Three finales: Last Exile Fam, Inu x Boku ss, High School Boys

I’m getting tired of writing farewells to series. Today I must write a couple more. Starting with Last Exile – Fam, the Silver Wing.

Let’s start with the big crisis. Luscinia has Sara in the center of the big white exile, everyone else is either trying to get to them, trying to destroy the exile before it blasts another hole in a country, or fighting to stop them. We jump from moments of wild action as vanships and vespas elude starfish, for want of a better name, and warships blasting away on the outside, to calm speeches by both Luscinia and Fam, more worldview declarations than actual fighting. Except Luscinia seems off. He’s not as smug. Either he sees that it’s too late for his side or their side, or he’s just tired of the whole thing. So Fam gets the edge.

Fleet Commander Millia.

As for the action, it’s again fun to watch, but I’m wondering what all those vanships are going to do when they get to where Fam already is. Meanwhile, those on the outside are trying to blow up the exile while their allies are all inside of it. Again, fun to see the guns go off and commanders shouting orders (especially Millia, whose battle command experience points must be about nil up to now), but apart from destroying the exile’s cannons, you wonder if the allies are working at cross purposes.

But in the end he barely tries.

It’s disappointing that Luscinia doesn’t put up more of a fight. He listens to Fam, he hands over Sara, and that’s it. We’ve learned that the exile was meant to take everyone into space; maybe he’s figured out that most people don’t want to go. Or he’s just given up. Whatever, it’s no fun if the man doesn’t have something evil up his sleeve (evil, but for the greater good, he would argue). The best moment is when the exile is disintegrating around them, Luscinia calm and ready to die, and Fam telling him to take responsibility for his actions. Fam’s last words to Luscinia are good ones. Then all that’s left is flight from the collapsing exile, Sadri’s sad and noble death, momentary fear for the heroes until they show up, some tears from Fam. But mostly: Yay! Time for a grand race! And the appearance of two characters we’ve been waiting for! Claus and Lavie. There they are! Yay! Er, Claus …

At last! Claus! Lavie! Great to see you! Er, Claus ...

I briefly googled and found that most everyone else is wondering the same thing: why is Claus in a wheelchair? I think the creators want another season. I guess I’m okay with that. I think the first series was better overall. LE-F told a grand story, but LE’s was even grander. And it did a better job of using its pair of plucky heroes than the successor. LE-F had better battles, but improved animation techniques can explain that. If they do try another series, maybe they should try a different format. Don’t get me wrong, I love the air battles, but it’s getting stale. Maybe some ground-based forces, with infantry and foxholes … Nah. Well, it was fun to watch. One more question: what did Dio get carded for at the race? Because his navigator was imaginary?

The Big Moment.

I was worried the the Inu x Boku SS finale would be one long love-fest, but I was only half right. In fact, I was surprised at the opening tone. It’s as if the events last week were resolved without showing us. Instead everyone is writing letters to future incarnations of themselves for a time capsule, and it’s all lightness and jokes. And since I like the oddball supporting characters in this show I didn’t mind a bit.

Karuta delivering the Line of the Week to Zange.

And when they do get to the lovey stuff the road there brings together two of Ririchiyo’s issues nicely. Her remark to her future self was in fact a list of goals, one of which was staying with Soushi, but she got it mixed up with another letter. Now, it would be easy to explain that she meant to stay with him in a professional way, no harm done, but she bravely decides to confront her other issue at the same time. She won’t hide or put on an act to avoid contact, she tells him that she loves him. A golf clap for that, please. A simple confession is dull, fighting against your fears to confess is far more interesting. That made the final lovey scenes (where a man and a girl in high school seven years his junior consider children–in the future) more palatable.

I don’t have much to say about the end of Daily Lives of High School Boys except it was funny much of the time, and through the narrow lens of television entertainment it tried to be honest with the concept. The boys were young enough that stupid things became important to them, yet just old enough to know that the whole thing was really a big joke so you might as well enjoy it while you could. Or something like that. I don’t know. It’s been a long time since I was in high school. Maybe they WILL come up with another season, and, please, not a live-action one with handsome actors playing the leads …

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