Archive for category Last Exile
After an immeasurable amount of loss, destruction, pain, and death, Luscinia readily backs down at the simplest idea of a young girl having dreams of a better world. And with that, the wars have ceased, peace is realized, and the world can forget about its problems and work toward the future that everyone wants. Seriously, why is it that anytime ‘hopes’ or ‘dreams’ or ‘I believe in you’ or any of that bullshit enter in at the end of an anime, nothing makes sense anymore and the story goes from respectable to ‘why the hell should I care anymore?’ Seriously, this is the ending they were aiming for?
Though my criticisms for this sequel are unending, there exist a number of aspects of this anime that I genuinely enjoy and appreciate. Though most of these are references or byproducts from the original series, there are some new elements to Last Exile: Fam that are pleasing to me. And though there are many tracks borrowed from the original, the soundtrack to Last Exile: Fam is one of the best elements of this anime.
While Giselle has been a pleasant and delightful girl throughout the series, she’s been largely ineffective as a character and tends to be forgotten. Despite being a constant presence around Fam and trailing her everywhere she goes and supporting her wacky endeavors, she never asserts herself in the scenes. The unfortunate outcome is the proper character placed in an important role failing to meet the needs of the series.
So yeah, it’s been well over three months since my last post on Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam, so these aren’t timely or applicable anymore, but I always intended to finish the series and, well, here are the few remaining episodes that I never got around to finishing.
Considering the necessity that a colony ship be built for the inhabitants of this planet to leave with the intention of never returning home, there is no mistake that these problems of scarce resources are very real. However, given that they’re able to sustain life in space and transport them across the galaxy, the display of technologies seems incredibly ill-equipped for ideally addressing this situation.
The patchwork military commonly referred to as the Allied Forces has a common goal among its diverse membership: to end Luscinia’s relentless onslaught and bring peace to the world. That aim has been quite clear since the alliance began only a few episodes ago. But what they share in a common objective, they all do not share the same vision on how to accomplish it. The lack of faith and familiarity between factions, most visible between the surviving Glacies soldiers and the insensitive traitors of Ades, prevents the cohesion of a formidable and singular military that can match the Luscinia’s forces and achieve their goal. The reason for the lack of companionship and trust between each side is that there is no unifying leader for this army. Each faction (Ades, Glacies, Turan, and the sky pirates) follows their own and is a reason why this military will never be successful in its current state (or at least current state as of this episode).
Well, it’s been over a month since I posted anything about Last Exile and this episode is probably long forgotten by now. Oh well. Hopefully the topic is still interesting albeit it now being out of date by the most current episode but I planned to cover this series episodically (minus the recaps, though I must interject and say episode 17 was absolutely amazing seeing the entire original Last Exile in one wondrous episode) and dammit, I’ll do just that.
This post will cover the facelessness of war, the fact that neither we nor the characters truly experience all the human lives that are involved in these wars.
Unlike the friendship between Fam and Giselle, one that has endured numerous hardships and still remains strong, the relationship between Fam and Millia is a bit more complex. Should you ask either character, the answer regarding their friendship would be that they are dear friends yet their actions don’t always support these words. Perhaps the greatest obstacle in what’s keeping this relationship to be one as close or resilient as Fam’s and Giselle’s is an issue that extends beyond the difference in class and status between the princess and the pirate. What’s hindering the friendship of Fam and Millia is that they don’t treat each other as equals.