Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam 08

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So I was watching this today. I have to say, I’m very impressed with the large-scale battle on a visual level as well as a tactical level.

With the inclusion of Glacies (which is Russian apparently), it makes Ginyoku no Fam feel much larger in scale compared to the first season of Last Exile which only had Disith and Anatoray as the two ruling countries.

Aside from being the best episode this season so far (I just love battle scenes), it also felt very much more like a type of episode that would fit in with the first season, which a lot of people had been missing. Fam was dismissed rather bluntly by the professionals as opposed to just letting her go on her merry way to do whatever she wanted. It was pretty serious and that was what made it so different from the rest of the season so far.

There are two things I felt were a bit off-putting from the episode.
The first is how Glacies warned the Sylvius while they opened fire right away on Ades Federation forces. I thought Glacies was the country which doesn’t understand that the enemies of your enemies are your friends? Or maybe it’s because Sylvius is considered an unidentified ship to them so they didn’t take drastic actions. I also hardly think it’s because Sylvius is clearly in need of a break so they decided to give it some slack. Anyways, this part felt different from the description and notion we had of Glacies that it felt off.
Second thing the bugged me is Fam’s Skyfish hunt. Granted, the Sylvius needed to put into action anything they can to get out of the battle alive, but putting this in was like an afterthought. Kind of like “Oh hey, let’s not forget our main characters from this season and let them save the day even though the rest of the supporting cast were BAMF earlier.” I think the only worthwhile thing going for this is possible further character development on Giselle who missed out on taking down Anshar as well letting Millia get bragging rights on being the first one to get a direct hit on a Claudia unit.

Those parts aside, I think Ades Federation needs to start modifying its ship and hide their engines. Is this a major flaw that the production team left out there just so Millia could get her one shot? Seeing as this episode was awesome, I’m just going to chalk it up to needing to get close to the engines to actually do major damage and with all the artillery the ship carries and shots flying through the air in an actual battle it would be difficult to do so.

Unless Ades likes tradition, perhaps we’ll have more Shaharzes used in big scale battles, because Vanships and Glacies’ version of them do give an advantage.

Overall great episode, I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Afterthoughts:

All the characters from the OP have been introduced and/or shown now except for Vincent and Alvis. When do we see them?!

Speaking of the OP, I noticed Lilliana clutching onto Luscinia. D: I really like their mysterious relationship and while it might be cliché I’m hoping that even though Luscinia used Lilliana, there’s some hidden romantic feeling there.

The ED visuals this week is different and featured all the photos of the Ades ships captured by Fam. Assuming there’s no repeat pictures and the pictures aren’t in order. There’s fourteen in total.  One short of the promised fleet. Are we going to get a timeskip again? Oh I was thinking the 11th picture was Anshar, but I could be very wrong.

Oh almost forgot, I loved, loved the scene where Alis was like “Everyone, I have bad news. Captain Tatiana is smiling.”

Gonzo’s really putting everything they’ve got into this series aren’t they? I can only imagine how much money they spent on this episode to make the CG pretty much integrated seamlessly. Though, they’re still not up to par with ufotable’s insane quality.

I miss Dio D:

Just When I Thought…

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Just when I thought I felt like giving up on Bleach for its recent lack of … amazing-ness… Tite Kubo threw something at my face:
Death & Strawberry 2

… really? REALLY?

Just when I thought I was feeling like giving up on Naruto for at least a year so I can finish the arc in one sitting instead of torturing myself to labour through it weekly, Masashi Kishimoto decided to give me a surprise gift:
Shisui

… what… REALLY?!

I have renewed hope for next week.

No. 6: Episode 3 – Life and Death

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Crisis strikes as Shion finds himself suffering the same events that caused his co-worker to die. Nezumi attempts to take out the thing wreaking havoc in Shion’s neck despite lack of anaesthesia. In complete agony, Shion begs the other boy to kill him and end the pain. However, Nezumi admonishes him saying how Shion has yet to fully experience life.

In other words, the production company takes this chance to put in innuendos that was clearly missing last week.

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No.6: Episode 2 – The Town Clad in Light

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Jumping 4 years into the future, Shion’s now entered the work force. He sends goodbye to Safu who is being sent to No. 5 to continue her studies. In the middle of an awkward confession, Nezumi sends in a pet rat communiqué to interrupt the moment. The fact that Nezumi is shows up again after four years could only mean something big is going down.

In other words, Safu gets the award for best confession of the season and Nezumi just can’t help but jump in to ruffle up Shion’s feathers yet again.

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No. 6: Episode 1 – Drenched Rat

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Yay for image heavy post!

In a post-apocalyptic world, human beings have set up the only six safe habitable area and banned weapons in order to create a lasting peace. The main character Shion is simply taking what ever life hands to him and seems bored of it all. As someone who tested with a high IQ at a young age, his family has been given many perks such as living in a high-class neighbourhood. His routine is suddenly broken when visited by a wounded young man who breaks into his house in an attempt to escape his armed hunters.

In other words, two lonely young boys meet to form what would probably amount to the summer’s unforgettable bromance.

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USA Toyota Corolla + Hatsune Miku = ?

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… equals absolute fail.

I’m assuming that Toyota USA used Hatsune Miku to entice a specific group of buyers, in this case anime fans. Sure Toyota gets my applaud for managing to bring forth a popular Japanese cult hit and combining it with a western ad, but in terms of getting in touch with more customers (which is basically what an ad is for), it completely fails.

Important note:  Japanese cult hit.

Since this is a US ad, they’re targeting US anime fans. Unfortunately for them, even in the large group of anime fans, those who heard of Hatsune Miku if fairly small, and those who have actually knowledge of who Hatsune Miku is, is even smaller. In my case I found out through Cencoroll which happened to have a theme song done by Supercell which used to (or maybe still is) doing songs using Vocaloid.

What I’m guessing this ad will lead to? It will lead to people searching on the internet on who on Earth is Hatsune Miku as opposed to looking up the specs of the new Toyota Corolla.

found out through ANN

MAMESHIBA!!!!

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Okay so I first knew about Mameshiba thanks to gg sub group (they leave commercials in their subbed shows). Then I happened to get bored and wondered if there were other Mameshiba commercials I haven’t seen (I know, great use of time). So I went on Youtube and WOW! they have a whole series. I watched all 20 of them❤. Here’s the link to the first one: Mameshiba. The rest can be seen in the uploader’s youtube page.

This one is my favourite: