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Last Exile

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In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.

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Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing TV 2011 Same Franchise
Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing Recaps TV Special 2011 TBD

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Last Exile - Sunadokei no Tabibito 2011 TBD
Last Exile - Ginyoku no Fam 2011 TBD
Name Role
Koichi CHIGIRA Director
Hiroyuki ORUKAWA Producer
Takashi IMAMOTO Producer
Shinji NAKASHIMA Producer

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Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 1986

Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?

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Sharing a great interest in flight and the technology of aircraft, the titles of Last EXILE and Laputa both refer to ancient flying fortresses, left over from a forgotten civilisation, that are hidden in an impenetrable storm. Finding this becomes the quest of the protagonist, to prove their deceased father right, but other more sinister characters have different goals. While the basic plot is remarkably similar, it is worth pointing out that the feel of Last EXILE's modern, cg enhanced animation is very different to the hand drawn attention to detail in Laputa.

It is actually scary how much Last Exile and Laputa are alike. Both take place primarily in the air, and have a young boy and girl who set out to discover the truth about some mystical castle/air stream. In both cases the boy's primary reason for trying to do this is due to his father. And of course in both anime they have the usual baddies after them in giant airships.

Yet the way the stories are told, the outcome, and the central plot are really different. The settings are the same, and you will probably like one if you like the other. But due to the different plots and storytelling you'll be surprised by both and you won't feel like you're watching the same thing over again.


Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Last Exile are both set in a retro-futuristic world. Castle in the Sky is also a steampunk anime. In Last Exile, on the other hand, coal is not the main source of energy, yet some elements in the setting and the general atmosphere of the anime bear resemblance to steampunk.


Those two steam punk anime are similar from both the plot point of view and the character designs. If you liked one, you'll probably like the other one too.


Both Last Exile and Laputa are "Flight" anime, involving airships and biplanes, and they generally follow a similar premise: flyboy + mysterious girl + unknown past.


Both Laputa and Last Exile take place in fantasy worlds in which air ships and legends control the skies and all below them. Last Exile has more characters and is more visually complex than Laputa, but for a now-older movie Laputa's animation is beautiful as well. In both, we follow a teenage boy and girl as they make friends, allies, and enemies in an effort to learn about and affect their mysterious worlds.


Last Exile and Laputa share a similar world concept, similar story concepts and even some other random things that make you stop and think "hey, that's just like..."  And while at a glance this would make the much newer Last Exile seem like a rip-off, they are actually so different in other ways that such a claim just can't stick.Both are based in a retro-future type setting heavily focused on airships, with the common goal of seeking out a mysterious floating castle.  But Laputa takes a lighter and sometimes comedic approach, while Last Exile presents itself as a serious story.  Both are very well made, with interesting and detailed worlds, endearing characters, and enthralling stories.


While watching Last Exile, I felt the same way as when I watched Castle in the Sky. They both revolve around a world filled with flying machines, and the first episode of Last Exile is almost exactly like when Pazu and Sheeta were finally entering Laputa. If Castle in the Sky was an anime show, this would be it.


Both of these anime take place almost exclusively in the sky, and involve the search for an ancient, flying treasure. With interesting flying technology, and airship battles, the anime are very similar. Both also involve a young girl as the catalyst for finding the ancient treasure/fortress, and a young boy who flies in the memory of his father.


If you love flying, flying machines, or floating fortresses you'll love both these series. Both are rich in amazing flying designs as well as great aerial battles. 

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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Last Exile and Full Metal Alchemist are both action/adventure with good animation in each. They both have two young main characters that journey together on their own to discover answers for their questions. Each series is entertaining and has its own lessons that the main characters learn throughout the series.
Both of this series are top notch adventure anime that met my every expectations and them some. Last Exile and Full Metal Alchemist are the few animes that pulls you into their world with its wonderful plot and animation. An original and refreshing atmosphere emits from these two animes and you can't help yourself but love these titles. They are both highly recommended to any anime lovers out there :)

These shows demonstrate amazing storylines and a shared "industrial era" feeling mixed with a fantasy world. Both are beautifully writen and animated with many characters that you can easily fall in love with.


The pair of close kids who've lost their parents and are out facing the world trying to prove themselves is a theme that both Last Exile and Fullmetal Alchiemist share. Also Alex Rowe (captian of the Silvana) and Roy Mustang (flame alchemist) share a likeness...but that just might be me. Also the animation is quite similar, although Last Exile relies more on computer generation in many scenes. However Fullmetal Alchemist is definitely a better anime, so Last Exile may be a step down...but if it's the other way around, enjoy! See!? The cup is always half full!


Last Exile and FMA gave off a really similar feel- the two orphaned teenagers who grew up together striking it off on their own, becoming entangled in the military, meeting similar types of people, the conflict between various factions of people, as well as the technology in the two series looked pretty similar. Additionally, they're clearly intended for the same audience, so if you liked one, check out the other.


Both of these anime involve a a wide cast of characters and some interesting technology (automail and van ships). Both are set in an industrial-age like setting, and both are are excellent adventure stories. The main characters are a duo of youngsters that follow in the footsteps of their parents.


A young duo in search of a legendaric object, one by choice the other by chance. The protagonists both excel in their field desite young age. Throw in some cool technology and epic scenes, and at least I am sold!


It's an amazingly emotional and rivetting story. I suggest the original series before venturing to Brotherhood.


they both involeve war with higher ranking people 

example is that Last Exile they fight the nobles and FMA they fight some of the higher ups of the military and also people who work with them

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Blue Submarine No. 6

Blue Submarine No. 6

The scientist who flooded the world of the future and created a mutant species in the images of animals is looking to finish what he started, and the crew of Blue Submarine No. 6 must stop him at all costs. But first, they must try to recruit the best sub pilot that ever lived: Tetsu Hayami.

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If you enjoyed the airship combat and mysterious elements of Last Exile, you will find more of the same in Blue Sub 6's aquatic combat and engaging plot. Admittedly, Blue Sub is somewhat darker, shorter and focuses more on the overall story than Last Exile (which frequently digresses to fill in subplots), but both are solid anime. On a minor note, both feature CG for battle scenes, which is a turn-off too some...

The same character designer was involved in both of these great series, Last Exile and Blue Submarine No.6. One thing that does catch your eye immediately is the animation: While Blue Sub 6 was more of a 2D and 3D integration experiment (not to forget that this series has some years behind it), the technique has been optimized in LE and it looks simply great. Both of these series have an interesting plot with new things happening all the time. A lot of things are being revealed as the shows move along. They focus a lot on the characters and their way of handling themselves during the times of war and many other situations as well.

The first thing that everyone compares is the animation, of course you can't do anything but compare them since they are very alike. Yet the stories have a similar flow to them. You start in the dark and bit by bit you learn more about the world your exploring. They gave me the same feeling.
Both of these series are done by Gonzo and have basically the exact same animation style. Whle Last Exile is much longer and obviously more in depth, they both do the same excellent job of completely pulling you into their own elaborate world. The central conflict of both series is one of global importance, but the stories are driven by the personalities and pasts of indivudal characters. Strongly recommend both.

First of all, both anime series share the same fathers: Gonzo as production company and Range Murata for charades.

While AnR was Gonzo's "hello world" in the mainstream animation industry and featured the first rough attempts to use CG and LE makes a far better use of it, both of them have common themes, like the militant fellowship among the main characters and the ecologist message they conveys showing what a resource as simple as water is can be crucial to substain human life.


Simply, both of those are made by Gonzo and have similar CGI. They also give a similar feel and have this awsome character design by Murata Range. If you liked one of those shows (or you like Murata's work), you should watch the other too.


Both share people "randomly" getting involved in a fight to save their world. Both stories are deep and engaging. Animation style are very simliar as well. Check one out if you like the other.

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Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven

Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!

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Eureka Seven and Last Exile both involve a lot of military air combat and flying ships in the middle of an intense war. Both anime have very appealing character designs, beautiful animation, and a wide variety of characters to attach to. Renton and Eureka from Eureka Seven best resemble Claus and Lavie from Last Exile--they are an unusually skilled team who are all about uniting the world, yet they are just kids. Holland, the leader of the Eureka 7 crew, best resembles Alex Rowe, the leader of the Last Exile crew. If you watch the english dub, they even have the same voice actor!


The character development is amazing in both series'. I felt as if Tatiana later on in Last Exile was a direct resemblance to Eureka, while Claus also looks and acts similarly to Renton, too. Emotions are crazy among characters revolving around Claus and Renton and there is a TON of military combat in the skies, ship-to-ship battles, and baffling story developments that keep you guessing.

Each of the main characters are searching for themselves and the resolve to come to terms with their families history, which is also tightly intertwined within each plot and this also pushes them forward giving them a reason to move forward.

Is it possible for Claus or Renton to live up to, or perhaps, surpass their fathers as they pursue their ultimate destiny of reforming their worlds?


Though differing in technological standpoints, Eureka Seven and Last Exile are a good fit for each other. Whether it be Renton and his passion for lifting or Claus and his Vanship fervor, both series' main protagonists end up on a rogue craft seemingly designed to play right into their loves. But all is not well in the skies, and the vibrant crew as their companions aim to make right the wrongs of the world.


Both of these anime involve a young man wanting nothing more than to fly in the sky (either with a van ship or riding the trapar waves). He ends up fighting against a government that has little concern for its people, on an airship piloted by a group of skilled individuals. The young man quickly becomes one of the more skilled pilots of the group, showing that he follows in his father's footsteps. At the same time, a young girl is introduced as a catalyst.


Both Last Exile and Eureka Seven have this theme, where a young boy leaves home and joins a (flying) military ship. In both cases adjusting to the new environment is not easy. Because of this theme those two anime feel very alike. Of course, there might have been some other reasons for that as well, like the fact that some characters are somewhat similar. Anyway this recommendation is based on that feel. If you thought that previously mentioned theme is interesting in one of those two anime, then you probably should check the other as well. Story wise those two anime do differ, but I think its more interesting that way.

P.S. For some reason both of those shows feature some Polish themes. Although there not that many of those themes and they are not important story wise, it's certainly worth mentioning.


It has similart themes (i.e. two main characters on a journey) but eureka Seven is much better.

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Scrapped Princess

Scrapped Princess

The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of a newborn child, and so she lived. Fifteen years later, her adopted brother and sister have sworn to protect her, and together they travel from town to town, searching for a life she can't have.

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Being totally different genres of anime doesn't stop me from recommending fans of Scrapped Princess to see Last Exile and vice versa. Excellent captivating plots and characters you can empathise with means you'll always be eager to find out what happens next.
Man if there are ever 2 series that make you constantly wanting to watch the next episode, it's Last Exile and Scrapped Princess. Although the stories aren't the same, or the animation, the flow of the episodes and the characters endeavors are very captivating and you get sucked in, even if you don't want to. YOU MUST WATCH BOTH OF THESE SERIES!
Friendship, love and faith are interlaced in these two animes to offer us two of the best stories of these last years.Together this with the visual wonder of the landscapes and the greatness of their battles,make Last Exile and Scrapped Princess essential in our anime collection.
Wonderful anachronisms in both series; airships and imperial European battles in Last Exile, magic and lost technology in Scrapped Princess. All in all, both seem to have an overarching theme of defying fate.
Claus and Lavi's struggles are in every way just as enthralling as the journey of Pacifica and her adopted siblings. Whereas Last Exile has more of a serious tone with its earthy colors and background of heartless wars, Scrapped Princess demands the viewer's attention with its vibrant, lush depictions of swords, sorcery, and Pacifica's love/hate relationship with her brother.

Both Scrapped Princess and Last Exile involve a great world that is mysteriously closed off, yet it contains clues to a greater "outside". The story in each is set against the backdrop of an imminent war; enemies and friends are made on both sides. There is a power to be discovered and the decisions the main characters make about it will affect the rest of the world.