I haven't seen the anime yet, but I decided to watch the movie anyway. Seemed like a good idea since the story was well rounded and offer enough information. Even people like me who haven't seen the anime can follow the plot without any problems.
It's amazing how peace and everyday life can easily switch into chaos and destruction. It was very interesting and entertaining (but at times also disturbing) watching this anime movie. The music really intensified the experience, which means it was chosen well. Action parts were pretty impressive and enjoyable. At times it seemed like they were fighting angels..
I think any SF and mecha fan will enjoy this movie. It was full of fights, action, personal drama and heroic acts. Don't miss this one, it's really worth watching.
Two years after the end of the original Soukyuu no Fafner TV series, Tatsumiya Island and its surviving residents have returned to some semblance of recovery. However, things have become desperate for our hero, Kazuki; nearly blind now, and partially crippled from his battles with the Festum two years earlier, he clings to the promise his fallen friend Soushi made to him to return to the island and set things right again. Kazuki's hopes flare when a lifeform is detected within an unmanned submarine that comes floating into Tatsumiya Bay one night, but the person aboard isn't Soushi; it is a mysterious "boy" named Misao Kurusu who may not be entirely human, and who claims to have been sent by Soushi. With Misao's arrival, hostilities break out anew between the Human Army and the Festum, and the Fafner pilots are thrown into the most desperate battle of their lives--this time, with the fate of TWO races riding on their shoulders.
Director: Toshimasa Suzuki
Screenplay: Tow Ubukata
Music: Tsuneyoshi Saito
Running Time: 88 minutes