Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing 08 — Arrival of the Cosmonauts

Now that was a lot of fun!

At first, it seems like the Silvius is in trouble. It’s surrounded by a huge fleet, with nowhere to run. But then the vanship squad comes to the rescue! They take out half the fleet with their bombs, and mask the Silvius with a smokescreen. Apparently the people of the future have forgotten the lessons of WWII. Carriers make battleships obsolete.

That’s only the beginning though. Next, Fam decides to steal some of the enemy ships in the middle of the battle, and goes off with Millia in her vanship. Then the Silvius uses an enemy ship as a ramp to jump through a mountain (literally).

Fam and Millia proceed to catch a crashing Glacies ship with their bare hands.

Then Millia takes out the enemy flagship with a pistol.

What a badass! Millia definitely isn’t a damsel in distress anymore!

Cuteness Overload

This show just keeps growing on me. On one hand, it’s ridiculously cute. Just look at this week’s shot of Firefighter Teddy:

Fam, Millia and Giselle are equally adorable. Usually shows that are this cute are just cute, and have little else to offer. But that isn’t true of Last Exile at all.

Not only do we have adorable characters, but we also have an interesting and original story. We have exciting and unpredictable fights, feats of epic badassery (I still can’t get over the fact that Millia just took out a battleship with a pistol!), beautiful animation, and an excellent soundtrack.

I started with a low opinion of Last Exile after it began by showing girls in their underwear, but at this point it’s probably my second favorite show of the season. I’m somewhat surprised, but this is shaping up to be a worthy successor to Last Exile.

Guilt

I also appreciate how this series doesn’t allow the characters to stay down for long, mainly because of Fam. In this episode, Fam and Giselle led the enemy right to the Silvius, and are feeling guilty (with good reason!). They want to make up for it. Millia offers to hand herself over to the Federation. Fam and Giselle say everything is their fault, and want to go and fight.

But everyone on the ship just ignores them. It was quite satisfying. If this were Gundam, Fam would have spent ten episodes emoing out until Bright punched her in the face.

Instead, Millia is crying that she can’t do anything. She hears a door opening, and turns:

“Come, follow me, and I will make you a fisher of skyfish!”

Fam sure doesn’t stay down for long! That door opening was epic.

Now Fam needs to cheer up Giselle.

Geography

A minor point, but I’m massively confused about this world’s geography. First the Silvius has to get over the mountains to reach Glacies. Then they’re hit by a rock, and they fall onto the Grand Lake? How did that happen? Well, whatever. I liked Tatiana’s landing method.

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6 thoughts on “Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing 08 — Arrival of the Cosmonauts

  1. For me, what I really like most are the subtle things they do with the secondary characters I think. Everything else is really cool and badass and all, but what stood for me this episode was the old commander of the Ades Fleet. Yeah he was no-nonsense and gruff and pretty stock for most of it, but when the Anshar was shot down by Millia, while the XO was concerned about leaving the ship in the hands of the enemy the commander immediately ordered everyone to abandon ship.

    Why?

    “We cannot allow such an experienced crew to die.”

    THAT, was the most badass moment of the episode for me. What an awesome commander.

    1. That’s a great point. Even though this guy is the dog of the emperor trying to crush their rebellion, you can’t help but like him.

      Hell, I don’t think he even has a name. But in every other show, the commander would order everyone off, then go down with his ship and die a tragic death in a giant pointless fireball. Here he gets everyone off the ship, then goes on to command from a different one. I suppose that’s why an older man like him is still around to be a leader in the military.

  2. Watching this episode I realized that it is not only the yuri what draws me to this show. It is also the flying. Fam’s aircraft is like an airborne motorcycle. Just watching her and Millia ride it evokes feelings of joy similar to watching Kiki’s delivery service.

    Oh, and poor Giselle! It’s not that I don’t like Millia but seeing Giselle all alone and crying is just heartbreaking.

    1. For me it’s the yuri, the flying, the cuteness (Teddy!) and just the light-hearted sense of adventure.

      I’m quite partial to Giselle myself, the smart people always seem to get overshadowed by their dumb but enthusiastic counterparts…

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