Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam- – 13
We return right where Fam left off last week when she turned around to warn Dian about the Ades Federation. It is a departure from last week’s episode which focused on individual characters and character building. Instead, everything is set on a much grander scale. I may have come down a little bit hard on the previous episode but that’s only because there was so much potential. This episode gives Fam a nudge back in the right direction. It felt more serious and less silly overall.
Using the provincial fleet to test out Glacies’ defenses was a very smart tactic on Luscinia’s part. They were inconsequential to his battle plan (because he has control over an Exile) and his generals are very skilled in combat so losing them was no big deal. I personally think he was using them as a decoy to get rid of them. The interesting part in all of this is Vasant’s feelings toward losing the provincial fleet. She seems to be the only one who cares about Sara’s well-being and how she will look to the public by waging this war. Her words leave hope that she might become one of the catalysts for change against Luscinia and Alauda’s ulterior motives.
Glacies is an interesting nation. They seem to subscribe to the school of “the best offense is a good defense.” Their final defense, the “White Legend”, seems to come from the same technology Exiles are made of. I wouldn’t be surprised if their whole base was a re-purposed Exile. Its design and functions seem like they were lifted from an Exile. Their leaders’ words (and all the glowing) led me to believe they were activating it which wouldn’t make my theory so far fetched. One thing that does leave me very puzzled is Glacies’ vanships. Why do they need mass drivers to get them off the ground? We’ve seen Dian fly off in one without rockets just fine. It just leads me to think they haven’t thought out their use thoroughly. They do address the fact that ships have an altitude limit but I don’t think a mass driver would have any possible benefits other than looking cool.
With an Exile headed towards Glacies, I really don’t know what to expect next week. We still haven’t seen what happened at Anatoray. I’m anxious to see what plans the others are cooking up and if they’ll make an appearance soon.