The Pilot’s Love Song / Koiuta Episode 4 Notes

January 27th, 2014.

Shared Past, Future Tears.

We’ve finished last episode with Claire and Karl stranded amidst the waves, as pilots. They seem to have chosen the wrong element! More seriously, it seems we’re going to force our love birds who are also flight-partners to grow closer as a result of their time spent together, of their shared hardships. It’s somewhat of a heavy handed method, but I guess time is of the essence.

Will Karl buddy-zone Claire? And who is the one singing, and to whom, for after all the original name of the show translates to “Love song for a certain pilot.” Let’s find out on the next riveting chapter of The Pilot’s Love Song! :P

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Siblings:

The Pilot's Love Song / Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Episode 4 notes anime Young Ariel

1) This is basically a flat-out love confession. “There’s nothing to worry about.” – “Indeed, you are here with me.” – Usually it’d go, “I’m here with you, you have nothing to worry about,” but that the person being comforted admits that the other person is the reason they don’t have anything to worry about :P Of course, it could be interpreted as, “Indeed, I’m not alone,” but we’re hardly that gullible.

2) This is sort of hilarious, in an unintended way, “Observe, a new brother!” – Sort of like your parents coming back from the hospital with a new baby. And the youngest child feels their territory had been intruded into. No one seems to question how they’ve just received another brother. They’re kids, but still.

3) Well, now we know, Karl’s the older brother! Don’t sulk, Ariel! :P

4) Interesting. Ariel is just telling everyone that Karl isn’t her blood related brother. You’d think she’d try to avoid speaking of stuff like that as it could help blow his cover. But the authorities know he’s an adopted child, probably, so it’s not a secret, rather something you don’t publicize too much. But I guess at this time of need of emotional support, this story from Ari makes perfect sense.

5) Heh, they always give this voice actress the bratty younger sister. Of course, no one who declares how mature they are, with that squeaky voice actually is ;-) But it’s at least going to get Karl to answer.

2) Everything Else:

The Pilot's Love Song / Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Episode 4 notes anime Claire

1) Ignaxio wanting to go out to save them, or perhaps act out some revenge? Whatever it is, truly unexpected. And as his tutors had pointed out, utterly foolish. He’s more likely to get lost as well, and even if he finds Karl and Claire, he’s likely to get lost alongside them, only adding to the difficulties of the search party.

2) No wonder the whole revolution didn’t make sense to me originally, just look at the population, and their speech. In truth, this revolution had deposed of one noble for another, but as many revolutions it had merely couched itself in the terminology of trying to bring justice to the population, of letting out the old and greedy rulers for the new equality. Complete hogwash, but the population, so recently after the change, had bought into it completely.

Also, they applaud the child for throwing a rock at an actress. Yeesh, this society.

3) Childhood. He’s had a mother who wanted him to fly, and now he has a father who wishes for him to fly.He must fly then, to accomplish his parents’ dreams, and his own.

4) This image is the perfect source of endless misunderstandings, at least if we were in a comedy. Also, yeah, Claire seemed to take it hard, that Kal-el could be Karl. Then again, I think most people would. I feel people are pushing that she might be Nina Viento, but is it possible she’s his sister? Well, we’ll find out. Again, if you like a boy and he’s supposed to be dead, and part of dethroned and reviled royalty, and if he has had a rough past when you wish no such past for him, it could have you unwilling to believe.

5) Hm, so Claire is Nina Viento. She “destroys the wicked”. Ok, this is going to be interesting.

Shorter Notes / Asides:

The Pilot's Love Song / Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Episode 4 notes anime

  1. So, if he’s an airplane mechanic, how come their father was at prison, in order to save Karl?
  2. This show keeps giving us these pretty sunsets, these delicious orange and pink palettes, when Claire and Karl are together. No wonder they fall in love, hammered at with such romantic backgrounds ;-)
  3. I think I’ve said so before, but this ending song is really growing on me.

Post Episode Notes:

Well, this episode really wasn’t what I expected it to be. The focus, just like last week, was on Karl’s background. The OST had done a marvelous job of getting us attached, of getting us to care, or at least it did for me. So we know more about Karl, and now their friends know as well, which plays a part in the “bonding”. Yes, they could have them bond by showing us working together, but these two episodes had done a lot for forming a bond among the cadets as well.

Claire and Karl really didn’t get a lot of screen-time together, but we clearly saw them care for one another, and we reinforced once more how Karl feels about Nina Viento, only to find out that Claire is Nina Viento.

A case of tragic love? Of love without knowing one another’s past, which is made possible only due to not knowing who one another is. I wonder where they’ll take it from here. No, this episode hadn’t covered a lot of ground, but it got us more involved, it got the characters more involved, and it gave us a major complication. All in all, it was solid writing, one that sets up the scene for what is to come.

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