The original Last Exile
series is an undeniable joy – gorgeously animated, wildly imaginative, and just plain fun. Its steampunk-inspired setting, filled with unlikely flying machines and technological marvels, recalled the likes of Studio Ghibli’s Laputa, Castle in the Sky
. The 26-episode run followed pilot Claus Valca and navigator Lavie Head, a pair of sky couriers on the planet Prester whose cargo – the mysterious girl Alvis Hamilton – proved to be the key to ending a long-running war between the rival nations of Anatoray and Disith. Last Exile’s
beautiful world and delightful character designs by famed illustrator Range Murata made the series a fan-favourite.