Mid-Season Episodic Mutterings: Fairy Gone – Decomposing from Disappointment (Spring 2019)

The first two episodes of Fairy Gone didn’t impress me in the least, as it came off very cliché. Actually, I did like the fight sequence in the second episode and was curious to learn more about the dynamics of fairies during battles because of it. However, that also compelled me to go ahead and watch another four weeks’ worth of content, and as I sit here writing this introduction, I feel nothing but 10,000 leagues of regret.

Episode 3:

Seems like everyone is after the Black Fairy Tome thingy and most of those people end up slurping spirits in a room as they try to figure out which one of them, if any, are in possession of it.

This show is outrageously vague. It expresses the least amount of plot possible while taking up twenty minutes to do so. I think the only other anime this season that can give Fairy Gone a run for it’s money in that regard is Afterlost. Nonetheless, it’s not completely atrocious to watch.

I love seeing the different types of fairies and I am intrigued by the Black Fairy Tome. It seems like some kind of ultimate power artefact that may be the key to  fairy possession. Yet, instead of concentrating on one big narrative goal, the series keeps throwing a bunch of acquainted characters into a blender and shooting out ambiguous backstories that may or may not contribute to current “plot” elements to keep things interesting and unpredictable. It’s mostly just frustrating and kind of boring.

The action sequences are nice to look at and that is one of the main things keeping me around. The animation surrounding the fairy summons themselves are still clunky and far from seamless. It’s also a bit humdrum that in every single encounter every person seems to have the fairy power, making it less unique and badass.

My guess for what comes in the next episode is going to be another blast-from-the-past who—GASP—is also after the Black Fairy Tome. What I want is some depth to be given to the story so that there are fewer dangling ends to tie up. Trying to do too much for the sake of shock or intrigue is rarely a good idea.

Episode 4:

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but there were no past acquaintances making an appearance in this episode! Instead, we watch as the Ministry fumbles a grand opportunity, go chasing their fumble in an effort to remedy it, and meet some new Mafia members along the way.

There’s not a lot in this series that I feel overtly connected to, but I’m really like Marlya. It could be her beautiful eyes, or her wholesome personality, or maybe the fact that she’s a total badass with a rifle—whatever the reasoning, she makes me want to keep watching. Her partnership with Free isn’t terrible either. They have good camaraderie and a non-sexual, non-romantic chemistry that makes their exchanges quite pleasant.

The scenery in Fairy Gone is also something else that is pleasurable to me. As an anime aesthetic and anime scenery junkie, they have been visually charming. The fairies that aren’t summons (the little ones typically in jars or cages) are super cute and it makes me sad to see them imprisoned. However, it does also make me curious as to what fairies are capable of beyond their powers. Do they have weaknesses or other limitations? With Marlya is seems that a possessive fairy is only as good as it’s human container’s energy or stamina.

There wasn’t much of anything else in the episode four beyond watching the Ministry gain the Black Fairy Tome only to have it stole from under their lunch plates, and then watching them try their damndest to get it back. They are coming off as such a weak player in this treasure hunting foreplay that all of these organisations have going on. Yet, their uselessness makes me question if there’s some grander scheme out there, maybe a ploy of corruption, that will change the tables later on.

Episode 5:

The fight scenes that ended the previous episode are wrapped up in this one, and we get a tiny smidge of Marlya and Veronica’s past.

The flashback of their past leads me to believe that a corrupt old man decimated an entire village out of ostracization of something he doesn’t understand and is thus too afraid of it to understand it. Or in an effort to hoard the power, he destroys the village and tries to obtain full control of it. Based on that, the girls eventually part ways. One of them takes a noble route and the other one, unable to let go of her anger, seeks vengeance, turning into a dark and bitter human. Granted none of this has been explicitly stated in the series. I’m not sure Fairy Gone has any idea how to be upfront or forthcoming with… well, anything relevant. However, that’s what I’ve managed to piece together here and there.

The flashback probably showed up to provide a thin and weak layer of context to Veronica telling Marlya to essentially fuck-off because she’s a totally different person now than as a child. Yet, Marlya being the clichéd woman of honour that she is shall more than likely ignore Ver’s emo walk-away last words.

That was the entire plot (if you can call it that) portion of the episode. The fight scenes were unnecessarily drawn out with more fairy battles that illustrate they can do whatever they please, even if it’s been mildly established that they cannot (being summoned again immediately after decimating in a battle). Free’s fight came off better choreographed than the ladies versus Sado-dude, but it was extremely short-lived.

I’m really not understanding the point of Fairy Gone at all. There is very little to no cohesive storyline. Most of it feels like it’s being written on a whim with the barest amount of thought. The animation continues to be a mess. The characters are all so one-dimensional and bland. The cute cat creature is literally the only thing that has gotten me excited. Okay, cat anything can get me excited, but that is besides the point. I see potential from the crumbs that have fallen here and there, but they are all from different cookies and cakes that I’ve now got a tummy ache just thinking about it (yay, I suck at analogies).

Episode 6:

Okay, so two things happened during this episode: the latest version of the artificial fairy soldier dudes malfunctioned, and Dorothea got a new lead on the whereabouts of the Black Fairy Tome. A third bonus thing that occurred was my complete and total boredom.

The past segments did a job of bullshitting to avoid any actual development. However, this week, it took the cake further and just stopped giving a crap altogether. I mean, I was so bored that I couldn’t wait for the episode to finish so that I could just do something else. Twenty-four minutes had never felt like 24-hours before (slight melodrama).

Keeping with the trend of the failing to do their jobs correctly, it seems that the mafia once again had inside information on the Black Fairy Tome, which may give them an edge up on obtaining it before everyone else. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was someone high up in the ranks secretly working for the mafia.

I can’t comment too much on the malfunctioning artificial fairy-bots because, truthfully speaking, I stopped caring about it. It felt like another godawful attempt at circulating intrigue where there truly isn’t any to be found. The sheer lack of depth and contextualising material has made Fairy Gone one of the hollowest anime serials that I have seen in years. I’m getting flashbacks to the simulcasting of Elegant Yōkai Apartment Life.

A large part of me wants to drop it as soon as possible, but there is teeny, tiny other part (that needs to be smacked) that feels like I have already invested so much time into it, I might as well see it through to the end. I haven’t heard any news of a second season yet (yay!), and if that ever happens, I will probably laugh from shock and the decompose from sadness.

2 thoughts on “Mid-Season Episodic Mutterings: Fairy Gone – Decomposing from Disappointment (Spring 2019)

  1. Well I guess they all can’t be winners? It seems like the creators had some cool ideas but no way to connect them into a good story.

    • This one is definitely faaaar from being a winner, which is a shame because the premise isn’t a bad one.

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