Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam – 9

Say, weren’t there supposed to be villains in this anime?  You know the guy that summoned Exile and obliterated an entire nation for really no reason?  Whatever happened to him and his Guild cronies?

Luscinia assumed the role of the main antagonist early in the series when he abducted Princess Lilly from Millia and decimated her kingdom of Turan with an unbelievably overpowered weapon in Exile.  Definitely did more than anyone else, that’s for sure.  And we know he’s still up to no good commanding those shady Guild members around who we’ve seen perform warrantless executions and putting secret plans into action.  And the expanding battlefront can also be traced back to him, too.  It’s blatantly clear that Luscinia is the true villain in this anime with an agenda of his own, separate from that of the Federation of Ades.  So why hasn’t our villain had more screentime since he’s such a fundamental character to the anime?

Since Luscinia’s horrifying assault and subsequent conquering of Turan, his part in the anime has seen a significant decrease.  We hardly ever see the bastard anymore except back at the Ades headquarters plotting more devious plans and using Sara, the young Empresses of Ades.  It’s beginning to become harder and harder to follow his character and understand what he’s up to when we barely see him anymore.  And don’t get confused and think any time spent with the Ades Empire is time spent on Luscinia.  The warships of Ades are certainly fighting a war that Luscinia has spent time orchestrating but the missions and motives of these warships we’ve seen recently, Orang’s and Sadri’s fleets, are not synonymous with Luscinia’s plans.  The two have completely different agendas going on right now but they do share some overlap.

And while on the Ades Empire, we really haven’t seen much of them either besides the two skirmishes with Orang and Sadri.  Recently the only insight we’ve had on the brain behind the Empire has been these brief scenes that open each episode where the generals and political executives discuss random and often irrelevant details before switching over to Fam and Millia for the remainder of the episode.  While I’ve said it’s difficult to keep track of Luscinia in recent episodes, the same can be said for the military and government of Ades in general, too.  Their role has been reduced to the opening act of each episode and their role as the big, bad, evil nation that’s fighting wars for no reason is becoming overshadowed by the conflict between Fam, Giselle, and Millia.  Certainly the struggles between the three main characters is important but it’s like the anime has become solely that and everything else has weakened as a result.

The good news is that once Fam, Giselle, and Millia all come to terms with each other and their conflicts resolve, the story should revert back to its original plot which is restoring Millia’s nation.  And in order to do that, they need to defeat Ades and, perhaps more importantly to Millia, rescue Lilly from Luscinia.  It’s clear that the story will eventually come around and get back to Luscinia, Ades, and the Guild at some point but these recent episodes have almost completely ignored those storylines.  We’re approaching the halfway point in this anime and have done little to progress on those storylines or discover what Luscinia’s true plans are.  I’m getting a bit concerned about this storyline considering the past few episodes but hopefully this anxiety is mistaken and the anime has a solid explanation for it all along.

While on that that topic a little bit, what is Dio’s story in this anime?  He’s been gone for most of the series now and just suddenly popped up this episode for quite a big role.  But what his place in the story is, or if he has a story of his own, is fairly murky at the moment with no clear indication of what he will accomplish before the finale airs.  And the same thing can be said for Tatiana and Alister.  There’s a reason these characters are here in this sequel but their exact roles are still largely unknown.  Instead we’ve been getting nonstop progress on Fam, Giselle, and Millia at the expense of everyone else in the cast.  Can’t say I’m too thrilled with what we’ve seen on their progress either.  But maybe after this upcoming episode the anime will spend some time with the minor characters of the series and put some meaning to their appearances and their characters.

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  1. #1 by Son Gohan on December 14, 2011 - 11:58 PM

    Luscinia is the big mistery of the story, of course they aren’t going to spill the beans on him this early. We saw his ruthless face but we also saw his younger, more compassionate self in Liliana’s memories. There is plenty of time to develop him.
    Dio, Tatiana and Alis had their moment to shine in the first series. I don’t mind Gonzo dedicating more time to develop the new main characters. If you want to know what happened to Claus & co after they left Prester, you can read the bridge manga Travelers from the Hourglass.

    • #2 by avvesione on December 15, 2011 - 7:03 PM

      The point I was making is that Luscinia has become an afterthought rather than the main villain. He hasn’t done anything relevant the second episode and the most time spent away from him and working on the main trio the less influence he has on the series. We’ll see more of him in the second half for sure but it’s been a little underwhelming thus far in my eyes.

      And thanks for recommending the Travelers from the Hourglass. I’ve been following it and love it and I strongly recommend it to anyone who liked the first season of Last Exile. Link: http://www.mangareader.net/last-exile-sunadokei-no-tabibito/1

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