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Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「azurite」 by petit milady

「旅立ちの島 」 (Tabidachi no Shima)
“Island of New Journeys”

Let me get this out of the way first. When it comes to series revolving around aircraft, there’s probably a higher chance of bias on my part than with any other genre (except maybe cyberpunk). I grew up wanting to be an aircraft engineer after all, and there’s just something amazing about being able to soar through the sky at a few thousand miles an hour. Sadly, things didn’t quite work out as I anticipated—I get motion sickness easily for one—but let’s just say that hasn’t taken out my love for all things flight, so it’s highly possible that I’ll probably like this series more than others.

That said, Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta’s first episode ends up quite intriguing overall. I wouldn’t say it hit all the right marks off the bat, but there’s definitely a lot of potential here. As with any other series, it remains to be seen whether or not this potential ever gets off the ground, but it definitely gets a head start considering there ain’t much ground to start with here. The cast is literally living (and training) on a floating island, and it’s not a stretch to say that it’s a unique locale from which to start a series from. The focus on aircraft and aerial combat adds further to this uniquity—it’s just not something we see often these days—and it’s something that ends up reminding me quite a bit of Last Exile in this regard. We’re not talking about vanships here, but the sense of adventure the series gives off, the two pilot dynamic between our two mains in Kal-el (Hanae Natsuki) and Ariel (Taketatsu Ayana), and the goal of reaching a place known as the “End of the Sky” are all reminiscent of the atmosphere in Last Exile, the two pilot dynamic between Lavie and Claus, and their desire to cross the Grand Stream.

This bodes well considering how well Last Exile was received, even if this wasn’t quite a Cloud Age Symphony (yet, anyway). Kal-el in particular ends up being an interesting main, especially considering the rapid emotional shift he seems to go through depending on the circumstance. We’re not given much of these circumstances off the bat here—though we can assume based on the premise summary—but let’s just say that Kal-el doesn’t seem to be a guy who wants to be where he is, doing what he is right now. At the same time, he seems to understand the situation he’s been put in, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it’s a realization that’s forced, rather than preferred on his part. Ariel being present seems to help keep his emotions in check as well, but the general feeling is that he’s an atypical character who could go off at any moment, which could form the foundations for some interesting developments in the short term. At the same time, seeing how he matures overtime is also something that could prove to be a great story—it was a drawing point in the premise for me—and it definitely seems like Claire Cruz’ll be the one who kick starts this process.

Generally, it’s a solid, light-hearted introductory episode to start things off here with Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta. We get a nice introduction to the main cast, a brief description of what their purpose is, and we get some vital explanation/demonstrations of how technology works here. The latter aspect ends up interesting in and of itself, especially the tilt rotor aircraft they use in this series, and the “hydrogen battery stacks” that power the bigger ships. Both the use of tilt rotor aircraft and hydrogen powered aircraft are concepts that have some grounding in real life, but they’re both things that never ended up quite prevalent in general. We didn’t even prove the concept till around the 1960′s ourselves, and we don’t have much in the way of hydrogen powered aircraft either. In this sense, it’s intriguing how Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta seems to be in an age where combat is reminiscent stylistically of the 1940′s in real life, yet utilize concepts and technology that are much more advanced.

It all works well in the end though, because this style of fighting allows the series to maintain a focus on individual pilots (each one can make a big difference in any combat scenario), while keeping it interesting because the aircraft used aren’t things we have much real life mass equivalents of. All of these are things that contribute to the potential of this series, and there’s just a lot here to work with—even if it may only be one cour. Let’s see how this works out.


ED Sequence

ED: 「(風が知ってる」 (Kaze ga Shitteru) by 赤い公園 (Akai Kouen)


January 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm
  • January 6, 2014 at 6:14 pmYou know, for kids!

    His name is Kal-el?

    • January 6, 2014 at 6:50 pmEuzio

      Either the writer is a fan of Superman or the guy’s gonna be donning a blue spandex and red cape instead of flying a plane soon XD

      Though it would be perhaps slightly more amusing if they had his plane’s colours be that instead :P

      • January 7, 2014 at 8:58 amExNami

        Kinda a appropriate with the whole flying theme isn’t it?

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:14 pmwandering-dreamer

      Kal-el Albus even, kid clearly the child of Superman and Dumbledore.

      • January 6, 2014 at 9:11 pmhaseo0408

        Considering Dumbledore was into guys I can see that happening. XD

      • January 7, 2014 at 7:09 amKF

        Oh god why? Why must internet ruin me?

    • January 7, 2014 at 5:44 pmMilkfishCop

      They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you… my only son…oh wait.

  • January 6, 2014 at 6:16 pmBass.EXE

    “Ooh, he’s gonna kiss her. He’s gonna kiss her! He’s going in and— a hug?!”

    • January 6, 2014 at 6:19 pmZephyr

      There are definitely emotional issues at play here with how he reacted.

      • January 7, 2014 at 1:36 pmAggron

        I’m kind of surprised you didn’t mention the whole Noble and peasant love interest in your article. I have a feeling that at least 1 or more fights may occur because of social class.

      • January 7, 2014 at 3:53 pmZephyr

        I figured I’d get another chance to mention it again at some later time. Was already stretching pretty long for this post eh.

      • January 8, 2014 at 8:39 amHimJL

        I, for one, am glad he didn’t kiss her right away, because then the show would feel far too rushed for me.

    • January 7, 2014 at 1:33 pmewok40k

      but he already made her so WET…

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:18 amc2710

      God… Please… Let the 2 of them be together…

      The ending for A Certain Pilot’s Recollection was just too bittersweet… More bitter than sweet

  • January 6, 2014 at 6:20 pmzztop

    The anime is based on the LN series of the same name by Koroku Inumura, and set in the same universe as his earlier LN, The Princess and the Pilot/Recollections for a Certain Pilot.

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:18 pmTre

      Damn, I wish I had read your comment beforehand. I did a quick Google search to confirm if this was an original series or if it’s based on a light novel or manga. I heavily regret it, since I ran into what seems like a really big spoiler (or at least, something I hadn’t noticed) just by looking at the character names (and corresponding seiyuu).

      • January 7, 2014 at 6:39 amFatflightlesspenguin

        Don’t worry too much about that spoiler.
        Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 6, 2014 at 6:36 pmVsAllGaming

    Such a beautiful ship http://i.imgur.com/2mMX86c.jpg ;_:
    Its only the first episode and I love this couple, glad they didnt waste time lol
    But the moment when they were riding through the clouds was just beautiful to me.

    • January 6, 2014 at 9:17 pmhaseo0408

      Yes, they do look beautiful together but that´s what´s worrying me. I might be a little paranoic here but the first scene has Kal-El saying he´s not going to let anyone else die, the last scene says the island will never comeback and to top it off we hace Kal riding the bike alone at the end of ending, so it´s anyone else alredy worried about Claire´s future? Because I´m seeing death flags right from the start.

      • January 6, 2014 at 11:41 pmShellshocked

        I noticed that too on a second rewatch, the last scene with him riding alone does seem pretty ominous for Claire’s future.

      • January 8, 2014 at 7:19 amc2710

        Don’t let it be the movie all over again

    • January 10, 2014 at 7:34 pmThe Story You Don’t Know

      They make us like an upcoming couple and gives us death flags throughout the episode and ED sequence. Wow.

  • January 6, 2014 at 6:56 pmiion42

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:01 pmVsAllGaming

      Omg I see it now. Can never be unseen lol

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:22 pmwandering-dreamer

      I was thinking more “what Lawerence did in his angsty teen days before he became a traveling merchant”

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:01 pmAbsaroka

    For the sake of our protagonists lets hope this universe is a bit more like the one from “Last Exile” and not the one from “The Sky Crawlers”. This show appears to have the potential for greatness, we’ll just have to wait and see. I thought intro was rather generic though, it almost lost me right off the bat.

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:34 pmZephyr

      It’s interesting that you mentioned Sky Crawlers, because the white haired guy reminded me quite a bit of the MC from that same show, as did some of the aerial combat.

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:10 pmSherylfan

    I always like shows like this or steampunk where the technology is not overly advanced. It maintains that sort of adventure feel. Like this eps they are adventuring in the same world to places unknown I always like that kinda world adventure. Partially why I love some oldschool JRPGs (or new) that have airships and all that jazz.

    A strong start for me and hopefully it will continue to maintain my interest.

    The only negative thing is probably the jarring difference in animation and CGI characters, reminds me of the terrible last exile sequel (sends shivers down my spine just thinking of that monstrosity) that used similar techniques for their vanships.

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:12 pmTre

    This wasn’t explicitly stated, but Kal-el and Ariel are twins, right? Because the way they treat each other has a different air than regular siblings.

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:19 pmZephyr

      I don’t think they are. I believe they’re more close friends and the former was adopted into the family at some point. So they’re kinda family, kinda not. At least, that’s what the premise seems to have hinted at.

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:31 pmTre

      I hadn’t considered that he might be adopted, though it would make sense given the hair colors. I had thought “twins” because they seem about same age, and acted like they’ve been classmates throughout their childhood.

      • January 6, 2014 at 11:20 pmbrajt

        From the way he talked with the father I suppose he’s adopted one.

      • January 6, 2014 at 11:50 pmTassadar

        Also, during the goodbye scene, Kal-el blushed when one of the onee-sans hugged him and shoved his face on her chest. If she was his blood-related sister, I don’t think he would have blushed in such a way ;)

      • January 6, 2014 at 11:54 pmKaleRylan

        The summary blurb on various sites, including this one, mentions him being a prince driven by revenge I believe. Combine that with his actions and flashbacks here and my guess is he’s a prince whose family was murdered, maybe by that woman that he had the sudden psychotic episode towards, and then was taken in by his current family.

        Just my theory, though the OP seems to imply that he and the silver-haired lady met as children, so what she did to incur his murderous wrath is something I’m very curious about.

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:15 pmAmiluhur

    Easily the best premiere so far for me. Compelling premise, intriguing setting, amazing aerial combat, and above everything else interesting characters. On the animation side, was left speechless at how well they integrate CG airplanes with hand-drawn background so as to not came across as jarring, and the imagery of floating island accompanied by a huge mothership and many airplanes was easily the best mix of fantasy&sci-fi aspect i’ve seen so far in the season (Even more so than Nobunaga the Fool). On the story side, it hasn’t blown my mind yet, and honestly many things still confuse me like, as if i just watched a story that skips its prologue and roll straight into the main story, which isn’t a huge problem so long as they give proper explanation on future ep. Another thing which made this eps a win for me is the interactions between Kal-el and Claire (whom i suppose is the main heroine of the series). When they’re awkwardly introducing each other, when they’re riding a bike together (with Claire making Titanic-like pose), and one particular scene at the lake when they’re hugging each other felt, for the lack of better word, romantic and melancholic without feeling excessive.

    Will definitely watch this show till the end

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:25 pmMormegil

    If it’s anything like Last Exile, this is clearly a keeper.

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:38 pmSilentCid

    Kal-el doesn’t beat around the bush with women.

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:39 pmricz

    A really good episode for my most anticipated anime this season

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:44 pmSilentCid

    In the beginning I wonder who dies because he says, “I’ll will never forgive you… I won’t let anyone else die!” I’m thinking it be Claire? Love ones always have death flags.

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:59 pmJason Isenberg

    Maybe this show will pull off what Ars Nova did, just become the biggest surprise of the year. We already got romance in the air, that was so dang fast haha. Claire is so pretty and the overall look of the show is too. Can’t wait to see the next episode :)

  • January 6, 2014 at 8:25 pmKinji

    that hug send me to FEEL trip!!

  • January 6, 2014 at 9:38 pmkaetan

    Great premiere, but I feel that an important character will bite the dust in the end. Hopefully it won’t be Claire, since I like her. The characters are good, with the exception of Ariel. Somehow I think that she’s annoying.

  • January 6, 2014 at 10:22 pminfo600

    That Battleship definitely reminds me of this little piece of British Experimentation…a little bit.

    Still, it started nicely overall…definitely worth keep going for another 5 episodes.

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:21 amc2710

      Though the guns resemble more of Iowa class BB

  • January 6, 2014 at 10:27 pmflCer

    Liking this.

  • January 6, 2014 at 10:31 pmVaans

    Well, that sure escalated quickly.

  • January 6, 2014 at 11:17 pmtomtomr92

    • January 7, 2014 at 12:16 amCrook

      Oh boy, a glaring woman with blond hair. Watch out, she might eat you.

      • January 7, 2014 at 3:08 pmtomtomr92

        Rly do people not think she looks like annie??? i mean search up a pic of her and compare they look the same, as in hair style/color+the glare…..

  • January 7, 2014 at 1:41 amflamerounin

    okaay! so after living underwater for so long, Hikari Sakishima is now flying a plane? interesting :)

    i must admit that i am also a big sucker when it comes to planes, so i am definitely going to include this in my weekly downloads.

    • January 7, 2014 at 8:01 amFatflightlesspenguin

      If you like planes, you need to watch the prequel of this. The To Aru Hikushi e no Tsuioku movie have some of the best aerobatics scene in anime that would put aerobatics in the Macross series to shame. Lets hope this sequel could come close.

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • January 7, 2014 at 8:37 amthedarktower

        just to make it clear – the famous movie by madhouse&TMS which called Toaru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku (also known as the princess and pilot) is not a prequel.

        the connection is that both set up in the same world setting. no real relation in terms of characters or chronological order as far as I am concerned.
        speaking of which, the princess and pilot was fine and good movie. but I wanted something a bit more than that. how do I say it…in some part of the film it felt more like in Hollywood style than anime.
        and for now, Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta definitely make up for it.

        as for something similar you have the movie “the sky crawlers” which is full of beautiful aerial visuals.
        I didn’t see “Area 88″ yet, but although it’s quite old (80s I think) it also provides aircraft and aerial combat, it’s waiting in my special directory :P
        there is also Yukikaze which recommended to me in IRC (I think by Ghost Zephyr). I am certainly gonna watch it soon when I;ll have some time this month.

      • January 7, 2014 at 9:49 amFatflightlesspenguin

        You are mostly correct about the lack of connection, but …

        Major spoiler, don’t read unless you finished the LN.
        Show Spoiler ▼

        so there is a link both chronologically and in character. LN2 is a very loose sequel of LN1, not a totally independent spin off.

        btw, Aera 88 movie and OVA were made in the 80′s, but there is also an anime series made in 2004. Definitely worth a watch

  • January 7, 2014 at 4:26 amJiCi

    Claire = Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite?

  • January 7, 2014 at 4:35 amcutesherry

    Had a great time watching this episode and will definitely be following this show, I really love this type of anime mixing fantasy, adventure, romance, sci-fi…the best!~

    Was a bit bit taken back for a sec at how fast Kal and Claire’s relationship advanced for a first meeting, but I most definitely…APPROVE!!! *thumbs up!* The hug blew me away.
    That said…the fact he is riding the bicycle alone at the end of the ED credits is pretty worrisome to say the least D:

    Also, it seems like Kal might not be ‘human’? (red eyes?) Will we learn further in the series that there are different species in this world?

    • January 7, 2014 at 7:46 amCrook

      I was thinking that those red eyes were more of a way to show his rage, but who knows.

  • January 7, 2014 at 5:12 amZeon

    annoying sister and complete idiot MC

  • January 7, 2014 at 5:42 ammaou

    What is the connection of this anime with a movie with almost similar title? Is it set in a same world? Or is it more like a spin off?

    • January 7, 2014 at 6:47 amFatflightlesspenguin

      This is a sequel to To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku (1st LN). The anime is adapting the second.
      Set in the same world, but in another part of the ‘planet’. Some movie’s characters will play a minor part later in the story.

      • January 7, 2014 at 7:44 amCrook

        So you don’t need to watch the movie/read the LN to understand this, right?

  • January 7, 2014 at 6:18 amSMinstrel

    The OTP ship launched so fast.

    Well, it does have the ‘Love Song’ in its title, so I think that should be normal.

  • January 7, 2014 at 6:55 amZannafar

    This first episode felt really bad to me for several reasons.

    Nothing really seems to have happened story-wise, except for them setting out to find the end of the sky. Some other things were hinted at, but they didn’t went through with these things far enough to really add to the story with yet. Though maybe they will use these set ups in the next few episodes, so I don’t see this too negatively.

    The characters feel extremely shallow at this point. Especially the main character feels like a total prick, getting unreasonably angry just when the white haired guy didn’t talk to him and looked at him annoyed. Maybe the other guy just has bad mood (I know that’s probably not it, but the main character should not be able to know this. He could just try to talk with him again later.

    The romantic development with the black haired girl felt increadibly forced to me. The girl went from being to shy to talk to him to standing behind him (technically a total stranger) on his bike as if they had been friends forever in a matter of minutes and when they fell into water, they also fell in love. This doesn’t feel believable to me, no matter how romantic the thought of “love at first sight” is.

    And then they end the episode with an depressive narrative. They probably wanted to use it as foreshadowing, but good foreshadowing needs to be done more subtle. This was just hitting people in the face with a pole on which they write “People are going to suffer and die!”

    To top it all off the episode also had animation problems in several scenes, ranging from acceptable (eg. The faces in this picture and this picture and the slightly off perspective here) to complete animation failure (Try to imagine how Kal-el would need to stand for this perspective… and then he suddenly disappears.)

    Sorry for this lengthy negative comment, but there was just too much that bugged me.

  • January 7, 2014 at 7:48 amthedarktower

    well, this is one of my high expectations for winter and it started good, a solid start.
    the intro tried to move us with aerial combat which was nice and all (even reminded me some scenes of sky crawlers). but it was for the sake of show off. whatever.. because ever since the planes really took off it was very beautiful and hook me up. lovely visuals were revealed and I really liked the detailed aerial scenes. I really love anime that involve planes and aerial stuff.

    we didn’t get enough info with the story except for the general explanation of the purpose of this journey. which was stated at the end of the ep as “journey we could never return…we hadn’t learned how cruel the world could be”. so obviously tough things are in front of us. maybe painful drama too. but at least we’ll have “epic air-combat piew piew” (:
    how is that connected to Kal-el past?who is the mysterious stalker (snape..snape..sevrus snape?)?what’s wrapping all of it? not so much of info, but for now it’s a very very brief one story of journey, I guess we’ll be detailed later on. but it can be developed quite well I think.

    I loved the clicked chemistry between Claire Cruz (such a fluent name HaHa) and Kal-el(not so fluent anymore..what is that a bird?a plane?no..superman in a plane :P) and I guess we’ll have some complex in that matter (by that I mean with his allegedly “sister”). I do must say that the VA are doing great work and it was combined well in that part – romance, atmosphere, VA, animation and all.

    I am really looking forward to continue with Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta.

  • January 7, 2014 at 9:05 amGermanguy

    My First Inspiration from seeing the Screen shots are…

    Last Exile (the Original/First one)

    • January 7, 2014 at 9:06 amGermanguy

      Oh and Naruto.. No not Naruto himself.. His Dark best Buddy, Uchida

  • January 7, 2014 at 9:42 amJ_the_Man

    Simply Put, very nice.

  • January 7, 2014 at 10:19 amHimJL

    “…it remains to be seen whether or not this potential ever gets off the ground,” <– I see what you did there, Zephyr.

    • January 7, 2014 at 3:51 pmZephyr

      Was waiting to see if anyone got that. :D

  • January 7, 2014 at 12:33 pmGinobi47

    Definitely has potential. As a big fan of Last Exile, I have high hopes for any series that has airplanes and drama.

    What really interests me is Kal-El (superman?) hatred to that hot priestess.

  • January 7, 2014 at 1:40 pmewok40k

    The initial air combat was awesome, the 3D floating battleships glorious, and the entire floating island magnificent. Introduction of characters seems OK. Sister is your usual tsun-tsun type. Claire looks like the incarnated trope of the “first girl wins”, though the blue-haired princess/priestess is possibly a future contender for romantic interest. The angsty pilot who landed even worse than Kal-El seems somehow connected to Claire…

  • January 7, 2014 at 2:05 pmGundamvid

    I hope this series turns out well. Kinda interesting to see a V-22 Osprey with a World War 2 like touch.

    • January 8, 2014 at 8:27 amMatroid

      A V-22 Osprey is a “tiltrotor,” meaning that its wings are fixed. The aircraft design in the anime is a “tiltwing,” meaning the wings move during hovering. This type of design is well-known to be susceptible to cross winds. Hence the cadets had a hard time landing.

  • January 7, 2014 at 2:17 pmSeedStriker

    This one promises. Finally some aerial combat to see (it’s not Ace Combat, but I’ll take it) and having in mind that is the same universe as Remembrances for a Certain Pilot, I expect a bittersweet story.

  • January 7, 2014 at 4:46 pmWellBattle6

    “while keeping it interesting because the aircraft used aren’t things we have much real life mass equivalents of”

    But aren’t the enemy planes that are shown in the prologue basically real life Spitfires?

    • January 7, 2014 at 5:02 pmZephyr

      The key lies in the fact that real-life spitfires aren’t tilt-rotors. We don’t and have never used tilt-rotors en mass, and we only currently deploy few tilt-rotor aircraft ourselves. Even then, they’re usually for very specific purposes and missions.

      • January 7, 2014 at 5:51 pmWellBattle6

        But what I meant was that the enemy planes weren’t tilt rotors in the prologue battle scene. They were single propellor normal planes.

        By the way, what is your thought on Crunchyroll’s synopsis which basically lists the synopsis for Toaru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku instead of the actual synopsis?

      • January 7, 2014 at 6:08 pmZephyr

        Ah that’s what you meant. I was just referring to the planes our MC’s are using since they’re going to be the side we see the most of eh.

        As for Crunchyroll… I actually didn’t look at their summary before you mentioned it. Now that I see it though… I don’t know what to say. That’s extremely odd. I don’t know if it was just a mistranslated from the source they’re referring to, or if the person they’re referencing didn’t have it right to begin with. Seems like either way, somewhere along the line they kinda mixed the shows together or something. Really misleading. :/

    • January 11, 2014 at 1:15 amdaikama

      @WellBattle6 “But aren’t the enemy planes that are shown in the prologue basically real life Spitfires?”

      FYI, the anime’s single-engine monoplane fighter is not an “RL” Spitfire. Not nearly as graceful in design. First, wings are not elliptical which was the famous trademark of the Spitfire design. Nose/engine cowling is much different as well. Not nearly as streamlined/aerodynamic. Tail assembly is 50/50 – rudder is similar to a Spitfire, but elevator is much different (anime is rectangular with some sort of lower edge).

      As far as I can tell, the single-engine monoplane fighter aircraft in the opening scene is essentially an anime only mutt. It takes cues from various WWII fighters. Overall, it’s a pretty good mock up IMO EXCEPT for the the front/engine cowling which makes zero sense – especially if the engine is a water-cooled inline as it appears to be. Bad aerodynamics/much too blocky. The nose/engine cowling vaguely (key) remind me of an Messerschmitt Bf 109e. Tail assembly is fairly similar as well although the anime fighter’s elevator is placed lower on the rudder/tail compared to an ME 109e. If the anime’s monoplane fighter is based off of a RL fighter, someone please post that model. I’d like to know.


      @Zephry: We don’t and have never used tilt-rotors en mass, and we only currently deploy few tilt-rotor aircraft ourselves. Even then, they’re usually for very specific purposes and missions.

      There are reasons for that. Tilt-rotor aircraft have advantages over helicopters (primarily speed and range), but have other significant limitations. Tilt-rotor aircraft are just not as good as a standard mono-wing design for use as a fighter/interceptor.

      It’s entertaining to watch the anime’s planes zoom around, but realistically, there a lot of “artistic license” taken in the opening aerial combat sequence requiring significant suspension of disbelief. Tilt-rotor aircraft can’t change direction instantly like that at speed simply by rotating the props. Furthermore, the design of the two-seater tilt-rotors have very poor aerodynamics. In RL, they would be much slower than those monoplane fighters barring some massive disparity in engine technology.

  • January 7, 2014 at 5:33 pmraiken66

    Idk why but watching this show makes me feel at ease, overall im pretty happy with the winter shows so far

  • January 7, 2014 at 6:14 pmGrabacr

    I… I don’t if I’m getting old or anything… So “too shounen” anime doesn’t suit my taste anymore…

    But this anime…
    - first minutes: OOOH! PLANES! *sit tight* Hm, hm, nice design, good CG, and great aerial battle.
    - seconds after the MC start talking: … Fu… Emo Shounen MC.
    - 15 minutes later: … bad execution, lame-unfunny-jokes, timing-failed dialogue/scene/character/etc/whatever…

    As an avid fan of Ace Combat Series & Aviation in general… I’m dissapointed.

  • January 7, 2014 at 9:21 pmMagoiichi


    I love how Superman is now bipolar and too lazy to fly on his own. We have a contender for best male protagonist of the season here folks with some tough competition coming from Yato and possibly Ginga Bishounen Nobunaga.

  • January 8, 2014 at 7:25 amc2710

    The only complaint I have for this is that comparing to the movie…. The characters didn’t suffer from the moe blob syndrome

    Though the scene with Kal and Claire wasutterly beautiful and that close up…… definitely lovely

  • January 8, 2014 at 11:47 amnyanlol

    oh god I hope I’m wrong about the Claire death flag with the ED. at the same time though im glad im not imagining things. this show is going to hurt my heart though. I can tell already.

  • January 8, 2014 at 7:03 pmKairoru

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 9, 2014 at 5:21 amNitro

    real talk, i nearly vomited watching the opening scene. those aerial battle scenes really do a number on my motion sickness. good ol’ shakycam.

    totally worth it tho. can’t wait to watch more, i just need to get a hold of some medicine for it…

  • January 10, 2014 at 8:15 amTheMoondoggie

    Oh God, this show is like Valkyria + Last Exile. I can sense death flags already.

    10/10 this show is a definite keeper.

  • June 18, 2014 at 7:22 amPrecious Ereca

    i like this story PROMISE!!! OMO!!! Kal-el is so Handsome *0*