Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta AKA The Pilot’s Love Song is about a young boy named Kal-El Albus who is also a pilot in training. He honestly isn’t who he makes himself out to be, and it is more than obvious that he possesses another motive besides aiming to fly the skies as a pilot. In reality, he is actually the surviving prince of a nation who lost everything and everyone he loves during a period of time called “The Wind Revolution”. Now as a young man, he is out to seek revenge for the harsh infidelities he lived through during that time.
The story takes place in the same world as Toaru Hikushi E No Tsuioku or the Princess and the Pilot. You honestly don’t have to to watch the movie in order to understand the similarity they both share: The validity and verity of war; along with everything that comes with it. As a young child, Kal-El understands the effects and consequences that comes along with war. And because of what he went through at such a young age, he is fueled by revenge and nothing can seem to get in his way.
As we first enter the series, we become aware of the fact that there are nations at war and the main protagonist along with his fellow friends are smack dab in the middle of it all. We are also introduced to a questionable phenomenon known as “The End of the Sky”. This phenomenon raises many questions and speculations amongst the viewers as we begin to question how it will take part in the progression of the plot and development of the story. One question remained dormant in my mind constantly: “What is so significant about “The End of the Sky and how does it relate to Kal-El and all of the other characters?”
If there is one thing I admired about this series, is the fact that it gave the viewers enough time to get to know the characters a little better. I seriously am tired of wanting to know how a certain characters came to be when it comes to other stories, but the creators of this series made sure we KNOW who the characters are and where they are coming from. A great example of this, would be how they showed us how Kal-El Albus came to be.
I was first perplexed by the fact that the main character was called Kal-El like the well-known comic book superhero, Superman. But, eventually I got used to it. Kal-el as a character is anything but invulnerable. His intentions are fueled by revenge, but I sometimes feel that his ego gets the best out of him at times. He obviously has a lot to learn about the world around him and himself.
The relationship he shares with Claire Cruz is also what I would consider peculiar. It is sad to say that their relationship was doomed to the very beginning all thanks to the harsh reality called war. Going through romance during the harsh times of war is like walking on a tight rope where you will most likely fall. And as I was saying since the very beginning, their romance felt really rushed. Not only that, but Kal-El sadly lacks compatibility. Sure, I did think that Claire balanced or neutralized Kal, but as the series progressed, my views towards their relationship changed. Despite the different class levels that at first made it slightly interesting, it just ended up being a regular love story that I have seen so many times before.
All in all, the story was predictable and didn’t catch me by surprise, there were countless cliches, and the romance wasn’t anything special in my eyes. There were certain discoveries and revelations that were shoved in our faces in a quick whiplash even though it had the potentiality to be climatic. The flashbacks were shown in a realistic and cruel way, but the present in which the main characters are currently living in, lacked strength to back up the harsh events of the past.
The series brings these themes that commonly revolve around the realities of war together: Love, companionship, fear, revenge, oppression, hatred, regret, and attachment. Obviously, the whole “love-at-first-sight” theme that is highly relevant and exuberantly expressed in this series is beyond cliche and overdone. But, the bond that connects and strengthen familial relationships is something I do adore. It is highly evident that the harsh infidelities and realities that comes with war is really showcased in this series especially with the action scenes. Besides the overly done romance cliches and the fact that the main character has the same name as Superman, I still suggest anime fans to watch this series at least once.