The story of a boy and a floating island school for pilots. (Also, revenge or something)
|I meant to watch the Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku (or I guess it’s also known as “The Princess and the Pilot”) movie before this, but never got around to it. Apparently they’re kind of connected in that one is the spin-off of the other. In any case, let’s see how this did by itself.|
I’m not a huge expert on planes, or anything military, but the planes here looked pretty good as far as I’m concerned. I don’t mind the CG use either, since it made the opening scene better than using animation by itself would have (probably) turned out. The big airship and the planes have interesting designs to them too. So it’s good that they put a lot of effort into the arial part of the anime, since it looks like they’ll be spending a lot of time on that. Obviously, they’re going to be attending some kind of school as well. That gives the characters all a good enough reason to be there, since Claire and Kal-el (or I guess he went by the name Carl too at some point) probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. Their world seems to have a fairly strict class system when it comes to nobles and commoners.
Well that escalated quickly.
I can’t say that I’m quite feeling the romance yet. Like the characters themselves, Claire and Kal’s relationship is one of those really straightforward “love at first sight” things. Or maybe not quite at first sight, but they haven’t known each other for a full day yet, and they seem to have fallen for one another. It had all of the right moments, from the bike ride to the impromptu dive into the river, but something still seems like it’s missing here. Maybe this feels really sudden because it came a couple of seconds after Kal’s dramatic revenge speech. At least his angst doesn’t seem to be dragging him down completely, I guess. Plus maybe since the main couple has been set up so clearly now, there won’t be 11 episodes of drama about if the two get together for real or not. One can hope.
The characters are rather straightforward and that may become a good thing or a bad thing. Kal seems to have some kind of depth to him, since he has a chip in his shoulder when he’s not acting like a normal person. Is his cheerful demeanour an act to cover all of his rage, or is that that really his “default” personality? Just how angst ridden is this character and why? Of course, Ignacio seems to have even bigger issues though. Or maybe it’s just that they’re way more obvious, since we know next to nothing about the source of his angst yet. His issues with Kal are rather notable, and maybe the story can do something interesting with this, since I don’t think Kal and Ignacio have really had any meaningful interaction yet. Ignacio seems to have had issues with Kal before the two even talked this episode, so maybe it has to do with something that happened in the past. Ariel seems like the character with the least amount of depth at the moment, but maybe her issues are just more well hidden than the other characters. Claire doesn’t seem much better, though she obviously has some secrets since apparently she goes by two different names. I’m sure the explanation to that will pop up in the plot eventually.
The students will be pairing up soon, and if I’m reading the kanji on this anime’s website correctly, apparently Kal-el ends up with Claire. What a surprise. Actually, the other pair is quite surprising, since Ariel somehow pairs with Ignacio. It should be interesting to see how that turn of events plays out. Perhaps pairing the overly genki girl with the angry kid can mellow both of them out.
This involves a lot more planes than I thought it would, but that’s perfectly okay with me. The opening scene was pretty interesting with the shaky camera effect and whatnot. …I actually had to check to see if I had accidentally hit a button on my computer to increase the video speed, since things were going so much faster than they usually do in anime. Maybe that effect will grow old if they use it too much, but like I said, it was an interesting opening. What was actually kind of disappointing were the characters. They seem pretty typical, so hopefully the anime either fleshes them out or creates a story where those kinds of characters work. In any case, I’ll be sticking around to see what happens.
Next episode, things suddenly look a lot more like Japan.