My impressions for the first episode of Last Exile were largely the same as they were for Guilty Crown. Looks hella pretty, room for the plot to improve, please add some depth to these characters. Guilty Crown took this advice on board, tied them up, stuck them in the boot of its car and drove it off a cliff. Did Last Exile follow in its suicidal tire tracks? Nope, somehow Gonzo have gone 2 episodes without screwing everything up.
Allow me a moment to gawp at the background art……..ok I’m done.
Rough plot outline of this episode (I’m writing this as much for myself as I am for you guys, because events all happened rather fast): Princess see-through negligee decides the best method of taking on the evil Ades nation would be to take out their command ship in what appears to be a suicide mission. Strange tactic, but they are hopelessly outnumbered and they have the (supposed) element of surprise because the Ades guys have seen their ship sink. But the white-haired guy (whose feet are apparently superglued to the floor because he stands in the one spot for the entire episode) sees through this master plan and sets his white spiky haired sidekick to assassinate everyone on the ship and capture the princess.
Meanwhile, Fam takes the younger princess off to see Dad to order the people of the city to evacuate. Except they’re already evacuating when they arrive…hmmm…but anyway, then they too go on a crazy suicide mission into the heart of the Ades capital ship to rescue the princess. One has to wonder why they don’t just send out vanships to take out entire battleships all the time. The Turan’s capital ship’s crew was assassinated by one man in his vanship. Fam flew straight onto the bridge of the Ades’ capital ship. Good thing the captains feet were superglued to the floor when they arrived. It sure would have been awkward had he slipped off for a bathroom break when they charged onto the bridge.
And then the moon is turned into a giant tentacle monster and attacks the capital city of Turan.
Well, only one of the moons. There were about seven. Does that mean the other 6 are also weapons? Will it turn into an arms race as both nations aim to control the moons and send them into giant pitched battles?
Holy shit, that sounds awesome!
Sure was nice of them to leave these tourist information points around the ship
I’ve heard from reliable sources (aka idiots on twitter) that this season of Last Exile is supposed to be 2 years after the events of the original, which leaves me completely and utterly baffled. What does this have to do with the original’s plot at all? The nations aren’t the same. Disseth and Anatoray have turned into Ades and Turan. The planet apparently has Space above it now, which goes against how the old world worked (I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen it yet). Also Exile. I can’t quite remember what Exile originally looked like. It spent most of the show being entirely covered in clouds. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a flat crescent moon. That’s the kind of detail one tends to remember. I’m not complaining. I like that they’re not touching the original and it leaves this series totally open to newcomers, as you guys are probably even less confused than I am. But still, what on earth is going on here?
Case point: Dio in the original was an idiot. A fabulous individual, but a total idiot. He got by on his l33t piloting skillz and the fact he was a royal member of the whatever magical ruling family was (as you can probably tell, my memory of the exact details of the original is vague at best). But he sure as hell wasn’t a badass and would not be caught dead pulling this kind of face. It gives his forehead wrinkles. This episode did mention something about Exile being an interplanetary space flight machine, so my current guess is this is a totally different planet altogether. God only knows how Dio got here though. I choose to believe he pranced across time and space. He heard there was going to be a new Last Exile and just had to be there.
Come to think of it, it’s kind of ironic that Last Exile got a sequel. Do we have to call it Penultimate Exile now?