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Outstanding entertainment - a must see!,
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This review is from: Last Exile - Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Well, I've no bones with the packaging, so no loss of stars for that. This deserves all five.
I am not a devotee of anime by any means, most of it that I've seen is purile and annoying. However, there are some real gems out there and this is one them and while not suitable for very young children, it will have a very broad appeal. This is not a cheesy romance, not a sci-fi fest, not a violent supernatural bloodfest, not a swords and sorcery fantasy epic, nor is there any macho brutality, nor any barely clad females. This is what we used to call fantasy before Dungeons & Dragons came along!
This is a beautifully realised world, the societies and their costumes remind me of the Autrian-Hungarian empire, the floating battleships that fight with cannon and muskets are more Victorian, while the small flying vanships are pure art-deco. It has all been produced in a fusion of 3D and traditional cell animation that the Japanese pioneered and continue to do so well. (if only Disney and Dreamworks would pay attention to this)
The two main characters are two young orphaned pilots, Claus and Alvie but the cast quickly grows, with an impressive range of histories and motives, involving the viewer ever more deeply in the plot. The pace of the story telling never lets up, and each episode leaves you ready for the next - so, if you buy the boxed set, expect to be watching it all in one or two marathon sessions. Although I have mentioned the scope of the character development, don't imagine that this impacts on the amount of action either - you will see many arial battles and races which will leave you awe struck.
ADV titles can still be a bit on the expensive side but I got my copy from Amazon for under £30 - that's worth every penny for the 10+ hours of first class entertainment.