Claus and Lavi are vanship pilots, flying through the skies for fun and profit. But one day, they encounter another vanship which has been shot down with a child on board. Their lives will never be the same.
Watching Fam, the Silver Wing inspired me to give this a second watch, since I’d forgotten pretty much everything and was missing all the references. And Last Exile was as good as I (vaguely) remembered!
The part I love most about this show is its vast and fascinating world. If there’s one thing anime can’t have enough of, it’s steampunk. The two-tiered technology is fascinating: the vanships and battleships, as well as the robotic expertise of the Guild. It’s not just the technology, either: the numerous cultures are meticulously detailed as well, to give the feeling of entering a new world. The world of Last Exile even has its own happy birthday song.
The story is exciting and interesting, especially the final conflict with the guild. This show really knows how to build up to an ending: nothing is superfluous. In terms of characterization, to be perfectly honest, Claus, Lavi and Alvis are a bit bland. But the supporting cast shines: Dio and Lucciola are my personal favorites. I’m not sure why Dio appears to be younger in Fam.
Last Exile has stood the test of time fairly well. The animation has aged (the ships and scenery don’t even compare to Fam’s) but it still looks beautiful. The setting it provided was definitely one to remember, and a sequel was much needed.
- Plot / Script – A – Fantastic setting.
- Characters – B – Dio, Lucciola, Tatiana and much of the supporting cast are fascinating, but the main trio can get a bit stale.
- Production – B – A unique, kind of blurred(?) style. I like the ships especially.
- Overall – B+
Recommendations – Castle in the Sky, Noein, Turn A Gundam