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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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 12:30 PM)
    @Bam, While there are people who claim that Ufotable screwed up Shirous characterisation(One fellow claims that in the visual novel Shirou was Sadistic, calculating and emotionless. Which I say “What the hell where you reading? Cause it wasn’t fate.”) and whine about not enough monologues I think this adaption is the best we could get from the source. Not sure if there’s much of a point in reading the source now. Though I am still going to after the run.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 12:26 PM)
    @Emma, Fate/stay nights Rider is handicapped by her current master who really can’t do jack besides hold the command spells. With a real master she could show more of her capabilties.
    Also I would have been completly surprised if you liked this show.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 07:11 AM)
    @Bam: Aidan mentioned seven minutes were cut from an episode. Maybe that’ll be on the blurays.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 06:48 AM)
    Is there anything extra on the BD releases? Also I don’t think there were any content censored for the tv broadcast, were there?
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 04:44 AM)
    I think less than I did before of fate stay nights rider now because she’s not as good as the one from fate/zero.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 04:42 AM)
    *do like the
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 04:42 AM)
    I want to add to my little UBW review thing back there that I do the caster fights.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 04:34 AM)
    @Bam: UTW have season 1 BDs up for when you do. Glorious fight scenes, and you can skip the tsundere crap. Win-win.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 04:10 AM)
    Now that things have slow down a bit and stil some time left till Witcher 3, I came up with the grand idea of getting around to finishing F/SN UBW route before the series ends so I can jump on the wagon as it rolls thru the last few episodes. I think that’d be kinda cool.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:39 AM)
    Madhouse is still a very descent animation studio, and some of those older talents still remain with the company, but the market demands that they pander to the supposed “core” anime demographic. Although Masao Murayama did take a lot from Madhouse when he left to form studio MAPPA tho.

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