though, keeping Fairy Gone from feeling uneventful or without direction. I’m going to be cautiously optimistic and recommend the series. It needs to let the characters breath in the upcoming episodes, and provide greater nuance for its narrative. If Fairy Gone can make itself feel a little more unique, it might just stand out as one of Spring’s better offerings.
Linny: What Fairy Gone does have going for it is its interesting world with fairies that bond with humans and manifest as novel looking, magical fighting beasts, further bolstered by good art and animation. Fairy Gone is visually stylish with interesting designs, yet plot wise it’s going to take more episodes to tell if it will succeed in elevating its common premise of separated friends. Even if its plot never truly soars, it might still win people over with stylish, action packed showdowns between unique and powerful magical beings. If you appreciate unique looking designs and boombastic one on one fights, you might want to add Fairy Gone to your watch list.
Fairy Gone is available for streaming via Funimation.