In Fairy Gone episode 1, "Ash-Covered Girl," Mariya Noel and Veronica Thorne barely escaped the brutal destruction of Suna, the fairy village, at the hands of Ray Dawn and his army. That army set fire to the village and the surrounding forest, and as fairy primordials fall all around them, Mariya and Veronica try to escape. Unfortunately, they get separated. Nine years later, Mariya thinks she's found her old friend, but there's a problem: her old friend is trying to steal a precious artifact, and Mariya's new boss, Free Underbar, is paying her to prevent the theft. Will Mariya be able to reunite with her old friend? And what will happen if Mariya touches a fairy primordial that escaped from its cage?
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3 Favorite Moments
I have a feeling neither Mariya nor Free lie very often; they're both terrible at it. Capture from the Funimation stream.
I liked the vibe I got the first time Mariya and Free met. She was poking around behind the scenes as the auction got underway. You got a clear impression that she probably should have been doing something else, but she was either just enjoying herself by looking at the merchandise or she was looking for something in particular. Free shows up and tells her to get to her post (5:54). As she apologizes, she realizes she doesn't remember his name. He gives it to her, and he chides her for not remembering it, but then admits he might have forgotten to tell her. She admits that "Maybe I wasn't listening closely" (6:17). I came away from the scene with the impression that neither of them were there for the stated purposes and both were pursuing some agenda. Not only that, but there were both more or less honest people -- they both admitted they might have been at fault. Yeah, it's a minor thing, but I love those kinds of character moments!
Veronica wasn't exactly overjoyed to see her old friend. Capture from the Funimation stream.
The auction house is clearing out because Veronica Thorne's attack scared everyone off. Everyone, that is, except Free and Mariya. When Veronica manifests her fairy, Free is unfazed. We saw earlier that he had been a fairy soldier, so he's used to that kind of thing. Mariya comes running out, aims her rifle, and freezes. She recognizes Veronica! We saw the two of them in the opening sequence that showed Ray Dawn destroying the fairy's village and forest. Two little girls, apparently Veronica and Mariya, had escaped, with Veronica being the older of the two. Apparently, Mariya has been searching for her, and she's overjoyed to finally find her (10:33). Veronica, though, is considerably less happy to see her old friend. And Free? He's just curious -- curious enough to pause his attack -- but not stop it entirely. I have a feeling we just saw one of the main conflicts for this series.
Guess they never learned not to bring a gun to a fairy fight... Capture from the Funimation stream.
We had hints earlier when Veronica first launched her attack, but it happened almost too fast to see. We got confirmation as Veronica was trying to escape. The other guards opened fire on her, heedless of the safety of the fleeing patrons or of Free's orders for them to stop firing (12:57). Veronica still charged the guards and slashed their forearms with her knife. Immediately, her fairy changed into a black cloud, entered the attackers, and destroyed them from within (13:16). It was visually effective as the black cloud, almost acting like a liquid, exploded out of their eyes, mouth, and ears.
Did you notice the nation called Fanatica on the map they showed near the beginning of the episode? Is that where all the fanatics come from? I didn't realize they self-identified like that...
I really hope we find out more about why Ray Dawn torched Suna and the fairy forest. Also, I hope he gets his -- I'm kinda tired of seeing humans trash the environment and get away with it. Seeing the dying fairies spiraling down through the smoke was really sad.
The shot only lasted a couple of seconds, but it was tragic to see the fairy primordials dying in the flames. Capture from the Funimation stream.
I'm a big fan of this show's animation style -- even the CG. I think both the 2D and CG animation is beautiful. The characters eyes in particular seem so expressive!
The soundtrack was effective, too -- particularly during Veronica's escape and Mariya's desparate attempt to save the fairy primordial. There were time when I wondered if this series is going to be a lot of style over substances, and I realized that if this was going to be the style, I'd be okay with that. At least to a point!
And that's probably my take on this first episode. We got a lot of exposition, and we're left with a lot of questions. For example, why did ray Dawn decide to destroy the village and forest? Mariya didn't have a fairy within her before, but Free did. How does that work? Why didn't Veronica want to reconcile with Mariya?
Free seemed pretty happy to cut loose! Capture from the Funimation stream.
At this stage of the game, I think these are questions that narrative wants us to ask. It's a very different beginning than Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, which started off by kicking us right in the gut. This seems to be taking its time to setup some important questions, and given how beautiful I think the show looks, I'm willing to give it some time to develop.
I adore strong women, and this show doesn't seem to be shy about presenting two of them. Both Veronica and Mariya seem not only strikingly beautiful, but they're both exceedingly dangerous. We saw Veronica's knife-work, and did you see Mariya's rifle? That was a qualify firearm!
I'm looking forward to seeing what this show does with these characters and situations.
What did you think of the animation? What were our favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
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