Well, here’s a new show to put this column's thumb on the pulse. It’s only just started! Lucky for me that Hulu offered it up in the ol’ automated suggestions section - - I’d actually forgotten all about since seeing its promo at Anime Expo.
This might be an interesting experiment anyway, since I’ve never gotten the chance to get into LAST EXILE after this one ill-fated night freshman year when I was totally turned off of joining my school’s anime club. They were watching this show in a dark basement at the bottom of the College of Arts and Sciences and let’s just say that the gal running the club was taking her LAST EXILE marathon way too seriously for that club to be an appealing way to spend my Friday evenings.
But I digress. As an experiment, it might be worthwhile for me to tune into this every week and experience it on its own merits without prior understanding of the LAST EXILE mythos. We could assess its accessibility, so to speak. Actually, for the most part, it’s pulled that off rather well so far. Yeah, I walked away from this without any recollection of the cast’s names, and there was no recap to fill me on the particulars of this retro-futuristic feudal world, but I got the gist.
These kids are sky-pirates, they’ll harass and sometimes hijack the bad aristocrats’ dirigibles at times. Other times, they'll form shaky allegiances with the good aristocrats.
There. That’s not hard.
Even though Bones made EUREKA SEVEN and Gonzo made this, the two do still share a kind of sweeping, accessible blockbuster quality. This is something you can show your uninitiated pals and be confident in them enjoying it without you ever having to explain any "anime rules" to them - - especially not the kind that'll alienate guys from your anime club.
Watch this episode, “The Shadow Comes Forth” below and decide for yourself.