Posted by psgels on 29 October 2011 with categories: Last Exile - Ginyoku no Fam




Now that every show has put out three episodes, I think I’ve found my three favorites of the season so far: Un-Go, Chihayafuru and Last Exile. Un-Go for its storytelling, Chihayafuru for its characters, and this series for its setting.

Because seriously man, is there any limit to the creativity here? Compared to this show, Un-Go seems like a collection of cliches. The background art isn’t just gorgeous here, it’s full of all kinds of original ideas and the architecture in this series is some of the best I’ve seen in years. What’s most important though: the setting here feels alive.

This episode really convinced me that the creators know what they’re doing. On top of showing the main characters mourn about what happened, they also show how the people who live in the same city deal with the recent attacks. The ritual of letting balloons fly upward with candles underneath it was also a really nice touch, but also the way in which the debris of last episode was salvaged was a great addition.

I also have to say kudos to the characters for bringing this all out. This episode showed that the creators know when to be serious and when to be light-hearted. There was not a hint of the creators wanting to downplay the loss of Turan’s family, while at the same time they also didn’t try to make it melodramatic or way too angsty for its own sake.

Good Gonzo, it’s great to see you back again!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

11 Responses

  1. Guest says:

    I have to love the costume designs too. Look kinda Asian, kinda European, but nothing like typical East-West fusion designs.

  2. Immelman says:

    Background Art, Costume designs, Character designs, mecha design… for all that, you have to thank Murata Range, my all time favourite designer and drawer. This guy is a genius.

  3. DangerMouse says:

    Same here Immelman.

  4. Oroboros says:

    No love for Mirai Nikki, PSGels? :(

  5. skyhack says:

    Good to see one of my favorite studios (yes, GONZO) back from the brink, and doing good work.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Oroboros: I like Mirai Nikki, but I don’t consider it to be the best of the season. The three I mentioned above are really doing something to stand out, while Mirai Nikki is just a good over the top suspense show.

  7. Alec says:

    my top 3 are the same as Psgels

    if it was top 4, then yeah, Mirai Nikki would be there. I just love animes that aren’t overly dark, and has time for the ‘lighter’ side.

  8. DangerMouse says:

    “Good to see one of my favorite studios (yes, GONZO) back from the brink, and doing good work.”

    Well said. :)

  9. kero says:

    Solid episode.

    I love the borrowing of the kilt, I don’t know why I didn’t notice it the last two episodes? Though they shouldn’t be wearing trousers underneath!

    I think this episode was really good in giving a lot of background information,

    but wait, was Fam found at the same time as when the last Augusta died? is that a hint that she may be related to someone really important?

    The helicopter thing that the kid was riding looked so cool

    And.. was I the only one who saw the candlelit balloons and went

    FIRE HAZARD

    and got worried.

    But yes agree with psgels, the world building is top notch.

    It’s not often that we get stories that are so expansive.

    It doesn’t excite me in the same way as chihayafuru, where I feel personally invested in the characters, but it’s still very good.

  10. My top three of the season are the same as yours and I think for the same reasons. There are plenty of good shows this season, most of which I look forward to each week, but those three are the ones that I want over so I can marathon them all right now.

  11. Israeru says:

    I think that this series its not in the same level that the original Last Exile, but its a good one.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:46 AM)
    The sheer amount of talent behind Dandy is staggering. There are veterans from all the corners of Anime industry present here, so in a way this might be the biggest anthology yet. I mostly watched week-by-week just to see the new guys’ take on the Dandy sandbox, and I have to say some of them were pretty interesting. Definitely quirky, but interesting.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:41 AM)
    Yeah but it’s interesting how much more sophisticated the humor was in Bebop, even despite not really being a comedy-heavy series.
    I’m sure if you’ll continue to the end you’ll find some memorable episodes in Dandy, and once people accept that it’s not Bebop, and that it’s really silly but kinda proud of it, they’ll start enjoying it more for what it is and say it was worth their time.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:36 AM)
    Even though I wasn’t really into the episodes I’ve seen I will definitely say, yes it was a mixed bag. Then again so was Bebop.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:34 AM)
    Season 2 has more mature material in general, and a few pseudo-philosophical episodes really stand out. The different experimental animations that are peppered throughout are a very nice treat also. And again each episode has different talent behind it so it’s a VERY mixed bag.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:33 AM)
    Ah Johnny Bravo, a cartoon I laughed at now and then while I was much much younger.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:30 AM)
    @Emma: Season 2 is far better, I think they kind of got the hints that the booby gags weren’t working. The humor is by far the weakest link in this show. I would also add that I think the dub is superior. The theme and style is very American, kinda like Johnny Bravo, so English fits more naturally.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:25 AM)
    The zombie episode kind of grabbed my attention though a bit.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:24 AM)
    On one hand I like the pulpiness, oldskoolness of it though.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 09:23 AM)
    Eh, I watched the first five episodes of space dandy. I also watched it dubbed and subbed. I’d originally watched the first episode partially before. Its a trippy, visually interesting show I guess but none of the humour clicks with me on any level, I didn’t laugh once in these five episodes, the boob monster episode made me feel depressed, it all feels a bit kiddy for me unfortunately.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 05:27 AM)
    I finally caught up to the latest Fairy Tail. The feelz… Right in the Kokkoro! This anime has a few shitty fillers here and there, but there are far less than Naruto and the characters are really endearing. I like this better than HxH as a shonen.

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