「風呼びの少女」 (Kaze Yobi no Shojo)
“The Girl Who Calls the Wind”
Suddenly, it’s been four months since the Isla departed and our main cast finds themselves almost at the Holy Spring. All things considered, it’s only fitting that the progression of time brings with it a similar progression of the plot, and this week’s episode is the literal calm before the storm—a calm filed with a boatload of revelations.
Starting things off with this list are the confirmations, which include the following:
They’re not the biggest of revelations—they weren’t exactly subtle—but it’s nice to see confirmation of these facts before things get rolling. Especially when you consider that these tie in with a series of other important revelations, which include:
And when taken all together, they’re things that change the series’ dynamics—especially in regards to the relationship between Kal-el and Claire. Because what this episode does is hammer in their continued similarities to one another—both were roped into a conflict neither of them asked for and both seemed to have volunteered to come on the journey—and it’s exactly those similarities that highlight why they should be with together at journey’s end. That is, of course, what one would normally expect to happen. But as we all know, the dynamic between the two is far from ordinary, and this situation also brings into focus the pink elephant in the room: the fact that there’s also plenty of reasons why they shouldn’t be together.
There’s a whole bittersweet element to their relationship and I have to say, the series deserves some kudos for managing to execute this fairly well considering the amount of episodes they’ve been given. Both Claire and Kal-el are finally getting the freedom to live like people their age should be living (the former doesn’t even have her powers anymore), and they’ve both found love for the first time in their lives… all for it to potentially end in a pain that could end up worse than anything they’ve felt up until now. That’s just all kinds of messed up, and this is one of those stories where you really can’t help but root for their happy ending.
The problem is, both of them also seem to have been hand delivered into a situation that calls for combat, and you just never know when it comes to stuff like this. It’s highly probable that Claire and/or Ariel don’t make it out of this alive, and the fact that this is a realistic possibility makes this series a very interesting watch. Considering that there’s still the Ignacio side plot to explore, there’s a lot of story left to tell here, and things could be building up towards this series being one of the better/best ones this season has to offer. Granted, it probably won’t be a masterpiece when it’s all said and done, but that doesn’t change the fact it could be just as memorable—just like the ED theme (you can see the full PV here), which fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the series. That said, I’ll end things here with what’s likely to be the quote of the week for me:
No one knows what’ll happen in the future. But for now, I want to fly these skies with you.