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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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08/07/2008 Archived Entry: "Novel Review: Fafner: Dead Aggressor"

Fafner: Dead Aggressor
Written by Tow Ubukata
Published by Digital Manga Publishing
ISBN-10: 1569708207
ISBN-13: 978-1569708200

Review by Linda Yau

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Tatsumiya Island is the last location where humans live after an alien life form known as the Festum wiped out the rest of the world. This is where Kazuki Makabe lives with his father, and schoolmates. He dreams of when he could someday leave the island to somewhere, where he didn't know anyone However that is not happen as the Festum discover the island and is making attempts to overtake it.

Kazuki is entreated upon to become the pilot of the Fafner Mark Elf, a humanoid robot able to have the best ability to skirmish in close combat. In many ways this series is similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion, with the psychological aspect of the pilot, unwilling to go into combat, but must, and of how teenagers are expected to fight. There has been an 26-episode anime that have came from this series, with this book seemingly to be the prequel in novel format. There are several pages detailing brief character profiles toward the beginning of the book.

I found this book to be an okay read, I got drawn into the book toward the middle of the book when, Kazuki realizes something was quite wrong. I was quite confused by the characters, so there is the helpfulness of the dossier, but I would have hope there would be more pictures, than the one at the front and the back. There are several sections, one or two parts are told in flashback. I had hope there would be an epilogue, but not really - there is an author's afterword though.

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