Plenty of burning villages this season.
Fairy gone does look promising, though. I didn’t expect much from it and picked it purely because of aesthetics — it features military, Europe-inspired setting and fairies, and that surely sounds like a kind of show I would enjoy — and because its title reminds me of Yousei Teikoku for some reason. The band describes themselves as “the ones from the lost land of fairies”, after all. Well, surprisingly, in the end the first episode turned out to be rather captivating. I liked the overall atmosphere, I liked the music, I liked the characters… And reading through various discussions I figured I’d probably be one of a few people to actually watch it. Oh well.
The episode starts with a small info-dump, telling us of a war to unify several lands into an empire, if I’ve got that right. And here comes the first thing I like about the show so far (well, aside there being a war, I mean). The authors have actually presented us with a map, showing location, name and banner of each country as well as location of some cities and villages. I like maps, because they allow for better understanding of geography of a fictional world, so they are always welcome.
Now, back on topic, apparently, that was a great war that engulfed the whole continent and left its mark on each of main characters in one way or another. And some of them were more lucky than the others… For Maria and Veronica it brought a terrible tragedy upon them. Their village, Suna, located near the Feenwald, was burned to the ground, the two girls being the sole survivors.
Looks like it was destroyed by the army of Kal-O, and it’s commander originated from that village too. I guess, it’s safe to assume that the reason behind that has something to do with people of that village being special in a sense that they can communicate with fairies directly.
First, Free mentions that fairy primordials are invisible to the eye unless they are placed in a special bottle. But later it turns out that’s not the case for Maria, who continues to see one even after it breaks free. Second, if I remember correctly from the promo materials, fairies do not possess humans directly, they possess animals, and those, who are known as fairy soldiers, get an organ of possessed animal transplanted to them. However, that again isn’t the case for Maria (and likely for Veronica as well), as the fairy directly enters her body. That may also be the reason why Veronica’s and Maria’s fairies seem so unusual.
Speaking of fairy bottles, they remind me of something I came up with, when thinking about a ZanZarah and Izetta crossover. Maybe I should post it here someday…
So, it seems, either the government of Kal-O tried to prevent something from falling into the hands of the enemy, be it the power itself or some secrets behind it, or it was the decision the commander made on his own.
By the way, I found the concept of fairy soldiers to be fascinating. Looking at fights in this episode it’s easy to imagine how efficient they would be on a battlefield. I like how they combine personal skills with the powers of their fairies, that looks very impressive. Veronica is specifically deadly, for one. Besides, here the show touches upon an interesting subject. Now that the war is over, for fairy soldiers there’s nothing left to do. Moreover, they are considered dangerous, and people generally seem to be afraid of them (or, at least, they are afraid of fairies). So I’m curious to find out how the government deals with them and how they are integrated into post-war society. Before I’ve started watching the show I though I would have been more interested in the conflict itself, but this episode proved me wrong.
And in a way the idea behind them does align with the description of Yousei Teikoku — fairy soldiers are considered to be a relic, there are probably very few of them left out there, and they likely prefer not to act in the open. So, the last ones connected with fairies…
Speaking of characters, Marie’s the one I liked the most. A tinge of naivety and her ability to focus on things that are important to her so much that she completely forgets about her surroundings make her endearing. Determination with which she pursues Veronica, or her desire to protect the fairy from bullets strongly appeal to me. Veronica and Free both look interesting in their own way, but I feel like I need to learn more about them to say anything in particular. I wonder, what’s that ancient page Veronica and the scientist are after, though. It seems to appear in the opening too.
By the way, one more thing I liked about this anime is that, judging from the opening, the authors have created an actual alphabet. Since it appears along with kanji in credits, I think it’s possible to decipher it, and probably I’ll even get to it when I have time. But I do appreciate such attention to detail.
And I also like the way the summon of fairies is shown, the fact that they are bound to a person’s heart.
So, overall this anime combines a lot of things I like. And I think I’m carefully optimistic about it. I hope it presents us with a solid story, and I’m eager to see more of it’s beautiful action scenes.