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Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam – Episode 2

Last episode on Ginyoku no Fam, the Sky Pirates had just rescued/kidnapped the princesses of the good-guy monarchy from the clutches of the bad-guy federation by blowing up their ship and crashing them into a lake, allowing them to fly below the steam-radar of the enemy ships.  Now they have to return home to warn their people and begin plotting their counterattack?  The Sky Pirates might have different ideas, though.  The Sky Pirates are supposed to be the protagonists, so they probably won’t do anything too unkind to the ship full of monarchists they captured, but at the very least they will probably want to hang on to what is left of their ship.  The monarchists might wind up walking (swimming?) back to their capital, and by the time they get there surely it will be overrun, and they will have to start a bloody insurgency to restore the fallen monarch.  Or possibly the Sky Pirates can give them a ride, pirates are usually kind and decent people who will help you out if you are in a pinch.  Let’s find out by watching episode 2 of Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam!

…thirty minutes pass…

It is hard to take you seriously as a fleet commander in that ridiculous hat. You should wear a cool eyepatch instead like the enemy fleet commander.

I was hoping we’d have a little longer before this show got this weird.  I was hoping we’d spend some time with two ordinary nations having an ordinary war of genocide using ordinary magic steampunk airships.  But it was not to be.  Instead we get a dude that can’t be killed by bullets speaking a mystical code phrase to turn a woman into a laser fired at the moon, which makes the moon come down from the sky and attack his enemies with its tentacles.  The people who wrote this episode considered that a reasonable thing to have happen, in the second episode of the show, with no prior foreshadowing.  There was some crazy stuff that happened in the original Last Exile, sure, but that was near the end, after they had spent some time ratcheting up the craziness from ordinary danmaku airship warfare.  I’m a little worried now that they are picking up where they left off, at the craziness level of the end of the original Last Exile, and they’re just going to keep ratcheting it up from there, until eventually the characters will be timetraveling to rescue a dinosaur diplomat from his force field prison using Dracula’s moon-laser.

I’ll probably give this show another episode: the idea of Exiles, a race of people who fled the planet because of a natural disaster only to find upon their return that they were no longer welcome is interesting to me.  I wonder if that’s what the white-skinned people represent, and if so, that explains why the white-skinned people are so bent on genocide.  Or, maybe the white-skinned people are the ones who stayed, and they have been crowded out by the descendants of the Exiles, which would also explain why they are so bent on genocide.  Basically, I am hoping that we will get some good political philosophy chat to go with our tactical airship battles, and then I can squint my eyes and pretend I’m watching Legend of the Galactic Heroes.  If we just get more piloting derring-do and unexplained magical powers I’ll probably drop the show.


3 responses to “Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam – Episode 2

  1. Myssa October 25, 2011 at 2:04 am

    White skinned people… Don’t you mean Guild? You know, Dio’s people?

    It’s kind of obvious now that, while it’s okay to jump into Fam without prior knowledge of Last Exile, SOME knowledge of the prior series is required to appreciate (or even understand) some of the stuff happening in Fam, like the aforementioned Guild (and their role), the Exiles, and the devastating war that precipitated the start of the Exile project to begin with…

    (Yeah, start from here: then read down)

  2. Myssa October 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

    P.S. Someone was nice enough to try translating the Travelers from the Hourglass manga. The first one just came up here:

    Yep, that’s Fam and Giselle right there at the end.

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