- Shouko Hazama getting in the Fafner to fight. She proceeds to absolutely thrash the Festum which was attacking, before tying herself to it and blasting off into the sky, where she proceeds to self destruct, simultaneously destroying her own unit and the Festum, killing herself in a BIG Heroic Sacrifice. Sure, it was also a Tear Jerker, but she did fight valiantly and literally went out with a bang.
- "Wait for 5 more seconds". You know the scene. Also a CMOH.
- Most of the cast confessing to tampering with Maya's pilot data.
- Maya Toumi spends the first two thirds of the series on the sidelines before getting to pilot. When she does, she gets put as a backup, and when she goes into battle for the first time, the rest of the cast is worried about protecting her. In said battle, things start going south when a Festum starts assimilating Sakura - the rest of the cast tries to stop it to no avail...until Maya arrives and nails it with a perfect sniper shot into its weak point. The remaining Festum tries to dive down on Maya from above, and she easily shoots that one down as well. Those at Mission Control are left in awe.
- Soushi in the final episode:
"That, Festum, is pain! Would you like to know the name of the tactic I showed you? It's the War Of Attrition! The tactic of enduring pain!"
- Combines with Crowning Moment of Funny. In the finale after Kazuki and the Mark Sein had been absorbed into the Festum world and it looks like he might get out of it, the Mark Nicht with Idun appears in the real world proclaiming "I'm still here!". Only to be covered in crystals and assimilated by the Sein and Kazuki. Those who hated Idun this comes off as both awesome and funny.
- Michio's reaction to learning that the New U.N. is planning to blow up Tatsumiyajima. He steals the Megatherion, uses it to tear through the bay where it was held while yelling "I quit the New U.N.!", and flies to the island to join the battle on their side.
Heaven and Earth
- One Big Damn Heroes moment, courtesy of Koyo as the Mark Vier, at your service.
- Kenji certainly gets over all of his issues and saves the crew from various "death flags" from the TV series.
- Meta one: the eclipse in the first episode will happen in real life.
- The debut battle of Reo, Sui and Mimika. Definitely a better first showing than most of their seniors (though the experiences of said seniors probably helped a lot).
- And the fact that Soushi is taking orders from Sui.
- Episode 7, the Heroic Second Wind of all the Fafner pilots, coming back from being defeated to Curb-Stomp Battle after they unlock an additional power similar to Mark Sein's.
Mimika: When the Gou sign shines in the mechanical forearm, the inherited soul is an unbreakable sword! Super Ultimate Attack: GOU SPAAAAAARK!!!
- Mark Zwolf, after Seri miraculously came back from the verge of death, holds the Festum with a grapple and finishes it off with a Black Hole attack. You know, the same one used by Granzon.
- Susanoo gained the power of instantaneous teleportation, which Leo later weaponized to take out the barrier generating Festum, by teleporting to dodge all its attacks and finished off by attacking from 2 directions.
- Amaterasu gained Not Unlimited Weapon Works, the power to materialize weapons directly from the hangar storage. Later, Sui uses the ability to summon several weapons directly on the Hand Cannon Festum, finishing it off. Archer will be proud of you, Sui.
- Tsukuyomi gained the power to fire the Aegis Shield even at opponents, trapping them or as a means to attack. It also gained the power to use the Worm Cutter attacks (Which was previously only used by Festums), which Mimika used to take out the four armed Festum, with a In the Name of the Moon speech.
- Mark Neun assimilates 3 Norns turning them into a Wave Motion Gun, which finishes off the Ousia type Festum. The flock that was protecting it? They can't stop the blast and the rest was taken out by the other Norns.
- All these happened with "Exist" playing in the background.
- The stare off between all 5 Fafners and Walker, later joined by Mark Sein and Mark Nicht, is truly a sight to behold.
- In episode 9, Sein and Nicht (out of their limiters) finally get in on the action, and it's every bit as amazing as you'd expect it to be. To put it simply, their arrival turns the entire hopeless battle into a Curb-Stomp Battle in their favor. It must be seen to be believed.
- "Sono Toki, Soukyuu e" only serves to make this scene even more epic.
- In Episode 10 Kazuki and Soushi go all out on the Srinagar's Azazel-type Roadrunner, and though it's less of a Curb-Stomp Battle than the previous episode, and requires a lot of effort, it is even more awesome.
- Actually, the CMOA of the above should go to Roadrunner. Given that Sein and Nicht are just too overpowered to those Festum, Roadrunner manages to shrug off almost all of their attacks with little to no damage, and even heavily damages Sein in the progress; it takes the Combination Attack of the two to destroy it, yet the core still manages to escape.
- Admit it, in Episode 15 nothing is more awesome than Soushi teleports away from his 2-on-1 fight against another Azazel-type Aviator and let loose on the advancing Human Army, warning them to leave by disabling most Fafners with Worm Spheres and Homing Lasers, with zero casualties. Given what happened in the last episode though, you would expect Soushi would simply send them straight into hell.
- It should be mentioned that Soushi manages to sound like a living nightmare with just one word. He says "Leave" in the lowest, most threatening way possibe and comes across more dangerous in that one moment than any other pilot in the entire series.
- Episode 17 gives us Kazuki finally returns and, together with Canon, takes down the Walker in a truly awesome way. Too bad it's still part of the Bad Future which Canon didn't want.
- Part-meta, the new Opening sequence since Episode 18 is a combination of CMOA, CMOH and Tear Jerker all at once. They managed to produce an opening animation which links up the past (from Right of Left, original anime and Heaven and Earth), present and the future, while reminding the audience that no sacrifices are left unremembered. It must be seen to be believed.
- Not just that, the full version of DEAD OR ALIVE includes callbacks and direct lines from Shangri-la, Soukyuu and Exist, literally all the iconic songs from the franchise.
- Episode 19. "I have managed to saved them, Kazuki." Welcome back, Kouyo.
- The entire Tatsumiyajima team fight against the Festum in Episode 20, points include Kouyo killing Walker with one sword slice, and Seri literally eat up the Leviathan-type from inside.
- Kouyo manages to go one-on-one against Walker without his unit being upgraded to Einhenjar Model is a CMOA for him.
- Walker survived.
- While even one Aeros-type in Heaven and Earth is Nightmare Fuel incarnate, Kurusu and his fleet of Aeros type pulling a Big Damn Heroes for Tatsumiyajima forces in Episode 22 is a sight to behold.
- Just when everyone forget Maya is of of the top pilots from Tatsumiyajima, in Episode 23 she curbstomps Keith and another from Argos Platoon, and KILLS Dustin after a vicious brawl. That's what happen when you finally makes a girl like her snap.
- Jonathan!Festum in Mark Raison with the support of Vargant proves that it is the most powerful Fafner to date by one-shotting the Crawler which gave Soushi troubles in past episodes, and even absorbing its core through a wormhole. It's surely a good thing for it on the good guy's side. Unfortunately it is also Nightmare Fuel, as now it is an enemy.
- In Episode 24, the Zero Fafner returning to battle during the assault on Watatsumijima aka Atlantis.
- Rina, of all people, comes up with a plan to beat Walker once and for all: when the Zero Fafner's Resonance Blaster is sent back towards them, have Sui use his power to call the second blast to him so he can redirect it and hit Walker's core from a different angle. It works, and Tatsumiya's arch-nemesis throughout Exodus looks to be down for good this time.
- Not to mention Akira's Heroic Sacrifice by blocking Vagrant's Babel's Tower from assimilating Ashoka while bearing Zero Fafner's side effect all by himself, as Rina passed out.
- The Festum have two CMOA in this battle. First, as mentioned above, Vagrant absorbs Zero Fafner's Resonance Blaster and shoot it back by deploying a wormhole protecting Walker's core; second, when the Tatsumiyajima's pilots face Diablo-type for the first time, they are on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle. Keep in mind that they're battle-hardened enough against Walker's numerous attacks, and it turns out only Kurusu and Kouyo have a chance against them.
- Mark Sein shows us just how powerful it is after Kazuki is blessed by the island's Mir: it throws its Luger Lance at the ground before it arrives, and through it assimilates half the ground-if it hadn't tried that move, a Festum-controlled Kenji would have killed both Reo and Mimika. It also unballs Mimika and completely removes the hardened growths of her SDP's side effect. Some thought that Sein was underpowered compared to Nicht and Raison; this episode very clearly shows how powerful it actually is.
- Remember how Walker comes up an attack plan against Tatsumiyajima around Episode 19? Well, Vagrant decides to do it again in Episode 25; but this time, with almost all available pilots present at the same time (and their units upgraded), the protagonists stomped the efforts flat.
- After being worfed by Crawler twice, Soushi and Mark Nicht show again how dangerous their combination can be by two-shotting the enormous Leviathan-type which can devour the island and, with the help of Kurusu and Kouyo, literally tear Crawler apart, destroying its core. Simply said, do not fuck with Soushi. He'll rip your fucking heart out.
- Maya gets her Sieben upgraded and it lay a huge tonne of fireworks on Human Army's Fafners. Utilzing multiple precise aiming at extreme range with Sieben's Dragontooth, and disabling them with ease. She's effectively a One Woman Army now.
- Hester Gallop is commonly considered to have no redeeming qualities. It doesn't stop her from nuking Vagrant without warning, and gives a chance for the Tatsumiyajima crew to kill it. Personal agenda or not, she's fighting for the good of humanity as a whole.
- Related to the above, Sui (with the help of Rina and, unwittingly, Hester) pulled Vagrant down to the Earth from the orbit. It must be his greatest fest so far.
- The Battle for Altair in Episode 26.
- Mark Raison delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle on the protagonists like never before. Granted Jonathan only managed to disable their Fafners without killing anyone, but you know Tatsumiyajima is in deep trouble when even Kazuki, Soushi, Kurusu AND Kouyo can't even manage to stop Jonathan for a little.
- Within the first two minutes of Episode 26, General Burns orders ROE Alpha declared over his entire fleet when Alvis releases a flock of Birds to attempt to talk them down. Parts of the fleet start to rebel, causing the ROE declaration, but Kurusu's Mir's response to ROE Alpha? Ram the enemy carrier, and begin to assimilate it.
- At one point Keith and Billy catch up to Mark Sieben and both grab it so that it would not escape whilst they both detonated Fenrir. Maya, however, used Sieben's Razing Cutters to hack into Keith's Fafner and force-terminate Fenrir, whilst ripping out Billy's Fafner's cockpit, also disabling Fenrir. Keith's response is to open the cockpit and shoot the cable connecting Sieben and her Fafner in half, reactivate Fenrir before her Fafner was knocked away by Maya. Sieben survives, but wasn't that amazing for Keith putting up a fight?
- For one, the entire original cast came back for, Right of Left, Heaven and Earth and Exodus. Considering the large time gap between all four installments this is amazing commitment. Compared to new seasons such as D.Gray-Man Hallow, which got an entire new cast, this is incredible.
- The music department recorded the soundtrack live in Warsaw opera house. They looked all over until they found the perfect spot in freakin' Poland.