September 10, 2004

Last Exile Episode 3

Last Exile


After a brief, two episode detour bringing Claus and Lavie into the middle of a battle, they've arrived back home just in time to miss the time trials for the big race. They'll be starting in last place, but luckily Lavie was able to purchase a booster for their vanship.

I didn't find the race itself to be all that exciting. You don't really get the sense of speed watching the CG vanships against the hand-drawn backgrounds. Compounding the problem is the unrealistic motion the vanships make through the course, and it just feels a little empty.

Despite being in last place, Claus is able to get them back into contention. At that point, I started to wonder what effect winning this race might have on our intrepid heroes. I really had no idea what was at stake with the race, which I took as a hint they had no way of actually winning it. Luckily, towards the end of the episode, the show gives you another hook to draw you into the next installment.

I'd love to know more about what's going on in this intriguing and complex world, but Last Exile isn't giving away too much right away. Gonzo does a good job in presenting the show, though, so I'm definitely interested to see where it's going.

Rating: B

Posted by Kei at September 10, 2004 11:57 PM

Hm, you seem to have a particular grudge against CG. I thought the CG in LastExile was extremely well-done, and I did get that "speed rush" feeling when watching the race. Are you sure you aren't watching it at the wrong framerate or whatever ?

Posted by: Bugmaster at September 11, 2004 02:41 AM

It's not so much that I have a grudge against CG. I love CG. I just have a much bigger gripe with inconsistency of style, which is frequent when CG and hand-drawn art mixes. This is something that is extremely hard to overcome, but it still irks me. The vanships and other CG entities in Last Exile stand out (even if it's not as bad as in many shows).

Posted by: Kei at September 27, 2004 03:20 PM

I'm transposing you don't like CG. Meh. ;D

I like your ratings. Good and to the point but not good for someone who hasn't seen the series or is just being introduced. ;O I love your site though. Good job! ;D

Posted by: Holly at November 16, 2004 07:56 PM
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