Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam- – 16
Sorush finally meets his maker this week. Orang turns on his best friend based on his beliefs which is honorable. It seems that Sorush never believed in Farahnaz’s ideals. In fact, it’s not entirely clear why Sorush decided to join the armed forces. In the beginning of the episode, I started to feel like Sorush was a likable character but as the episode rolled on, that feeling subsided. My earlier assessment of him was just fine. His groupthink personality is very dangerous. Ades needs more Orang like people in their armed forces.
The one thing that really annoyed me this week was Sara’s grief over the loss of Sorush. If she had heard his traitorous words when she wasn’t listening, she definitely wouldn’t be crying. She even asked if Luscinia was there. As if her running out into the battlefield would stop them from fighting. Then again, I commend Gonzo for sticking with their guns and portraying her as still very naive. It still leaves Vasant in an odd place though since Sara saw Sorush’s flag conveniently fly up after the ship’s destruction.
Once again Fam does nothing of importance. The whole episode would have still made total sense without her. One could argue that it was for character development but I would say that she didn’t really develop after that incident anyway. I was ready to give her some props when she had a chance to save an allied ship from destruction (but she didn’t). There was a glimmer of hope when I thought she might finally do something instead of whining all the time. I really felt disappointed at that moment. Her attempt at trying to catch the Senapati was utter fail as well. If she had just used those missiles she dropped on its engines, she could have disabled the ship without killing anybody. Hasn’t she done it before (when she was capturing ships for Millia)?
The final surprise we get is Dio and Alvis finding their way to Boreas. It’s about time they brought him back into the foreground of the story.