The Pilot's Love Song
|The Pilot's Love Song|
First light novel volume cover
(Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta)
|Genre||Fantasy, Romance, Aviation|
|Written by||Koroku Inumura|
|Illustrated by||Haruyuki Morisawa|
|Original run||February 18, 2009 – January 18, 2011|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Toshimasa Suzuki|
|Produced by||Atsushi Aitani
|Written by||Shinichi Inotsume|
|Music by||Kow Otani|
|Network||Tokyo MX, SUN, AT-X, BS Nittele|
|Original run||January 6, 2014 – March 31, 2014|
|Written by||Takeshi Kojima|
|Magazine||Shōnen Sunday Super|
|Original run||February 25, 2014 – present|
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.
- 1 Characters
- 2 Media
- 3 References
- 4 External links
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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, and January 18, 2011, under Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint. Inumura's earlier light novel, The Princess and the Pilot, is set in the same world, as are his two later series: the two-volume Toaru Hikūshi e no Yasōkyoku and the ongoing Toaru Hikūshi e no Seiyaku.
|1||February 18, 2009||ISBN 978-4-09-451121-5|
|2||July 17, 2009||ISBN 978-4-09-451149-9|
|3||December 18, 2009||ISBN 978-4-09-451177-2|
|4||August 18, 2010||ISBN 978-4-09-451226-7|
|5||January 18, 2011||ISBN 978-4-09-451248-9|
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. The series has been licensed for release in North America by NIS America.
|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"
|February 10, 2014|
|7||"A Glorious Death"
|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|
|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|
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