In the world of Prester, flight is the dominant mode of transportation, made possible by Claudia Fluid: a liquidized form of the crystals that are produced on the planet. An organization known solely as “the Guild” has absolute authority over the skies, with a monopoly on the engines that make use of this fluid. Moreover, as ecological disasters destabilize the warring countries of Anatoray and Disith, the Guild also arbitrates in the disputes between the two. Caught in the middle of the conflict are Sky Couriers, piloting small, two-person vanships that fly freely through the sky. Last Exile follows the adventures of two teenagers who dream of surpassing their parents: Claus Valca, son of a famous vanship pilot, and Lavie Head, Claus’ best friend and navigator. Their job as couriers entails passing through an air current called the Grand Stream that separates the hostile nations, which even standard airships struggle to survive. However, when they take on a high-rated delivery to bring an orphan girl named Alvis Hamilton to the battleship Silvana, they get dragged into a much greater conflict that pits them against the might of the Guild. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
If you buy only one action title in the next six months, buy Last Exile. It’s got an intriguing setting, breathtaking action sequences and an ability to drag you on for just… one… more… episode… *gasp*. You could probably drop two stars if you can’t stand serious stuff, but other than that I don’t see how this title could get anything less than four.
So to summarize: great story, great characters, awesome setting, and great animation and CGI. What’s not to love here? If you look for a new Anime series, or just some good TV to watch, definitely pick this title up. I give it 5 stars and big thumbs up. And I don’t give out my stars so easily. You will probably have to go back quite a bit in the archives to find the last review that got 5 stars. Go watch it. It is a good show!
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Time and time again, Gonzo has proven its ability to turn a story with a lot of potential into an utter catastrophe. This is not the case with Last Exile. While it may leave a few questions unanswered; the extraordinary story, fantastic characters and incredible aesthetics make up for it. Very few anime can claim to have such a high level in so many areas. One could make a case for calling Last Exile Gonzo’s greatest creation.
This anime does not like to follow the norm. Deaths are unpredictable, the plot twists are creative, and the characters are unique and represent various humanistic personalities. This anime keeps you thinking and in suspense. Anime that become incredibly predictable are boring and uneventful. There is none of that in Last Exile, which makes for a very enjoyable watch. At times, the anime takes a very dark tone, while other times its light and full of heart. I cannot say I found anything wrong with this anime, except for its slow pacing in the beginning. That is a very minute complaint however. Last Exile is a must watch!
The strange thing with this series is that it may not be the most exciting series. And despite the solid acting, there are certain moments in the story that do feel forced. And yet, now that I’ve finished watching this show, it feels so complete. The end of this series really feels like the end of a long journey, and yet I can fully see a second season that focuses on a completely new cast work; the setting is more than rich enough for that. I wouldn’t call this amongst Gonzo’s best; they made too many classics for that, but it still makes the top 7 and it’s definitely a great show to watch.
Like a piece of complex origami that starts out looking like a flower – “Last Exile” – with each plot unfolding reveals its hidden gems and slowly but surely wraps up into a form so unlike its beginning that the viewer is left to marvel at the inventiveness and dedication of its creators … while simply enjoying the ride.
While Last Exile is an amazing anime series, like any other film or series, it has flaws as well. Sometimes the story may seem to drag and the first couple episodes start off slow as characters and storylines are drawn. Once you get through the initial exposition, the story begins to pick up speed and you’ll need to buckle yourself in to your vanship because it’s one fun and bumpy ride!
Laputa meets Escaflowne and has a happy, upstanding child.
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I just wish they’d make more imaginative shows like this instead of all the school based pap we’re being served these days.
It’s a series that seem to extrude this spellbinding, magical element that dreams are made from, and it completely captured my imagination.
I guess what bugs me most about this anime is that it seemed like something I could have placed in my favourites list with ease, if only it had continued to show us the story of Claus and Lavie, which both the beginning of the series and even the very end imply the series will be. It had everything else – great animation, great music…but it just wasn’t able to make me really connect with its characters, and while the plot was good, it wasn’t so incredibly captivating as to hold my interest without any characters to anchor onto.