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Last Exile: The Complete Series Box Set

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It's the dawn of the Golden Age of Aviation on planet Prester, and retro-futuristic sky vehicles known as vanships dominate the horizon. Claus Valca - a flyboy born with the right stuff - and his fiery navigator Lavie are fearless racers obsessed with becoming the first sky couriers to cross the Grand Stream in a vanship. But when the high-flying duo encounters a mysterious girl named Alvis, they are thrust into the middle of an endless battle between Anatoray and Disith - two countries systematically destroying each other according to the code of chivalric warfare. Lives will be lost and legacies determined as Claus and Lavie attempt to bring peace to their world by solving the riddle of its chaotic core.

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  • Actors: Johnny Yong Bosch, Kari Wahlgren, Crispin Freeman
  • Format: Animated, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001US3XUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Last Exile: The Complete Series Box Set" on IMDb

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Last Exile is one of those anime series that's been floating around for a few years now that I repeatedly made mental notes of considering while shopping. With commercials and trailers that hinted to some kind of early-avionics days adventure, it looked interesting enough but always seemed to get passed by for some flashy-boxed mecha OVA or gritty, modern-day set series. Now that Funimation has picked up the Geneon property in its entirety, my days of putting off Last Exile have finally come to an end and let me just start by saying I should not have wasted so much time getting into this anime gem. But before I get too far ahead of myself, let's take a moment to discuss the packaging and physical presentation.

Last Exile the Complete Series consists of 26 episodes across 4 discs and comes packaged in a stylish cardboard slipcase containing a pair of thin packs. The artwork is stunningly appropriate, with a purposely-weathered look that includes the yellowing of the parchment and near-black & white quality to the portraits. Faded images of the pilots, decked out in their antiquated flight gear, standing proudly before their weathered open-cockpit aircraft have a look about them that just nails the look and feel of the early 1900s.

Coming in at a total runtime of 625 minutes, Last Exile wears a very conservative TV14 rating. This is nearly general audience material with a slight hint of adult undertones (war and aerial combat) but the show contains no real violence, suggestive content, or foul language worth parental concern. Like real wars, some characters (even beloved by the end) do lose their lives to the cause. However, Last Exile is never graphic in its portrayal of death nor does it glorify themes of violence.
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Gonzo is a studio that has had a very diverse range of shows that it has made but Last Exile is by far the best, and one of the best animes out there. It has a steampunk aesthetic which always adds a hint of mystery and romance to the setting, which is great considering the plot requires just that. It is an uplifting story with a lot of heart, sure to make new and old fans alike enjoy.

Warning: This anime actually has plot, character development, and depth. This is not for folks that want plenty of blood and guts fights, sword and sorcery, and/or fan service from unrealistically proportioned female characters. This is one of the classiest shows out there.
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I can not tell you anything that the other reviewers have not. I had not picked this up because it looked like something more for a younger audience. Well while there is very little blood and there is no nudity or fan service to really speak of yet this is something that I was very surprised with.
Visually this is a thing of beauty because of the CGI, the animation itself is well done. Yet it is the blend of the two that makes it stand out in my mind. The story line moves ahead at a good pace and you get so many very well developed characters. Take for instance Dio, whom was my favorite sub character, although he did not have the biggest part he added so much more to the story.
This story is about a teenage boy and girl who have lost everything except each other and their Van Ship. They start out as air delivery messengers and are happy with that then they deliver a message that brings them into the problems of war. From that point on you are meeting new characters that bring new problems.
As I said...this took me by surprise. It has a rich story and is a beautiful thing to watch which also means replay value. When it is all said and done everything is wrapped up for a well done ending.
I would highly recommend this.....that is if anyone really cared...grin.
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As many avid anime watchers are aware, the Japanese have a fascination with making great series...and then destroying them with terrible endings that usually try to wrap up everything in five minutes. Animes with a truly satisfying ending are few and far between. Fortunately, Last Exile broke out of the mediocre ending mold.

The epilogue aside, this anime had a refreshing focus on character development - these were characters in which you could actually get attached to and had realistic reactions to events in the series. The voices (not talking about dubbed) fit their personality and each added an interesting perspective to the series.

Many series recently have focused primarily on action and explosions with little emphasis on plot...this trend did not stem from Last Exile. While there is action and battle scenes, there is a focus on plot and mystique which is enough to keep the viewer interested all the way through the whole series. Best of all...there are no filler episodes.

I would say that if you have no interest in the series by episode 5, then it's not an anime for you...but most people are hooked before 5.

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Last Exile is a fun anime series, and though it might not have a high re-watch value, its extremely enjoyable while it lasts.

Studio Gonzo has made some of my favorite anime, and Last Exile proves the studio is capable of making movie-quality material. Everything from the music to the special effects is crafted neatly, and as a result the series shines on many occasions.

Story: 9/10
-The story isn't perfect, and some of it isn't new, but its still quite epic and at times very touching. The pacing is great and each episode does a good job at establishing characters and moving along the plot. I won't tell what the story is about because surprise works well with this series.

Characters: 10/10
-The main 2 characters are good people, but I found myself falling in love with everyone else. Especially the bad guys. In Last Exile and enemy is The Guild, a large group of people that resemble a mix of government and religion. (Some might view this as controversial, but its not too edgy). Anyways, I liked the Guild best, especially the two main bad guys Luciolla and Dio (weird names). They're sexy, stylish and mysterious, but they're human in the sense that they have feelings and come to realize consequences.

In fact, every character in the series is well-rounded and awfully realistic. Perhaps this category is where the show truly shines.

Art: 9/10
-I've seen better, but its still good. The quality of animation hardly changes, which is a very good thing. Some might describe this type of animation as "steampunk".

Music: 9/10
-Fun, and it does it's job at creating tension when needed. The opening song might be one of the best I've heard.

English Dub: 7/10
-This might be the worst part of the show.
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Extras with this Funimation release?
That may differ.. They will have Funimation previews It may have the extras that Geneon had. Just with different previews. Who knows.. sorry I didnt help much.. I own the Geneon release, last I knew it was still at Right Stuf, I think for $5 a piece.
May 19, 2009 by Jason Williams |  See all 2 posts
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