"RahXangelion" is the word I felt best summed up my viewing of Fafner: Dead Aggressor. More than a passionate love letter to two of the greatest giant mech/angst-ridden melodramas of the anime universe, it's a ravenous note from a stalker who wants nothing more than to attain the same level of recognition as those who inspired it.
That's the feeling I couldn't shake with Fafner, which thrilled with its gold-plated antagonists and delightfully weird opening and closing, but coasted along at a frustratingly slow pace and introduced far too many characters at a time. I commend it for making the attempt at following in the footsteps of a genre with established hitmakers, but this isn't a series you'll want to view in lieu of other, more ambitious sagas. 6.0/10