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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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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