Anime of Tomorrow
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.