Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam- – 15
We’ve seen our fair share of princesses in this show, from Liliana to Millia to Sara, but it seems like we’re going to get another addition to our royal collection. Vincent drops a hint that we may be seeing Empress Sophia of the Anatoray-Disith alliance once more. This doesn’t really surprise me since she was a very important character in the prequel, but what she could be doing is anyone’s guess.
While we’ve seen the Urbanus and Vincent, Dio and Alvis are still missing in action. I’m sure they’re fine though (otherwise Vincent wouldn’t have looked so relaxed). What good would having an Exile be if you didn’t have the key?
Luscinia seems to have found what he was looking for. It seems to be similar to Glacies’ Exile (being ground based or grounded). I’m sure it’ll be more powerful. If this turns out to be the granddaddy of them all, I’m sure it’ll have some sort of weak spot for Fam and the gang to exploit in the coming battles.
I previously gave Vasant the benefit of the doubt by saying she seemed to really care about Sara and her image, but she came off as very manipulative this episode. I still think it’s better than being led by the nose by Lucisinia who seems very preoccupied with power. You can’t help but feel bad for Sara though. Being that young and being taken advantage of sucks. There’s really nothing she can do.
I still can’t get over how badly constructed Fam’s personality is. Yes it’s been 16 episodes but she’s still very obnoxious. It’s just everything about her. She might be a brilliant sky pirate but she has zero tact and her arguments really piss me off since they are childish. At least her usual talk of the Grand Race was used in a semi-meaningful way this time (to assuage Sara’s concerns).
This anime’s serious tone and Fam’s childish demeanor clash too much. I would much rather prefer more of the former. Fam comes off as an early version of Lavie from the original series. The difference here is Lavie grew up and understood that they were fighting a war, while Fam keeps insisting on taking it lying down. I’m still disappointed that she isn’t developing. This show’s major fault is her inability to grow as a character.
Even though all the “character development” was sorely disappointing, this episode wasn’t a complete waste of time because it gave us a hint of things to come and serves as a good setup for another fantastic aerial battle at Boreas. Hopefully next episode will include the return of the Silvius (probably to save the day). The preview shows us some shots of Claus but they don’t look very encouraging since they look like flashbacks.