Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam- – 18
The fighting at Boreas came to an end which marked the beginning of negotiations. It was less a negotiation than an argument over who was right and wrong, a young queen throwing a childish tantrum, and spontaneous outbursts. It remains to be seen what will happen next due to the events that take place in this episode and since we didn’t get a preview this time around.
What amazed me this episode was how easily Luscinia was forgiven by Sara for his reprehensible actions. He was conducting genocide of immigrant peoples. By accepting Luscinia back, Sara has basically agreed to continue this campaign. Does she know what she just did? Also, where is the maniacal Luscinia from episode 15? He came back way too calmly.
I’m surprised by the amount of good will the people have held for over 10 years towards the Augusta name. Why they didn’t just pretty much strip the power from the queen’s vacant position and keep Sara around as a symbolic head of state is puzzling. It would have been much more easy for Ades to continue doing what they were doing.
The tension at the party was very believable. No amount of crying from a child queen could make adults accept such a forced peace especially not after all the losses incurred. This party did allow us to see Fam, Giselle, Millia, and Tatiana in dresses. I had to double check that was Tatiana because I couldn’t believe my eyes! She doesn’t strike me as a dress person. The party also brought up Fam’s lineage again but due to her clumsiness, it was quickly buried underneath all the other events taking place.
Lilliana became a matyr just as I had predicted back in episode 14. I wasn’t really interested in the fact that she had jumped in front of Dian’s shot to save Luscinia although it’s a little unbelievable that Luscinia didn’t see it coming or would have died from that type of wound. After all, he was deflecting bullets all the way back in episode 11. I don’t believe she saved him because she loved him – it seemed way too superficial. Their attempt to create a romantic subplot in episode 11 had already failed in my eyes. It makes more sense that Lilliana saved Luscinia because she agreed with him and his methods for preserving the world. What did interest me was how Lilliana’s death catapulted Millia to the top of Turan succession and gave her the ability to control their exile. It’ll be interesting to see what path she takes and how she uses her newfound powers (of course, she can’t control the exile without knowing the Mysterion). Whether she was persuaded by her sister’s words and beliefs remain to be seen.
I was anxiously waiting for Dian to do something all episode long. After her outburst at Fam for stopping her from firing upon the third fleet and then seeing her attempting to shoot Fam down and prevent her from carrying out the cease-fire, I found it a little odd that she would be so submissive when it came to the end of the fighting. It’ll be interesting to see what her fate will be after shooting Lilliana.
It’s easy for me to take the moral high road but the fact is that their problem is very difficult one to solve. Still, what gives Ades the right to wipe out people because resources are scarce? The end doesn’t justify the means. Also, wouldn’t the proper route have been for Ades to ally themselves with older nations instead of taking them out? (This point is kind of moot since I’m sure that Luscinia has some sort of ultimate weapon.)
I’m getting pretty jittery over the ending. There are still things left to close out and with only 3 episodes left, it’s hard to see how these loose ends will get meaningful closure. I was surprised when they introduced a new faction within the Turan military but that was handled fairly well and quickly. If they’re going to introduce something (or someone), they better do it soon or forever hold their peace and just tie up the loose ends we already have properly.
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