163rd G-View: Last Exile; -Fam, The Silver Wing

Hey doods and peeps. Welcome to another episode of The G-Views. As you can see, I took time off from playing Neptunia to backtrack on some shows I have yet to finish and this is one of them. The second will be discussed by tomorrow or Saturday hopefully. I am so glad I decided not to forget this one as it is quite special, despite being the weakest in terms of yuri subtext. This is Last Exile 2.

Number of episodes: 21 + 2 recap episodes
G-Rating: 9/10
Plot Summary: Fam is part of the Sky Pirates, a group that assaults ships following the code of the First harpoon -the first to hit the target with a harpoon has the right to decide how to proceed on the assault-. They target minor vessels and prosper on an isolated location, until one day they take off for a mission that will change their lives and for all Turan Kingdom citizens by rescuing their 2 princess from Ades Federation betrayal. The Federation claims Earth should be owned and worked by those who where left behind during the Exile and not by those who ran away and came back after the chaos and reclaimed it as their own.
Before I continue, let me get this out of the way. No, you don’t need to have seen the prequel in order to understand what’s going on. Besides, there’s a special episode, the 2nd special to be exact, that’s a clip show recap of the prequel that fills you in on why the world is like this, what some of the returning characters did in the past, such as Dio and Alvis, and entice newcomers to check out the prequel if they feel like it. Also, from that episode I can conclude that unlike sequels such as Kiddy Girl and, LE2 is definitely a worthy continuation.
The main reason why this show is special to me is because it greatly reminds me of one of my all time favorite JRPGs,
Although it isn’t 100% the same thing, the premise is similar. Air Pirates who rob from the greedy and give to the poor and eventually team up with a blonde in distress to duke it out with a supposed evil empire whose general wants to use the power of an ancient relic to accomplish whatever it is he’s after.
That’s where all the similarities end, however. The rest of the series centers around one main argument: whose ideals, or rather, whose vision of a peaceful world is the right one? For you see, I don’t believe there is an actual villain in the series. Each side has their own view of how to obtain world peace. Some sides have…messier solutions than others.Many emotions collide in this show: Vengeance, let bygones be bygones, grudges, imbalance in beliefs, naivete, shattered innocence and so forth. Heck, even the ending is bittersweet.
As we all know, human beings aren’t exactly known for coming together and putting differences aside for the greater good. Let’s face it, the chances of wars coming to an end are very slim. No matter how hard we try to come to a reasonable compromise, there will always be some who disagree and start a riot. This is what we get on this show. Is the message anything new? No. Is it well delivered and told? Depends on the viewer.
Sadly Teddy, the boy on the right, is not related to the 26th president of the United States.
That’s the main focus of the 2nd half. The 1st half, despite its vintage grim beginning for Princess Millia, focuses on the adventures of Fam, Gisey and Millia as they get to know each other and gather enough allies to oppose the “evil empire”, complete with a flashback or two, awesome ship battles, returning characters from the prequel, most of whom have important roles, though the most unlikely duo only get cameos. I mean out of all the characters to get really short parts, it had to be these two? Weird.
Most of the action scenes take place in epic airship battles and dogfights complete with chainsaw shaped fleets.
Seriously, the Ades Federation battleships look like flying chainsaws.
I just can’t get over watching flying motorbike like crafts fire harpoons and “catch” giant chainsaws. It amuses me.
The animation, particularly the locations are definitely a sight for sore eyes, especially the snowy wastelands. I like cold areas. I also sense the uptight critics may also like this show a bit more due to the lack of fanservice, albeit a minor instance with Millia in a maid outfit but that’s about it.
The music: Aside from the OP, Classical bliss. While Symphogear had rockin’ tunes, this one has epic RPG worthy orchestrated melodies. I daresay award worthy.
I’ll keep the character section short because as you can tell from the rating, I don’t dislike anyone in the cast, not even Luscinia or Liliana (Especially her because she reminds me of Sialeeds.). Instead I’ll focus on one Fam Fan Fan (Say that name 20 times without getting tongue tied.). Some, or maybe many, would describe Fam as being a typical idiotic protagonist. I disagree. Sure, she’s a dreamer, energetic, adorable, voiced by Aki Toyosaki, overly optimistic, naive, overlooks people’s sorrow sometimes and virtually far from perfect, BUT certainly not stupid. It isn’t until she enters full scale war that she realizes her dream isn’t easy to make come true, but she still wants to go for it. Heck, in a world where there’s bad news on television on a daily basis and good friends are hard to come by, the face there are still people who follow their dreams is a relief…people not involved with crime, teen pop or Reality Television to be exact.
Of course I won’t forget to mention Giselle over here. After all, she’s cuter than Fam, a kickass navigator, Fam’s #1 buddy (Possible future wife), has half closed eyes (Bonus points) and most important of all is voiced by the woman I love. See? She and I are bound by the threads of fate. Check my track record: The majority of shows with 9-10 ratings all star or include HER! Hopefully she’s continue playing the role of potential lesbians for years to come.
While the show doesn’t really have much emphasis on relationships, it does have a yuri harem whether you like it or not. Don’t believe me? Ask my associates who saw the show and most will tell you that at least 3 girls are head over heels for Fam, even one who already has a girlfriend “points at a certain dere-dere Glacies/Russian Ace Pilot Leader”. There could be more but I’ll ask my associates more about that later. Each one gets to spend quality time with Fam “the chick magnet” Fan Fan, some more than others, but they are all equally adorable moments.
In conclusion, a solid sequel and a very interesting anime for anyone to give a go now that it’s over. Just be patient and wait for the chaos to ensue. Those who are interested and those who aren’t, know who they are so I need not say who this show is or isn’t for.

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14 Responses to 163rd G-View: Last Exile; -Fam, The Silver Wing

  1. Stevie Nix says:

    Overall a wonderful series and in my opinion a rather improvement from the original Last Exile, which I really liked. Really while the overall plot is kind of basic, really its the characters, especially Fam and her harem that makes this show wonderful. Heh really the very last shot on the winner’s stand is a perfect show case of three wonderful couples.

    Artwork and music was wonderful, which really probably always been the best parts of the franchise.

    Overall I would say this is my second favorite show of 2011. I really hope there is some more Fam/Gisey/Millia centric fun in the future, maybe an OVA. I wonder what happened to the online game there was talk about?

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Oh yes. If there are two things the franchise excels at, it’s artwork and music. Fantastic.

      Speaking of the couples, this reminds me of what the “oldest pair” in the pedestal said to one another: “It’s been so long since we’ve flown together like this”. How sweet.

      Fam vs Magnolia in a race for the sexy tsundere…or rather the woman who knows all about combat but is clueless about love between women. She’ll learn the truth very soon now that Magnolia’s even more determined now.

      More of Fam’s harem would be splendid.

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      • Stevie Nix says:

        “It’s been so long since we’ve flown together” Heh, that is such a wonderful line. Tatiana and Alister are so wonderful together. Give it up Tatiana/Claus shippers, Tatiana and Alister are pilot and navi and in the Last Exile world that means they are a couple.

        Honestly I don’t think Dyan is quite as clueless about the love between women as you think. It’s just she built a shell around her heart first from her determination to protect her country, and then from the horror of losing it and many of her fellow pilots. Still now the war is over, she can start opening up her heart again.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Claus already has the redhead girl…so why all the support for that pairing? I’ll find out for myself eventually…or does it have anything to do with claus and Tatiana getting a lot of screen time together? Anyway, TxA is cuter.

      I prefer my Dian’s inexperienced theory. It’s much cuter.

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      • Stevie Nix says:

        Because its a hetro pairing and because of their screen time together and because there is also a lot of people that don’t really like Lavie, that’s the reasons. I agree Tatiana/Alister are way cutter.

        I meant I don’t think Dyan is completely unaware of the possibility of love between women, but her first personal encounter with Fam probably really brought it home the fact that she could fall in love with another girl.

        Heh I just love the hint of a blush Dyan has in that picture.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Well it no longer matters since Tatiana and Alistair are confirmed canon anyway so too bad for the fanboys.

      Dyan saw the light when Fam came into her life and Magnolia obviously felt threatened. Fighto Maggy!

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      • canders5 says:

        A bit late to the party but…better late than never. So I have always avoided this show for whatever reason. However, after reading your review I decided to give it a shot. I was just curious as to how you know they are canon?

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      • Overlord-G says:

        It’s been a while since I watched this show or had Fam fever so I do not remember but I think I read somewhere the two are became a couple after season 1..

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  2. Mica says:

    Is it okay if I don’t watch the first? I mean, this is the sequel right? I don’t feel like watching the first anime haha

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  3. yurimylove says:

    Cool review! Just got back from vacation. while behind on anime watching, I did use the LONG plane rides to marathon this series. A somewhat sophisticated take on the themes of war and peace (compared to your average anime anyway), very enjoyable, the only thing I’d wish for would be slightly more yuri.

    On a side note, while in Hong Kong I attended the annual anime convention there, here’re some highlights:




    Capsule toys collected in Hong Kong and Taiwan:

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  5. Christian Appel says:

    This anime reminded me of Kotobuki, but with more episodes, dogfights, wars and yuri.

    Tomboy Fam was reckless but also worried about her beloved ones.

    It would have been better, when Fam ended up with Princess Millia. The typical “heroine saves princess and ends up with her” story.

    Lots of gore, explosions, dogfights, annexions and it felt similar to WW2 with Germany vs. Sovjetunion in Glacies and invasions and annexions of other countries.

    The leader committed suicide like the German leader, after leading the world into a war.

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