After skipping my thoughts on episode 3, I’m back again after finishing up episode 4–now feeling a bit more rejuvenated about both episodic blogging and this anime in general. Episode 3 made a lot of progress in terms of information, clearing up quite a lot of the confusions set from the first two episodes. Episode 4 takes the story up several notches, as well as returns a couple of familiar faces.
We’re only 4 or so weeks into the fall season, and my favorite characters are already making places for themselves. I’ve always been attracted to strong characters with lots of resolve and motivation, a trend that continues to be true even now. As always, thank you for reading, and I hope that you, too, will share your favorite maidens of Fall 2011.
For those viewers who complained about the archetypal characters that lead the cast of LE: Fam (myself included), you’ll be pleased to note that it looks like these cookie-cutter roles may change along with the darker turn of events in “Fool’s Mate”. Not only do we learn something new, though familiar, about the capable, older princess Liliana, we also witness the complete destruction of Turan’s capital, Iglasia. I previously lauded Fam for its brighter colors, only to have the second episode blast me back to overcast scenery reminiscent of the original. Right now, I’m at a bit of an impasse in regards to my earlier unequivocal belief that this show would be the best of the season. While a ton of aspects about Fam still excite me, I’m also starting to worry over some areas that I hope are ironed out as soon as possible.
Awwwwwww, yeah. My most highly anticipated show of the fall season has finally arrived, and I must say, it has definitely earned its place at the top of my shows. It may even be the first anime ever for me to blog by episode–if not with episodic posts, it will probably get the most editorial-type posts during its airing. Buckle up guys, and prepare yourself for one roller coaster of a ride.
To end my short break and string of initial impressions, I present to you my thoughts on Last Exile, an anime from 2003 with steampunk themes and a thrilling, though short, adventure story. I have always been enthralled with the idea of steampunk, as vague as my early picture of what the term represents. My first memories of this genre include early readings of Jules Verne back in my middle school days, specifically 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, as well as Disney’s 2001 film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Later on in my undergrad years, I found Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle. These all share a common vein of steam-powered machines, be they oriented for the sea or the sky. It wasn’t until I went to a pop-culture seminar in 2010 that I heard the term, “steampunk.” Late to the punch, huh? I became fascinated with the whole concept of it all, so of course jumped at the chance to watch Last Exile, which I heard included plenty of steam-powered goodness. What follows is a discussion of how Last Exile fulfills many of steampunk’s criteria, as well as my final impressions of the anime as a whole and my excitement for the newly announced anime, Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam.