YMMV: Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor

  • Angst? What Angst?: Soushi invoked this trope in the second episode when his father died. That plus how abrupt the scene was made this troper do a double take to make sure his father really was gone.
  • Broken Base: Viewers are generally divided on the first 10 or so episodes of the first season. Some hate how confusing they are, as the viewer is locked out of the loop on just what is going on, while others appreciate how much it all makes sense upon a rewatch.
    • The show's premise, as a whole. Some people see it as just another Evangelion rip-off, while others laud it as one of the best mecha anime of the decade. And then there's the middle group, who like the show but don't think it's anything amazing.
    • The nature of Kazuki and Soushi's relationship, left ambiguous, has resulted in this. Some people can't see them with anyone else but each other and took the ending of Heaven and Earth as practically cementing their status as an Official Couple. However, they have been dismayed at the lack of focus their relationship has received in Exodus, which hints that Soushi might actually have romantic feelings for Maya, helped by an official relationship chart that states his feelings for her are "romantic?", the question mark leaving it purposefully ambiguous. The fandom is extremely divided on this, either outright rejecting the idea or embracing it, stating that it's been there in subtext since the first season and that it's just progressing slowly albeit naturally.
    • The focus on the third-generation pilots. Some people think it's a refreshing change of pace, while others would rather the show spend more time with its older and more established characters.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Canon. She shows up more than halfway through the original season and is one of the most beloved characters on the show.
    • Mizoguchi is a Badass Normal Friendly Sniper who's managed to survive despite his dangerous line of work. At this point, fans will be very upset if he kicks the bucket.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Yukie, dear sweet God Yukie!
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Soushi/Kazuki in large parts, if not the majority, of the fandom. Look on tumblr and you'll find quite a lot of posts calling for them to become the Official Couple; Soushi/Kazuki seems to be popular in the Japanese fandom as well, considering the amount of fanart of the pairing on Pixiv and the results of a "favorite line" pollnote . While the pairing isn't universally accepted, most fans recognize the subtext.
  • Ho Yay: Kazuki and Soushi, arguably. Could be more of a Relationship Writing Fumble, since Kazuki is also quite clearly shown to have a thing for Maya...
    • ...or not given that not only does Maya repeatedly state that she is not the one Kazuki wants, but also that the series develops more and more towards Kazuki and Soushi as a potential item...
    • Basically, the only thing keeping them from being "official" official is that it hasn't been explicitly stated (Maya's above comment notwithstanding). It's all there on the screen, it's just lacking the words.
    • We have a page for it now.
  • My Real Daddy: While Kazuki Yamanobe wrote the scripts for the first 12 episodes of the series and shared scriptwriting duties with Tow Ubukata until the 15th episode, fans rarely mention him due to preferring the writing of the episodes after Ubukata took over. It helps that Ubukata has written every animated installment in the series since, as well as the Light Novel adaptations and drama CDs.
  • Rewatch Bonus: The first 10 episodes are intentionally designed to let the viewer know only as much about what's going on as Kazuki does, which amounts to about jack shit (and is the reason those episodes aren't considered very interesting to watch your first time through). Second time through the series, there are tons of little things that make complete sense now that you understand the nature of the Festum.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: While arguments over ships are generally much more civilized and polite than in other fandoms, there are vehement defenders of both Soushi/Kazuki and Soushi/Maya. The only thing that people can seem to agree on is that Kazuki has some sort of feelings for Soushi, regardless of whether or not they're returned.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Tatsumiya Island uses a lot of Norse mythology for its suit and weapons nomenclature, including the eponymous Fafner, Lindwurm, Fenrir, and Garm, but it's also perfectly willing to borrow from Greek (Medusa, Aegis, Titan), French (Durandal), and Hebrew (Solomon). The UN variants are named for the Greek words Megatherion (Great beast) and Gnosis (revealed knowledge), and the city of Babylon. The Festum cores are named Mir (Russian for peace/world).