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Last Exile – Fam, the Silver Wing Ep. 1

Initial impression – a revival done right

Autumn 2011 to winter 2012 (21 episodes) (Japanese title – Last Exile – Ginyoku no Fam) (more info)

I remember Last Exile as one of my first forays into the steampunk genre.  I really like the concept of these romanticized, alternate-history / alternate-technology settings.  It’s always interesting to see how people might cope in a world that’s drastically different from our own.  However, I do remember thinking the plot of the original Last Exile was unnecessarily convoluted and messy for what it was trying to accomplish.  Also, the tone of the characters was either way too serious or way too ordinary.  Seeing that Last Exile – Fam has abandoned the old cast (with the lone curiosity of Dio) but kept the old setting makes me hopeful that Fam might actually be better than the original.  And early indications are backing up that hope.  Characters are much more motivated, focused and driven and there’s a more lighthearted tone than the first season.  These big changes are great, add a lot of energy and I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds from here.


2 responses to “Last Exile – Fam, the Silver Wing Ep. 1

  1. Myssa October 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Sorry to break it to you, but the cast list already made it quite clear that Dio is NOT going to be the last of the old cast to return (and indeed the OP showed slightly older versions of Tatiana, Allister, and Alvis). Also, technically this is an altogether different planet from the first series — Earth, as opposed to the Prester colony from the original — and the story is just set two years after LE..

    • アレクザンダー October 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      It’s been so long since I watched the first season of Last Exile and I remember so little of it that this might as well be a fresh series for me with little connection to the first season. I’m very pleased to see that the new main characters seem to have a much clearer goal in mind and the action is looking much stronger and focused than the first season. This kind of long break between first and second seasons reminds me a little of the kind of reboot that Kiddy GiRL-AND decided to try a little while back. It was met with mild success and Last Exile has vastly more refined roots, so I’m being lead to predict a much better result from Fam.

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