The biggest problem with the series is that it’s not nearly as good as the first season. Let’s go into why that is.
Although she’s genki-genki, she’s so naive it’s maddening.
“War is bad. Why can’t we all just play Nascar in the Sky every day?”
“Oh, my friends are dying. Better tailgate the enemy so they realize that what they’re doing is mean.”
“The best battle strategy is a solid retreat!”
She is the very incarnation of the “love & peace” ideology oft-repeated in Trigun… but even Vash realized it was bullshit. Fam? Fam actually believes that hugs and roses will solve everyone’s problems. What a stupid bitch.
Fam’s inclusion dumbs down what could have been an excellent series in a remarkable world. Instead, we get this shit:
Season 1’s Characters
When the only main character they brought back is “Crazy Dude Dio”, you know something went wrong in the planning division. (They technically brought back Sophia, Tatiana, and Vincent, but they’ve been reduced to fully-clad cheerleaders, so I’m going to pretend they don’t exist.) Claus sucked though, so I’m glad he’s gone.
good watchable as season 1 was, it wasn’t strong enough to support the new direction the series went. They had two options that would have made an interesting show — Let the full cast reprise their roles or set the new season so far in the future that they don’t exist at all. Gonzo took the half-assed route and look where we are now.
Visuals matter. From 2003 to 2007, when I wanted to show my non-otaku friends how good anime could look, Last Exile was my go-to show. I had them watch the opening and they were all impressed. This was some good looking shit back in the day that had the ability to impress people. I was hoping Fam would have the same impression, but…
Did you notice a difference between the two? Like how the first didn’t suck and the second did? That’s because the first didn’t suck and the second did.
Laying it All on the Line
Take Last Exile season 1. You knew exactly what these people were risking when they fought. Did you see those fucking fights? If you watched the OP I linked, you may have seen this:
Yes, that’s how they fought. Fuckers opened up the sides of their ships, lined up their soldiers on the edge of the sky, attached harnesses to them, then had them fucking fire at one another.
When the “fight” was over, they pulled their soldiers’ bodies back into the ships to scavenge their bodies for materials. Brutal, brutal shit. What does Fam have?
Just because Fam, the Silver Wing is worse than the first season of Last Exile was, does that still mean it’s a bad show?
Yes, yes it does. Fam would suck even without the Last Exile tag. But knowing how shitty it is in comparison to the first season makes it worse. If you’re reading this article and you’ve somehow managed to avoid watching Fam up to this point, I’d suggest you stick to your guns and pretend it never happened.