Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam – 08

With Fam and Gisey being tailed, the Sylvius finds herself over the Grand Lake, stuck between the might of the combined Ades fleet and the territorially aggressive Glacies. The Sylvius holds her own, but it isn’t long before she starts to take a beating. Fam goes out in her Vespa with Millia to go skyfishing as Glacies attacks Ades. When they return to the Sylvius, hidden in a cloud, they find a Glacies warship stuck to her and free it. Millia fires the shot that brings down the Anshar, the Ades flagship, and she and Fam return to the Sylvius, the day’s battle won.

Last week was one of the more bodaciously sky-battletastic episodes thus far, and the cliffhanger promised more to come. It didn’t disappoint, as this week a third player moves onto the board, the shy and isolated Glacies, whom we liken to Esthar from FFVIII. Their ships are suitably cool and foreign, as is their Russian (!) dialogue. We don’t speak Russian, but it all sounded good to us, and added flavor and strangeness to the proceedings. Is everything wrapped up in a dubiously neat and tidy bow, considering the deep shit they were in last week? Perhaps, but we don’t care if its done with this much pomp and style.

Tatiana Wisla shows why she wears the Captain’s pants by tossing the Sylvius around like a toy, bouncing it off of enemy ships, and shooting a hole in a cliff to scatter and confuse the fleets. There was a moment when they were about to literally hit a wall, when we thought of the old Tatiana, who might’ve curled into a ball and cried. But here, she laughs, rises to the occasion and gets her crew and ship out of trouble with flair that would make Alex Roy proud. Millia gets to take it straight to Ades thanks to Fam…but there’s a cost: Gisey gets left out, and doens’t take it well. To be continued.

Rating: 4

P.S.: They rearranged the ending theme this week and revamped the slideshow. We really like it, preferring it to the last one.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam – 04

Millia bonds more with Gisey and Fam’s fam, when Dio shows up with a photo of the mysterious Sylvius, the ship Fam vows to steal for Millia. It’s easier said than done though, as all the pirates’ usual skyfishing tricks prove ineffective, and they’re all taken into custody. Fam makes a deal with the Sylvius’ captain, Tatiana Wisla, to steal fifteen Ades ships, as many as there are years in her life.

Ah, Tatiana. She was one of our favorite characters from the first series. Once the proud, stuck-up, spoiled little princess ace pilot of the Silverna, she’s now captain of her own ship; one that can fly, float, and dive underwater no less, which is pretty sweet. She projects a more seasoned, Alex Roy-like bearing, and the kind, soft-spoken Alister remains by her side as first mate. Tatiana seems mildly impressed by Fam’s cojones – maybe sees a little of herself in her – so rather than killing her, she plans to put her and Gisey to good use.

One beef with this episode is that it took a while for it to get going. We wanted to see a longer sky battle, but the one we got felt almost rushed after the entire first half was spent on more family slice-of-life at Kartoffel, though we’ll grant that perhaps they won’t be back there for some time. Gisey’s ability to use a fuzzy photo to draw up a detailed schematic of the Sylvius (and be able to time maneuvers inside her based on Dio’s vague descriptions) also struck us as a little too clever even for the very able Gisey. Finally, we’re rather amused by Fam’s need to wear garterbelts and stockings to bed.

Rating: 3.5