The BEST Episodes of Fafner
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 6, 2021
Network: TV Tokyo
At the beginning of the story, much of the world has been destroyed by the Festum and the remote Japanese island of Tatsumiyajima (竜宮島?, lit. Dragon Palace Island) has only remained unscathed by virtue of an advanced cloaking shield. The island's young people continue with their daily lives unaware of these events, but after many years of peace a lone Festum discovers Tatsumiyajima and attacks. The adults activate Tatsumiyajima's hidden defense systems and attempt to repel the attacker but to no avail. In desperation they order the deployment of the Fafner Mark Elf but its pilot is killed en route to the hangar. Left with no further options, they send a young boy named Kazuki Makabe as the replacement pilot assisted by Soushi Minashiro from within the Siegfried System.
#1 - Dreaming of Peace
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 28, 2015
The pilots of Tatsumiyajima are struggling more than they expected in the battle when a new power suddenly springs forth. Sui is left terrified after a brush with death, Reo is frustrated after losing in a sword battle, and Seri begins to doubt the very fact that she's alive.
#2 - Pledge (Promise)
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 1, 2004
Shouko's friends and mother express concern over her medical condition. The U.N.'s fleets makes an approach to the island to pick up the Mark Sechs that they requested but is attacked by a Festum along the way.
#3 - Parting (Assimilation)
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 5, 2004
Efforts to rescue Maya and Kyouhei from the island come at a great cost to Kouyou. And Kouyou's friends and family react to the great loss differently.
#4 - Sacrifice (Soaring Sky)
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 15, 2004
Two Festums have appeared, and with Kazuki preoccupied with one of them, Shouko makes a decisive decision to act. Her actions saves the island and she keeps her promises to Kazuki and her mother. But the cost for everyone is too great.
#5 - Parents & Children (Family)
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 22, 2004
Shouko's death is received with mix reactions. Kouyou's and Sakura's performance are tested against Kazuki's Mark Elf. An island showing similarities to the Tatsumiya island is discovered, a team is assembled to investigate.
#6 - Kouyou (Strife)
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 29, 2004
The team arrive on the island and various units set out to explore the apparently uninhabited island. Things go horribly wrong however.
#7 - Symbiosis (The Final Battle)
Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Dec 26, 2004
Kazuki, Maya, Kenji, and Canon, all accompanied by Kyouhei, charge straight towards the entrance of the core in order to rescue Soushi, who is revealed to be inside the core. During the operation, Tsubaki is experiencing the death process to complete the learning process for the Festums to understand life and death. Moreover, she will need to return to the core to complete this process. Kenji maps out a plan of attack, Canon confirms the battle formations, and Maya reminds that all pilots will return back to the island alive. Soushi is being controlled by Idun, who uses the Siegfried System to exploit the weaknesses of the pilots, that being to break their battle formation.
#8 - The Successors
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 31, 2015
Three new pilots have been chosen: Mikado Reo, Kaburagi Sui, and Mikagami Mimika, third-year students at Tatsumiyajima Middle School and juniors to Kazuki and the other pilots. They have received more advanced genetic manipulation than the previous pilots, and each has unique strengths. Hazama Yuuko and Canon prepare their mechs, but the new pilots are dissatisfied with their colors and names... Meanwhile, Fumihiko and Chizuru have the difficult job of notifying the new pilots' families of their children's new placement.
#9 - Two Heroes
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 7, 2015
Srinigar is on the verge of destruction after an attack from an Azazel-type. Emery and the others put up a mental wall to defend the World Tree, but it only causes the Festums to corrode their minds.
#10 - Truth (Labyrinth)
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 18, 2004
Various children on the island are selected for enrollment into the service, much to the dispair of many parents. Meanwhile, Kazuki discovers someone at the basement of the base. A search plane flys in the direction of the island's location. And an enemy appears at a bad time.
#11 - Visitor
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 10, 2015
June 25, 2150. One of the few surviving locations on Earth populated by humans, Hawaii, was attacked by Festums. The Neo United Nations declared ROE Alpha, burning the island and all its survivors to ashes.
#12 - Human Force (Old & New)
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 19, 2004
Kazuki leaves the remote island with Yukie, taking the Fafner Mark Elf with him, arriving at a rundown city. Both Fumihiko and Kyouhei speculate about the sudden departure. After Kazuki and Yukie decide to make camp, they are then attacked by a Festum. Michio Hino and Canon Memphis, both piloting Fafners, appear and annihilate the Festum. However, the two then turn on Kazuki and disable his Fafner. Both Kazuki and Yukie is taken prisoner aboard the Neo UN fleet, having the Fafner Mark Elf in its possession. Soushi tells Maya that Kazuki wanted to escape from the island, though she disagrees with him.
#13 - Battle in a New Dimension
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 21, 2015
Festums cause chaos by attacking Srinagar, the base where the Tatsumiyajima expeditionary force is stationed, from both inside and outside. Maya runs to Yumiko and Miwa, but is shocked when she sees what Miwa looks like after trying to make contact with a Festum.
#14 - The March for Dawn
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 3, 2015
In order to initiate the regrowth of Ashoka the World Tree, the Mir fragment needed for Miwa and Altair to converse, Narain leads the Esperantos and the refugees to a new land. First they head for the Human Army base at Dhaka, accompanied by Kazuki and Soushi, but on the way they encounter a blinding sandstorm... and a swarm of enemies.
#15 - The Oath of the Living
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 7, 2015
The actions of the Human Army send a shock through everyone in the camp. Wounded and desperate for salvation, everyone's true feelings begin to spill forth. Meanwhile, flight from Tatsumiyajima is still impossible and effects on the island ecosystem have grown severe. Their sights turn toward devising an escape, and Alvis depends on the Fafners' SDPs to break free of the current crisis. On top of everything, the pilots' new assimilation phenomena continue to worsen...
#16 - To a New World
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 7, 2015
A giant Azazel-type Festum, called a Walker, attacks Tatsumiyajima, having been observing the island since Emery arrived there. The Walker blasts the shields open and sends Sphinx-types and other Festums inside.
#17 - A Future Within the Darkness
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 2, 2015
A group of emigrants who strayed from the main party have been attacked by Festums. The Fafner unit, excluding Kazuki and Soushi, rush to help, but Kazuki insists that the two of them should have gone out in Sein and Nicht.
#18 - Decoy (Pillage)
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Dec 12, 2004
At a Neo UN development base, Yukie is being tested to pilot the Fafner Mark Nicht, however Idun, who has taken human form, assimilates Yukie and destroys the development facility. Kazuki, Maya, and Canon are unable to bring Kenji back to the Alvis base, following Mamoru's death. Soushi, still in the Siegfried System, faces his past. Kazuki, assisted by Tsubaki, tries to save Soushi. However, Idun suddenly attacks the island and attempts to assimilate the entire base. Though Maya, Michio, and Canon intercept, they are easily defeated. Michio then activates the self-destruction sequence and attempts to ejects, but he is captured and dies in the blast. Also, Soushi disappears, along with the Siegfried System, infuriating Kazuki.
#19 - Tatsumiyajima
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 26, 2015
As the Human Army's large fleet approaches, the voice of Tatsumiyajima finally reaches them in the form of Birds sent by Fumihiko. Human Army forces begin to abandon the Neo UN's cause and aid Tatsumiyajima against the enemy core and those under its manipulation. As the battle goes on, Altair makes its appearance at last...
#20 - Crossing Paths (Disintegration)
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 12, 2004
Hiroto Douma rebels and locks himself up in the school's broadcast room, apparently upset that his dreams of stardom may not be fulfilled.
#21 - Occupation (Awakening)
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 10, 2004
Maya and Kyouhei go on a mission to rescue Kazuki at Moldova base. At the same time, the Neo UN fleet invades the Alvis base, trying to secure the island by taking control of the red female core, revealed to be a Coagula Type Festum, however it has left its container. Meanwhile, Yoji manages to persuade Mjolnir, the Master Type Festum which has assimilated Akane Makabe, to give the Fafner Mark Sein to Kazuki. Yukie, as well as Col. Dudley Barns, questions Fumihiko and Soushi concerning the whereabouts of the female core, but the latter two are unaware of its current location. While Kyouhei fends off the Festum in the laboratory, Yoji gives Maya the research data of the Fafner Mark Sein.
#22 - Future (Sakura)
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 28, 2004
After the pilots relax in the bathhouse, they are told that a training camp will be conducted during the weekend. Meanwhile, Fumihiko deduces that the recent strings of alien invasions may be a diversion to a separate agenda. As the pilots later defeat eight Festums spotted coming towards the island, sunflowers and cherry blossoms spontaneously begin to bloom. During the second phase of the training camp, the pilots are given assigned cleaning duties. They each then deal with their personal feelings and fears after the training camp.
#23 - Power (Protection)
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Dec 5, 2004
Sakura has revealed to have undergone assimilation, due to the recent alien invasion when she was caught by one of the Rare Type Festums. After the pilots defeat three Festums, they all react upon seeing Sakura hospitalized. Fumihiko confronts Tsubaki about the string of alien invasions and the island's change of weather and wildlife. The idea of integrating the Siegfried System within the Fafner Mark Sein is mentioned and discussed at the base. A new Festum appears and counters each attack of the pilots, leaving them unable to fight. Mamoru desperately attempts to immobilize the Festum, while Kazuki successfully runs the lance sword through the Festum. However, Mamoru is killed in the process.
#24 - Departure (Escape)
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 25, 2004
Kazuki rescues the search plane against the commander's orders. Their battle does not go well. And Kazuki's disobediance results in more trouble to come.
#25 - The Name of Hope
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 17, 2015
The Fafners are deployed to save a Human Army transport craft from a Festum. It's the first battle in two years, but Hiroto, Rina, Akira, Sui, and Maya are all smiles as they calmly board the Fafners. They dominate the battle until the experienced Festum unleashes an attack style they've never seen before, leaving the five pilots at a loss. Then unexpected reinforcements arrive...