Ranked #579

Last Exile

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Rasuto Eguzairu
Japanese: ラストエグザイル


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2003 to Sep 30, 2003
Premiered: Spring 2003
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:30 (JST)
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.961 (scored by 44,017 users)
Ranked: #5792
Popularity: #450
Members: 92,445
Favorites: 1,414
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It's the dawn of the Golden Age of Aviation on planet Prester, and retro-futuristic sky vehicles known as vanships dominate the horizon. Claus Valca, a flyboy born with the right stuff, and his fiery navigator Lavie are fearless racers obsessed with becoming the first sky couriers to cross the Grand Stream in a vanship. But when the high-flying duo encounters a mysterious girl named Alvis, they are thrust into the middle of an endless battle between Anatoray and Disith—two countries systematically destroying each other according to the code of chivalric warfare. Lives will be lost and legacies determined as Claus and Lavie attempt to bring peace to their world by solving the riddle of its chaotic core.

(Source: FUNimation)


Last Exile is the 10th anniversary work of animation studio Gonzo. Its episode titles were originally given in English and use terms from chess.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Eraclea, Dio
Eraclea, Dio
Noda, Junko
Noda, Junko
Valca, Claus
Valca, Claus
Asano, Mayumi
Asano, Mayumi
Head, Lavie
Head, Lavie
Saito, Chiwa
Saito, Chiwa
Hamilton, Alvis E.
Hamilton, Alvis E.
Shiraki, Anna
Shiraki, Anna


Chigira, Kouichi
Chigira, Kouichi
Director, Series Composition
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Aoki, Ei
Aoki, Ei
Episode Director, Storyboard
Akiyama, Katsuhito
Akiyama, Katsuhito
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 First move
First move (ファースト・ムーヴ)
Apr 8, 2003
2 Luft Vanship
Luft Vanship (ルフト・ヴァンシップ)
Apr 15, 2003
3 Transpose
Transpose (トランスポーズ)
Apr 22, 2003
4 Zugzwang
Zugzwang (ツーク・ツワング)
Apr 29, 2003
5 Positional play
Positional play (ポジショナル・プレイ)
May 6, 2003

Opening Theme

"Cloud Age Symphony" by Shuntaro Okino

Ending Theme

"Over The Sky" by Hitomi

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Aug 12, 2010
Every anime studio has their ups and downs, their highs and lows, their hits and misses. There's not a single one that hasn't produced a decent title without producing something ... less than average (Manglobe came close, until they made a certain show about a Blacksmith). Surprisingly, many anime fans consider Gonzo to be one of the worst offenders, as while they have made some excellent shows, they have a catalogue of average to sub par (or worse), titles to their name as well.

Thankfully Last Exile is a one that, for the most part, they got right, but then again, the series was made to read more
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Jan 15, 2008
In the world that huge ships roam the skies, “Last Exile” is a sci-fi, steam punk, action/adventure anime, which is set in a somewhat futuristic Imperial age. It follows the adventures of Claus and Lavie, two Vanship messengers who happened to take on a dangerous mission to transport a girl to a notorious mercenary ship (Silvana). There was then a series of events that led to them being part of the ships crew.

The beginning of the story is nothing special, as there is no real excitement or shocking moments. All this series is to begin with, a series of events with not much meaning to read more
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Mar 20, 2007
I was looking forward to seeing Last Exile from all the rumors and good ratings that had cross my eye related to it, but the fact is: I expected much better. On to the review.

Starting with Story. A science fiction story that at first glance was joining up elements of advance technology (e.g. flying battle ships) and medieval element (e.g. musketeers; honor code from European battles). It reeled me in at first, as the first 2 episodes were intense and interesting. The third episode continued with good pace also ( this time bringing a race and it was not only this element but the junction read more
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Dec 12, 2013
Last Exile is a big classic adventure anime featuring a heavy steampunk aesthetic and dodgy early 00’s Gonzo CGI. It tells the story of Klaus and Lavie, two pilots of little messenger aircraft-type things called Vanships. They take over a mission to deliver a little girl called Alvis to a renegade sky ship called the Silvana. The story has a very natural progression in the classic adventure story fashion, to the point that you can practically plot its path exactly the same as the Lord of the Rings. First two episodes give you a broader understanding of the world and the scale the battles can read more
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Both these series has a genuin story, characters you really learn to like and they are flying in both series. Both main characters want to protect those who are close to them, and they both have a female flying with them. There are a huge storm in both series that they have to get through. Both series are great, and you should take your time watching them both. 
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Lightly steampunkish futuristic series dealing with everyday protagonists getting gradually drawn into a war taking place. They definitely have the same feel to them. 
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seems to have a similar setup going on from the first episode i've seen. carries a strange technology in a world revolving around that of airships. 
reportRecommended by sipes216
Anime: Allison to Lillia
Both about a girl and a boy who likes to fly. Advanture genre anime with military involved. Eventhough the settings are not alike the overall feeling seems similar to me. Pleasant shows. If you like one you might like the other. 
reportRecommended by Miralda
Anime: Howl no Ugoku Shiro
One is a steampunk adventure, the other is a steampunk fairy-tale, both making emphasis on splendid surroundings and fantastic devices. 
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Anime: Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta
Main characters from both series are duo pair pilots. Clause and Kal-El are the one controlling the plane while Lavie and Ariel are the navigators. Both series taking place in the sky and living on floating islands. Last Exile's story can be very similar to Toaru Hikushi e no Koiuta. Both series have great movie visuals and animations.  
reportRecommended by AnimeFan500

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