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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:

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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Star Driver 25 (End) Final Kiraboshi

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Well here’s throwing another final kiraboshi into the massive pile of growing final kiraboshi’s out there.

 I have to admit, Star Driver started to feel rushed and pretty much predictable towards the end, however if the craziness of the plot was ignored and the the only thing judged was animation quality and battle scene AWESOMENESS, then star driver ending was brilliant. The ending really does leave me wanting a bit more and I have this feeling (well, I wish it’ll come true) that there’ll be an OVA or episode 26 bundled with the last DVD for an epilougue… like seriously I’m pretty sure all other series have epilogues in the final episode.

Ahh well~ another ending to a series. It was fun while it lasted and made all the more fun by FABULOUS gg subs that’s been trolling this series randomly. BUT, I’m sorry gg, while I burst out laughing at your final troll, Kurogane’s Anime Blog take’s the cake for commentary on that scene.

😦 Well my Sundays won’t shine as brightly anymore. Goodbye Star Driver~

(<ゝ∀・) KIRABOSHI☆!!!

Recent Anime List: Winter 2010/11

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It seems I’ve noticed a pattern in my posts. I usually post near exam time… because I’m trying to avoid studying. I swear it’s unintentional… I think. Anyways, due to first semester at a new school I’ve missed putting up a Fall 2010 anime list, which is a shame really because Fall 2010 was full of pretty awesome series. As for what I’ve been watching or watched from that season its:

Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto – I tried out this series only because Bones was behind it. In my eyes Bones can do no wrong. I was right. I’ve fallen for the Galactic Pretty Boy and integrated KIRABOSHI☆ in my language. It was the swing of his hips… yeah that was it.

Psychic Detective Yakumo – An intriguing plot and I wanted to join the horror-fest that’s been taking over anime seasons lately… but not really put myself in the position where I can’t sleep at night.

Kuragehime – THE BEST SHOW of Fall 2010. Hands down. I fell for the trap and Clara and I wished there was more. So far, I’ve been enjoying noitaminA shows, so much so that I’m reluctant in starting some because I know they only last 13 episodes.

Well that was it… I started a few more than that, but unfortunately stopped them due to schedules and/or disappointing plot.

Now enough with last season, here’s WINTER 2010/11.
(image by ゴロー on pixiv)

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Summer 2010 Lineup – New Anime List

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Ah, the summer heat. Good time to keep away from the sun is to spend some time viewing anime. It would seem a trend for this year’s summer line up is horror. The sequel to Black Butler, Seikimitsu Occult Gakuin, Shiki, and Highschool of the Dead should thrill horror lovers. As for me, it looks like I won’t be watching much (too scared >_<).

 

 

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