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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: 19.99
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Last Exile

Last Exile Vol. #6

By Paul Jacques     March 27, 2006
Release Date: October 17, 2005


Last Exile Vol. #6
© ADV Films UK


What They Say
Claus and Dio return to the Silvana from their Vanship expedition to search for Exile, only to find that the Silvana has been hijacked by the Guild. Delphine takes Alvis, Claus and Alex Row hostage and transports them to the Guild ship where she attempts to drug Alex into revealing all the mysterions that will open the Exile gateway...

The Review!
Better late than never, as we start into the penultimate volume of this original story which was produced as a Gonzo 10th Anniversary celebration anime. It should be noted that we only get 3x episodes in this volume.

Audio:
I listened in Japanese and English 2.0 and both are good to go. Not a whole lot of directional sound though, which is odd, as this series just screams opportunities for left & right directional movement, what with all the aerial combat and gunfire. So it's mostly front only sound, still, at least it's crystal clear (224Kbps) with decent bass. As ever, I alternated sound tracks between episodes, no problems detected.

The open theme song Cloud Age Symphony is a modern techno beat (thank heavens it's not 120 bpm), that'll get your toe tapping immediately. The closing song is called Over the sky and is a nice and soothing ballad, the kind that reminds me of the ending theme to Z.O.E: Dolores, I.

Video:
You know how I always harp on about the lack of 16:9 titles? Well it looks like someone has been listening ^_^ Colours are beautiful (a tad pastel though), and you may well find yourself going O-M-G in the aerial scenes. The characters are drawn with pencil sharp lines, with very little artistic skimping, even on the static scenes. Not a hint of transfer loss through the NTSC to PAL transfer process. You may just need to invest in a new wide screen TV to really appreciate the visage.

Packaging:
We have a clear box, with reversible covers. On the front cover, despite the title, we see Dio in all his reduced mental capacity. Upon the back we have some scene stills from the enclosed episodes, plus the usual DVD information. The reverse cover side is a mini poster of the Disith attack fleet.

No insert or booklet, but I'm not a great fan of "frosting on the cake" " I want the meat & potato of the film - so I'm not exactly all broken up about this ;-) And the disc is printed with a graphic of a Vanship's fuselage, which is nothing to get excited about, but at least they are consistent.

Menu:
The menu looks like the fuselage of a vanship, with the menu options in the lower half and some repeated actions scenes of the Grand Stream and Delphine across the centre to keep you occupied. All links worked well, and no dead ends were encountered.

Extras:
For extras we get; a quick write-up about the great battleships used in war; textless opening style no.2 (didn't we already have that in the previous volume?); ADV previews of PMK, Gravion, Chrono Crusade and Gadguard.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain some spoilers)
Episode 21 finds Claus and Dio overjoyed at having "snagged" the great ship Exile, alas, their happiness is short-lived as they can no longer contact the Silvana. Flying back to the Silvana they can find no sign of life, in fact it's a ghost ship.

What they do eventually find is that arch baddie, and all round fruit-cake, Delphine has boarded the ship and taken everyone hostage. And it looks like she now has everything she wants or needs in order to capture Exile for herself- Alex, Alvie, Claus and Dio.

The next episode finds Dio having undergone some mental transformation, at the order of his sister Delphine, and judging by his reduced wit we can only assume that it wasn't for the better. And only now does Claus realise why Dio was so terrified of his sister Delphine, but there is nothing he can do except stay with Alvie at the Guild Palace and wait to see how events turn out in a situation in which he is utterly powerless.

Delphine now proceeds with her plan to capture Exile, she has the Mysteria (in Alex's head), Lavie (who is the key) and no one to stop her. Within this episode we are told a lot more about Exile and how the pieces of the story fit together.

As a side note Delphine also tries to impress (or depress) Claus with a show of opulence and barbarity. All this does is make Claus realise how sick the Guild regime really is.

Episode 23 finds the Alliance on the cusp of their revolution against the Delphine, and their combined forces gather, ready to put into action the plan that they have secretly training so long for. And just as the rebels begin their attack, Guild warships appear from nowhere, towing their prize, Exile, behind them.... it looks like the Guild has won before the revolt has even started!

It is not only from outside that Delphine finds herself under attack, as Luciola decides that Dio, Lavie and Claus would be better off somewhere other than in Delphine's evil clutches.... this decision will cost him dearly in end.

In Summary:
This volume steps up the pace quite nicely, lining up events for the final run towards the last volume end game.

Features
Japanese Language 2.0,English Language 2.0,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 19" SM930bf LCD, ATI X700 & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & HS400 headphones and a duck.

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