October 31, 2011
War is hell, war never changes. During the lull between battles one will realize that the bigger the war, the more dead lie in the streets. Who will bury the? Who has the time to? Would even care to give a proper one for the dead of your enemies? Perhaps one single piece of humanity that still exists in the middle of a bloody war is the way we treat our dead. Behind the front lines, between the battles when everyone is supposed to rest, it is characteristic of humans to pay respects to the dead, any dead for that matter, even of your enemies. We give the time of day to bury them even if they were just shooting at us minutes ago. No matter the circumstance, humanity honors the dead and departed no matter the reason.
It’s almost ironic that this episode comes out mere days before November 1 and 2.
October 25, 2011
The sky is a deep shade of crystalline blue. The sea below, a crimson red stained by the blood of people. The horizon divides beauty and horror by a thin line as Milia sees her city burn in the background. A new world, an old planet, the same condition of humanity still engaged in endless war for ideologies and desires. This is the world from which humanity was exiled, but as I has said before, humanity doesn’t learn pretty well.
This is war, and war… war never changes.
October 16, 2011
(Screenshots from the best RAW I could get my hands on. Content itself is based on the Animax simulcast.)
6 years. I first watched Last Exile 6 years ago when I managed to snatch some copies from my friend. I am glad to admit that Last Exile was one of the first anime, alongside Escaflowne, to show me that the realm of epic adventures is not an alien concept in anime. When I first read that Last Exile was getting it’s sequel, spiritual or direct, I was ecstatic. For me very few anime series holds the same degree of grandiosity in storytelling and presentation that shows like Last Exile and Escaflowne did, and thus the story entitled Fam The Silver Wing holds a hefty pedigree as the successor to what is considered studio GONZO’s best work to date.
High hopes were placed. The question is, were high hopes met? The moment the airships took flight as kingdoms go to war, the moment Vanships flew and weaved through the cloudy skies in an effort to save what was dear to them, the moment a young (and now female) pilot too it upon herself to place herself in the middle of it all, I new I was back into the skies I flew in as well as I stared into the TV, feeling the skies for myself 6 years ago.
Back into the blue skies.