First Impressions: The Pilot’s Love Song

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From the start we are introduced to Kal-el Albus who is joining the Cadoques High Aerial Devision along with his sister Ariel.  It’s obvious from the get-go that the two are not blood related due to the way they address their father.  I’m hoping this won’t be an excuse to create a love competition for the later found love interest.

pilot1While Kal-el believes he’s dragging his sister along, it seems she shrugs it off as a way to seek out adventure and the “End of the Sky” which is referenced a lot.  It didn’t take long for me to find Ariel’s voice a little off-putting.  Quickly I realized it was the same voice actor as Kirino from Oreimo.  Cute, but just not very fitting to her character design.  That didn’t stop me from getting a huge laugh out of their exchange of “little sister” and “little brother” banter.

The trainees along with the Aerial Knights take flight over the Wind Revolutions Memorial Park where citizens gather to see off the aerial land mass Isla, that will journey in search for the “End of the Sky”.  This is also the home of the Cadoques High where Kal-el will be training to be a real pilot.

During the send off ceremony for the floating island Isla, Kal-el get’s a glimpse of the apparent empress Nina Viento which sends him into a fury.  Only to be stopped by his sister’s wild claim that she could see her father.  Apparently there’s some history between him and Nina Viento, but for now all we get is a glimpse of a burning building.

I absolutely loved Claire Cruz’s introduction.  Her inability to speak out of fear was adorable.  Very timid character starting out.  However I found the rate in which their relationship turned to a “hug” to be a bit awkward.  She’s supposedly someone from the “noble” area of the school which may create some class warfare amongst the school.

pilot2I guess that creates my first complaint and fear for the series.  It went from an aerial combat type of show to a daily school drama.  I hope this doesn’t stick, but if it does I fear it will lead to a dropped show.

So far the show looks promising.  The world in which they created seems interesting enough.  I’ve already had quite a few smiles, laughs, and crushes.  Let’s just hope it steers clear of school drama and sticks to the love and war style.  Or possibly take it in a direction I’ve never seen before.

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THUMBS UP!

FIRST IMPRESSION VERDICT:

THUMBS UP! PROMISING!

Goods:

  • Promising world
  • Good characters
  • Good art direction

Fears:

  • School drama possible
  • Love triangle possible

First Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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