Those last two episodes of Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta were definitively rushed and out of pace, I feel like there was way too much going on near the end that should have been split between multiple episode and that it kind of lessen the power of the conclusion for the show. From the look of things the show ends in a rather open ended way, but it is not a frustrating ending in the least. I feel that the show really stop at a good point that makes me feel satisfied with the story in a way that I won’t be mad even if a second season never airs.
Overall I must say that I’m a bit surprise we even have the premise of a second season because I feel like a lot of the mysteries and point of interest of the show were over with, I’m sure there is a lot more potential to expand the universe, it is an interesting one after all, but I’m uncertain if setting up for a second season was really that necessary. Second Season aside, let’s focus on this episode instead.
I was rather shocked to see that they were already back home at the beginning of the episode. Just last episode they left off at the edge of the world and now the episode starts back to their homeland? This weird pacing really screw with me a bit, I feel cheated by the way the story skips so much time and content at time. It may also be because of the weird pacing and because the speech was rushed, but I felt completely stupid listening to Karl talking about the girl he loves as an excuse to launch a crusade. I understand the romantic purpose the story wanted to convey and enthrall the people there, but it was told in such stupid fashion I doubt anyone but a 8 years old girl would have fallen for that “romantic drama”. I feel like the concept they wanted to do and objective of the speech could have happened, just not that way.
Another thing that really struck me was how much everyone on Isla had grown since the last episode. It makes you wonder how nothing important could have happened if they look 2 years older now. I mean at this point they are not boys and girls anymore, they are real adult, they have graduated from their flight school, which let’s be honest they’ve earned since they already fought so many time already to begin with, and are not off to live their life.
It was rather weird to see the lot of them coming back to their homeland after they were all sent to a suicide mission. People must be really annoyed to see them back. It must especially be awkward politically speaking to have the prince of the ancient regime come back with all those people you’ve sent to die. I’m sure they must be delighted to send them back away, and I’m sure they’ll want them to actually die this time around. If those guys comes back too often they will build the reputation of heroes and could usurp the power from them, which would be pretty bad.
All in all, I loved the show until those last two episode, I feel like this episode in particular was just too much too quickly for me. I wish it would have been more spread-out and continued on a more continuous pace. Oh well, tune in next week for the final impression of the show.
ZeroGhj signing off