March 17th, 2014.
Brilliant Tears, Dull Plot Armour.
“Love Song”, time for the titular episode. Will it be a song of requiem after the pilot had fallen, or the song for the future that one hopes for? I think Ignacio and Karl will make it, but it’ll require Claire to face her demons, and find redemption within herself. Yes, she’d killed people before, and yes, she’ll kill people now, but she does it to protect those she cares for. Isn’t this the same thing she had been willing to do as a pilot? A gun, or the wind, there is no real difference.
Thoughts and Notes:
1) Plot-Armour and Chains-of-Command – Nothing Gets Through:
1) “We can’t trust a student’s reports!” – Mitsuro had saved all your asses! Thus far the students, with the aid of plot-armour and proficiency had been the ones to do everything. Well, they and that blue-plane stranger.
2) “They’ve designated us as observers!” – They acted based on the data they’ve been sent anyway, hadn’t they? :-/ Man, military in anime is something else, either no one listens to orders (such as their teachers, most of the male students and all the remaining female students), or everyone is such a stickler for propriety that nothing gets done >.>
3) You’re an airplane, you’re trying to target an airship, you don’t need to sit on it to be able to tell your side where it’s located, guys >.> I guess this is part is “dramatically fitting,” where they risk life and limp to get as close to the airship as possible, and I’m overthinking it.
4) Bullets literally bounced off of their plane. Go go plot-armour! I think their excitement is actually their swan-song, if we’re on the topic of songs. They’re risking their lives, so may as well throw them away completely to get it done than try, fail, and still die.
2) Emotions Fly High:
1) So, why didn’t Karl save them anyway? He saw them, he was fine, they told him to leave them, and he did, crying. Is he crying for them, or for himself who had accepted they are gone? After the nearly direct hit where Benji had lost his hand, they were essentially dead anyway. Then it was just to accept their death.
I really liked the music as Karl snapped.
2) Claire Viento. Will you die? Will Karl forgive you? The acting here is fine, but the animation is quite unfitting the voice.
3) Screw you show, you didn’t really earn it, but I’m tearing up here, now that Karl had shown his willingness to not only forgive Claire, but throw his life away for her sake, and her calling upon the powers ;_;
4) A beautiful shot. The background artists in this show know what they are doing. A ship, floating on a sea of clouds. Seeing this mastery of the wind, will the Sky Tribe grant passage to Claire and the others?
5) Even though Steampunk often has technology that we can’t manage, the style is decidedly old-fashioned. The Sky Tribe they fought with seemed almost modern, but this allied battleship? This looks like a space-ship, like a way too overlarge modern fighter jet. And our general knows its name, he certainly knows some of the secrets behind this setting.
Post Episode Thoughts:
“But for us to continue our journey, another sacrifice was needed.” – I wonder. Last episode is the final episode. Will the events be resolved? I suspect not. This show had billed itself as a drama show, meaning that it’d consider it sufficient if the dramatic emotional arc is resolved. The world? The world always keeps going, and this is a world with additional Light Novels/movies in, so they may be content with just painting another facet of the world, of telling us a story told within it.
Also, yes, some of the emotional moments in this episode got to me, at least the ones including Claire and Karl. Noripi and Benji, and the whole chain of command bit was more than a tad ridiculous :P