The Pilot's Love Song

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The Pilot's Love Song
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First light novel volume cover
とある飛空士への恋歌
(Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta)
Genre Fantasy, Romance, Aviation
Light novel
Written by Koroku Inumura
Illustrated by Haruyuki Morisawa
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Male
Imprint Gagaga Bunko
Original run February 18, 2009January 18, 2011
Volumes 5 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Toshimasa Suzuki
Produced by Atsushi Aitani
Hideaki Sakaguchi
Ken Kawakita
Kenji Gotou
Takema Okamura
Yumi Terauchi
Yūsuke Kubo
Written by Shinichi Inotsume
Music by Kow Otani
Studio TMS/3xCube
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, SUN, AT-X, BS Nittele
Original run January 6, 2014March 31, 2014
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Takeshi Kojima
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Sunday Super
Original run February 25, 2014 – present
Anime and Manga portal

The Pilot's Love Song (とある飛空士への恋歌 Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta?, lit. "Love Song for a Certain Pilot") is a Japanese light novel series by Koroku Inumura. It is set in the same fictional universe as Inumura's earlier light novel The Princess and the Pilot. Five volumes were published between 2009 and 2011 by Shogakukan under their Gagaga Bunko imprint. An anime television series by TMS Entertainment began airing in Japan on January 6, 2014. A manga adaptation began serialization in Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday Super from February 25, 2014.

Characters

Main Characters

Kal-el Albus (カルエル・アルバス Karueru Arubasu?) / Karl La Hire (カール・ラ・イール Kāru Ra Īru?)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae
Kal-el is the former crown prince of the Balsteros Empire, Prince Karl La Hire, whose monarchy was overthrown after the Wind Revolution. While imprisoned with his mother, seeing a plane flying over the sky cemented his aspiration to be a pilot. After a month in the prison, he was adopted by Michael Albus into his family. Due to memories of the Wind Revolution, he holds absolute hatred towards Nina Viento. He entered Cadoques High's Aerial Division along with Ariel. He fell in love with Claire Cruz at first sight. After discovering Claire is actually Nina Viento, he becomes conflicted with his feelings. When he remembers that his mother told him "to forgive rather than hate", he lets go of all hatred he had for Nina.
Claire Cruz (クレア・クルス Kurea Kurusu?) / Nina Viento (ニナ・ヴィエント Nina Viento?)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
Claire is a girl who had the powers to control wind since youth, and was called a witch by people around her. She joined the wind revolution as Nina Viento and helped defeat enemy forces of the Balsteros Empire, but lost her powers after the revolution. She requested to hide her identity as Nina and joined Cadoques High's Aerial Division, where she is Kal-el's flying partner. She fell in love with Kal-el, but becomes conflicted with her feelings after realizing he is Karl La Hire. During the final battle with the Sky Clan, she regains her powers. As part of a treaty with the Sky Clan, she is taken to the Holy Spring in order to fulfill their prophecy.
Ariel Albus (アリエル・アルバス Arieru Arubasu?)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu
Ariel is Kal-el's sister in his adopted family. She is younger than Kal-el by one day, but often calls him her younger brother. Due to an injury suffered during a clash with the Sky Clan, she quits the pilot school and decides to become a mechanic. She is revealed to have romantic feelings for Kal-el.
Ignacio Axis (イグナシオ・アクシス Igunashio Akushisu?)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
Ignacio is the child of former king Gregorio La Hire's concubine, and thus is Kal-el's half-brother. Before the Wind Revolution, dissidents expelled his mother from the palace, who died one month after the exile. Due to this, Ignacio swore revenge on the royal family. He becomes Ariel's flying partner in the flight school by default. He often acts cold and aloof, for which Ariel calls him a tsundere. He is the bodyguard of Nina Viento, and has been since he was a child.

Cadoques High, Aerial Division students

Noriaki Kashiwabara (ノリアキ・カシワバラ?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
More commonly referred to as "Noripii" by his friends, he is Nanako's flying partner. A very loud and energetic person. He is from the same town as Nanako, and is hinted to have feelings for her. His friends jokingly proclaim he is "the best at running away", but despite his fears he volunteered to escort a recon mission in Episode 11, which he barely survived.
Benjamin Sharif (ベンジャミン・シェリフ Benjamin Sherifu?)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana
Nicknamed Benji by his peers, though mostly by Sharon. He is a calm and level headed person, and according to Claire his school grades are very high. His flying partner is his childhood friend, Sharon, whom he also develops a romantic relationship with. His right arm was lost in the battle in episode 11, though saved from death by blood loss thanks to an aviator's scarf given to him by Sharon.
Mitsuo Fukuhara (ミツオ・フクハラ?)
Voiced by: Shinya Hamazoe
A heavy-set student and intelligent pilot. Proclaimed as an "Airplane Otaku" by his peers, he showed incomparable knowledge of aircraft and their associated hardware such as machineguns. His flying partner was Chiharu, whom he was in love with. He died in battle in episode 7, after being grievously wounded while attempting to mark targets for an allied bomber squadron, and then using his plane as a decoy while forcing Chiharu de Lucia to bail out.
Chiharu de Lucia (チハル・デ・ルシア Chiharu de Rushia?)
Voiced by: Asami Tano
Mitsuo's flying partner, serving as the pilot while Mitsuo operated from the navigator's position. She often referred to him as Micchan (Mitty), and thought very highly of his aviation knowledge. After Mitsuo's death, she suffered heavily from depression and post-traumatic stress, blaming herself. She personally delivered Mitsuo's medal of honor to his parents after graduation.
Sharon Morcoz (シャロン・モルコス Sharon Morukosu?)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
Benjamin's flying partner. She is a kind and gentle girl. She is Benjamin's childhood friend, whom she also develops a romantic relationship with.
Nanako Hanasaki (ナナコ・ハナサキ?)
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō
Noriaki's flying partner. She is very cheerful and always smiles. She is from the same town as Noriaki, and is hinted to have feelings for him.
Wolfgang Baumann (ウォルフガング・バウマン Worufugangu Bauman?)
Voiced by: Teruyuki Tanzawa
Very tall and kind person. Although he looked like an adult, he was actually the same age as his classmates. He revealed he wanted to become a pilot to earn more money for his family, in order to support his numerous siblings. His flying partner was Marco, who piloted the aircraft while Wolfgang took the navigator/gunner position. He died in battle in episode 8, attempting to cover the retreat of surviving members of his class.
Marco Santos (マルコ・サントス Maruko Santosu?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Motohashi
Wolfgang's flying partner/pilot, a sort of immature kid who looked up to Wolfgang like an older brother. He became injured in battle in episode 8, when his plane's engines were disabled by a Sky Clan fighter, and Wolfgang was killed.
Fausto Fidel Melze (ファウスト・フィデル・メルセ Fausuto Fideru Meruse?)
Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi
A former son of Leopold Melze and came from a royal family. Because of his noble status, he is very cocky, and had a standing rivalry with Kal-El over the right to be Claire's flying partner. However, when Isla was threatened by the Sky Clan's enormous air fleet, he set his differences aside and worked with Kal-el to defend the flying island. He ultimately died in battle in episode 8, with his pilot, when a Sky Clan fighter intercepted him while trying to lead his classmates in retreat.

Cadoques High, Aerial Division teachers

Juan Rodrigo Bandereas (ホアン・ロドリゴ・バンデラス Hoan Rodorigo Banderasu?)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda
The hot-blooded, "macho" instructor of the "commoner" Centezual flight class. He comes off as arrogant and selfish, and has a surprising tolerance for pain as evidenced by laughing off a punch to the ribs (and yet not a kick in the shins). Juan cares very deeply about his students, going so far as trying to throw technicians off a plane so they wouldn't force students to go onto the battlefield, as well as flying into a warzone alone and unarmed to scout for survivors.
Sonia Palez (ソニア・パレス Sonia Paresu?)
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama
The cool-headed, professional instructor of the Van Whyl flight class, made up of lesser nobility. Juan and Sonia appear to have a mutual respect for each other, but has very limited tolerance for his inflated ego. She aided Juan in rescuing Chiharu de Lucia after her plane was shot down, but resigned soon after, when Commander Melze ordered the students of Cadoques back onto the battlefield.

Congress of Isla

Luis de Alarcon (ルイス・デ・アラルコン Ruisu de Ararukon?)
Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi
Isla's navigation officer, and old friend of Instructor Bandereas, Luis serves as a sort of mentor/foster father towards Claire. He convinced Claire to take up the position as Governor of Isla, and in exchange made arrangements for her to attend the flight school there. Luis was also one of the major reasons Claire was able to continue attending the school, despite Countess Ulshyrra's efforts.
Leopold Melze (レオポルド・メルセ Reoporudo Meruse?)
Voiced by: Yusaku Yara
Commander of the flying battleship Luna Barcos, de-facto leader of Isla's military, and father of Fausto. After the initial encounters with the Sky Clan, he underestimated their tactics and equipment, ultimately leading to disastrous losses later on, including the death of his son. He had the unenviable task of having to order the Cadoques students into battle, pressing their training planes into service as ersatz fighters, which he deeply regretted but saw no alternative to.
Amelia Cervantes (アメリア・セルバンテス Ameria Serubantesu?)
Voiced by: Fujiko Takimoto
Isla's Foreign Affairs adviser, though roughly serving as Luis's adjutant and adviser, Amelia takes her job extremely seriously, feeling that humor has no place in it. She was one of the first Isla officers to speak with a Sky Clan pilot, and discovered that their language was very similar.
Marcus Sanchez (マルクス・サンチェス Marukusu Sanchesu?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Maeda
Isla's Finance Minister, dealing with the day-to-day operations of the civilian side of Isla.

Kal-el's Family

Michael Albus (ミハエル・アルバス Mihaeru Arubasu?)
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama
Michael is Ariel's biological, and Kal-El's adoptive, father. He had been serving the new Republican government of Balsteros a mechanic, and was present on the day of Maria La Hire's execution. Finding Kal-El after having forced his way out of his jail cell, and seeing the boy's malnourished state, Michael took it upon himself to rescue the boy from his miserable fate and give him a place in his home.
Noelle Albus (ノエル・アルバス Noeru Arubasu?)
Voiced by: Sawako Hata
Noelle is the eldest daughter of the Albus family. She later married a man named Pedro, and had a child.
Manuelle Albus (マヌエル・アルバス Manueru Arubasu?)
Voiced by: Nana Hamasaki
Manuelle is the second eldest daughter of the Albus family. And her hair color is same as Ariel.
Gregorio La Hire (グレゴリオ・ラ・イール Guregorio Ra Īru?)
Voiced by: Kenichirō Matsuda
Gregorio is Kal-El's father and the former king of the Balsteros Empire, who was overthrown and executed during The Wind Revolution.
Maria La Hire (マリア・ラ・イール Maria Ra Īru?)
Voiced by: Yuri Amano
Maria is Kal-El's mother who was imprisoned alongside her son in the aftermath of the Wind Revolution. She had been held in custody for a considerable time after her husband's execution before her own was carried out. Before the coup and her subsequent imprisonment, Maria was a pilot (though whether in a recreational or military context is not known), and was a large reason for Kal-El's desire to become a pilot himself.

Others

Countess Ulshyrra (ウルシラ伯爵夫人 Urushira Hakushaku Fujin?)
Voiced by: Chiaki Kanō
Claire's appointed Guardian, and a sort of "wicked stepmother" figure in her life. The Countess forced Claire to adhere to a very strict schedule and curfew, in order for her to fulfill her ceremonial duties as Nina Viento. She threatened numerous times to pull her from the flight school when she felt it was getting between Claire and her official duties. She was ultimately successful in removing Claire from the school after the first Sky Clan raids against Isla but this was, however, not out of any of the Countess' efforts. It was solely due to Claire's emotional conflict over her role in the Wind Revolution and her feelings towards Kal-el driving her into giving up her identity, and fully becoming Nina Viento.
Shizuka Hazome (シズカ・ハゾメ Shizuka Hazome?)
Voiced by: Hana Satō
A very unsettling student of Cadoques Highschool, though seemingly not part of the pilot classes. She has a tendency to arrive when least expected, almost as though from thin air, and at awkward times.

Holy Levamme Empire

Seagull (海猫 Umineko?)
A blue single seater aircraft belonging to the Holy Levamme Empire piloted with great skills. It has been confirmed in Toaru Hikūshi e no Yasōkyoku that it's piloted by Charles Karino from The Princess and the Pilot.
Fana Levamme (ファナ・レヴァーム Fana Revāmu?)
High consul of the Holy Levamme Empire, supportive of the alliance between Balsteros and Levamme in order to defeat the Sky Clan.
Marcos Guerrero (マルコス・ゲレロ Marukosu Gerero?)
Voiced by: Ryōta Takeuchi
Commander of Levamme's Holy Spring mission, leading their flagship El Basstel.

Sky Clan

Silver Fox (銀狐 Gingitsune?)
A mysterious pilot of the Sky Clan, encountered multiple times through the series. The pilot, and their squadron, were equipped with enhanced versions of the Sky Clan's standard fighters, and had a personal emblem displayed prominently on the fuselage of their plane. The "Silver Fox" was most likely the Sky Clan's greatest Ace.

Media

Light novels

Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta started as a light novel series, written by Koroku Inumura and illustrated by Haruyuki Morisawa. The series spans five volumes which were published between February 18, 2009,[1] and January 18, 2011,[2] under Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint. Inumura's earlier light novel, The Princess and the Pilot, is set in the same world,[3] as are his two later series: the two-volume Toaru Hikūshi e no Yasōkyoku and the ongoing Toaru Hikūshi e no Seiyaku.

No. Release date ISBN
1 February 18, 2009[1] ISBN 978-4-09-451121-5
2 July 17, 2009[4] ISBN 978-4-09-451149-9
3 December 18, 2009[5] ISBN 978-4-09-451177-2
4 August 18, 2010[6] ISBN 978-4-09-451226-7
5 January 18, 2011[2] ISBN 978-4-09-451248-9

Anime

An anime television series adaptation by TMS Entertainment began airing on January 6, 2014, on Tokyo MX. Additionally, the series is airing on SUN, AT-X and BS Nittele and is simulcasted in English by Crunchyroll. The series is directed by Toshimasa Suzuki, written by Shinichi Inotsume and the character designer is Hiroki Harada. Its opening theme is "azurite", performed by petit milady, a unit consisting of the voice actresses Aoi Yūki and Ayana Taketatsu, and its ending theme is "Kaze ga Shitteru" (風が知ってる?, "The Wind Knows") by Akai Kōen.[3] The series has been licensed for release in North America by NIS America.[7]

Episode list

No. Title Original air date
1 "Island of New Journeys"
"Tabidachi no Shima" (旅立ちの島) 
January 6, 2014
2 "Cadoques High, Aerial Division"
"Kadokesu Kōtō Gakkō Hikū-ka" (カドケス高等学校飛空科) 
January 13, 2014
3 "The Wind Revolution"
"Kaze no Kakumei" (風の革命) 
January 20, 2014
4 "Sea of Stars"
"Hoshi no Unabara" (星の海原) 
January 27, 2014
5 "The Girl Who Calls the Wind"
"Kaze Yobi no Shōjo" (風呼びの少女) 
February 3, 2014
6 "The Holy Spring"
"Seisen" (聖泉) 
February 10, 2014
7 "A Glorious Death"
"Sange" (散華) 
February 17, 2014
8 "The Name of the Bird"
"Tori no Namae" (鳥の名前) 
February 24, 2014
9 "Your Name Is"
"Kimi no Na wa" (きみの名は) 
March 3, 2014
10 "Sky of Courage"
"Yūki no Sora" (勇気の飛翔(そら)) 
March 10, 2014
11 "Love Song"
"Koiuta" (恋歌) 
March 17, 2014
12 "The End Of The Sky"
"Sora no Hate" (空の果て) 
March 24, 2014
13 "To The Sky Where You Are"
"Kimi no Iru Sora e" (きみのいる空へ) 
March 31, 2014

Manga

A manga adaptation by Takeshi Kojima began serialization in Shogakukan's shōnen manga magazine Shōnen Sunday Super from February 25, 2014.[8][9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "とある飛空士への恋歌 #1 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2013-12-19. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "とある飛空士への恋歌 #5 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2013-12-19. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Crunchyroll to Stream The Pilot's Love Song Anime". Anime News Network. December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  6. "とある飛空士への恋歌 #4 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2013-12-19. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "NIS America Licenses The Pilot's Love Song Anime". Anime News Network. February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Plug's Takeshi Kojima to Launch The Pilot's Love Song Manga". Anime News Network. January 25, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "小説「とある飛空士への恋歌」のマンガ版がサンデーSで" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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