「きみのいる空へ」 (Kimi no Iru Sora e)
“The Sky Wherre You Are”
With the finale of Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta finally here, it’s quite clear that the pilot’s love song ended up being more of a bittersweet melody. Because if there’s one thing this episode highlighted, it was the fact that although we got to see the relationship between Claire and Kal-el work out (one assumes this was the case), it came at the expense of a lot of the series’ lore and world. There was clearly a lot more here than we ever got to see, and it’s a pity because I did quite like some of the things this series did (and tried to do).
That said, I liked what they did with the ending here. It far from ideal in many respects, but considering how much was clearly omitted, it was a satisfactory finale in my book. There’s something about a character coming full circle and doing something that would’ve seemed completely out of character at the beginning of the series, and Kal-el’s whole speech was quite nice to see from a developmental standpoint. Admittedly, I may be a bit biased here—I’m a sucker for characters that say things like “I want to take back the girl I love”—but there’s a rather simplistic beauty to the story here that makes Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta kind of charming, and this ending really hammered this bit in.
Indeed, Ariel’s comment of how “some love songs can’t be sung” further echos this sentiment—sometimes you just have to accept that some things won’t ever end the way you want them to—even if one could say this phrase could be applied to the series in general. Sadly, the overall song for the series just never quite reached the heights it could’ve, and there really isn’t much else to say here aside from that.
**Final impressions at the end.
ED2: 「azurite」 by petit milady
Looking back to the start of the season, Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta was one of the shows that I felt had quite a bit of promise. Sadly however, many obvious omissions prevented the series from ever really taking off, and it’s a pity because there clearly was grand universe with a rich lore here, and we just never got to see it in its entirety. What we got instead was just a majority of the grand puzzle that was The Pilot’s Love Song, and it’s a notion that makes this season as a whole quite troubling. Because although the effect wasn’t as pronounced with other series as it was with this one, there was a clear trend in that multiple adaptations clearly omitted a fair amount from their respective source materials—Tokyo Ravens and Strike the Blood are just a few series that come to mind—and it’s just not something you like to see considering the time invested. That’s not to say I regretted watching this series or any of the aforementioned series (I actually quite enjoyed TR and STB), but all of this just leaves me wondering about what could have been, especially for this series.
Alas, there’s no use crying over split milk, so I guess I’ll just have to accept it and move on—perhaps by giving Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku a try. Looking forward, another season approaches, and I’d just like to end things here by thanking all of you reading this for joining me on this journey to The End of the Sky. Here’s hoping you’ll continue accompany me and the fellow authors on this site next season, and until then, I bid all of you reading this a fond farewell. May your love songs sing a vibrant melody.