Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Episode 4 – P-P-P-P-PLOT TWIST

Toaru Hikuushi e no koiuta nina viento twist
Bulge/10.

DID YOU SEE THAT COMING?
Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Episode 4 Review
The Pilot’s Love Song Episode 4 Review
“Sea of Stars”
“Hoshi no Unabara”
(星の海原)

Building a solid backstory has been the main objective in these past two episodes, and with this plot twist the show steers itself in the direction of angst and dread. Lovers on one side and enemies on the other, how will our protagonists deal with the inevitable revelation?



Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Episode 4 Impressions

Well, she’s not worried about their safety.
She’s worried about the SEXY TIME.

Bandereas Joan Rodrigo smacks Ignacio

BITCH PLEASE TASTE THE FANCY SLAP.
That face.
That slap.
Too fabulous for Ignacio

Axis Ignacio

You want to see the SEXY TIME?
TOO FUCKING BAD.

Good. Don’t mess with the SEXY TIME.

YOU WON’T BE COLD IF YOU SNUGGLE.

Yeah, there’s not much room in here. Would be hard to move around.

Bandereas Joan Rodrigo

THIS GUY KNOWS WHAT’S UP.
Totally a bro for stopping Ignacio disrupting them.

Really? Are you going to play the tsundere role AGAIN, KIRINOAYANA?

He does have some fancy clothes.

Albus ariel and noel

Doesn’t matter if it’s a little brother or a big brother.
BROCON ALL THE SAME.

HOLY RAMEN THAT LOOKS GOOD.

Alright, now let’s not go through this phas-

God dammit Kirino.

He doesn’t have the slightest clue… That his bulge…

Hell yes he’s freaked out. I don’t think he brought the condoms.

I didn’t sign up for this.

Really? So they were terrible rulers?

That’s a shitty job.

GRABBING YOUR BUTTCHEEKS.
GOT A PROBLEM?

Carl la hire Claire Cruz

“JUST LIKE A PLAN.”
You better get that.

Just go watch episode 2 of Nourin that Funimation subbed.
Best subs ever.

TIMETOJUMPIN.

OH DAYUM.



Oh shit, I thought that was Claire sitting.
WELL.
I FOUND OUT MY TASTES.
Better late than never, I guess.

The pilot's love song

Damn… get on that Kal-El.

GRAB ON TO THE ROD. HEHEHE.

Kal el albus and Claire Cruz

SYMBOLISM.

Koiuta anime claire cruz

She sees the bulge.

AND SHE ENJOYED IT.
HOLDING THAT ROD TIGHTLY.
YES.

Ooooooo…

FORESHADOWING.

AMERICA.

HE SURE WANTS THE BURGERS.

TRUE PATRIOTISM FOR AMERICA.

Are you gripping that rod tightly? Because you should.

HURRDURR.HDFIAP.

HUNGRY FOR THE D.
No.
Seriously.
She’s totally staring at his crotch.

OF COURSE NOT. IT’S TIME TO GET IT ON.

Claire Cruz and Kal-el

Lewd armpit.

The pilot's love song claire

Why the sad fa-

Love song of a certain pilot

DON’T TELL ME.
THE BULGE WAS A LIE?

HOLY SHIT THE BULGE WAS A LIE.
That despair. Bulge damn…

Albus Kal-El and claire

Dammit Kal-El. You can’t just lie about the bulge. Bro.

Albus Ariel

BE AFRAID.

Toaru Hikuushi e no koiuta ariel

Chiharu: “Girl, you just gotta take chill pill.”

Girl.
Chill pill.

SEXY TIME PREPARATION? TIME FOR A REAL BULGE.

still a virgin.
Dammit, bulge.

Damn straight. With those weapons…

IT’S TIME.

Nina Viento is claire

INB4 WIG FALLS OFF.
COVER BLOWN
SHOCKED FACES.
KAL-EL BULGE FINALLY APPEARS.
HE REALIZES HIS TASTES.
SEXY TIME.
BULGE/10 ANIMU.

toaru hikuushi e no koiuta nina viento

B-B-B-B-B-B-BULGE/10.

Now that Claire Cruz’s identity has been revealed, it’s a good idea to discuss the implications of this plot twist. The first question is, will Kal-El still view Claire Cruz the same way after he finds out? Better yet, what triumphs over the other? Kal-El’s attraction towards as Claire Cruz or his hate towards Nina Viento? From the overwhelming hate we’ve seen from Kal-El so far towards Nina Viento, I’m afraid that he’ll be far too fixated his hatred toward her to care too much. At least at first. However, if he is given time to think his feelings through, he will not only hold feelings of hatred as doubt, confusion, and anxiety will undoubtedly begin to swirl in his heart. You also have to keep in mind Kal-El’s current state of being. Although his past has been partially healed by the love and care of his second family, nothing can truly replace the loss of his first. It’s safe to say that right now, his affection towards his mother was and still is the strongest feeling that he has. Upon losing her, he needed something to fill that void which the Wind Revolution left him. Part of it is covered by Ariel, and the other family members while the rest is pure hatred towards Nina Viento. But at last, upon meeting Claire he thinks that she can alleviate the dread that has encompassed his life since the loss of his mother. Something is there to fill in the rest of the emptiness!



And that’s the allure of the series isn’t it? It’s the fact that there is a great conflict when two contrasting forces, love and hate, intertwine. The more Kal-El and Claire develop their relationship the more despairing and bitter the tone of the story will become because to us, we know that this is just a ticking time bomb. But what can our protagonists really do to soften the blow? Well, a lot of it will depend on how much the two will develop as a couple. Although it may be despairing when everything is revealed, it may be possible that Claire, at least the persona that is Claire will be the source of forgiveness that Kal-El’s mother wanted Kal-El to feel. But at the same time, it can go the other way. Perhaps Kal-El will feel betrayed that Claire, the person who will fill the emptiness that the death of his mother left him, the person that he holds dear ended up deceiving him. And let’s not forget about Claire’s feelings either. Is she even willing to accept Kal-El if she learns of the truth? She may feel guilty of her actions and end up saying that she doesn’t deserve to be with him. Then again, she may despise him for being the former crown prince. The thing is that, we don’t really know the circumstances of the revolution completely. Were Kal-El’s parents really not to blame and it was just a calculated move to gain their power or were the people really suffering under their rule? Did Nina Viento really have a choice to do what she had to do? Did she do what she did because she was misinformed? Whatever decisions they both end up making, there’ll be a lot of delicious angst.

Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta Episode 4 Review

Well, I accidentally spoiled myself beforehand by looking at the character profiles on MAL so it’s not like the ending completely shocked me. There’s also the rushed romantic development between the Kal-El and Claire in the first episode that almost put me off the series. I suppose the spoiler did really help in keeping me interested funnily enough. Nevertheless, the fact that the series revealed everything already creates this enticing dramatic irony that I am quite hooked onto. Just the thought of having the love between them develop and then… And then all of a sudden… BAM. Their values will crumble, their perspectives will change, and the relationship between the two of them that they once thought to be a blessing will become the greatest difficulty of their lives. OH HOW CRUEL. OH HOW TRAGIC… I must admit that I am a total sucker for this kind of dramatic irony. Whether this anime ends in complete forgiveness and love or in utter hate and despair is completely fine with me as they are beautiful in their own ways if done well, and so far, with these past few episodes, this series is doing decently. It’s a pleasure to see some decent backstory being built because that is critical for building the major character conflict between Kal-El and Nina Viento. Building upon the hatred and the love will be the most crucial part of this series and if it manages to pull that off effectively, it could lead to some great results.

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  • niknasr

    I’m back!! xD Yes, everything as you said, I really impressed with this show or you can say I’m a sucker for this kind of show.. Really hoping for a happy ending to both Claire and Kal El, this kind of show does not deserve tragic ending because I think it will not bode well with the setting and character, because Kal El was a prince. and Nina Viento (Claire) is a figure respected by the nation.. If they end up kill each other I don’t think the ending will just be settled really easily and the whole point of the synopsis will just be useless.. But, either way if they want to go with that ending, I hope they will provide us a good story and a satisfying conclusion..

    p/s: I hope you will do Mikakunin de Shinkoukei next (because Mikakunin and this are my top two shows of this winter) :)

    • MgMaster

      This might be far fetched but after this episode,the ED gave me a bad
      vibe(bad as in unfortunate for our two main protagonists). I wonder if these scenes where Karl is shown together with Claire but he’s alone afterwards are foreshadowing things to come…

      Personally though,I think this show’s gonna go for a happy or at the
      very least bittersweet ending. It seems a bit too innocent to end up in a tragedy(PRO JINXING RIGHT HERE,I KNOW). But IMO,whatever’s fine as long as it’s well-done and
      leaves an impact on the viewer.

      • niknasr

        Yeah, the ending almost like a sign but I will keep my hopes up for the preferable ending.. Let the POWER OF LOVE save the daaaaaaaayyy!! I was hoping they will resolve the Revolution Wind issue slowly and not just rush it.. Lastly, I hope for the mastermind for the revolution will be revealed.. I’m almost certain there will be a mastermind behind what happened, I can feel it..

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Well, I think a tragic ending would be fine considering the tone of the Wind Revolution and the hatred that brewed in Kal-El. I mean, I think it’s got enough going for it in either direction that which direction it goes in and of itself won’t matter. It’ll all be up to the execution.

      • niknasr

        Yeah, at this point of the story either way is probable but I really hope it will be a good ending, my heart is not ready for the other ending.. I really hope love win over hatred, May the love triumph..

        Of course Kobeni is the best, hands down.. The story really captivate me albeit its simpleness and oh how can I forgot the godly OP, no OP can match that.. xD

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Holy shit DAT OP. THE START OF DAT OP.

          SO.
          HAWT.
          SO.
          LEWD.
          SO
          KOBENI.

  • MgMaster

    Hah! Somehow I was expecting you to review this episode. I too was a put off a bit by the somewhat rushed romance between Claire & Kal-El in the 1st episode as I’m not a big fan of “love at 1st sight” scenarios but it’s actually playing off pretty well here. Before that though,I’m enjoying the fact that it’s more about a former prince seeking revenge rather than a show focused more on aviation like I initially though. Also,it’s been getting better & better with each episode and quickly becoming one of my favorite shows of the season. Hope it keeps up the pace!

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yeah, this can be quite good if they continue to build it up like this. The despair will be so sweet.

  • MACHA

    I started watching this purely for the airplanes. Yet it has a bit of a fantasy element that’s a really nice touch and the atmosphere kind of reminds me of Mana Khemia. And the story has a solid structure and great build of backstory while observing the other characters as well. So I’m quite pleased with this. The love at first sight was a surprise to me – I haven’t seen that in an anime for a loooooooooooooooonnnnnggg while (if ever, or maybe my memory sucks. I don’t know :p )

    It’s funny that Claire’s expression after Karl tells her about himself actually gives away the shocker that comes at the end. I sat there, saw her face and was like: “NAH! Why da face? Why so worried, as if you’re Ni- ooh, Wait… NOH! Don’t tell me. You are, arent you…” Then during the THE REVEAL I was like: “BRAVO”. Sad that I only saw it coming about 5 minutes before the actual scene…
    Totally looking forward to TRAGEDY!!! SWEET BLOODY TRAGEDY!! DESPAIR!! Even if it ends happily, the journey definitely won’t be a happy one. Which is why I’ll be enjoying this. And AIRPLANES!!!!

    “What do you suppose lies beyond it?”
    “AMERICA”
    I don’t know why but I burst out laughing when I read that. I just had this flashback of YuGiOh abridged (“from AMERICA!”) plus America from Hetalia and I just kept laughing after that. That was a good laugh. Your captions for this review are especially funny for this episode too! Many thanks for great captions that accompany the pictures! :D

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Now that you mention it, I haven’t seen love at first sight for quite some time too. Though, it’s not like I have watched that many romance shows to begin with.

      LOVELY TRAGEDY. SWEET DELICIOUS DESPAIR. MWAHHAHAHAAH.

      Haha, for some reason I was a bit more creative with this episode’s captions. THE BULGE RANDOMLY CAME INTO MY HEAD. AND MY TASTES HAVE BEEN AFFIRMED NOW. Dat near Gilgamesh sitting posture.

      Thanks for reading! :)

  • Ian Porterfield

    What’s a bulge in this case?

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I’ll leave that to your imagination.

  • Bam

    You’re not blogging as “excitingly” as last season to be perfectly honest.
    You ought to add Nobunaga the Fool or Buddy Complex to the roster for more fun and heated discussions imo.
    They might not be anything new (or actually good for that matter) but they are still better hype generators than Toaru Hikuushi or Sekai Seifuku; which is a shame since I kinda liked The Princess and the Pilot but these weren’t the droids I was looking for.

    P.S you just gotta do Buddy Complex … do it for us … do it for VALVRAVE !!
    (even though Nobunaga feels more Valvrave than BC, but SASUGA SUNRISE tho!)

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Buddy complex is really not all that exciting yet. Nobunaga the Fool would fall under that category and I will review it later. I’m trying to bring in some analysis and critique and not just hype. Besides, not many shows are going to be like Valvrave so you can’t expect me to make things as exciting when there’s nothing exciting to that extent in the first place.

      FOR VALVRAVE? YOU MEAN THE SERIES THAT SUNRISE NEGLECTED FOR THAT COUPLING SHOW? YEAH, OKAY. I’LL WAIT FOR SOME CHARACTERS TO DIE OR SOME MAJOR PLOT TWIST TO HAPPEN FIRST.

      • Bam

        I understand that you’re trying to create more sophisticated reviews as I have read the reflective piece you wrote about it and I support your aspirations to create more professional critique, but sometimes setting the bar too can limit your creative freedom and dampen your intuitive talent to express your passion and connect with your readers. Cuz face it: at the end of the day reviews are merely personal opinions and are by nature of definition biased and skewered. But people seem to respond positively to the way you do it and the (well-made) format that you have created, so just focus on doing what you’re doing.

        And yes, this season is not as exciting as the previous one but we still have:
        – Space Dandy
        – Nobunaga the Fool
        – Hozuki no Reitetsu
        – Noragami
        – Buddy Complex
        and with 3-4 episodes each so far would’ve provided at least a few awesome posts.

        And don’t blame Sunrise for Valvrave’s unceremonious conclusion. That’s all on the writer/director and the staff because they had sufficient budget and two cours from Sunrise so they should’ve planned accordingly and spread content and pacing with better design and execution.

        P.S Not saying that a 3rd cour for Valvrave set in the Galactic Empire timeline wouldn’t have been epic … it totally would … it’s almost necessary at this point and (here’s hoping) not beyond consideration by the company due to the show’s success.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          I totally see what you’re saying, and it’s a completely valid concern. I try my best to not be too fixated on the analysis and critique because having fun is still essential. Hopefully readers can tell from my silly captions. >.> Nevertheless, there is still merit in discussing series in more depth that won’t be found if I just do the entertaining approach which is why I try to mix things up by using silly captions while still having a more serious side in the written sections. If my review just had critique, it’d definitely be pretty bland especially if I did it on an episode by episode basis, but I think the analysis portion is fairly worthwhile even if I do them episodically. It counteracts the subjective critique quite nicely.

          Noragami and Nobunaga the Fool I was thinking of doing, and I actually tried, but I deleted the drafts because I wasn’t really into writing them at all. That’s changed now though so I’ll probably do them sooner rather than later since the first few episodes finished airing and I have a better idea of what to discuss now. As for Space Dandy, I really wasn’t a fan in the first few episodes, but it’s growing on me now. It’s really hard to write about it because there’s just not a lot to analyze.

          Well, I’m just putting the staff under the name “Sunrise.” BECAUSE DAMMIT SUNRISE. DJSFAOPSDFAJDOIFJASDOPFJASDOFJ.

          • Bam

            I support more thoughtful and analytic critique, don’t get me wrong, and it’s totally fine when it takes more work, time and reflection at the cost of not doing every single episode of all the shows, specially since with many of them there really is no need or motivation to discuss some of their episodes in-depth. We’ve been seeing more and more of those unfortunately as the industry keeps moving to this profitable fan-servive approach that we see with so many generic new IPs that are drowned in genre tropes to the point of not having anything past the superficial to even seriously discuss … but I digress.

            Now Dandy has been relatively interesting and I did my fair share of getting people to watch the dubbed premiers on Toonami to support this unprecedented partnership between cable tv and anime industry but IT WOULD BE DAMN LIE if I said that I wasn’t sorely disappointed. It really was the hype that really brought that on me but goddammit … given that pedigree it was a fully justified hype.

            but it’s ok, we’ll see where it goes, but only if the comedy was wittier and the fan-servive less gratuitous … Watanabe gold you know?!

          • zztop

            I’ve heard people call Buddy Complex the anti-Valvrave, due to Buddy’s sensibly unfolding plot and reasonable soldier characters.
            It may not be as crazy-exciting as VVV, but sensibility could be Buddy’s strongest asset, with proper development on nearly all fronts (for now).

  • Dycize

    This post actually made me pick up this serie.
    There’s just something charming about this one. The world the characters live in, the characters themselves and their relationships…
    There’s nothing really new about all this but it’s well put together, glad I picked this up (I’ve been juggling shows so much these days).

    Onto the episode proper.
    So the archnemesii fell in love with each other? Gotta say, this will be interesting. Kal-El (isn’t that Superman’s Kryptonian name? gee talk about important people with dead parents being adopted during their childhood) doesn’t have any idea who Claire really is, on the other hand, Claire has strong suspicions about him (and understandable, given the way he talked of his childhood).

    Despair?
    Despair.
    Despair!

    Though I am hoping for a happy ending personally, particularly with such a rocky road ahead (as rocky and roady the sky can be).

    Also, The End of the Sky is totes Kal-El’s pants, and beyond it they will find his America. What am I even saying. I’ll blame those rods he was handing out to a young girl.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      DESPAIR.

      AMERICA.

      BULGE/10.

  • James Du

    I read the original LN of this series/universe (Remembrances for a Certain Pilot / To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku) which was incredibly well written, moving, and engaging, but the NTR-like ending had me boycotting this author and his derivative works.

    As nice as this show looks, the author can go die in a fire. Not going to watch it.

    • Bam

      The National Transcontinental Railway-like ending ? I fully concur

      • Dycize

        Yeah, this is an anime about planes, no wonder introducing Railways at the end like that just what?! What was the writer thinking.

        *cough* Does it just happen once though? Seems like a pretty harsh decision.

        • James Du

          Never forgive. Never forget.

      • James Du

        I can put up with moe. I personally prefer the pettanko type over the oppai type.

        And there have been wincesty shows that made me go “Daww… Ew, but d’aww.”

        Or repeatedly juggle tables. Like Oreimo.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Was the NTR out of nowhere and didn’t make sense at all or did it make sense but it was just NTR? I mean, as much as I dislike NTR, if it makes sense I’m fine with it.

      • James Du

        Traitor.

        I always knew you were a cuckold.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          NTR is all about perspective. Unless if it’s retardedly written, I’m fine with it. I don’t care if you hate it. I can understand it, but I stand by what I said. I betrayed no one. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.