Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing 13 — Epic Battles!

This show just keeps getting better and better! This episode was all one huge battle as the Federation invades Glacies.

They really know how to keep you on the edge of your seat. There were so many twists and turns in this battle! First the complete annihilation of the provincial fleet (regrettable, of course, hahaha, a nice touch), then the destruction of the sky priestesses, followed by gigantic artillery coming out of the ground.

And then an enormous bloody wall comes out of the ground to block the Federation.

The lesson is,  never start a land war in Glacies.

How has Last Exile gotten so good?! If anyone had told me after the first episode that this was going to surpass the original Last Exile, I would have laughed at them. I mean, it started out with cute girls goofing around in their underwear! I think part of what makes Last Exile so good is that despite being about a bunch of cute girls, it doesn’t pull its punches. This episode had an entire fleet wiped out, the sky pirates massacred(?), and our young and innocent princess is on the path to becoming a mass murderer. It’s about cute girls, but that doesn’t mean everything is happy and cheerful.

The main reason I enjoy this so much is because of how vast the world seems. The creators are paying attention to the setting. How many anime actually have multiple languages? They’ve poured so much love into all the different countries, whether it’s language, customs, politics, religion, the military, or fashion. Speaking of fashion:

These guys look so badass. Like Russian patriarchs combined with heavy knights combined with cyborgs.

And this probably doesn’t even need mentioning anymore, but the animation and music this episode continued to be spectacular.

I can’t wait until next week! We still don’t know what happened to the Silvius and its crew. Again, it takes guts to separate Fam and friends from their only allies just when things are looking up.

Could next week see a battle between Exiles? Every use we’ve seen of the Exiles so far has only involved retaliatory attacks, with the targets chosen automatically by the Exile itself. Considering that no one actually understands the Exiles, and that they all seem like they were built together… Let’s hope that the engineers of the past thought to put in some strong safety constraints so they don’t destroy each other.

9 thoughts on “Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing 13 — Epic Battles!

  1. I was getting sooooo bored with this series…I did enjoy 12 but 13! AWESOME that battle was great…lots of walls lately like in Aquarion EVOL, Guilty Crown 13 and now Last exile?! That wall is dangerous…and hooray! I can’t wait for 14.

    ANN says 25+ episodes while MAL says something totally different…but I assume it is 25 cause ya…were up to 14 >.>

  2. I think it was this episode that truly shown just how out of touch Fam is with regards to the raging war that Ades is perpetrating against its close neighbors. Instead on musing on the violence, bloodshed, and whatnot, what does she think of? The Grand Race, and how people should be smiling like they were at the time instead of killing each other. This shows that she has a VERY rose-tinted recollection of events, and whats worse, likely doesn’t even know the history behind the Grand Race itself (whose peace it was celebrating was ALSO bought through the hardship of countless people).

    That said, I suppose that blind optimism and idealism is what draws people to her (their world is a crappy place to live in, and she’s technically a ray of sunshine in a dark place), but for viewers, it’s hard not to think that she’s an idiot who can’t appreciate the bigger picture.

    1. Fam was 5 during the Grand Race. So it is understandable she didn’t understand anything darker hiding behind the grand race (Not even now, given her character). Yet her naive worldview let her to grasp the true spirit of the race, while the grown-ups are STILL doing stupid things such as killing each other.

    2. I think Fam is meant to be seen as kind of an airhead. But I see it more as the inverse: it’s only Fam that can see the big picture while everyone else is an idiot. They’re all focused on stupid and pointless things like war and killing each other, while Fam wants everyone to have fun flying. She’s an idiot, but if everyone else was as dumb as she is the world would be a better place.

  3. One thing I’ve learned from anime and jRPGs: In any conflict between a council of old people and a young evil genius, the young evil genius always emerges victorious. So I expect that your support for the old Russian cyborg templars would be met with disappointment in the next episode, especially now that they pulled out their Exile first.

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