Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam – 2

And with that, we pretty much have the main trio set up for this anime.  You figured that’d be the case from the opening but now we have the story of how they’ve come together.  All that remains is the grand tale of where they’ll go and what they’ll do.

Matching the first season of Last Exile, this one also is structured with a main trio: a vanship pilot, their navigator, and someone critical to the storyline.  Likewise, the pilot and navigator seem to have a detailed history between them already and the newcomer to the group is somehow connected to Exile, although in this case, through a blood relationship.  This foundation to the series does give a bit of continuality and familiarity with the first season but all the personalities and appearances are nowhere near as similar giving it something new to work with.  And so far, I’m questioning how these characters will work together.

For one, I don’t see them hitting it off and being the best of friends immediately, especially between Fam and Millia.  To start, you can almost guarantee that Millia will be on opposite ends of any spectra with Fam and constantly arguing.  In fact, it’s almost started already.  Every situation will start off with Millia being unimpressed, unsatisfied or feeling disrespected by her new lifestyle with the pirates and their third-world conditions.  Forget that Fam and Giselle are doing their best to make her happy and feel welcome, there’s going to be some culture shock and frequent clashing between the two who wear their emotions on their sleeves.  You know eventually Millia will adapt and understand her surroundings more, that she needs Fam and not the other way around, and then things will begin to improve between those two.  As for Giselle, I’m not sure how her personality will work with Millia.

Giselle and Millia will be a strange relationship, at least initially in the next few episodes.  Why?  Well, Millia is somewhat authoritative and aggressive and Giselle is passive, accommodating, and collected.  So it’d make sense to see Millia dominate Giselle in that relationship but that won’t happen.  For one, Fam is around to defend Giselle if Millia shows even the slightest signs of aggression toward her best friend.  And again, I don’t see Giselle ever getting worked up or overemotional when dealing with Millia.  She’s smart enough to defuse any problem before sparks begin to fly, so I don’t see the relationship playing out anyway similar to how I see Millia and Fam.  But I’m not sure what they’ll do together.  Giselle has been in the background for the better part of the past two episodes and I can see her remaining back there while Fam and Millia take the spotlight.  If that’s the case, then the friendship between Giselle and Millia might be simple and overlooked, developing without any hitches or noticeable progress.  I hope not but considering Giselle’s personality and role to date, I don’t think there’ll be anything major between those two.  Sure, there’ll be dialogue and action with those two involved but nothing to the level of Fam and Millia or Fam and Giselle.

Of the trio, Fam is by far my favorite.  Her personality, an assorted collection of friendly, intelligent, outgoing, and easy-going, makes her standout more than the other two.  Her energy is unmatched, bringing her emotion with her to every scene.  And what’s nice is her emotion is always something positive, usually a blend of happy, excited, and thrilled, and she always has a smile on her face.  Well, not always (below) but close enough.  Fam is the kind of protagonist that easily attracts fans with her personality and actions, so I’m sure she is the favorite for most of this audience.  And she’s pretty cute, too.  What’s not to like with her?  She still has a ways to go to beat Dio though, my favorite of those who have appeared in this season.  It is possible for her to pass him and become my favorite but I’ll need to see more of Fam and what she’s like, especially around those who don’t fly in the skies.  At this point, it’s almost all potential but there’s enough for her to become my favorite character in this season.  That is until the goat doll appears.  Nothing will beat that out for my favorite thing in the entire franchise of Last Exile.

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  1. #1 by Myssa on October 27, 2011 - 4:20 AM

    Ah, the Goat Doll. I wonder if Alvis will still bring it with her, seeing as she’s all Guilded up in the OP, and is technically already 13 years old by the time of Fam (the age where some girls already start wondering about romance).

    Oh, and it’s interesting to note that Dio doesn’t seem to be happy about finding out that there are Guild shenanigans once again afoot behind the Turan/Ades conflict. Not too surprising though, after his own experiences in Prester and with his sister Delphine…

    • #2 by avvesione on October 27, 2011 - 5:01 PM

      I pray Al has it with her or knows where it is (think it was last seen with one of the kids in the ending to the first season). The goat doll is also in the OP but it’s just an image of it, not the doll itself. You have no idea how happy I’d be if it makes a return in this season.

      I’m happy Dio is more serious about the Guild now than he was in the first season. Back then, he seemed like he wanted to avoid it and forget about it and it came back to bite him in the ass. Now he’s grown up and is taking these problems on directly, which is a nice progression for a character. Can’t wait to see what he does now that he’s taking on more responsibility.

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