We here at RABUJOI seem to have a knack for coming out with extraordinarily late OVA reviews. Case in point: this third and final part of the Hoshi no Umi trilogy aired back in November. Oh well, no anime blog is perfect…except The Perfect Anime Blog, of course.
This segment picks up right where part two left off: Kotoha’s utterly spent, but Zakuro’s just as powerful and evil as ever, and Rin is now in her clutches. The finale lacks the complete visual insanity that always accompanies the exhibition of Kotoha’s talents, but it still possessed a truly electric atmosphere; an irresistable energy that comes with everyone working together as a team, bouncing off of walls, and bounding across rooftops. The multi-vector attack and pursuit of Zakuro is stirring and expertly wrought, though her lines could be a little more inspiring (she mostly just yells ‘Shut up!’).
But while Demon Zakuro vows to kill every single human in the town (all 2,040 of them), she’s disappointed to find they’ve all been evacuated, so it’s pretty much a matter of chasing her until she gets tired and bringing her down. Neither is an easy feat, but the Quartet and their supporting crew are more than up to the challenge. That is, after Hime has a minute-long inner conflict (which Kyousuke even times). There’s also a very funny scene with everyone falling from an under-construction skyscraper and offering to cushion everyone else’s fall until they all fall on a giant cushion conjured by Kotoha on the ground, ending the debate.
So Rin is saved, the evil is drawn out of Zakuro, and everyone gets back to their happy lives. And it’s the little mayor’s job to keep ’em happy, along with the rest of the town. And now we move Yokazura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi into the “Completed” category.
Now that she’s a pirate captain, Marika is working twice as hard and her grades at schol are dropping. Still, she refuses to drop out, and vows to do better. The Bentenmaru’s next mission is to plunder the Frigard Liner Symphony Angel, which is being accompanied three escort ships, necessitating ship-to-ship combat. After bearing the Bentenmaru’s teeth, the fleet surrenders, and the mission is successful. While unwinding in her cabin, Marika is called back to the bridge with news that they have a stowaway – a small child who managed to hack the ship’s security systems.
This week’s teaser is played straight at first, but as the situation gets more and more dire, it’s clear it’s only a bad dream. But the dream does present the theme of the episode: can Marika handle everything on her plate? Of course, that’s kind of the theme of the whole series. With both of Marika’s lives now established, this episode could delve a bit into the workaday. We even see her back at the maid cafe with Mami, where Chiaki also stops by for another parfait. The mission is fairly elementary – pains are taken to make it clear the Bentenmaru doesn’t simply choose who to board and raid – they have a contact with a client to provide an entertainment to the crews of these liners.
These conceits may seem to kill the peril of this series, but we don’t think the peril is the point. We’re out in space, and many wars have been fought, and now most everything seems to be pretty nice and peaceful. There also seems to be quite a bit of wealth out there, and the wealthier people get, the more elaborate their entertainments become. It isn’t enough to go on an intergalactic cruse, oh no…you have to be attacked by pirates! It’s all in good fun, but that doesn’t mean the crew ofthe Bentenmaru don’t take their job very seriously, and demand that Marika do the same. Now she’s facing an unexpected new challenge: a stowaway kid.
Dio and Alvis, still on the run from persuers, take a breather in an abandoned town, and reminisce on the past, in the form of a recap of the original Last Exile series.
First of all, it was nice to see Claus and Lavie and young Dio and Alvis. It was also pretty sweet to catch a glimpse of the older Claus and Lavie, still together. Priceless. Still, there was little new material here, so we won’t give it a rating.
We understand that some of the audience of Ginyoku no Fam may not have seen the first series, hence the need for this quick precis. Suffice it to say, the sequel has a job for Alvis to do, and Dio has sworn to protect her no matter the cost.