The sky pirates join in a world war.
The part I liked most about Last Exile was the setting: a fantastic steampunk world, with lovingly detailed places and ships. Its sequel ups the ante with an amazing array of vivid details, including foods, costumes, and cultures (and even hints at yuri!). The scenery is more detailed and lush. The world feels even bigger than that of the original Last Exile, and the show is truly international in scope.
The story carefully crafts international relationship and portrays large-scale fleet battles. The characters are people you can care about.
I do have a couple complaints though. First is Fam, the main character. She is obnoxiously naive, and can be annoying at times. The other characters are great, it’s only her that’s this annoying. If she wasn’t the main character I wouldn’t even be mentioning this, but she can and likely will get on your nerves.
The second issue is that the big villain’s motivations never really make sense. You won’t even notice this until the last episode, since you’ll just assume you don’t know the whole story, but it did leave the ending with a bitter taste.
But overall the show is worth watching for the fantastic world building.
- Storytelling – B – Interesting politics, but Fam’s role can be annoying.
- Voice – A – Excellent setting development.
- Characters – B – Superb, except for Fam.
- Attention Grab – B – Generally good, although there were a few episodes in the beginning and middle of the second half that were boring.
- Production – A – Beautiful backgrounds.
- Overall – B
Recommendations – Simoun, Xam’d: Lost Memories