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Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing episode 2

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.

Yeah.

The moon.

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?

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27 Comments

  1. Hogart
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    >Fam flew straight onto the bridge of the Ades’ cap­ital ship. And then the moon is turned into a giant tentacle mon­ster.
    My opinion of the series went from “la-a-a-a-me” to “for chivalry!” in the span of 2 minutes.

    >I choose to believe he pranced across time and space.
    It’s the only chivalric thing to when you don’t want to live on your planet anymore.

    >Do we have to call it Pen­ul­tim­ate Exile now?
    Yes. Yes we do. Otherwise it’ll end up like “Final” Fantasy.

    >Will it turn into an arms race as both nations aim to con­trol the moons and send them into giant pitched battles?
    There is always hope.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      Someone has seen the Last Exile abridged series

      • Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        You can look at it this way: it’s the people who got left behind on Earth, against the descendants of the folk who returned via the Exiles (yes, plural). I suspect that there are deeper motives than this (or maybe it’s like Delphine’s FOR THE LULZ), but this is what the Ades Federation is going by.

  2. Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    My face when Guilty Crown’s second episode had more character development than Last Exile’s.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      o_0

      Perhaps if you look at them both at a certain angle. The main difference is Guilty Crown was retarded

  3. Embok
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Yeah I believe the idea is that after the first series they used Exile to go to the planet they were originally from, or something like that. I forget where I read that but it was consistent with this episode so I assume it’s right.

    Dio I assume is still being partially influenced by all the mind rape he had going on toward the end of the first series, making him a bit more serious than he used to be.

    I honestly don’t remember much of the original so maybe this makes no sense though.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, some weird shit happened to Dio towards the end of Penultimate Exile. Christ, I just do not remember the exact details of the plot to that show

      • Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

        Dio became Maestro by proxy, since Alex did his part to make sure that Delphine DIDN’T make it to this series. Is it that hard to remember?

        Details on Dio’s survival can be found in this art book: http://yfrog.com/h2f4lmjj Needless to say it wasn’t released outside Japan in enough numbers.

        Oh, yes, and if it wasn’t already particularly clear, this is Earth, where all the peoples from the Prester-colonies came from.

  4. Posted October 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like you need to rewatch Las- Penultimate Exile.

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of evil moons, i had a dream the other day where my best friend was kidnapped by an evil clown and forced to pilot the moon to slam into the earth and force a nuclear winter.

    I think I fell asleep while watching Char’s Counterattack, but I’m not too sure, the TV was off when I woke up and I live alone.

  6. Nebulous
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Watched Last Exile in preparation for this so all the details are still in my mind. For one I feel the whole jolly girls nite out feel is very off-putting. The idea that Famu Fan Fan and her jolly good time is a Sky Pirate is quite incredulous, naturally on in the sense that one must be prepared to kill, maim and injure another person in order to call themselves a pirate of some sort. Dio is now some sort of newtype, having lost his dynamic duo with Imelmann and the so cute it hurts Alvis. Really, on reflection what the show is missing is a whole load of badassery. First time the crew of the Silvana show up and we know these people are serious. When Alex Row dons his cape and walking stick we know that he takes shit from no one. Rather in this show we get a bunch of silly girls doing silly things that just happen to be of importance.

    Immelmann turn!

    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      Some familiar faces are already hinted to make a return this series, including Alvis (who seemed to have embraced her Guild heritage as a Hamilton, if her new outfit means anything), Vincent, and some of the Silvana crew as well.

  7. 3242
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Them moons look kinda like Last Exiles to me, I guess that Last Exile was the last model, they left the rest to be moons, including the real Penultimate Exile, and evacuated to a different planet and –how the heck did Dio end up here.

    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

      Again, details on Dio’s survival can be found in the Aerial Log artbook (which among other things had design notes and creator interviews): http://yfrog.com/h2f4lmjj The gist was he was picked up by a Guild ship in the aftermath of the Alliance war, but merely surviving in the Grand Stream is quite a feat, I might add.

      Oh, and the colony-transports are known by the general name of Exile. The one that we saw in the first series seemed to be the ‘last’ Exile, in that it was the last one reactivated to fulfill its duties (return people to Earth).

  8. Posted October 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    I’m a bit fuzzy on the events of Last Exile myself, beginning to think I should have rewatched it prior to Fam starting. However if I’ve picked things up correctly, Fam is set on Earth after the Exile returned so the nations are understandably different. Exile itself was vaguely crescent shaped I think (I don’t remember it looking like an actual moon though) and it makes sense that there were multiple Exiles created.

    Dio got a bit broken at the end of the original & was only marginally fixed before going missing in the Grand Stream (apparently he survived & made it onto Exile), which would explain his more badass/mature personality now.

    I’m still not convinced by Fam’s cast of loli’s – I’d like a few more adults to even things out, but this 2nd episode somewhat eased my fears that the story would be insubstantial & overly light.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:57 am | Permalink

      It’s been 8 years since the original though. We shouldn’t be expected to remember the exact details.

  9. cyshtoph
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Yes, people, just rewatch the first series. I clearly see most of you speculating here forgot so much, that you might enjoy watching the show as much as you did previously. Besides, it’s freaking irritating reading all those hit’n’miss guesses as to what happened and what meaning does it bring to the new series, when you clearly can’t get even one third of the facts right. Good luck.

  10. Thrashy
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Waitwaitwaitwait.

    …that’s a dude?

    Cue up the Aerosmith!

  11. TheG4Be
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Atleast it was better than Guilty Crown’s 2nd episode.

    I’mma keep using this line everytime there’s an apropriate 2nd episode and feel incredibly clever for doing so!
    And I shall giggle at my own cleverness, giggle!

    Aaaanyway. I had fun watching this….That’s my analysis.

  12. Someone Else
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    So is it still safe to watch this even without knowledge of the first season? Despite it being 2 years after? Well I think I’ll watch the first one due to scamp’s fanboyism but don’t have much time right now so I can only watch this for now

    • Scamp
      Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      Yeah I think it’s safe to say you don’t need to watch the original. Do watch it someday, but it aint required viewing

      • Someone Else
        Posted October 26, 2011 at 7:22 am | Permalink

        Ok thanks

  13. KBKarma
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    SPOILERS FOR LAST EXILE FOLLOW (obviously):

    The weird crescent thing in the first episode was, indeed, the Exile. Which means those moons are other Exiles. And Exile did that whole tentacle-thing in the original series. So, considering that there’s no Grand Stream, this is elsewhere.

    … Yes, other people said it more eloquently and earlier, but I wanted to write this down for my own benefit as well.

  14. DarkEnergy
    Posted October 27, 2011 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    Sounds like someone pulled a Rule 34 on the moon.

  15. Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    P.S. Someone was nice enough to try translating the Travelers from the Hourglass manga, which bridges the first Last Exile with Fam. The first one just came up here: http://www.batoto.com/read/_/43414/last-exile-sunadokei-no-tabibito_v1

    Yep, that’s Fam and Giselle right there at the end. Also this confirms that Prester’s Exile literally WAS the LAST Exile to come back to Earth (so far). Fitting.

    • Avv
      Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      WOW! Thanks for the link to that manga. Really nice to see a transition between the two series with some explanation on the end to the first season, too, especially seeing what happens to Claus, Lavie, and Al. It really helps clarify what’s going on between the two shows.

  16. Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    I feel it’s fitting to talk about this new show on this blog since I owe watching the first series to it.

    One thing I’ve noticed upfront about people’s reactions–it seems like a lot of people are jaded on anime overdose. Maybe I’m blessed with not having much experience with this “moe” thing. It’s nice not having to look at things as to what box they fit. Even in real life in a way if you try to box people in they’ll magically fit more often than not–but there are flashes of nuance if your eyes are open.

    I am left wanting more depth but this is early on still. And one of the things I loved about the first is how subtle it was–it wasn’t in a rush to show depth. It let it come out in a natural way. I’m seeing flashes of that now, but I still want more and more.

    And people going on and on about fanservice? People keep saying “omg fanservice in the first minute of the first episode, ridiculous!” You’re shitting me, right? Maybe I’ve grossly underestimated the prevalence of bloomers fetishists out there. I thought that was a nice scene, although maybe underlined Fam’s over the top naivete a bit too brightly.

    If you’ve got a dirty mind everything seems sleazy. There’s been a scene or two that seemed to be going for the hawt factor (notably Princess No-Pantsu), but mostly an underwear scene or two just seems natural and doesn’t really seem out of place to me. Why get so worked up about it?

    Anyways, it’s hard watching this in the shadow of the first series. I’m seesawing between happiness over a clean slate and missing the first series. And now that I’m excited for a new world…more old characters are popping up. I can’t tell whether to be happy or annoyed.

    The thing with the slow build for the first series, I only gradually realized the specialness of it. And now with this new series it’s impossible to not want all the magic right away. There’s a few things gnawing at me though, warning I might be disappointed.

    For starters, things seem to be going too fast. Instead of being eased into the world and the life of these characters, it’s being thrown in at 60 mph. We don’t see Claus and Lavie’s gradually becoming great pilots–we see Fam without a care in the world who apparently can pull any maneuver without breaking a sweat. We’ve already seen a nation destroyed by the second episode–although if the level gets amped up even more than this…wow.

    The main thing pissing me off is this show isn’t just straining my credulity–it’s trampling all over it. The characters keep getting into danger without a care, and getting through it with barely any friction–the show almost seems to run on Astroglide at times. A show keeps beggaring belief, eventually you think everything will automatically work out and all the tension’s gone.

    Part of it’s Fam’s personality– at home in the sky, totally reckless and naive, and I can’t blame her, since apparently she and Gis are invincible.

    And the whole sky pirate thing just doesn’t seem properly set up. The way they take over giant ships seems a bit ridiculous. It kind of trivializes the whole giant epic skyship thing.

    Anyways, I guess I’m cautiously optimistic mixed with a dash of looming dread that this might be an Episode 1.

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