Shipping made easy
|This was probably pretty appropriate character development for an episode that aired around Valentines Day (…ish. It was within the week). Now let’s just hope that the plot doesn’t have one of them die in order to create character development/advance the plot. …Because that would be depressing.|
I finally watched Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku and everything good that people said about the movie is true. It’s nothing new, but the development of the story is really good. Fana (Juana?) and Charles’ relationship progresses really nicely, and while there is a childhood friends (ish) plot, their relationship doesn’t have such a sudden start like Kal and Claire’s. …Though a lot of the situations that happen in the movie also seen to happen in Koiuta. Like falling into the ocean, or having the characters ending up in a compromising position in the middle of the forest. However, the characters and stories are different. The characters might share some similar traits, but Charles certainly isn’t Kal, and Fana and Claire have different personalities. So while comparisons can be made, both Tsuioku and Koiuta are able to stand on their own. …Plus Koiuta‘s ending will probably be different since Claire has a totally different situation from Fana.
Forget about Claire and Kal’s relationship for the episode, though. Claire still has guilt issues and Kal is clueless. Instead, Claire and Ari bonded a bit. It’s nice to see Claire interacting one on one with someone without Kal’s presence there. We haven’t really seen them apart from one another in a while and Claire seems to have gotten comfortable with the dorm members. She’s certainly not as awkward as she was when she first met Kal. Interaction with friends has really worked well for her. Ignacio seems to slowly be warming up to the dorm members as well. …Er, or at least he’s being dragged into things by Ari. He listens to her at least, though who knows how or why this happened. Maybe it’s just Ari’s forceful personality.
Mitsuo and Chiharu are getting some character development too. Like everything else on this show, it isn’t deep, but the important thing is that it’s there. They set up the pairings for the pilots like really obvious OTPs, so it’s nice that they’re showing some development for those relationships instead of just going “this person and this person got together” at some point in the story. Considering that not many (aka next to none) of the other side characters have gotten a lot of development yet besides the introduction episode, either their time will come, or they threw Mistuo and Chiharu in here because something is going to happen. Unfortunately, with all of the unrest revolving around the spring’s guard attacking, it probably won’t be anything good.
I really need to stop being surprised when they give the characters who aren’t Kal and Claire screen time. The teachers and Luis getting some exposition on their pasts was kind of unexpected, but it wasn’t bad at all. They have lives and aspirations too, after all. Of course, the conversation after that was about the upcoming issues, but at least we know why they hang out together on occasion.
So the spring has defenders, but nobody in charge seems to be questioning why. They’re just labelling them as the enemy and plan to attack using underage children apparently. From the montage in the last episode, they’re clearly well-trained underage children, but I wonder if that extends to psychological training as well. People can have issues facing other humans if they’re not desensitized, and the montage didn’t exactly show anyone killing anything remotely human formed. Though maybe the judgemental mentality that the Balsteros seems to have effects this. Apparently the languages of the two countries are similar, so they could probably get along if they just talked, but of course, that’s not going to be the first course of action.
Yes, this is shaping into something extremely close to what I thought it would be. The premise wasn’t much to go by, but my vague expectations about how the story would go based on the first episode have been fulfilled, so that’s something. Actually, they’re going past my expectations by actually caring about characters other than Kal and Claire, so there’s more here than it first appears. Tsuioku developed really well too, so hopefully the other novels that this author has written in the Hikuushi series (there’s two more; Yakusouku is 2 novels and Seiyaku is ongoing) get some sort of anime form. The story telling in these are pretty solid once you get past all of the initial stereotypes in the characters.
…This doesn’t bode well.