Second season of Fairy Gone.
Fairy gone is a series that I rather badly want to like, as I think it has some of the year’s best visuals, Marlya is one of my favorite characters of the year, and the world-building is quite rich and intricate. The main flaw with the first season was the reverse than what normally happens: it got so wrapped up in its world-building and its tone-setting that director Kenichi Suzuki and series writer Ao Jūmonji neglected to assemble a compelling storyline or even any real degree of enthusiasm. Jūmonji has made the slower and more methodical story approach work before – he is the creator of Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, after all – but that previous success involved a story told on a much smaller and more personal scale. He didn’t sufficiently adjust the storytelling approach for the much grander stage here, and that cost the first season dearly.
It’s still too early to tell whether or not that will continue to be a problem this season. While continuing to clean up the mess from the attack from last season’s climax, the episode spends the bulk of its time on a series of flashbacks to more fully flesh out the backstory involving the “fairy village” of Suna. Some of this is ground the series has tread before, but this time it goes into much more exacting detail about how Marlya ended up being called a “cursed child” and provides a vague implication that Veronica’s life also might have been spared by the self-sacrifice of Suna’s Guardians (as she would have been a prime candidate for sacrifice as a “blessed child”). It also better fleshes out Ray Dawn’s reasoning for why he destroyed Suna: he believed that making Fairy Soldiers gave humans dangerous levels of power, so he sought to cut off the ability to create more by removing those most sensitive to bonding with fairies. And if that meant he had to commit evil to stop even greater evil, so be it. That implies that he’s not actually on a power trip but is instead winding a torturous path towards eliminating fairies from combat.
As interesting as that logical progression is, the episode still ultimately suffers from being a bit too repetitious and methodical. The technical merits are still there, but the series badly needs an injection of stimulant to get something going here. Otherwise this could be the first drop of the season for me from among the shows I intend to follow. You can also free Fairy Gone 2nd Season anime watch online and free download.