Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing — First Impression

This episode didn’t get off to the best start. We had a little girl strip to her undergarments and sleepwalk out the door of an airplane. Next, the OP includes three naked girls and another girl fondling some guy’s private parts. Then we accuse enemy commanders of being perverts, and watch a princess go skinny-dipping.

Fortunately, the fanservice mostly disappeared for the second half of the episode, which was a vast improvement. The battles look nice at least, although I still prefer the style of the original Last Exile.

But where are the male characters? This isn’t going to become K-On in the sky, I hope? The battles give some hope, but the politics at the moment are much too simplistic, and the character designs too childish.

The music for the opening fight sequence was downright obnoxious. And what rate does this planet rotate at? Those moons were drifting by at an unbelievable rate.

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15 thoughts on “Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing — First Impression

  1. “We had a little girl strip to her undergarments and sleepwalk out the door of an airplane. Next, the OP includes three naked girls and another girl fondling some guy’s private parts. Then we accuse enemy commanders of being perverts, and watch a princess go skinny-dipping.”

    Hey there now, that’s just only going to make me want to watch the show even more now. :>

    Jokes aside, the premise seems good and I heard good things about the previous series. Need time to watch all these one day, I swear.

  2. Hah, yes, I, too, too, was a bit put off by the fan service in the beginning and OP of the show. But like you said, they quickly disappeared, so I hope to not see much more in the later episodes. Other than that, my expectations for this show have been more than met, as it now sits at the top of my fall shows.

  3. “This isn’t going to become K-On in the sky, I hope?”

    That’s what I feared when I first saw the two main characters.

    I’m very tempted to watch for good!Gonzo and Dio again. But for now I’ll see what everyone else says.

  4. What I don’t get is this: the two princesses are waiting for the Ades people to show up. They’re unarmed and in the open. The Ades fleet shows up, and you even see ships flying over them. You even get a shot where it looks like the Ades leader is looking at the princesses from his ship. Why didn’t they just bomb the hell out of the position and decapitate the enemy in one stroke? How on earth did they let the princesses board a ship? Come to think of it, why didn’t they send a scout first, and once the princesses’ location and situation was confirmed, just bomb them stealthily with an advance party before actually going on a rampage?

    As for the fanservice, I suspect there’ll be more, though who knows? Harlock Endless Odyssey’s first scene is a shower scene, and yet the rest of the series (13 episodes) has zero fanservice.

    Anyway, I love Dio to death and all, but I’m not watching this. Or rather, considering the way this episode went, I love Dio too much to watch this 😀

    1. Yeah, the fight didn’t make no sense. In a logical universe the two princesses would have been obliterated without knowing what was happening. But, eh, whatever.

      I’m leaning towards there being more as well, but it’s hard to say. The idea of it being an attention grab seems reasonable too. If there is more, I’m guessing it won’t be as dense as the opening sequence at least.

      I watched the original Last Exile years ago, but I barely remember it now. I kind of thought Dio was a guy before though…?

      1. Dio is a man, yes. The subs I saw had him as a “her” once in this episode, but I think the Japanese didn’t mention a pronoun at that point so this just probably means whoever’s subbing it didn’t watch the first series. It’s a reasonable mistake to make.

        1. Ah, ok, I thought Dio used to be a man. It definitely is a reasonable mistake, he sure looked and sounded like a girl in this episode.

      2. Well the enemy commander explicitly says, “take the two princesses alive,” so that is why they weren’t bombed.

        WRT the question, “How on earth did they let the princesses board a ship?” They were on a ship from the very beginning, before the enemy arrived.

        I actually don’t think the second battle was that improbable with the exception that I don’t see how the pirate smoke screen could have been that effective. Presumably they covered an area many miles in every direction with dense artificial clouds. I have a tough time believing they could do that.

        1. WRT the question, “How on earth did they let the princesses board a ship?” They were on a ship from the very beginning, before the enemy arrived.

          I think animekritik meant how did they board a different ship to get off the ship they exploded.

          It does seem hard for me to buy the fact that the enemies have this overwhelming fleet, and most of it just flies straight over their enemies. It’s not the battle itself I have trouble believing, but the enemy leaders’ gross incompetence.

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