In a world where dragons roam free... wait. THAT'S a dragon?! Really? You sure about that? Because that really doesn't look like a dragon, it looks more like a giant lump of fat and scales with legs. You're sure that's a dragon? Dear god, that is the ugliest dragon design I have ever seen! Oh, well, at least the girls are pretty.
What makes this anime so bad, you ask? Hehe, I'll be more than happy to tell you, and what better way to start than with the main character, or as I like to call him, Harem Protagonist #5.
I want you all to take a look at the picture above. It's quite pretty, right? Lovely colors, beautiful if unimaginative artwork, and a cute loli. Notice anything unusual? What about that headless guy the loli is holding onto? This is how I felt the main character of this anime was like. Headless, or rather, so emotionally bland and uninteresting that even while watching it, I completely forgot his name. He is the literal definition of a harem protagonist archetype, to the point where I just don't care about him. There's nothing about him that makes me think, "huh, this is a pretty cool guy." or "Wow, this dude is badass!" or even, "Dear lord, this kids a pussy!" No, with him, all I can think is, "Who's this guy again?"
And he's not the only one who doesn't stand out. Despite seeing this girls boobs at least six times in the anime, I still can't remember her name for the life of me. The only thing I really remember about this girl is that, during her first meeting with Harem Protagonist #5, she was naked. Even then, I mostly remember the boobs.
This is how I feel it is with all of the characters of Unlimited Fafnir. They don't stand out. I can only recognize them by their archetype, or a singles specific incident which they were involved in. Like, I remember this anime had two tsunderes, a kuudere, a perverted principal, and the cute loli archetype, but that's about it. I can't remember any of their names, mostly because they're like cardboard cutouts. Interchangeable and uninteresting.
All right, I believe I have ranted about the uninteresting characters in this anime enough. Why don't talk about something else, like what this anime is about. You know, the story.
Everybody. This is a dragon. Yes, a dragon. This giant giant tortoise with spikes on its head is, indeed, not a monster turtle, but a dragon. Don't believe me? That's okay. I don't really believe me either.
Now then, according to wikipedia, the entire plot for Unlimited Fafnir is this:
In a world where “dragons” suddenly appeared, young girls who share the powers of the dragons are gathered in a special school — as is a single boy.Wait. That's it? Seriously? That's the entire plot? Girls go to a magical school where they learn to control dragon powers... and a single boy randomly shows up? Huh, well, I guess now I know why this anime is so stereotypical of the harem genre. It's pretty much just a set up for Harem Protagonist #5 to find his harem members. Wow, that has to be the suckiest plot I have ever heard of, and I have heard a lot of sucky plots.
To be fair to this anime, I do think the general idea of dragons appearing on earth and people gaining dragon powers is actually kind of cool. The problem with this story is that this entire part of the plot feels more like a subplot, while the main plot is Harem Protagonist #5 gathering his harem members. The concept of dragons attacking earth is smothered into oblivion by haremization, and while I'm a fan of harem anime as much as the next guy, I also need an entertaining story to make anything I watch engaging. Unfortunately, Unlimited Fafnir is not really the engaging type unless you're so into standard harem dynamics that you can excuse the lack of plot.
In conclusion, this anime is... not terrible, but just really boring, especially compared to some of the other anime of this genre that came out in 2014. I can't in good conscience recommend it.
Character Design: 8.5/10
Character Development: 4/10
Musical Composition: 5.5/10
Overall Score: 5.7/10