Frustrated Review of Anime, Fantastic Children (2005)

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Fantastic Children: An Anime That Deserves… More

I recently came across a rec for Fantastic Children, a 2005 anime I had never heard of. It intrigued me enough that I put down some serious money on a DVD set, as it’s hard to find streaming. And… I understand why it’s forgotten, and it’s a shame because it has immense potential. Like the Star Wars prequels, it fails in the execution. This is an anime that deserves novels worth of fic to flesh it out. On Ao3, it has… two short fics. Alas. Goodbye Fantastic Children; we barely knew you.

Truly, it’s good in a lot of ways. If you like philosophical, complex, somewhat relationship and psychology-oriented anime with a strong Please Save My Earth vibe, it is worth a watch. Spoiler free: A group of mysterious children keep re-appearing across the centuries. What do they want? Perhaps our spunky boy hero can find out. Spoilers beneath the cut Read more… )

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

Arwen Spicer By Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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