I love this show.
Details, Details, Details
Last Exile: Fam uses the minor details to make you really get to know the characters. For example, observe Fam’s reaction to meeting Dian:
Airhead that she is, Fam doesn’t even realize that they’re in Glacies.
And being her usual self, she guessing that the Glacians might cook and eat them. And of course, she’s excited about getting eaten! Ah, Fam.
I particularly liked the scene where Dian sacrificed the lamb.
It’s… a pretty random scene, to say the least. But it helped us get to know the characters. Let’s look at each of their reactions.
Dian has this grin on her face as she holds the lamb’s heart up and lets its blood drip into her wineglass. I can’t say I would have the same expression in this situation, but I can understand where she’s coming from. This is a ritual for her, and repeating it is comforting.
Millia, as a princess, has been educated on the customs of Glacies. She’s heard of this practice, and isn’t surprised. Inside she’s squirming a bit, but she knows it would be rude not to watch and tries to mask her expression.
Fam’s expression is halfway between “Gross!” and “Oooh! So cool! Let me try!”. It’s leaning towards the latter though.
Giselle’s expression says, “Why are we doing this? This is inefficient. Let’s eat already.”
I really appreciate how this show can take short scenes like this one and squeeze so much out of them. We learned much about the characters without any words.
For another Giselle example, recall how Dian was flying the vanship and almost crashed into the lake. When they climb up again, Millia is relieved to see them safe. On the other hand, Giselle simply says, “That’s a waste of fuel.” Ah, Giselle.
It’s all in the details!
- Sorry, Giselle. Sorry, Millia. I am totally shipping this.
- She’s making a list. Checking it twice. Gonna get all those parts tonight.
- Dio is such a badass.
- I love Fam’s one-sided declarations.