Posted by psgels on 10 December 2011 with categories: Last Exile - Ginyoku no Fam

Now this is a quiet episode that I can get behind. It had some flaws, but overall it was very heart-warming. Also, another old face appears!

The characters in this series may not be as well portrayed as with the first season of Last Exile, but this episode showed that they’re still really good when it comes to the light-hearted scenes as well. Giselda’s arc of the past number of episodes concludes here, with some very neat shots about how the two of them grew up. It worked. The team building hockey match? It worked. The birthday subplot? It worked.

Now though, this still is Gonzo. And this episode unfortunately got the short stick of the animation budget. The backgrounds still looked fantastic (Seriously, nine episodes and these still are consistently gorgeous), but there were more still frames in this episode than you can shake a stick at. The hockey match was a bit over the top, but that was to be expected, though I feel that this especially does disservice to the crew members of the Silbius: these guys both do not have good animators behind them, and their voice actors are also pretty bad. Only the superiors do not suffer from this and they indeed were great (I loved the head mechanic as he wondered where everyone went). This was actually something that the first Last Exile was very good at: even the random soldiers were very well acted.

Also, regarding the plot, I still don’t really get it: last episode, the enemy massively abandoned a sinking ship. They withdrew everyone from it… and just left it there without actually blowing it up, or making sure that it didn’t fall into the hands of the enemies. Why? I get that they can’t salvage the remains due to the proximity to the border of Gracies, but they pretty much handed the enemy a really good warship there.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. drask says:

    Been thinking about the whole Ansher thing as well and I suspect Ades abandoned the Ansher is because they did not know how to repair its claudia unit. I know that GONZO said that people on Earth knew everything about claudia units but that may not be the case. In the first chapter of the Fam manga Dio said something like no one knows as much about claudia units as the sky pirates. That indicates that not everyone knows everything about claudia units. Its possible that the claudia units Ades uses (and possible Turan also) are supplied/built and maintained by ex guild people. And while Ades military personnel know how to operate claudia units, they do not know how to repair them. It was easier for them to abandon their ship this close to the Glacies boarder than to wait for ex guild people from the capital to come to repair it. It could also explain why they where so easily fooled by Lasses supposed demise in the first episode. Sky pirates who know how claudia units work, know how to fool others (Ades) who no not know how they work.

  2. Kixmachina says:

    Indeed , aside from the flaws, it was really a warmfelt episode.
    The Luciolla reference was so heart wrenching! T_T

    I was still thinking though that there should be a flashback episode like episode 12 of the first Last Exile… Well at least, they’ve shown some flashbacks of Fam and Gisey’s childhood, which is really cute to me!

    Somehow though, I still wanted the reconciliation part of Fam and Gisey to get a bit longer. It was a bit too fast for my taste. Still, we do need to move on to more pressing matters right?

    As for the flaws, some were pretty bit obvious. I guess Gonzo’s really stretching their budgets here… But I guess I’ll let it slide…
    As for the plot flaws(or not), it seems that you really need at least 4 people to move a ship the size of Anshar. I was thinking at least more than 10 right? I do find Drask’s comments plausible, though I wonder how Sky Pirates know the intricacies of Claudia Units? Through Dio I guess? Also, the Guild seems to be still influential even on Earth. Even the Travellers of the Hourglass manga affirms that.
    I also observed that the Silvius seems to be really lax this episode. But I guess it’s due to being near the Gracies border, and that as of the moment, Gracies doesn’t seem to mind them…

    On the plus side, the Dio screentime, the Luciolla and Allister reference, the cuteness of Fam and Gisey in their younger years, the birthday song and Vincent’s return made me happy! Also, I didn’t know that Dio is actually the captain of the Silvius vanship squad! Talk about an ace pilot and spu at the same time!

    In the end, it’s a nice episode!

  3. Alec says:

    Vincent’s appearance was lame xD

    this an episode I can’t hate, not love. But is good.
    It’s not complex though, o I don’t have to watch the subs anymore

  4. hikari says:

    Well, it’s nice to have a warmfelt, slice of life ep like this one as an intermission before the main plot start to kick gear again in the next ep. Especially, that parts with dio talking about luciolla & the bits of fam&gisey past, they’re a nice touch to once again re-affirming & streghten the bonds between fam & gisey in a subtle way.

  5. kero says:

    There were only two aspects of this episode that I liked.

    1. Childhood flashbacks

    2. Every scene with Dio in it.

    I think I like Dio here more than I did in the first Last Exile, and I wonder if it is because it feels like his character has more depth.

    Character design wise, both Millia and Fam look like they have bad haircuts (although Millia’s was deliberately so I suppose?), and maybe I’m just shallow and that’s why I can’t get behind these two characters at all.

  6. Zenstrive says:

    Lovely episodes so far. Worthy of Last Exile name.

    anyway, that fallen ship thingie: yes, probably no one knows how to fix big claudia engine. Also: Ades might want to avoid more unnecessary conflict with Glacies for now so they kinda gift the ship to Glacies.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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