Posted by psgels on 20 November 2011 with categories: Last Exile - Ginyoku no Fam



And as if nothing happened last week, this episode just continues building further upon the excellent setting and atmosphere that this show already had. While last week was just too silly, this episode had a much better balance between light hearted stuff and dark material.

This episode also introduces this noblewoman, and I really like how smug her acting was. The creators really nailed that air of importance around her. Milia had to get dressed up for her again, but this time it at least makes more sense. This time it fits into the setting, rather than having Millia just pull a maid costume out of her ass.

In terms of building up, Fam’s past was nice, and Milia’s home country also got thrown into an interesting direction here. I did however spot a number of recycled cells here and there. In particular the CG overviews of the past episodes were used again here. That’s good of course, since they are gorgeous. Even Porfy no Nagai Tabi, which stood out for some of the best background art out there, reused its backgrounds. But this show looks so damn pretty that I really wish that the characters would visit some more different sites.
Rating: * (Good)

5 Responses

  1. jzar says:

    so unfair….can’t even see the raw…..:(

  2. imredjimmy says:

    I thought this episode was awesome! I don’t understand why it only got a Good but oh well, you’ve probably seen better. I don’t know how the first series was, I didn’t watch it but I’m really loving this.

  3. Fabrice says:

    the episode was plain, i really could tell what was going to happen :/

  4. kero says:

    I enjoyed this episode!

    At first I was a bit dubious about Fam winning, but she had a lot riding on it, and the way they showed that with the flashbacks and the music worked for me.

    I was expecting the fuel dump, as that’s been used before, but that trick at the end was pretty neat!

    Fam may be the main chara, but I have more respect for Giselle.. I liked the quiet moment between her and Tatiana’s navi. And I wonder if at some point Fam and Giselle will have a fallout.

    What is also great is that the story seems to be developing.

    Vasant, willing dog of the Federation, or is she? (he?)

    And Lusciana.. murdering so many people under a very blatantly false pretext and then spreading the word about it, what is his game? What is his end motive? I don’t think it’s the one he says it is, but I can’t figure him out!

    I also liked the scene with Augusta, she’s not just a puppet, she seems to be taking part in redistribution of land and it’s to show that she is rather intelligent.

    So this episode had politics, murder, intrigue, and races!

    And of course Sylvius are gaining more battleships. I am getting a little excited about the potential of the final showdown!

    the last part when we found out no one had put a bet on Fam was also fun.

    Like imredjimmy, I think this deserved better than good. It was more than solid. Although I’m not sure it’d rate excellent, if there was a somewhere inbetween….

  5. Watcherzero says:

    My theory is the Federation has been infiltrated by the Guildists and they are going to set the girl up as a puppet leader.

    This episode just felt like a repeat of the race in the first series, but less impressive.

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  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 06:52 AM)
    Jezz, I was almost certain that I would cover Orange, mainly because I never have thought it would be on top of the polls. Anw, it’s good to see how Aidan cover it as it appears I’m a much more easy-marker than Aidan
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:58 AM)
    Look I knew how this would end before it began. We have done this already and neither of us are changing our stance. K-Off laid out things perfectly with his response so I see no reason to elaborate. Only reason I jumped in was because you brought Fate into it and if that was the bait then congrats, you won. I see no reason to continue the farce with no compromise in sight.
    In other words, need sleep. Goodnight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:53 AM)
    @Bam,”I never said the problems it has gets erased by its early release or cultural significance”
    Neither did I. I said you are hand waving it’s problems by stating so, which you are.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:32 AM)
    …And orange is still top of the poll…ugh. Seems like this is going to be torture for me. Kiznaiver was already trying my patience with those speeches but if Orange is even worse…oh boy…
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:35 AM)
    Anyways I’m sure an emotionally manipulating soundtrack will make the anime a bit better :)

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