Yes, I hereby dub this show, Last Exile: Millia, the Second Princess of Turan. Of all the characters featured so far, she shows the most growth and has been one of the few interesting ones to follow. The titled lead of the show currently lacks complexity, as does her navigator, and I find myself constantly overlooking them in favor of side characters. This episode was no exception, as Millia has a small breakthrough that defines who she is and the nation she represents.
There are larger events at foot in this episode, with Fam’s capture of the battleship, Prince Victorius, and Ades Federation’s annexation of the kingdom of Turan. And yet, my attention was largely interested in Millia’s claim of “land” on the Sylvius. Her dual decisions to declare war on the Ades Federation, as well as choose portions of the Sylvius to represent the new kingdom of Turan show a strengthening in her character, one that promises to come to head later on in the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if she succeeds in protecting her new Turan, where her older sister could not save the old. The agreeable improvement of Millia’s self-worth was smothered in maid outfit moe, but I’m willing to forgive the inclusion given that the clothes prove just how determined the second princess is to re-establish her nation. I’m glad that almost every single person Millia encounters while dressed up in this outfit finds it just as ridiculous as I do.
And the costume wearing doesn’t end there. An important part of the infiltration and theft of the first Ades Federation ship includes Ades Federation-issued uniforms. As they are of limited supply, Fam, Giselle, and a select group of Sylvia crew don homemade imitations and successfully fool the unbelievably gullible crew of the Prince. The ease with which their uniforms and Giselle’s intel work to their success is far-fetched, at the least, but I couldn’t help but laugh at the Jack Sparrow-like gall of this band of pirates.
Overall, I’m getting used to the flow of this anime, as lighthearted and easygoing as it is. I wouldn’t mind if a few more episodes followed the same vein as this one: a capture of a battleship, accompanied with some character development…preferably of Fam and Giselle since they lead the anime.