Posted on 14 January 2012 with categories: Last Exile - Ginyoku no Fam

Now this was a pleasant surprise, to see such a solid build-up episode from this show. These kinds of episodes are often in danger of just becoming boring for the sake of build-up, but they solved it really neatly with a great atmosphere, a small look into Gracies’ culture, and some good characterization. Plus I also really like how consistently the Russian was used here. The creators really put a lot of detail in this episode.

The characterization also really worked well here. The characters in this show are simple, but the acting for these guys is still quite genuine. Milia in particular stood out. It’s a nice touch that she can speak the language of Gracies (being a princess and all), and I think that this episode also showed off that she grew nicely.

Overall, after 13 episodes I do believe that this show is the worst out of the Range Murata Trilogy (Last Exile, Shangri-La, Ginyoku no Fam). It’s not so simple that one is just better than the others in every way, though. Last Exile had by far the best and most mature characterization. Shangri-La on the other hand had a really great plot that dwarfs the other two. At the same time I believe that Ginyoku no Fam is the best at describing its setting. This episode again showed that (also look at the detail that went into the various Gracien dishes, or how the people live there). The other two though, also had very good settings and to be honest, it does have the least interesting plot and characters of the bunch. Adding these together and it ends up as the worst, but even then I still quite like what this show has turned into. It’s just a series of franchises with a very high standard.

Just one thing… where are the men in Gracies…?
Rating: ** (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    IIRC there are no men in Gracies, as they’re reproduce via cloning.

  2. gandalf8 says:

    A good build-up episode for what looks to be an explosive next episode. Props to Fam for quickly seeing through Luscinia’s ploy (a tad too quick one might say) of making the provincial fleets the decoy to distract the Glacies forces from the main fleet probably led by Luscinia himself. He really showed cunning in getting those troops from the conquered nations, whose loyalty are not so strong, to be the sacrificial pawn in his plan of conquering Glacies. I suspect that while that fleet is getting slaughtered by the small but highly mobile and technologically advanced Glacies forces, Luscinia will probably be approaching the Glacies capital.

    On another note, although the characters are more developed and fleshed out compared to earlier in the season, I still cannot get past my dislike of Fam. I guess its something built in me that simply despises characters with that kind of personality.

  3. tktym says:

    there are no men in gracies, because this show is for dudes who want to see pre tween girls getting naked or in “compromising” situations or getting some yuri fantasies stirred up.

  4. RABUJOI says:

    I’m no Russophone, but I felt the Russian voice-acting sounded really good. I like how Millia has to interpret. Not only is it a nod to her royal upbringing, but the language barrier adds to the Glaciesians’ mystique.

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  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 03:21 AM)
    @Friend Fuck off, that’s not why I buy anime DVDs. Lol
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 03:20 AM)
    @K-Off You know, I don’t think SYD even gets rid of the censor smoke lol
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 03:15 AM)
    Oh god, this might have been my dumbest anime purchase yet. Why did I need this on Blu-ray?
    https://i.imgur.com/VH4XLuph.jpg
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 01:44 AM)
    Take Brothers, a tale of two sons for example. That game through it’s controls managed to make the player feel the same way as the character on screen. It’s difficult to explain without spoiling but it managed to provoke something deep with no text, dialogue, or visuals. No other medium, not Art, film or anime, can truly accomplish this.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 01:39 AM)
    @Yuumei, Art is usually used as pretentious term that the untalented use to make themselves seem smarter than they actually are.
    However if we are talking about whether Games and anime can provide thought provoking messages or experiences on the same level as film or art then I say yes. Definitely.
  • Yuumei
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 12:37 AM)
    What do you think about game and anime art? Is it art? For me, although I do work on such things, I consider them to be entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less. They’re not meant to provoke any thought, they’re meant to entertain.
  • Yuumei
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 12:31 AM)
    Hello, I couldn’t help but noticing your conversation on the state of art. What do you think of the state of modern art and art criticism? There’s been some crazy pieces people are calling modern art, like the man from Vienna who urinated, defecated, and masturbated on stage while singing the Austrian anthem.
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 07:26 PM)
    @Vincent Also, 4koma gives scanners a lot of work.
  • JaK
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 07:23 PM)
    because mos of them use one line gags and gags are a bit difficult to translate from Japanese
  • Vincent
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 07:16 PM)
    Why do scantalators take so much longer to scan 4koma??it makes no sense.

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