「風の革命」 (Kaze no Kakumei)
“The Wind Revolution”
As the third episode of Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta rolls in, it’s revelations galore, and you can’t help but feel somewhat for Kal-el (a.k.a. Karl la Hire, former Crown Prince) considering what he’s been through. His father was executed following the Wind Revolution, his mother drawn away to be killed in a pig cart shortly after, and even he was scheduled for death at some point. At this point, it makes perfect sense why he’s unstable emotionally, and its surprising that he’s gotten this far without going bonkers considering the potential catalysts around him.
Not only does he have to deal with issues that people his age normally deal with, he has to deal with seeing pictures of or hearing about Nina Viento (literally translated as “girl of the wind”) everywhere he goes, he has to deal with the whole noble vs. commoners clash that he normally wouldn’t have to—the list goes on. He’s essentially trying to live a life as someone he isn’t—or at least, as someone he hasn’t completely accepted—and he’s doing so while on a floating island literally being sent to nowhere. Oh yeah, Nina Viento’s also on it too. To say the least, it’s definitely not the ideal situation to be in, and it shows just how well the Albus family has done to get Kal-el this far.
That said, it’s interesting how Kal-el and Claire are similar in some regards. Both of them grew up as members of the upper class and both of them associate extensively with commoners despite this. But whereas Claire does so on a voluntary basis, Kal-el never had a choice in the matter. In this sense, it can be said that Claire is the person Kal-el could have been if the Wind Revolution never happened, and it goes to show how important circumstances are in determining the person we ultimately become. There’s a nature vs. nurture element to this whole thing, and it’s only fitting that the two end up coming together the way they did, because Claire fits perfectly as someone who could keep Kal-el from succumbing to his desire for revenge. Not only could she fill the void left behind by his circumstances, she’s a literal reminder of who he could have been if things went differently in the past. More importantly, her upbringing allows her to sympathize with Kal-el, which may serve as a conduit for venting emotions that he’s normally unable to talk about.
At the same time, it’s a give and take. Now that Claire is a significant person in Kal-el’s life, it’s highly possible that if something happens to her, there could be no turning back for the latter. Up until now, he’s been able to hold in his rage purely because of the Albus family’s influence and his mother’s last words, and it’s a precarious balance that could be tipped by the slightest incident. Things could easily go grim dark in a hurry, but at the same time, it has to be noted that Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta doesn’t seem to be that kind of story. Rather, it seems to be more of the uplifting variety instead. Considering that Claire seems to be the person who ends up “teaching him about love” (per the premise synopsis), it’s seems that she’ll at least survive through a majority of the series, and their relationship will form the crux of the story and of Kal-el’s development. The thing is though, this doesn’t mean she’s someone who will definitely survive the entirety of the series, and it makes me wonder if she does. There seem to be some subtle hints that things don’t end up as ideal as we’d like, and it kind of feels like Nina Viento may actually be more likely to survive at this point instead!
Overall, the revelations we get this week only lead to more questions, and it makes you wonder how things are going to develop from here. As with the previous episodes, there’s a lot of potential brewing here with Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta, which could make this a series we either love or hate to no end when it’s all said and done. There are still nine episodes left though, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Until next week!
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