I have so far seen the first two episodes that Funimation has streamed on their website, and I must say I am intrigued by the new series. Yet at the same time I am a little worried. The plot centers itself on Fam Fan Fan (what kind of name is that?!) and her navigator Giselle (Gisey). Unlike the original Last Exile where we witnessed character progression between Claus and Lavie for much of the series, Fam and Gisey are barely introduced in medias res. They are part of a team of sky pirates who hunt ships for… some reason. If there is an indication for why they are sky pirates I likely missed it.
The main plot features two princesses, Lilliana and Millia, of an empire named Turan that is under attack by the Ades Federation. Its leader’s name is Luscinia Hafez. Peace talks were supposed to be negotiated but that clearly doesn’t happen, and somehow Fam and Gisey get involved to the point where the save Lilliana and Millia. Suddenly Fam is caught up in a war and a great story is likely to develop.
The first two episodes of Last Exile: Fam of the Silver Wing should have been aired back to back in my opinion. They both compliment one another very well and create a flowing narrative that shouldn’t be separated by a week’s time. Characters are introduced, the main plot is stable, and the action is exciting. Yes, large-scale airship battles return in Ginyoku no Fam.