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Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing 05 — Fashion Show

I’m starting to get into this show. It’s utterly adorable.

Clothes

Normally I am the type of person who will only buy new clothes when my old ones develop holes. So I would usually not notice these kinds of things. But the costumes used in this show look really cool! Look at just this one scene, for example: the crowd at the empress’ announcement of the annexation.

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Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing 04 — You go Goat!

This… has got to be the strangest piece of fanservice I’ve seen in a long while. What the heck, goat?

Overall, this episode took a step back, slowed down and took a closer look at the characters over dinner and a planning session.

Yuri Goggles ON

This whole episode was screaming yuri. First we have Fam and Millia sharing a bed.

Then we had this onboard the ship:

Ah, so many possibilities!

We’re also back to more fanservice, like the first episode: we have Fam and Millia in their undergarments, Millia failing to put on Giselle’s shirt, and that goat. It wasn’t nearly as jarring as the first episode, however.

The Action

The slower parts were enjoyable. This show has this cutesy feel to it that’s hard to explain: it manages to look childish and cute, but also seem somewhat mature at the same time.

The real highlight for me is the action though. That vanship chase and attempted capture were pretty exhilarating. The creators know how to do this right. Many shows (*cough cough* Shana) think an exciting action sequence involves people staring at each other and shouting out their motivations and the names of their next move.

But no, the exciting thing about action shows is that anything could happen next: a moment’s difference in timing can mean the difference between life and death. In this episode, see the vanship’s entry into the ship as it submerged, for example, and Fam and Giselle nearly drown. Also the midair fight between the two vanships: that was pretty exciting.

I will say though, I found the portrayal of the Silvana a bit off-putting. They’re supposed to be a world renowned ghost ship. And their captain has to fly out personally to deal with a single unarmed vanship after they’re blinded? A bit of a disappointment: I’d have expected them to be at least mildly competent. But whatever, it is more exciting this way.

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Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing 03 — Sky Pirates

How much do sky pirates pay for corn? A buck an ear.

So Pretty

The backgrounds are beautiful. Look at how much detail there is. Even the CG ships look great. Scenery porn at its finest.

International Diplomacy

So the Ades empress is a loli.

She obviously has no clue what is going on in her empire. Prediction: a happy ending, where the empress and Princess Millia become bestest best friends.

Alternatively, we learned that Fam is an orphan, found in an airship, clutched tightly in her mother’s arms. The obvious conclusion is that Fam is also a princess of some sorts. Maybe she will hold a coup d’etat.

Sky Pirates are Nice

How nice the sky pirates are is approaching the point of ridiculousness. They’re all poor refugees from war, and one big happy family. They’re honorable, and will do any favor asked of them. It seems that the only thing they won’t do is pirating.

Fam’s cheerfulness is starting to get on my nerves. Give it a rest already. And Millia isn’t helping by giving her someone to cheer up. Oh well, it seems like we’ll be back to the action next episode.

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Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing 02 — Moons of Mass Destruction

Now this is more like it! It seems that the fears of excessive fanservice were misplaced.

Fam Fan Fan

I’m starting to really like her. She’s earnest and straightforward, and just a little bit full of herself. I like this scene in particular, where they are talking about the older sister and how she chose Fam to go to the capital:

Ya’ think so? I love how Fam says it with such a straight face, as if she’s complimenting the princess and not herself.

You can see more of this with how she decides to rename the captured ship after herself. I agree with Milia though: Fam Fan Fan is a terrible name.

Even though she’s a tad full of herself, Fam isn’t self-centered by any means. She relies and trusts Giselle completely, and is willing to go out of her way to help Milia. So quite a likable character, with a flaw, but not a crippling one.

Epic Battles

The battle this episode was a lot of fun. I love the animation, how they make the ships only in CG, like they did with the original Last Exile. Coupled with the clouds, lighting effects and animated characters, the animation is stunning.

It’s not like the battles have brilliant strategies or anything, but there’s just a little bit of planning that you can tell went into it. All the beam spam and explosions are fun as well. I liked how the plan failed, because of a single person who massacred the entire flagship’s crew from the inside. How’d he do that? I feel like I should remember from the original Last Exile, but it’s been a long time since I watched it.

I liked the flight into the belly of the ship as well. Fam and Giselle are putting Luke Skywalker to shame.

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